From uptown to downtown, few New York City neighborhoods are as delightful in the autumn as Battery Park. Particularly in October – the official fall foliage month – you’ll see throngs of tourists and locals decked out in their fall best, snapping selfies amidst the beautifully changing leaves. So grab a scarf and a warm beverage, and head to these photo-ready spots, all just blocks from Wagner Battery Park. Do it for the ‘gram.
Sea Streak Hudson River Fall Foliage Day Cruise: Catch breathtaking fall views on this daylong leaf peeping excursion. Beginning in Battery Park, you’ll travel up the Hudson River and cruise past the Palisades, Hastings-on-the-Hudson, Tarrytown, Ossining, Croton Point, Haverstraw, Stony Point, Bear Mountain and West Point. Choose to stop for lunch in either quaint Cold Spring or Newburgh before docking back downtown.
Brooklyn Bridge: Walk the pedestrian boardwalk the runs through the middle of this iconic bridge to get a birds-eye view of fall foliage in Battery Park. Stop for a photo on the other side before making your way back again.
The Battery: The park for which Battery Park got its name is steeped in history, but come autumn, this stunning location at the tip of Manhattan comes alive with trees cast in sunlit hues. Stop for a photo as the Battery Park high-rises peek through in the distance.
Staten Island Ferry: Hop aboard the free Staten Island Ferry for a unique perspective of fall foliage taken from the New York harbor. Get a glimpse of vibrant Battery Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, as well as the trees that line the Statue of Liberty and Governors and Ellis Islands. Just be sure to bring a sweater.