Reasons to Visit New York City in the Fall

20.October 2013

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Autumn in New York. It’s a well-known phrase that has a nice ring to it and is constantly used in writing, literature, and even the movies. And there’s plenty of reason for that. Autumn in New York City is one of the most magical times of year to be in the Big Apple. The sweltering summer heat has subsided, locals are back after a relaxing summer in the Hamptons, tourists are starting to dwindle between the peak seasons of summer and the holidays, meaning you’ll be able to find lots of reasonable prices on NYC hotels, and there is so much to see and do—and just the perfect temperature to see and do it all!

Events in New York

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Fall in New York is full of lots of events—both big and small, and each one will help you get to know New York City like a local. At the beginning of October, you’ll find the Columbus Day Parade marching up Fifth Avenue, while the end of October brings the enormous Halloween Parade through the West Village. While the first New York City parade is tame with politicians and bands, the latter is out of control with thousands of costume-clad marchers celebrating Halloween in New York City. Yet another parade takes place in November in New York City, and that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is nationally broadcast and is known for its stories-tall balloons floating their way through the city. The parade is in honor of one of the biggest holidays in the United States—Thanksgiving. Always held on the last Thursday of November, Thanksgiving has roots in the 1600s when the Pilgrims first shared a meal with the Native Americans, and every year since, families gather together across the country to have a big meal and celebrate.

Non-holiday events in New York in the fall include the opening of the New York Metropolitan Opera season in September. Also look out for the New York City Marathon, which takes place in the beginning of November and wraps its way through all five New York City boroughs. And then there are two of the most prestigious events in the world—New York Fashion Week and the New York Film Festival.

Central Park in the Fall

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Central Park is one of New York’s biggest attractions any time of year, but fall brings about an entirely new park, one that’s full of beautiful colors that lend the perfect backdrop for a romantic stroll, a mid-day picnic, or a photo op. Spend as much time as you can getting lost along Central Park’s walking paths, relaxing by the reservoir, and even checking out the Metropolitan Museum of Art of the American Museum of Natural History.

Getting Out of New York

New York City is in such a great location that it’s so easily accessible to many other beautiful parts of the United States. Great day trips from New York City can put you in the area of one of the most famous times of year in the Northeast: foliage season. If the trees in Central Park just don’t cut it for you, take the MetroNorth railroad out of Grand Central Station up to Connecticut to see some of the best fall foliage in New England. And you’ll only be an hour to so away!

Philadelphia from New York is very close, and making a trip down to the City of Brotherly Love will let you see some of America’s best history, like the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, and the Betsy Ross House.

Long Island vineyards produce some of the best US wine, and it’s just a train ride away from NYC. Hop on the Long Island Rail Road from Penn Station and go out to the North Fork, where you can spend lots of time in the vineyards during harvest season.

Accommodations in New York

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A great reason to visit the Big Apple in the fall is that New York City hotel rates are considerably lower. Aside from the properties right along the Thanksgiving Parade route, rooms in New York will cost less than usual. With a lower lodging pricetag, you won’t have to stress about budgeting for the rest of your New York City vacation. If you compare prices before booking a hotel in New York City, you’ll be able to find the right deal for your fall getaway.

As for neighborhoods to stay in while you’re visiting New York, you have plenty of options. If you can, try to snag a hotel near Central Park so that you’ll be able to see the beautiful patchwork of red, orange, and yellow-leafed trees through your window. You’ll also be close enough to go on an early-morning run or a leisurely stroll. If you plan to go to the Halloween parade, you might want to stay in the West Village. It will be a little hectic with all of the locals and visitors taking part in the festivities, but it will mean being close to home if you choose to stay out and party alongside them.

Dining in New York

One of the biggest trends in New York City restaurants is seasonal and farm-to-table cuisine. That means chefs are only putting out menus that feature ingredients that are in season—and usually from local farms. This a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some amazing dishes featuring all kinds of fall ingredients. From pumpkins to squash, apples to cranberries and figs, you’ll be able to taste some wonderful seasonal cuisine at restaurants in New York City such as Seasonal, Blue Hill, Union Square Café, and ABC Kitchen.



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