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The Ultimate NYC Fall Bucket List

By New York Bucket List

Saddle up for a social distanced spoOoOoOky season! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‚


Published October 08, 2020

Though fall may feel like New York’s shortest season, sandwiched between relentless heat and frigid temperatures, it’s one we cherish and hold close to our plaid scarf-adorned chests. But as the humidity fades and the leaves begin to change, we swap our aperol spritzes for pumpkin spice lattes and prepare for the spookiest season of all. And as if 2020 hasn’t been scary enough, we’ve rounded up 16 of the best fall and Halloween activities around New York City.

Take A Ghosts of New York Haunted Tour

There’s some horrors in this house. *If you didn’t sing that to the tune of WAP, please go back and try again* Ghosts of NY offers four main haunted tours, including the popular Greenwich Village tour and the Pub Crawl (ghosts love boo’s and booze, obviously). Search for the spirits of Edgar Allen Poe, the hanging tree and several more…if you dare. 😈

When: Tours begin at 8PM and must be reserved at the link below.
Where: Various locations dependent on tour.

Reserve tickets now.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze 


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Nothing gets you in the spooky spirit quite like 7,000 jack o’lanterns. Each pumpkin is designed and hand-carved on site by professional artists so you know they’ve got to be gourd. And because two spooks are better than one, The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze has taken over a NEW location in Long Island this month.

When: Running now through November 21st
Where: Van Cortlandt Manor at 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 (Hudson Valley) | Old Bethpage Village Restoration at 1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage, NY 11804 (Long Island)

For more information.

Step Into An Immersive Studio At ARTECHOUSE NYC

Embark on an immersive audio visual experience at ARTECHOUSE, located near Chelsea Market. Their exhibit Celestial running from October 22 through early 2021 is truly out of this world. Drawing on the color blue’s inspirational qualities, Celestial takes visitors on a journey beyond the skies. 

When: Monday-Thursday 2:00PM-9:00PM, Friday-Sunday 10:00AM-10:00PM
Where: 439 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011

Reserve tickets here.

Eataly’s Serra d’Autunno Seasonal Rooftop

Eataly’s widely popular rooftop restaurant is all the buzz this season. It has received yet another fall makeover – this time inspired by local and italian honey. With a cocktail menu that lets you build your own tea + honey creation and seasonal plates focusing on the sweet confection itself, we’ve already fallen in love with this insta-worthy spot.  

When: Monday-Thursday from 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM; Friday-Sunday from 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM 
Where: Located on the 14th floor of Eataly NYC Flatiron

For more information.

Take A Central Park Yoga Class Surrounded By Fall Foliage

A walk yoga sesh in the park is enjoyable 365 days a year – okay, maybe not during a polar vortex – but nothing quite compares to Central Park during autumn. In these coming months, Central Park’s 20,000 trees turn to hues of red, yellow and orange, transforming the Concrete Jungle into a colorful one. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle from the city and take in the fall foliage (and your steady breathing). Namaste!

When: Yoga classes run through October 
Saturdays & Sundays: 10:00 AM
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: 12:00 PM
Monday-Friday: 5:30 PM

For more tickets and information.

Oktoberfest

Get ready to *prost* because Oktoberfest is back in NYC this fall – and completely social distanced. With authentic German beer and traditional Oktoberfest food, it'd probably be in your best interest to order that lederhosen at least one size up. The largest Oktoberfest event in the city takes place at the downtown waterfront bar, Watermark. It's free to enter and seating is on a first come first serve basis; however, you can reserve a VIP pre-booked table for guaranteed seating

When: Everyday through October 17th
Where: Pier 15 at 78 South St, New York, NY 10038 

For more information.

Learn To Shuck Oysters And Pair Wine

The only thing better than learning to shuck a dozen oysters? Learning to shuck a dozen oysters whilst sipping (or chugging, you do you) 4 premium glasses of wine. With only a few more dates available, shuck off and go get your tickets.

