I am someone that declares a love for each new season passionately. Winter is cozy and comforting, springtime is hopeful and new, summer is raunchy and exciting, and autumn… well damn. Autumn’s just perfect. I’d heard New Yorkers declare “autumn in New York” as the ultimate in season/city combinations, but in experiencing it myself, I think it’s even better as a someone who isn’t a native.
There are a number of reasons why, five of which I’ve outlined below but all start with this: growing up in the suburbs means I have a license and can drive to some of these great destinations. Don’t have a license? No sweat, my friend Dushane got one in 2 weeks and then tore up the streets of LA. If he can do it, anyone can. Still not convinced? Then get real creative with public transportation, my friend.
So, without further ado, here’s a list of amazing places to visit in and around New York when the seasons change from hot to cool and the leaves set the trees afire with color:
GANTRY STATE PARK
While it’s still tolerable to be outside, the best place to be is in a park, any park, but especially Gantry State Park in Long Island City while the sun is setting over Manhattan. It’s the home of the Pepsi Cola sign that lights up my favorite late night drive home from an event. In the summer time, it’s nearly impossible to find a place to spread out a fall blanket, but when the seasons change and people rush to get home before dark, this place is perfect.
Gantry State Park, 4-09 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 11101
STORM KING ART CENTER
I found my way to Storm King this spring with My Honey. We totally lost our cool, getting quickly winded trying to run up close to sculptures or dodge bees. We barely scratched the surface with so much to see and only an afternoon on foot to see it. We’ve vowed to go again and fall seems the perfect time to do so. We’ll likely splurge on the trolly tour to see as much as possible, and I’ll consider sneaking a flask of something fun for a little surprise.
Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553
QUEENS COUNTY FARM
I found out about Queens County Farm in September, right when the air starts to change and you’re able to wear your boots guilt-free. We went for a classic Motorcycle show and realized this place has so much to offer. Always wanted to explore a Maize Maze? Cause I have and this place has one!
Queens County Farm, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks, NY 11004
Nothing says love like shopping, good company, and incredible food. With a myriad of vendors to choose from, you’ll find anything from jewelry to vintage records to furniture in the shops. When it comes time to eat, my booth of choice is Red Hook Lobster Pound for the best lobster roll in NYC. Sure, visiting the Brooklyn Flea year round is fun, but there’s something even more magical about it when the market moves inside to One Hanson Place.
Brooklyn Flea, visit website for locations
A company retreat last year brought me to Revel in Atlantic City. This is a perfect city escape when you want to indulge yourself completely. The hotel is stunning and practically a city itself (you could never leave the grounds and hardly miss fresh air). With a casino, spa, and restaurants inside, what more could a girl ask for in a weekend getaway?
Revel Casino & Hotel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401