Autumn walks in NYC.
Fall is around the corner. What better way to spend an autumn day than sip a cup of warm coffee, stroll through the city, and enjoy the changing leaves and brisk breeze in the air? Yes, early autumn is one of the best times to be in New York, and one of the best ways to spend that time is to walk around and take in the scenery – natural or otherwise. If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the fall weather, try any of these five autumn walks in NYC.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park
Central Park in the fall is one of the city’s most beautiful sights, but with over 1.3 square miles of land to explore – which path should you choose? We recommend the the Stephanie and Fred Shuman Running Trail, which circles the Jackie Onassis Reservoir. Whether you prefer to walk or jog, you’ll get amazing views of Central Park, the Manhattan skyline, and the reservoir. Looking across the water at the Upper West Side skyline is one of the most classic views in NYC, and you’ll get to experience it firsthand.
Bushwick Collective Graffiti Art Path, Bushwick
Brooklyn is known across the world as a haven for local street art, so instead of going to a museum and looking at hanging photos – take the J train to Bushwick and meander on Morgan Avenue. The Bushwick Collective is a nonprofit outdoor gallery and encompasses all art styles. From political satire to family portraits to general tags, you’re bound to see some amazing, larger-than-life artwork in Bushwick. Plus, Bushwick is full of independent coffee shops, so there will be plenty of places you can stop in for a beverage or snack.
General Grant National Memorial, Morningside Heights
The grave of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant is the largest mausoleum in North America and also part of the National Park Service. Located in uptown Manhattan in Morningside Heights, the park is commonly referred to as “Grant’s Tomb” and makes for an interesting and educational afternoon. Park rangers give guided tours of the space, and nearby Riverside Park offers a fabulous view of the Hudson River.
Midwood Hiking Trail, Prospect Park
As Brooklyn’s version of Central Park, Prospect Park is excellent at making you feel like you’re in the countryside instead of being in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities. The Midwood Hiking Trail in Prospect Park takes you through Brooklyn’s oldest remaining forest (The Midwood) and gives you the opportunity to see birds and other wildlife up close. The path starts and ends near the Prospect Park Audubon Center, which has trail guides and a small café.
Christopher Street, West Village
Would it be biased to say that Christopher Street is one of the most charming spots in New York City? Yes, but it would also be true. Located in the heart of the West Village, Christopher Street is the neighborhood’s oldest street and houses many iconic locations, including the Stonewall Inn (birthplace of the LGBTQ- rights movement) and Christopher Street Pier, a newly renovated waterfront park that marks the end of the street. Not only is it ideal for an autumn stroll, but Christopher Street offers several delicious restaurants you can step into once you’re ready to rest your feet.