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Autumn in New York is one of my favorite times of year. It truly is a feast for the senses, and it seems to pass too quickly. The best way to take it all in ahead of the long, cold winter is to get outside while we still can. My NYC fall bucket list ideas every year tend to include fresh air and nature, and this year is no exception. Here are five ways to take in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feels of New York City of autumn before it’s over.
1. Take the kids to the Queens County Farm
Did you know there’s farmland within the city limits? See it for yourself with a trip to New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland, complete with a greenhouse, livestock, an orchard, and farm vehicles. This family field trip to Queens County Farm provides the perfect opportunity to slow down and escape the hustle and bustle of city life… without leaving the city!
2. Buy apples at Union Square Greenmarket
While I enjoy this farmers market most of the year anyway, buying apples here makes the list of fall bucket list ideas because it’s the perfect way to teach my kids about changing seasons. Apples are abundant in the fall and they’ve come to associate baked cinnamon apples with November. Of course, you can pick up tons of other stuff at this market while you’re there, from award-winning cheeses, to flowers, wine, and maple syrup! Pro tip: Go early and be prepared for crowds.
3. Enjoy fall-flavored smoothies from Red Mango
If you haven’t been to this frozen yogurt franchise yet, you’re missing out! (Red Mango is owned by BRIX Holdings, which has brought us tons of other health-conscious brands like Red Brick Pizza, Smoothie Factory and Souper Salad.) Now is the perfect time to grab one of their seasonal Banana Chai, Roasted Peanut Butter, or Pumpkin Spice smoothies! Made with coconut milk, these all-natural, gluten free treats are actually a great source of protein, so I don’t feel bad about indulging.
4. Admire the fall foliage at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
You don’t have to travel to see beautiful fall colors. This breathtaking urban garden was created more than a century ago, when the state recognized buildings and paved roads were taking over the landscape. Creating a public garden their way of ensuring some green space remained. Not only is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden a peaceful place to spend an afternoon, but it’s also a great spot for family photos. And don’t worry: your kids won’t be bored! The Discovery Garden was designed especially for kids and has lots of hands-on exhibits to explore.
5. Take a walk on the High Line
This public park was built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets in West Manhattan. The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street. Along the route, you’ll find several points of interest, including art, tranquil landscapes, and beautiful views. Kids especially love to play on the Perishing Square Beams, just west of 11th Avenue.
What’s are your top NYC fall bucket list ideas?
This autumn, take a walk and breath deep. Enjoy the flavors of the season with a fresh smoothie. Count your blessings aloud with your kids. The days are long, but the years are short. What are your fall bucket list ideas?
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About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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