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Fall Fun in New York City

The spirit of fall is in the Big Apple.

Fall has finally arrived, and there’s no better place to celebrate than in New York City. You can watch the leaves change color while sipping the perfect pumpkin spice latte in all five boroughs.

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If you need a little boost to settle into the season, plenty of events are happening that can help with that. Hop on the nearest subway with your family and friends and see what fall in New York has in store for you.

OktoberFest

New York City is known for its big events that the whole city can enjoy, and OktoberFest is one of the biggest celebrations around. This annual festival takes place at Pier 15 in the Financial District, and you’re always guaranteed to have a good time. Happening now, you can stop by Watermark and get a taste of the best German food the city has to offer. Whether you’re a fan of thick beer, juicy brats or giant pretzels, you’ll find it at this fall staple. The party happens seven days a week and lasts all night, but you better hurry. It only lasts until October 24. 

Beer Steins at OktoberFest New York | WhereTraveler
Beer Steins at OktoberFest (©WatermarkNY)

The Amazing Maize Maze

Nothing says fall more than trips to the farm, and you might not expect to find many in New York City. Luckily, the Queens County Farm Museum has the answer for you. This farm in Queens offers plenty of fall fun, but nothing is more exciting than “The Amazing Maize Maze.” This three-acre corn maze is filled with clues and puzzles you need to solve in order to make it to the other side. Once you finish, the farm offers different activities for you to enjoy and make your visit last even longer. You can take a hayride, go pumpkin picking or buy some vegetables from the farmstand. If you’re feeling up for a challenge, try “Maze by Moonlight” for three nights in October and see if you can solve the maze in the dark. The maze is open every weekend from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It opens on September 17 and runs until October 30. 

Aerial View of the 2021 Amazing Maize Maze at Queens Farm New York | WhereTraveler
Aerial View of the 2021 Amazing Maize Maze at Queens Farm (©Matthew Borowick)

Green Meadows Farm Brooklyn

If you’re looking for some fall fun with the family, look no further than the Green Meadows Farm in Brooklyn. The farm offers plenty of fall activities for the kids to enjoy, and adults are allowed to join in as well. Their events provide educational tools about animals and farm life while also being lots of fun. Beginning on September 25 and lasting every weekend in October, you can stop by and go pumpkin picking on the property. For the last two weekends in October, bring the kids in costume so they can join in their “Halloween Candy Hunt.” Once November comes around, the farm will host a “Pumpkin Smash” where you can smash a pumpkin for the animals to enjoy. If there’s one place that will get you into the fall spirit, Green Meadows Farm is the place to go.

Fall Pumpkin Picking | WhereTraveler
Fall Pumpkin Picking (©John Dortmunder)

Cider Week New York

One of the signature tastes of fall is a delicious glass of apple cider. There are plenty of places throughout New York where you can get a taste, but the city holds the most significant event of all. Cider Week New York is an annual celebration for alcohol lovers to get the best taste of hard cider the Big Apple has to offer. Bars across Brooklyn will be participating for the first two weeks in October to give you a variety of ciders from across the country. They’ll even pair your drink with your choice of ham, bread or cheese. If you can’t make it to any in-person events, don’t worry. They also offer virtual events you can attend on their YouTube channel.  

Apples Ready for Cider Making | WhereTraveler
Apples Ready for Cider Making (©Joanna Nix)

Boo at the Zoo

If you want to get into the Halloween spirit early, the Bronx Zoo is the place to be. Their annual “Boo at the Zoo” event begins October 2 and runs until Halloween. This family-friendly celebration offers plenty of fun that will make your love of the holiday last all month long. You can watch artists carve your favorite animals into pumpkins, encounter amazing stilt walkers and puppets in their “Costume Parade,” and walk along a trail of pumpkins carved with your favorite designs. The kids also have opportunities to learn about the animals around them, such as the “Extinct Animal Graveyard” and “Spider Maze.” “Boo at the Zoo” is the perfect place to get your dose of fall fun while also getting ready for Halloween. 

Bronx Zoo (©Marley White/NYC & Company) New York | WhereTraveler
Bronx Zoo (©Marley White/NYC & Company) 

Fall Forest Weekends

Even after Halloween is over, the New York Botanical Garden will make sure you’re still feeling the fall love. For the first two weekends in November, these beautiful grounds in the Bronx host their annual “Fall Forest Weekends.” You can take a walking tour around fifty acres of land just when the leaves are in perfect fall colors. There’s also plenty of opportunities for learning and entertainment happening during the event that will make the season come alive for you. You can learn about the trees and plants growing around you thanks to afternoon events held by volunteers and staff members. Poetry readings will also be held along the trails, as well as fiddlers playing a lively tune. A visit to a “Fall Forest Weekend” will help make sure that you don’t say goodbye to fall just yet. 

Walking Trail (Courtesy New York Botanical Garden) | WhereTraveler
Walking Trail (Courtesy New York Botanical Garden)