6 Gorgeous Fall Foliage Experiences in New York

September 17, 2023

Image Courtesy of Liam Macleod

There’s no denying the beauty of Mother Nature when the leaves turn over from greens to bright oranges, yellows and reds. This season, you don’t have to travel far to face the fall foliage. Here are 6 destinations for leaf peeping in New York, most of which are located in our very own backyard. Want to ensure the deepest, most colorful hues? Visit this New York fall foliage report to align your excursion with peak season.

Central Park

Experience a beautiful nature walk in Central Park. Start at the entrance at 5th Avenue and 72nd Street, and be sure to hit The Ramble, the North Woods, and the Great Hill for a scenic route that’ll make you forget you’re in the concrete jungle. If you want to elevate your vantage point, have your LIVunLtd concierge book a helicopter tour with FlyNYON.  

Fort Tryon Park

Breathtaking views of the Hudson River can be seen from Fort Tryon Park, which features 8 miles of pathways, the city’s largest public garden, the Heather Garden, and the city’s largest dog run. The Met Cloisters museum is also located inside Fort Tryon Park, which houses medieval and European artwork among the trees. Don’t miss out on a hike to Linden Terrace, where you’ll have unobstructed views of the tree-covered cliffs on the Hudson River Palisades. 

Wave Hill Public Gardens

Garden Design Magazine listed Wave Hill as one of the ‘Must See’ Gardens in the NYC metro area. Open 10 AM to 5:30 PM from Wednesday through Sunday, Wave Hill’s 28-acre site includes gardens, greenhouses, and an 8-acre woodland. To ensure your safety, advance ticket reservations are required for all visitors. 

courtesy of Wave Hill

Hudson Valley Helicopter Tour

If you’d like to soak in the foliage from above, take a private helicopter tour of Hudson Valley.  Liftoff from White Plains and fly over the Tappan Zee Bridge, Indian Point, Bear Mountain, and West Point. 

courtesy of Wings Air

Storm King Art Center

Known as one of the world’s best outdoor sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center is the perfect place to experience fall foliage. Only 1 hour north of Manhattan, the 500-acre landscape is home to more than 100 beautiful sculptures that sit amongst rolling hills and fields of trees. 

Bear Mountain State Park

Have a car? Cruise up the Palisades Parkway to Bear Mountain State Park for a picnic, a scenic hike, or a cold swim in the wilderness. You’ll see plenty of leaf changing on the drive up, and amazing views when you arrive.  

courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Contact your concierge to get started on planning your fall foliage getaway.