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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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1. Central Park

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

2. New York Water Taxi Fall Foliage Cruise

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 complimentary wine tasting from Peconic Bay Winery.
Price: $85 includes cruise, selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads and desserts. Cash bar.
Schedule: Weekends October 19 - November 3, 2013
Departs: 12:30 p.m., lasts approximately 4 hours
Details/Buy Tickets: Fall Foliage Cruises

3. Circle Line Oktoberfest Bear Mountain Cruises

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) or buy your lunch while enjoying Bear Mountain's annual Oktoberfest.
Price: $50 for adults, $41 for seniors, $31 for children
Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, September 28 - October 27, 2013
Departs: Boards at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.
Details/Book Your Cruise: Circle Line Website

4. Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Yacht Experience

Hornblower Hybrid
Photo courtesy of Hornblower Cruises
Take a ride on the luxury Hornblower Hybrid yacht, to see the Hudson Valley foliage up close. The cruise includes continental breakfast, a fall-inspired lunch menu, free-flowing cider (spiked for adults) and a narration of historic sights along the way.

Price: $159 for adults
Schedule: Saturdays, October 26th and November 2nd, 2013
Departs: Boards at 10:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m.
Details/Book Your Cruise: http://www.hornblower.com

5. Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise Aboard Yacht Manhattan

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.

Price: $98
Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, mid-October through mid-November
Departs: 10 a.m.
Details/Book Tickets: Fall Foliage Cruise on Yacht Manhattan

6. Fall Foliage Schooner Sail

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: 10:30 or 11 a.m.
Details/Book Tickets: Fall Foliage Schooner Sail

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