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.

Fort Tryon Park

Here to remind you that skyscrapers don’t corner the market on views from on high is Fort Tryon Park, one of the highest points of natural elevation in Manhattan. Located near the northern rim of the island, it was stunningly landscaped by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to offer commanding views of the Hudson River and Palisades Park in New Jersey. Indeed, Rockefeller purchased the Palisades parcel so he could preserve its natural beauty for NYC-based onlookers. The park has two playgrounds—Jacob K. Javits near the main entrance at Fort Washington Avenue and Anne Luftus, located down the winding, wooded path at the eastern edge of the park.

Logistics: Take the A train to 190th Street, and the elevator to Fort Washington Avenue.


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