Need ways to spice up your fall in the city (pun intended)? Look no further – New York City may be a concrete jungle, but it never falls short in giving New Yorkers the best fall experience, with opportunities to view the prettiest foliage, visit pumpkin patches and drink delicious apple cider.
Plus, with the tumultuous year we’ve all experienced, now is the perfect time to get outdoors in the crisp autumn weather, explore old and new spots of the city, and maybe snap a few pictures for the 'gram while you’re out. If you’re interested in ways to improve your feed, keep reading for the five most Instagrammable spots in all of New York City.
Pier 17 Pumpkin Arch
89 South St. | Website
First up is the brand-new pumpkin arch display in front of the Brooklyn Bridge on the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17. Built with over 500 pumpkins, string lights and leaves, this picturesque spot on the Hudson River will be open through November. Take a stroll down the Riverwalk with some friends, grab some coffee and snap some pictures – you’re guaranteed a fantastic evening. But remember to tag #PumpkinArch in your caption before you post!
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farms
63 Flushing Ave, Building 3, Ste 1105 | Website
Brooklyn Grange is the leading New York sustainable rooftop farm and green roofing business, just a subway ride away. This spot is perfect for freshening up your Instagram with its unbeatable view of the Manhattan skyline, whether you decide to visit the farm for a group tour, want to book it for your own private event or join their group “Yoga on the Roof” classes.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10458 | Website
The New York Botanical Garden might seem like a hike for most New Yorkers, but it’s worth a visit. A National Historic Landmark and the largest garden (250 acres) in any United States city, this spot has been serving up Instagram-worthy views since 1891, way before our favorite app even existed. With exhibitions ranging from the fall forest walkway, to the water lilies and lotuses section, don’t miss out on this beautiful place – reserve your timed-entry ticket today!
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Along our Great Pumpkin Path you'll also find gourds in all sorts of quirky shapes and sizes—like this 'Apple' cultivar. . It's not the sort of thing you'd pick and eat at an orchard, but this gourd does make for an excellent birdhouse once it dries and becomes hollow! Hit the link in our bio to see more of the fascinating pumpkins and gourds you can find at NYBG through November 1, along with carving tips, fall recipes, and more. . #Lagenaria siceraria #plantlove #nybgathome #museumfromhome
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The High Line
820 Washington St. | Website
Open since 2014, this infamous Chelsea attraction will fulfil all of your nature needs this fall as soon as the leaves turn from green to gold. The High Line is a 1.5-mile-long greenway walking path that gives you the best views of the city, from the Empire State Building to the Hudson River. Before you go, make sure to book your free-timed-entry pass required for all visitors due to COVID-19.
30 Hudson Yards| Website
The newest gem of Hudson Yards, Edge opened on March 11 of this year and is currently the tallest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. If you’re looking for a gorgeous view of the skyline and have already taken the typical Empire State Building tour, this is the perfect place to visit. The architecture allows visitors to feel like they’re suspended in mid-air with 360-degree views. Edge is most popular at sunset – visit as soon as possible before the sun disappears from our days even earlier, and make sure to buy a ticket first.
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