Photo by: Tony Shi

5 Things to do in New York this Fall (that will Revive the Summer Vibes!)

Beat the end-of-summer blues by staying outdoors

The Fall season is swiftly fanning its way across the Empire State. But don’t go jumping for pumpkin spice, plaid shirts, and Pendleton blankets just yet! Stay outdoors a little while longer with these 5 Things to do in New York this Fall (that will Revive the Summer Vibes!).

Bike Rides with the Best Views 

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Drop the CitiBike and spread your two-wheeler wings, upstate New York unleashes a whole new adventure! Places like the Huckleberry Trail in Tannersville reuse old railway paths that pass through wooded natural areas, lakes, and streams. Blue Mountain Reservation – near Bear Mountain, just outside of NYC – holds what Roots Rated calls “one of the best examples of true East Coast riding in the area.” A place for beginners and intermediates alike, the trails are a great place to feel truly enveloped in the fall season while still getting in your fun ride. A bit further north, in New Paltz, a still-growing River-to-Ridge trail encompasses carriage roads and more challenging terrain. Link up with New Paltz Biking to have a bike delivered wherever you want.

Beaches are Crowd Free (and still Warm’ish!)

Local beaches like Rockaway and Long Beach only have lifeguards posted from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but these havens of Summer remain open during the Fall and Winter months. From September to April these beaches are free to access and still have transportation like the A train and LIRR running to their usual stops. The beautifully soft and empty sand dunes run as far as the eye can see, and the ocean waters are still warm thanks to a summer’s worth of sun!

Live Your Best Hiking Life

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Autumn is the absolute best time to go on a hike and take in the full range of fall foliage. Unlike summer hikes, you won’t have to battle mosquitos, sweltering humidity, or hordes of crowds on the path. Don’t know where to go? Trust the state parks! Harriman and Minnewaska are two of the state’s largest parks, which offer a variety of amazing trails that are sure to satisfy your fall cravings. Majestic wildlife – like hawks, falcons, porcupine, deer, and bears – will liven up the trails. Stay smart, pack well (with plenty of food and water), and check out companies like Discover Outdoors if you’re into guided trips (and included transportation from NYC).

Rock Out! It’s Music Season Baby

Summer and concerts go hand-in-hand, but Autumn still knows how to throw on a show. With prime beer and wine season in full bloom, New York’s Upstate region – home to the greatest concert of all time – is stacked with events that celebrate music, food, and the changing of seasons.

Fall festival traditions like Oktoberfest and the Harvest Moon kick things off with a bang in venues throughout the region, while festivals like O+ in Kingston offer music with a mission (one of our favorite Upstate music festivals entirely). Arrowood Farm and Brewery holds regular events in super laid-back surroundings.

Get Paddling!

In upstate New York, the 700,000 acres of the Catskill Forest Preserve is dotted with ponds, streams, and rivers to roam through for a tranquil outing. Just 15 minutes outside of the city of Kingston, Onteora Lake is an easy access point and a great spot for fishing (A Day Away has you covered for rentals). Deeper in the thick of the wilderness, Alder Lake in Hardenburgh is surrounded by colorful foliage, and you’re sure to spot turtles, heron, and more wildlife in the scene. 

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