7 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in NYC

Fall is indisputably one of the most beautiful time of the year in New York City. Whether you enjoy photographing the picturesque scenes of nature, or if you are looking for nice excursions to do with family and friends, it is the perfect time for an outing. So, before this magnificent season comes to its end, take your loved ones for a stroll through some of the top places to see fall foliage in New York City. Although you are in a concrete jungle, it’ll be easier than you think to scope out the autumn colors.

1. Wave Hill

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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This nature gem hides away in the Bronx. Wave Hil is filled with greenery while home to some of the best gardens in the New York City area. This is a serene destination, perfect for both capturing and enjoying the Fall foliage with spectacular views of the Hudon River.

2. Greenbelt Conservancy

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This massive green space located on Staten Island is a fantastic oasis with awesome hiking and running trails along with a vast golf course.  If swinging a nine iron is not your thing, it also has a carousel and a large picnic area designated for lounging.

3.  Prospect Park

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Prospect Park is a family-friendly green space with a plethora of outdoor options such as open barbeque spaces, seasonal lake activities, baseball fields, and plenty of open green spaces perfect for piling leaves with the kiddos.

4. Fort Tryon Park

The Heather gardens in this park are predominantly what makes it a “must-see” destination for Fall foliage. While here, be sure to check out the Cloisters or hike through the trees that will lead you to Linden Terrace, one of the highest points in Manhattan.

5. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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This 52-acre garden is one of the most well-liked destinations for fall foliage in New York City. Fall is a particularly picturesque time at this location because of the numerous themed gardens, the plant pavilions as well as the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden which perfectly reflect the changing colors of fall.

6. Alley Pond Park

This park is so immense that you can choose which walking paths to take if you intend to see a particular tree. The green path will lead you to fiery red tulip and sassafras trees. Alley Pond Park is also widely known for its giant trees and playground. It is home to what’s supposed to be the oldest and largest tulip tree in New York City, known as the “Alley Pond Giant”.

7. Central Park

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You have most likely already heard about the dazzling fall foliage in Central Park at this time of the year. But, this is definitely one to check out if you are in Manhattan. Known as one of the best places to unwind in the city, the changing colors of the leaves will have you questioning whether you are really in a fairy tale land or really in the middle of New York.. it’s already hard to tell the difference regardless.

Strolling through New York City in the autumn is both calming and beautiful. Experience the foliage on one of our walking tours. If  you are interested in finding things to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com. Also, check out our New York City Travel Guides for some more inspiration.

What’s your favorite season in Gotham City? Let us know in the comments!


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