Your Fall NYC Bucket List

Fall is a great time to be in NYC! From strolling through Central Park to gaze at the beautiful changing leaves to finding the best fall produce at farmers markets, there’ss no shortage of things to do! Today we will provide the ultimate bucket list to fall activities and experiences that will help you achieve the full fall experience, right in your own city.

man handing child apple at market

Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market For Seasonal Produce

If you live in Manhattan you’re lucky enough to have the benefits of city living, while the farmers bring all their bounty right to you! There are Farmers Markets in virtually every neighborhood, but the Greenmarket located in Union Square is the largest, and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays year-round from 8am to 6pm. Downtown residents, rejoice! They have a wide selection of goodies from New York State farms, all fresh and seasonal. And their hot cider this time of year is the tops!

Suggestion: It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with such a variety of options, especially if you’ve never cooked with certain vegetables before. Instead of going with the same old tried-and-true options (bye, corn), be adventurous and try something new (hello, acorn squash). Simply ask the seller their favorite way to prepare the produce and jot down any specific notes in your phone.

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Stroll Through The Ramble

While any NYC park is gorgeous this time of year, we have a specific soft spot for Central Park’s section called The Ramble. This area, located between 73rd and 78th Streets in the middle of the park, is composed of 38 acres of lush woodlands. It is stunning this time of year, with leaves a blaze of reds, oranges, and yellows.

Suggestion: Stop by your favorite coffee shop and pick up a fall themed beverage (we’re talking hot apple cider, warm hot cocoa, and of course, pumpkin spice lattes), and take a leisurely stroll through The Ramble. You’ll feel as though you’re hiking in Upstate New York, just a few short minutes from your Glenwood home. Upper East Side residents at The Lucerne and The Fairmont will love the ease of getting here.

Giant fluffy Oktoberfest Pretzels

Celebrate Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is an annual Bavarian celebration, which will be kicking off in September this year. Happening Downtown at Munich on the East River from September 28th through October 7th, this is a great option to get in the spirit of fall–lederhosen encouraged! Along with plenty of traditional food and drinks (think: cider, traditional German beers, Wiesn-Hendl & Haxn, which is Oktoberfest roast chicken and pork shank, Giant Pretzels, Brat, and much more) there will also be plenty of Bavarian live music, games, and vendors to bring in the spirit of the classic Oktoberfest!

Suggestion: This is the perfect opportunity to get a group of your friends together (without the hassle of having to host at your own home!) Send out a cute fall themed Paperless Post invitation and invite your nearest and dearest to celebrate Oktoberfest with you at the event. Tickets for General Admission are $28, or you can grab Reserved Seating for $38, quite a steal!

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Decorate Your Home For Autumn

As much as we love running around our city, we do spend a good chunk of our time at home. So why not make it as festive as possible for the coming season?! You can make this as easy or complex as you wish. Consider taking a trip to your local craft store for supplies to craft your own fall wreath, dining table centerpiece, or head to your local plant store for seasonal mums to grace your balcony.

Suggestion: Get the whole family involved here! Turning decorating into a craft project is a wonderful Saturday afternoon activity to get the kids to help with! They’ll have a blast, and your home will have a fall facelift before you know it.

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