The peak time for fall foliage in New York City is typically mid-October through early November. Whether you want to wander on your own observing the beautiful colors of the changing autumn leaves or are hoping to get a tour, these are some great ways to experience the changing of the leaves in and around New York City.
1. Central Park
Maples, oaks and elms are just a few of the trees in Central Park that create the beautiful autumn colors throughout the park. If you want a great panoramic view of Central Park, head to Belvedere Castle and if you’d like to avoid the crowds, head to the northern half of Central Park.
2. NY Waterway Shades of Autumn River Cruise
On Saturdays and Sundays in the Fall, you can take this four hour cruise up the Hudson River to experience the beautiful fall foliage throughout the Hudson Valley. Price: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $20 for children Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, October 10 – November 1, 2009 Departs: 10 a.m. from West 38th Street/12th Avenue
3. Circle Line Downtown Fall Foliage Cruise
On Saturdays in mid-October through early November, ride the Zephyr Yacht up the Hudson River while enjoying the fall foliage and a complimentary wine tasting from Peconic Bay Winery. Price: $120 per person including cruise, continental breakfast, lunch buffet, dessert and coffee Schedule: Saturdays, October 17 – November 7, 2009 Departs: Boards at 10:30 a.m., Sails at 11 a.m. and Returns at approximately 4:30 p.m.
4. Circle Line Oktoberfest Bear Mountain Cruises
Take this all day cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain, where the cruise stops so you can enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own or pre-order one from Circle Line). Offered Oct. 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & Nov. 3rd, 2007. Price: $49 for adults, $40 for seniors, $30 for children Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, October 3 – November 1, 2009 Departs: Boards at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.