Fall Foliage in New York City

It's easy to see colorful autumn leaves in and around the city

The peak time for fall foliage in New York City is typically late-September/early October through early November. Whether you want to wander on your own observing the beautiful colors of the changing autumn leaves or are hoping to get a tour, these are some great ways to experience the changing of the leaves in and around New York City.

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    Central Park

    Central Park in the fall
    ••• Kajo Merkert/Moment/Getty Images

    Maples, oaks and elms are just a few of the trees in Central Park that create the beautiful autumn colors throughout the park. If you want a great panoramic view of Central Park, head to Belvedere Castle and if you'd like to avoid the crowds, head to the northern half of Central Park.
    More: Central Park Visitors Guide

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    New York Water Taxi Fall Foliage Cruise

    New York Water Taxi and Fall Foliage
    ••• New York Water Taxi and Fall Foliage. Used with permission of New York Water Taxi

    On Saturdays and Sundays in mid-October through early November, ride the New York Water Taxi up the Hudson River while enjoying the fall foliage and a live Jazz duo.
    Price: $95 includes cruise, selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads and desserts. Cash bar.
    Schedule: Weekends mid October until early November
    Departs: 12:30 p.m., lasts approximately 4.5 hours
    Details: Fall Foliage Cruises

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    Circle Line Bear Mountain Cruises

    Bear Mountain Oktoberfest and Fall Foliage Cruise
    ••• Bear Mountain Oktoberfest and Fall Foliage Cruise. Photo courtesy of Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises.

    Take this all day cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain, where the cruise stops for three hours so you can enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own or pre-order one from Circle Line), hike, bike, go to the zoo, view the foliage or boat on the lake. Since Bear Mountain's Oktoberfest is no longer easily accessible from the dock, Circle Line has now added a live German band and German food and beer on board. You can also visit the Bear Mountain Zoo or have brunch at the Bear Mountain Inn during your time in the area.

    Price: $65 for adults, $62 for seniors, $52 for children
    Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, September 24 - November 6, 2016 (and on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10, 2016)
    Departs: Boards at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.
    Details: Circle Line Website
    Book Your Cruise: Buy Tickets from Viator

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    Fall Foliage Cruises Aboard Classic Harbor Line Yacht

    Manhattan Yacht and Fall Foliage
    ••• Manhattan Yacht and Fall Foliage. Photo courtesy of Classic Harbor Line, used with permission.

    Enjoy a three-course brunch on the Yacht Manhattan while traveling up the Hudson River on this 2.75 hour cruise to experience the changing leaves of autumn. Ticket price includes brunch, as well as coffee, tea, juice and one Bloody Mary, Mimosa, beer, wine, or champagne. Cash bar is available for additional drinks.

    They have two additional sailings on their other boats, the Kingston and the Schooner Adirondack, where simpler food and beverages are served, thus the lower cost.

    Price: $78 (Kingston)/$86 (Adirondak)/$102(Manhattan)
    Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, mid-October through mid-November
    Departs: 10:15 a.m. (Kingston)/ 10 a.m. (Manhattan)
    Details: Fall Foliage Cruise Brunch Cruise on Yacht Manhattan
    Details: Fall Foliage Cruise About Schooner Adirondak
    Details: Fall Foliage Cruise Aboard Kingston

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    Fall Foliage Schooner Sail

    Adirondack Schooner
    ••• Adirondack Schooner. Photo courtesy of Classic Harbor Lines, used with permission

    Take a seat on board the Schooner Adirondack as it sails up the Hudson River to see the fall foliage as it spreads through the Hudson Valley and Palisades. Ticket price includes boxed lunch and drinks (including alcohol), though it's not an all-you-can-drink affair.

    Price: $86
    Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, mid-October through early-November
    Departs: 11 or 11:15 a.m.
    Details/Book Tickets: Fall Foliage Schooner Sail