While we’ve certainly experienced some steamy days this fall, it is October, which means the leaves on area trees will soon start to turn. (The Old Farmer’s Almanac, predicts an especially vivid show this year, with NYC enjoying peak colors through the end of October. For up-to-date status of things, check out New York State’s fall foliage report.) A trip out of town is nice, but you don’t have to leave the city to see incredible color. Click through to find spots for gorgeous vistas, unique vantage points and full-on autumn splendor.

Randall’s Island

An oasis in the middle of all the hubbub—literally: at the confluence of the East and Harlem rivers—Randall’s Island Park has trees, dedicated natural areas, and gardens throughout its 480 acres but for foliage views, head to the southeast shoreline to take in the colors across Astoria Park in Queens, or along the northeastern rim of Manhattan. While you are there, visit the Scylla Playground and outdoor art exhibitions, or swing a bat or a club at the miniature golf course or batting cages.

Logistics: Take 4, 5, or 6 to 125th Street and the M35 bus from there.


photo via Randall's Island Facebook

cover photo: Phillippe Put via Flickr

What’s your go-to spot to see glorious fall foliage with the kids? Tell us in the comments below! 

— Cheryl deJong-Lambert