Happy Fall Y’all! Even though the weather is getting cooler, there’s still plenty of fun activities to do with the family. If you’re a native New Yorker and aren’t into doing day or weekend trips or visiting this shoulder season, here are some fun ways to celebrate fall in NYC.
Scarecrows & Pumpkins! at the New York Botanic Garden
September 17–October 30, 2016
Scarecrow Nights for Families
Date: October 21, 22, 28, and 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (timed entries at 6:30 & 7:15 p.m.)
Cost: General Admission: Non-Member $20/Member $15. Advance tickets recommended. Children 14 or younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Special ticket required
Pumpkins: Playful & Plentiful at the New York Botanic Garden
Date: Open all day for exploration, with guided activities from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Cost: General Admission
Daily Hands-on activities include:
- Festive fall puppet show
- Spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse
- Sprout a seed necklace
- Exploring flowers, fruits, and seeds on view in the Adventure Garden
View these fall events and more at NYBG.org.
Brew at the Zoo
Date: Saturday, October 29 7:00 – 11:00PM
Cost: $29.99 – Designated Driver or $44.99-$74.99 for General Admission
The Bronx Zoo is opening its first-ever Bronx Zoo Brew at the Zoo. There will be over 40 beer vendors and 100 varieties of beers to sample, numerous food trucks, live music, and an abundance of DJ’s for a unique, 21-and-over evening. For vendor listings and ticket purchases, visit the Bronx Zoo official site.
Madame Tussauds Ghostbusters Experience
Cost: Tickets for Madame Tussauds New York start at $29 online. Tickets inclusive of Ghostbusters: Dimension are $55 online.
The Ghostbusters Experience is a multi-layered and sensory environment immersing you into a fantastical and spirited world, inspired by the 2016 film. Using a combination of virtual reality, real-time interactive effects, and a physical set, you’ll become a Ghostbuster and blast your way through a ghost-infested apartment complex with your own proton pack and gun. Learn more on the GhostBusters Experience website.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Date: Thanksgiving Day
Celebrate over 90 years of existence and join millions for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The procession starts at Central Park West from 77th Street and ends in front of Macy’s in Herald Square. Not a fan of huge crowds? Get a preview of the parade the day before around the American Museum of Natural History for balloon fillings. Visit their official site for times, performance lineup and complete parade route.
NYC Wine and Food Festival
Date: October 13-16, 2016
The NYC Wine and Food Festival is a collaboration between the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and Food & Wine magazine. This four-day event showcases talents of world-renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, culinary personalities and TV chefs while fighting to end hunger. For ticket prices, visit NYCWFF.org.
Boo at the Zoo
Date: Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 (11 AM- 4 PM)
Cost: General Admission
Visit the Prospect Park Zoo for a costumed Character Scavenger Hunt, face painting, and other Halloween-themed games and crafts. At the end of the day, there will be a costume parade, followed by a kid-friendly dance party. Learn more at ProspectParkZoo.com.
Smorgasburg Prospect Park
Date: Sundays until October 23, 11 am – 6 pm
Smorgasburg, in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance, presents Smorgasburg Prospect Park. This outdoor food market features 100 vendors offering packaged and prepared food and beverages.
Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Head over to Fort Greene Park for their annual Halloween Festival & Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest. The festival features live music, dance workshops, games with giveaways, face painting, a pumpkin patch, creepy-crawlies with the Park Rangers, and Fort Greene PUPS’s Great PUPkin costume contest for dogs and owners (dog contest starts at 11:30 a.m.). For directions, visit NYC Park’s official site.
The Amazing Maize Maze
Date: Weekends (Sat/Sun), September 24 – October 30, 2016; & Columbus Day, Oct 10th 11:00 am–4:30* pm
Cost: Adult: $10, Child (ages 4-11): $5, Ages 0-3: Free
Find clues, solve puzzles, and make your way out of a 3-acre corn maze. The adventure begins with a “Stalk Talk” to prepare you for the challenge. For more adventure, go through the maze by the starry night sky (or by flashlight) on two Saturdays only — October 15th & 22nd, 2016. Check out more events at QueensFarm.org.
King Manor Fall Festival
Date:October 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stop by the historical King Manor Museum and make corn husk dolls, churn butter the old-fashioned way, press apple cider, play historic games and learn to dance like its 1805. For directions and more information, visit KingManor.org.
Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $12 Adults and Seniors; $10 Children; Free for members. Pumpkin Patch and select activities require additional fees.
Enjoy Live Music, Games, Nature Walks, Farm Tours, Bouncy Houses, Craft & Food Vendors, Petting Zoo, Beer Tent, Pumpkin Patch and more at the Queens Botanical Garden. For more information, visit Queensbotanical.org.
The Great American Harvest Fest
Date: October 23, 2016 , 10 AM – 5 PM
Cost: Adults $6, Children (1 and over) $6, Family of Four $20
Experience old-fashioned American crafts from the 19th century in town. Take the FREE shuttle to the Decker Farm and enjoy pumpkin picking and hayrides. Visit HistoricalRichmondTown.org for more events.
Ocean Breeze Halloween Festival & Haunted Trails
Date: October 29-30, 2016, 12:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
The Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex will be hosting their first annual Halloween Festival & Haunted Trails. The celebration will include Halloween inspired activities and contests, crafts, pumpkin picks, music and much more. For the full schedule of events, please visit our website at OceanBreezeNYC.org.
Of course, there are a bunch of other activities available. Visit the following sites to build your fall in NYC itinerary:
NYC Go – NYC Official Tourism Site
Time Out NY
What are some of your favorite fall activities?