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11 Fall Activities for an Unforgettable New York City Getaway

Fill your days with leaf-peeping, fall festivals, day trips and other urban activities

The Vacationeer

New York's cityscape may not be the first destination travelers think of for a fall getaway. However, autumn paints this concrete jungle's abundant green spaces with stunning shades of red, orange and gold, and ushers in a roster of fall activities. 

Couple looking down on the city below from rooftop terrace at The Quin by Hilton Club in New York City.    

So on your next New York City fall getaway, make the most of the nip in the air, enjoying various outdoor activities such as festivals or walking tours, or take your urban adventures indoors as the arts shift into high gear.

Regardless of your travel style, there's no shortage of fall activities with which to fill your days. 

Here are 11 memory-making activities to make your next New York City fall getaway one for the ages. 

Fall Foliage in Central Park

No fall time New York vacation is complete without a visit to appreciate  Central Park's picturesque foliage. Layer up and grab a warm beverage to enjoy as you stroll alongside the Conservatory Water and make your way to Sheep Meadow.  

Oktoberfest in NYC

Oktoberfest is the quintessential autumnal festival, where you'll experience the best of Germany without leaving the Big Apple. For the whole experience, give polka dancing a try, share massive Bavarian pretzels with your travel tribe and then wash it down with an authentic German beer. 

And remember to pace yourself. Oktoberfest includes celebrations throughout the city. 

New York Comic Con

In early October, comic book fans and pop culture enthusiasts gather in droves to celebrate their fandom at New York Comic Con. The array of celebrity speakers and guest panels make this event wildly popular, so be sure to reserve a badge in advance to experience all the fun.

Close up shot of craft beer flight.    

Craft Beer Tasting

Autumn's crisp air makes it a perfect time to try some of New York City's flavorful craft beers. Try an all-inclusive tour of the best breweries in Brooklyn and Queens with City Brew Tours for an up-close look at the boroughs' brewing history, which dates back to pre-prohibition. 

Halloween in Manhattan

To experience the spookier side of New York, plan a trip during Halloween. Whether you decide to watch the annual NYC Village Halloween Parade or enjoy the numerous kid-friendly trick-or-treat locations, there is something for everyone.

Gotham Walking Ghost Tour

If your idea of fun fall activities involves paranormal activity, celebrate this spooky season than with a Gotham Walking Ghost Tour. This historically-focused tour of Greenwich Village highlights the ghosts of well known artists, visiting sites associated with Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving.

Cider Week

"The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens the apples, the other turns them to cider."

— Jane Hirshfield, American Poet

Unsurprisingly, the Big Apple is famous for its apples and fresh ciders. Celebrate New York's annual Cider Week festival, including various cider tastings, events and workshops at more than 30 bars and restaurants for an authentic taste of the Big Apple.

Fall Art Shows

New York City's art scene comes alive in the fall. With new exhibitions at the MoMAMetropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, you'll want to spend some time touring some of the best artwork in the world.

New York City Marathon

Active travelers may consider stepping up to the challenge to compete in the annual New York City Marathon, but you can also enjoy this exciting 26.2-mile race as a spectator. The course runs throughout the city, so there are plenty of opportunities to cheer on the runners.

Stunning fall foliage in New York City.   

Bike Tour Around NYC

Take in the sights and smells of the fall with a bike tour around New York's five diverse boroughs. If you're feeling adventurous, explore the city on your own by renting a bike.

Train Ride to Hudson River Valley

Experience a different side of New York and hop aboard an Amtrak to Poughkeepsie for gorgeous views of gold, orange, and red leaves bursting from the trees. The two-hour trek makes a perfect day trip to escape the buzz of the city. 

Plan to spend some time in Poughkeepsie exploring the Walkway Over the Hudson before catching the early evening train back to the city for incredible views of the sun setting over the Hudson River along the way. 

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Read "5 of the Top Places in New York City Every Traveler Should Visit at Least Once" to discover one Hilton Grand Vacations Owner's favorite urban activities.



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The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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