When: 10/19, 10/20, 10/26 (November dates launching soon)
Where: Seamore’s Brookfield Place at 250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

Reserve your tickets now. 

Have A Day At Happy Day Farm

 
 
 
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Trick or treat yourself to a happy day at Happy Day Farm. Enjoy pumpkin picking, sunflowers and Happy Day’s very own pumpkin house installation. Tickets sold at the door on weekdays only, and must be purchased online if attending Friday through Sunday.

When: Everyday from 10:00AM-5:00PM
Where: 106 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726

For more information.

Day Trip To Storm King 

 
 
 
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Situated just over 60 miles north of Manhattan is Storm King Art Center, an open-air museum with unrivaled autumn views. Bike through the grounds, set up a picnic, get off the grid and forget about how you really, really need to switch out your summer closet for the sweaters under your bed. 

When: Varies per season
Where: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553

For more information.

Apple Picking At Harvest Moon Farm And Orchard

 
 
 
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Apple picking season has arrived! At Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard you can buy a bag that holds 25 pounds of apples for just $30. For scale, that’s essentially a corgi-sized bag of apples. Though the farm has had to bypass their Fall Fest this year due to COVID regulations, you can still stock up on fresh apples through October 18th.

When: October 10-12, October 17 & 18: Open by reservation only for apple picking from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Where: 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560

For more information.

 

Enjoy A Coffee Tour And Tasting At Starbucks Roastery 

Loving pumpkin spice lattes might get you called out for being a basic witch. Yet that’s a risk we’re happy to take if it means we can savor in the cinnamon delight of a warm PSL. Beyond seasonal treats, for anyone searching for the full Roastery adventure, experiential tours are available every weekday for booking. Plus, you can even partake in coffee tastings and espresso martini tastings. I’ll *cin, cin* to that πŸ₯‚

When: Everyday from 8:00AM-9:00PM
Where: 61 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

For more information.

Walk The High Line

Take a leisurely stroll along the prettiest walking path in NYC. And no, we’re not talking about Central Park. Traverse from Meatpacking to Chelsea along the High Line, open every day from noon to 8PM, with social distancing measures in place. In order for individuals to safely social distance, the number of visitors will be limited. To achieve this, one must reserve a free timed-entry pass.

When: Everyday from 12:00PM - 8:00PM
WhereAll visitors must enter at the corner of Gansevoort Street and Washington Street, or at 23rd Street, and move northward.

For more information.

Fall Foliage Tour at the New York Botanical Garden

 
 
 
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Reserve your timed-entry tickets in advance to soak in the seasonal sights at the NY Botanical Garden. Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of their Great Pumpkin Path on the Conservatory Lawn, culminating with some of the largest pumpkins in the world with the arrival of giant pumpkins on October 24. 

When: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Where: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458-5126

For more information.

Halloween Dog Parade

Finally! A virtual event you'll actually want to join. What’s more exciting than a weiner dog dressed as a hot dog? Answer: An entire showcase of pups in costumes. This year, the largest dog costume parade in the world is going virtual – and we’re pretty pawsitive you’re not going to want to miss it. Click the link below to join!

When: Saturday, October 24 from 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Where: Online – like everything else in 2020.

For more information.

The Met Cloisters

 
 
 
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Fall is the perfect time to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s lesser known Met Cloisters. Along with rotating museum exhibits and stunning architecture that will transport you to straight to ancient Europe, the Cloisters’ sea of autumn foliage make it a bucket list worthy spot.

When: March–October from 10:00AM - 5:00PM; November–February from 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Where: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040

For more information. 

VOTE!

 
 
 
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Do we really need an explanation? 

When: New Yorkers have 3 ways to vote this fall

  1. Early In-Person (Oct 24- Nov 1)
  2. By Mail
  3. Election Day (Nov 3)

Where: FINDMYPOLLSITE.VOTE.NYC

 


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