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.

The High Bridge

It’s easy to forget that the entire city was once thickly forested but a trek across the city’s oldest still-standing bridge—High Bridge—will quickly remind you otherwise. The span connects northern Manhattan and the Bronx, and in this area, each borough is thickly wooded with some stretches of original-growth forest. From the Manhattan side, you access the bridge via a lovely, foliage-filled walk through Highbridge Park. It also has two playgrounds: Fort George, Adventure, Quisqueya, and Raoul Wallenberg. The Bronx side has an increasing number of paths and benches, inviting you to take in the scenery.

Logistics: Take the 1 or A/C to 168th Street and head east to the paved path at West 167th Street.

photo by: nycparks

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