Free Things To Do in New York City This Fall

Fall is in the air, sweater-weather has arrived, and pumpkin lattes are flowing. The Big Apple is an electrifying place year-round, but the Fall season in New York City always feels like a special delight. Not only is the cultural calendar changing, but all of your favorite New York munchies shift into pumpkin and spice flavors while the scenery of Central Park among other beautiful nature spots, turn into a charming hue of red and orange. Embrace this energy shift as you take on Autumn the right way in New York. 

Stargazing on the High Line

Stargazing in High Line(Photo by Karen B.)

You may have gotten used to the New York City bright lights all around you. Now there’s also a place for you to gaze at the stars. Fans of astronomy can head to the High Line Park every Tuesday evening to use high powered telescopes to see the stars, the moon, and planets


Columbus Day Parade

Columbus Day NYC(Photo via MarineCorp NY)

This parade may not be as popular as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, but it certainly is enjoyable nonetheless. Watching this parade doesn’t require the commitment to show up early or deal with pandemonium, so come and go as you please on the beautiful Columbus Day.


Fall Foliage in Central Park

Central Park Fall Foliage(Photo by Anthony Q.)

If you are in NYC in the Fall and don’t go to Central Park, you are definitely missing out. But, if you do decide to visit, plan to stay for the most beautiful autumn sunset you could ever imagine. The fall foliage truly looks like a magical scene right out of a storybook. To capture a remarkable portrait of the Fall in New York City, stop by the Bow Bridge to see fall foliage at its peak.


 Halloween Harvest at Luna Park in Coney Island

Every weekend until November 1

Halloween at Luna Park(Photo via Luna Park NYC)

Guess how much Jack, the giant pumpkin, weighs to win prizes worth up to $1,000! Luna Park has a Creepy Crawly Craft section perfect for kiddos who want to craft their own Halloween themed goodies as well as a kid-friendly carnival area with face painting and airbrush tattoos, free of charge.  You’ll also have the option of dancing on the Monster Mash stage or singing karaoke at the scream zone.


 The Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm

Corn Maze

(Photo by Joshua B.)

Are you up for a challenge? Join in the fun at this 3-acre corn labyrinth where both adults and youngsters who love getting lost can rush to find clues and solve puzzles to make their way out of this crazy maze. The Queens County Farm has professional costumed characters and a bunch of free games to make your visit all the more festive and exciting.


Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

Super Dog(Photo by Flickr User)

Whether you have a pooch of your own or not, witness the most adorable parade in NYC. During the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, the cutest and most original Halloween costume gets rewarded with $1000 worth of prizes. Whether your pet wins or not, watching all the dogs let their alter ego shine is what makes this event one of the best of the season.


 Halloween Harvest FestivalHalloween Dog

(Photo via Socrates Sculpture Park)

At this free family-friendly festival in the Socrates Sculpture Park, kids are encouraged to make their own Halloween costumes, watch a shadow Muppet show, see the harvest festival dance, get their face painted and even sign up their dogs for the annual Canine Costume Contest!


Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park

Halloween pumkin sailing(Photo by Katie )

As if dressing up your kids or pets for the Central Park Halloween parade wasn’t fun enough, this annual event also has mask arts and crafts, live pumpkin carving demonstrations and New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla at twilight.


Thanksgiving Day Parade

Santa in NYC(Photo by Gigi )

If watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City wasn’t already on your list of things to see at least once, do it this year! This tradition has been around for so long that the holiday season in New York City just wouldn’t be the same without this annual affair.


Regardless of the season, New York City always has plenty of things to see and do. Whether you decide to get around on foot or by bike, you can do it all with the magnificent and vibrant colored leaves as your backdrop. 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 Also, check out our New York City Travel Guides for some more inspiration.


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