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    Autumn in New York

    Autumn in New York
    Why does it seem so inviting ...

    Central Park in the FallWhen Vernon Duke wrote his hit song "Autumn in New York" in 1955, those who love New York felt that he got the mood just right.

    Many still think so today.

    Besides the excitement in the air around South Street Seaport, at local farmers markets and the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, New York in Autumn provides so many opportunities for family fun and quick getaways for scenic driving tours, apple or pumpkin picking, and special seasonal events going on in and around the city.

    Central Park Fall Foliage


    New York' summer playground, Central Park becomes home to thousands of leap peepers who take advantage of the midtown location and, with cameras at the ready, felt like they've just spent a day in the country. Best fall foliage viewing times: mid-to-late October.

    The Cloisters Fall Foliage

    Home to one of the largest medieval art collections in America, the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan also provides sweeping views of the Hudson River and surrounding area. Best fall foliage viewing times: October.

    Hudson Valley

    To experience the best fall foliage, the best advice is always ... get out of town!

    Head north to the spectacular fall foliage of the Hudson Valley offering breathtaking views of Sleepy Hollow country along the Hudson Palisades, along with stops at Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, and stained glass windows by Matisse and Chagall at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills.

    For a weekend jaunt, spend the night at the Castle on the Hudson or the quaint and charming Tarrytown House, and continue sightseeing the next day at Washington Irving's Sunnyside and Philipsburg Manor, made famous by the author in his tale of the headless horseman.

    10 minutes from Philipsburg Manor, also don't miss the annual Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in late October when Van Cortlandt Manor is illuminated by 3,000 hand carved jack-o'-lanterns.

    Apples & Pumpkins o' Plenty

    For a great day of family fun, apple farms and pumpkin farms abound in Westchester and throughout the Hudson Valley (see below for more resources).

    During the fall picking season, many farms also lure customers in with additional free hayrides or servings of hot mulled cider.

    Also don't forget prime locations in Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. And - for a quick, fresh "catch" - remember to keep your eyes open for occasional roadside stands that farmers set up specifically for families out on a weekend autumn drive.

    More about Autumn in New York around the Web:

    Fall Foliage in Upstate New York

    New York State Fall Foliage

    Apple Picking in New York State

    Pumpkin Picking in New York State


    also see -> NYC Museums | NYC for Kids

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