Fall Activities in New York

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See The Leaves Change

In September and October, the leaves put on a spectacular show as they change color from green to red, yellow, orange, and magenta. Grab a friend and go on a scenic fall foliage tour – by boat, train, car, or hot air balloon!

Complete a Corn Maze

If you’re looking for something fun to do during your free time, a corn maze is a great way to get outside and enjoy some beautiful fall weather. Check out the 10 corn mazes in upstate New York, where you’ll have fun getting lost.

Meet Charlie Brown

See the classic American television cartoon, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, about a group of kids living through the horrors of Halloween. On or near October 31 look for a free showing of this television special on ABC, or watch it anytime through iTunes or Amazon.

Celebrate Halloween

Leading up to Halloween (Oct. 31), Americans carve pumpkins and light them with candles. See incredible carved pumpkins on display at the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze in Hudson Valley, NY, or the Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden.

Go apple picking

Under a blue sky in golden fall sunlight, pluck an apple from a tree and crunch right into it – sweet, sour, and delicious. Find a pick-your-own apple orchard near you in New Jersey, Connecticut, or New York.

Honor service members on Veterans Day

November 11 is observed annually as Veterans Day, honoring all of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Pay your respects by attending a Veterans Day Parade in your state; find locations here.

Eat apple pie

Apple pie is always a treat, but it’s best when the apples are in season. Watch this video to see how this iconic American dessert is made. Try making one yourself, or order a slice from a restaurant or bakery. If anyone asks, go for it à la mode (that’s with ice cream on top).

Give thanks on Thanksgiving

On November 26, gather with friends at a home or restaurant, express your thanks for what’s good in life, and eat a fabulous meal together. The traditional American Thanksgiving feast includes roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and pumpkin pie. Make reservations at a restaurant near you at Open Table.

Go to a football game

Watch the New York Giants or the New York Jets play professional football at MetLife Stadium. Get tickets to a live game if you can, or head to a local sports bar where fans watch the games on TV.

Go to a Festival

At the Gore Mountain Harvest Fest in North Creek, New York, you can take a gondola ride through fall scenery, practice rock climbing on a rock wall, and go on a bungee-trampoline. There’s a festival for every interest in New York City. Follow your passion for film, architecture, music, and more.

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