Top 5 Places To See Fall Foliage and Landscaping Across New York City

We are currently at peak foliage in New York City, so if you have not been able to get a chance to see the colourful autumn leaves across the five boroughs, now is the time to do so before the end of the month. We rounded up some of the most favorite places New Yorkers, tourists, and locals flock to at this time of the year.

1) Central Park 

As the most famous park in the city, you can't go wrong snapping a shot amongst its 843 acres of green space. From a stroll on The Mall, to a romantic walk along Bow Bridge, trekking the paths in The Ramble, photographing the views from Belvedere Castle, relaxing on Sheep Meadow, or people watching at Bethesda Fountain, each of these places are surrounded by a rich diversity of tree species and winding paths that make Central Park an irresistible destination for people from all over the world to see its changing scenery. 

2) Prospect Park 

Located in Brooklyn, this is one of the largest parks in the borough surrounded by the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Crown Heights, Windsor Terrace, and Flatbush. Within its meandering pathways, lush open lawns and Prospect Park Lake are several places of interest one can see paired with a bright landscape of red, orange, and yellow leaves. There is the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the adjacent Brooklyn Museum, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Steinhardt Conservatory, Prospect Park Zoo, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, and more.

3) Hudson River Park 

Stretching the western shoreline of Manhattan is Hudson River Park, a gorgeously landscaped riverfront park spanning from Pier 25 in Tribeca to Pier 97 in Midtown, Manhattan. There are tree-lined bike lanes, walking paths, and landscaped esplanades that look out to New Jersey across the Hudson River. Throughout this four-mile stretch of the waterfront are children's playgrounds, green lawns, and idyllic spots to take in the sights of the city and the broad range of flowers, trees, and shrubbery such as Little Island, the rooftop park of Pier 57, Christopher Street Pier, and both Pier 25 and 97 flanking the northern and southern ends of Hudson River Park. Bike paths continue in each direction where one can ride either down to Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, or go north all the way past the George Washington Bridge by the northern tip of Manhattan. 

4) Flushing Meadows Corona Park 

As a popular Instagram spot for blooming cherry blossoms in the spring, so too does Flushing Meadows Corona Park become in the fall. As the city's second largest park, it was also the home for the World's Fair in 1939 and 1964 with iconic structures such as the two UFO-shaped Observation Towers, the elliptical Tent of Tomorrow making a dramatically stunning presence in any picture. Multiple walking paths radiate outward from the Unisphere fountain and sculpture, each of which are lined with mature trees on both sides that provide a perfect backdrop for photos of the fall season. 

5) New York Botanical Garden 

Located in the northern section of the Bronx next to Fordham University is the New York Botanical Garden, an indoor-outdoor facility that houses some of the most popular and exotic species of plants totalling more than one million. Spread out across 250 acres is a broad assortment of aces such as the tranquil Rock Garden, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory housing flower displays and seasonal exhibitions, the Ross Conifer Arboretum, the Native Plant Garden, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, and a collection of forests with several trails that are within walking distance to the nearby Bronx River.  


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