First time New York City visitors can be quickly overwhelmed with all the things to do or see. Even tourists that have visited the city many times will find new and exciting places. Planning your trip to New York needs to encompass everything that is going on in the city.
Make no mistake, there are a lot of things going on in New York City during the fall.
A sampling of seasonal festivities includes Oktoberfest celebrations, pumpkin weekends, county fairs and, even, sheep shearing at the Queen’s County Farm Museum. This is, of course, on top of the extensive list of things that are normally going on in Gotham.
Things to do, things to see
Depending on your reason for visiting, New York has something to keep anyone’s attention and unless this is a business trip where your mind will not be on tourist activities, keeping your list of things to do reasonable is going to be the most challenging task. To get you up to speed on your travel plans, the following list is just a few things that shouldn’t be missed:
- Visiting the Manhattan waterfront should be on everyone’s schedule, but for the last three weekends in September, lovers of beer, delicious food and German culture will have an additional reason to wander the docks. Oktoberfest NYC 2017 will be held at Pier 15 just a few blocks north of the Battery.
- While in Manhattan, take the time to visit Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. This iconic sculpture is still one of the best reasons to visit New York City. The number of must see places in Manhattan is extensive and ranges from the Metropolitan Museum to the Empire State Building. An entire trip can be arranged visiting different sites on the island and one of the easiest ways to see the sights, while still going at your own pace is by booking one of the hop-on/hop-off tours with Go New York Tours. These allow you to explore at your own tempo while still highlighting the many attractions available.
- It might seem odd to visit a harvest festival while in the most populous city in the United States, but the Queens County Fair – held at the Queens County Farm Museum – is a traditional county fair held over the third weekend in September and includes livestock and produce competitions. Carnival rides, contests and plenty of activities for the kids make the county fair a must visit activity if you are in the city during the weekend.
- During September, you shouldn’t miss the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. The festival, which runs from September 14th through the 24th, is known for its colorful parades, live music and ethnic foods. Although the feast is primarily a religious festival, it is a celebration of the Italian immigrants to the United States and welcomes all people.
- Fall is a special season in the Big Apple, the heat of the summer is passing and the cold of the winter has yet to arrive, encouraging people to get outside and socialize with large crowds of people. Since large crowds of people are one of New York City’s most abundant resources, it stands to reason that the fall season is a busy one. Plan for your activities, book tours early and expect large crows wherever you go.
New York is a busy place all year long, but fall is one of its busiest times. If you plan accordingly, you will have a wonderful and interesting trip.