Fall is an incredible time to visit New York City, whether you want to enjoy green space or delve into the food scene in the five boroughs. These are our 10 top picks for the best things to do right now in the Big Apple.
Visit Prospect Park
This expansive Brooklyn recreation area was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same landscape architects who brought us Central Park. You’ll find ice skating facilities, a dog park, hiking, softball fields and a zoo. You and your friends can also grab city bikes and ride the 3.35-mile Prospect Park loop.
Stroll the High Line
Since the High Line reopened in July, the park offers timed passes to help with social distancing. Book your spot in advance to take a stroll way above the West Side. Don’t miss Jill Mulleady’s stunning public art exhibit at the south end of the elevated rail trail.
Dine Al Fresco at Chelsea Market
The iconic food hall reopened as an outdoor market earlier this summer. Choose from 17 vendors for quick pick-up or table service with more than 100 place settings spanning a full block. Options include Miznon, Ayada and Los Tacos No. 1. As if that weren’t enough, 20 businesses inside the market have also reopened for takeout service.
Enjoy the Queens Botanical Garden
This Flushing attraction is currently featuring installations by six female artists of color who are based in Queens. In addition to these stunning mixed-media pieces, which will be on display until September 8, Queens Botanical Garden spans 39 acres with dedicated wedding, herb, bee and perennial gardens.
Stop By the Time Out Market
DUMBO’s Empire Stores host this pop-up, which features two full bars and seven separate restaurants. Dine on gourmet ice cream from Ice & Vice, Jacob’s Pickles fried chicken, fresh coastal Thai dishes from Fish Cheeks and countless other options, all while you enjoy a stunning skyline and East River view.
Get in the Autumn Spirit
As the days get shorter, plan a ferry trip to Decker Farm in Staten Island. When September rolls around, the farm features a pumpkin patch, hayrides and seasonal treats. You can also take out your frustrations by throwing rotten pumpkins with the carnival-style Pumpkin Chucker.
Go Wild at the Bronx Zoo
This 265-acre site has reopened with limited capacity so visitors can observe more than 6,000 animal species. Buy tickets in advance to experience World of Reptiles, Himalayan Highlands, Tiger Mountain and many other indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Head to the Top of the Rock
At this Midtown West attraction, you’ll experience unforgettable skyline views from the 360-degree observation deck on the 70th floor at the legendary 30 Rockefeller Plaza. If you wait until later in the fall, you can visit the Christmas tree or take a spin around the skating rink.
Bike Governors Island
If you’ve been shopping for the best city bikes for women, take your new wheels for a spin at Governors Island. Just take the ferry from lower Manhattan, then enjoy 7 miles of car-free recreation paths.
Experience Bryant Park
This Midtown enclave is just behind the main branch of the New York Public Library. You’ll find outdoor yoga classes, poetry readings, chess tables, gardens and a classic carousel.
Grab your friends, bring your womens bikes and save a copy of this list to have an unforgettable visit or staycation in New York City this fall.