Autumn is one of the best times to visit New York City. The weather is nicer than the spring or summer. The leaves are turning gorgeous colors and there are many interesting things to do and see. Read on to find out where to see the balloons for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, where to see the New York City marathon and where to see the best fall leaves.
Besides Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations there are also many other interesting things to do in the fall in New York.
Fall is epitomized by changing leaves and the best place to see them is by taking a stroll or two through the many parks sprinkled through out. Battery Park is on the very southern tip of Manhattan and probably one of the more famous parks in the city. It’s got beautiful trees and lovely views. Further uptown there’s Bryant Park located between Sixth and Fifth Avenues between 40th and 42nd streets. This is another nice place to stroll to see changing leaves. It looks like a Parisian park with graveled walkways and outdoor chairs and tables. Central Park is one of the grand dames of leaf viewing. A nice stroll is around The Great Lawn (80th – 84th streets) and Jackie Kennedy Reservoir (85th – 96th sts). In Upper Manhattan Fort Tryon Park (W. 190th st.) and Inwood Hill Park (W. 218th st.) are also great places for leaf peeping. The advantages are less people and great views over the Hudson River.
In November there are two large events worth seeing, the NYC marathon and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The ING marathon is a 26 mile race through all the boroughs of New York that finishes up in Central Park. It always happens on the first Sunday in November. Runners start in Staten Island then run across Queens, Brooklyn and The Bronx before heading into Manhattan and the finish line. The finish in Central Park is always really crowded so the best viewing spots are anywhere else along the course. For a more close up view of the competition you can volunteer (click here for info) and work on race day or can help out the night before at the pasta dinner party.
The Thanksgiving Day parade is always a crush of people and you have to line up a long time before the event starts to get a good view. For an alternative view of the parade you can see the event balloons the day before the parade. The balloons are always pumped up ahead of time and lined up along Central Park West near the Museum of Natural History at W. 81st st. This is also a bit crowded but more organized and controlled than the parade.
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