New York is a wonderful place to visit. Whether you’re planning a weekend exploring the city or want to check out the state’s beautiful fall scenery, here are some activities you should check out in the fall season.

Ghost Tours

New York City may be known as one of the top cities for its history of art. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, taking a ghost tour in the Big Apple is a must on your bucket list. The tours are held throughout New York City’s oldest neighborhoods, and tell stories of the past. All tours are 90 minutes long and and include a licensed guide that tells the history of some of the world’s most famous artists such as Harry Houdini, Edgar Allen Poe, and Walt Whitman. This is a great way for some over the top entertainment, and maybe even a spook!

Open House NY

You’ve probably seen a majority of New York’s architecture from the outside, but how about the foundation? Each year, many buildings and sites open up to the public to learn about the history and design behind some of New York’s famous buildings. The sites include tours, talks and performances. This is great for locals and tourists to get behind the scene exclusives of the Big Apple. This event only takes place two days in October, so be sure to plan ahead.

Onboard Oktoberfest NY

Many of us don’t have the time to travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, but now you can experience the festival right in the Big Apple’s backyard. Take a 2.5 hour cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park. While on the cruise, enjoy the festivities of Germany’s Oktoberfest while indulging in food, beer, and live music (on the water)! Stop at the state park for three hours where you can enjoy the nature’s amazing fall scenery, hiking/ biking trails, or check out the lake. Getting away from the city for a day has never been so easy!

NY Botanical Garden

Everyone agrees that fall is the most beautiful time of year. The Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, is a fascinating site to fill your heart with autumn happiness. The site includes over 250 acres of gardens, and offers different exhibitions along with educational learning experiences and programs. Enjoy scenery walks, tours of the world’s largest plant institution, or hands on activities fun for the whole family. The site is so serene, that you’ll forget you’re even in the city!


Autumn is not only known for it’s scenery, but also sports. Although located in East Rutherford, NJ, the Metlife stadium is home to the New York’s historical football teams; the Giants and the Jets. Fall is a great time to catch a football game, as well as, still having time to catch a baseball game at the Yankees Stadium or Citi Field. Even if you’re not a sports fan, the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden are the city’s greatest places to attend concerts and speakers, (as well as grab a basketball game).

Whether you’re a New York native or just a tourist visiting the city in the fall, these events are wonderful for a day or weekend trip.