7 Reasons Fall is the Best Time to See New York City

When you’re planning to visit the Big Apple, you may think of seeing the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center or enjoying a summer day in Central Park. But when it comes right down to it, fall is simply the best time to see the city. Here’s why:

Fall Colors

Think of New York City as just a concrete jungle? Think again! The city is bursting with parks, Central Park being the most famous, of course. In the fall you’ll be able to enjoy seasonal colors in Central Park, Washington Square Park, Prospect Park, and many others. The City of New York recently installed rentable CitiBikes which you can easily rent for several hours or a whole day from stations all around the city. Rent a bike and take it for a ride through the park to enjoy the fall colors. Also, don’t miss “Top of the Rock” in the GE Building in Rockefeller Center, where you’ll get a stunning view over Central Park.

Smaller Crowds

By mid-fall, the summer tourist crowds will have thinned and while the sidewalks will still be crowded, they won’t be unmanageable. Famous New York sights like  the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and Times Square will be more enjoyable to visit with smaller crowds. You’ll likely have an easier time booking a hotel room, too.

Good Weather

Spring may be nice, but fall weather in New York City is just glorious. Days tend to be sunny with scattered clouds, and occasional rain. Temperatures are comfortable and cool in the day and brisk at night. New York’s fall weather is perfect for wandering around the city on foot or taking a tour. Gray Line New York offers deals on hop-on, hop-off bus tours that will let you see the best sights of the city at your own pace. Busses come frequently to designated stops, and you can choose various routes that will take you all over the city.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Just about everyone has heard of the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This yearly tradition was started in 1924 and is one of America’s oldest parades. If you want to join the fun, head to New York City for Thanksgiving this year. You can join the crowds and watch the huge balloons, floats, and performers go by along Central Park West, Central Park South, or Sixth Avenue.

NYC Marathon

The New York City Marathon is held in early November every year. Even if you’re not running or cheering for a family member or friend, it’s still enjoyable to stand on the sidelines. Excitement is palpable in the brisk autumn air as thousands of runners test their limits in the race.

Village Halloween Parade

Planning to be in New York City for Halloween? Be sure not to miss out on the Village Halloween Parade. Held each year in Greenwich Village, downtown Manhattan, this parade is a 40-year old New York City tradition and something not to miss. You can watch the parade on the sidelines along Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) or you can put on your costume and participate. Anyone is costume is welcome to join in the parade!

Broadway Previews

A multitude of fans flock to New York City every year to enjoy dazzling Broadway shows. While shows are available year-round, fall is a special time to go to see one. Previews of new shows start in early September, and they open in October. Head to NYC in the fall, and you can be one of the first to see a new show when it hits Broadway.

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