Want to see Central Park in all its Fall glory. Looking at October but, historically speaking, when would be the best week in Fall to plan our trip?
We were in NYC for Halloween a couple of years ago and some trees were colouring up nicely but there were also many which were still green so that year would definitely have been better early November.
I absolutely loved the view over the park from the rooftop terrace at the MET Museum, it was still very colourful.
Central Park turns later than other areas in the region. It is slightly variable but 2nd week in Nov is a good bet.
As you consider dates, avoid the NY Marathon (Nov 4 in 2018). Hotel prices are extra high around that time Of course, if you have a healthy budget and have an interest in the Marathon, it is fun to watch.
Very late October into early November, but nothing is guaranteed.
Even if only a small portion of the trees are turning it's still a stunning sight.
But I'd choose early to mid November for a better chance to see lots of it.
And if you're a little early, going on a day trip up the Hudson may mean you see a lot of fall colours. The train trip is easy and scenic. Maybe stop at Poughkeepsie (2 hours from Manhattan) for the Walkway Over the Hudson which means you can walk right into the forest-y areas on the other side of the bridge.
Peak color can never be completely predicted, but I'd plan a trip for the second week of November.
Here is a public album of photos I've taken in the autumn -- you can check the dates on them to see when it was most colorful over the past several years:
If you do end up here a bit early for peak Manhattan color, then I agree that going an hour or two upstate for a day is a good idea! :)
Lovely photos from Frangi.
Even late November can have gorgeous fall colours!
Thanks, Aynat -- yes, I'd say late November is more likely to still have some autumn color (albeit past peak) than late October. Things are usually still quite green at Halloween, but even going up to the Cloisters or the Bronx Zoo will get you more late October color.
Thanksgiving this year is as early as it ever is -- November 22nd -- so there's a decent chance that we'll still have some lovely autumn colors over the holiday weekend!
Want to thank all who responded to my question. Such good information. Will be very helpful in planning. All pictures were amazing and will definitely try to incorporate the Hudson River Walkway into the trip. Thank you all again!