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10 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Fall in NYC

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|by Amy Sapp |

Grab an apple cider, pack your snugliest sweater and take on NYC

Every season in New York has its own appeal, but fall is a favorite. As the temperatures begin to drop, explore the best fall shows, tours and attractions in the Big Apple. To start you off right, ShowTickets has compiled 10 of the top ways to celebrate autumn this year.

Celebrate fall in New York City (Photo: iStock)

Celebrate fall in New York City (Photo: iStock)

Central Park Sightseeing – Bike Tour
Autumn in the Northeast means changing leaves and breathtaking views. Hop on  Central Park Sightseeing bike and pedal through the gorgeous red and yellow fall leaves fluttering over the park. Escape the frenzied city with this gentle fall reprieve.

NYC Brewery Tour
What better way to celebrate fall in the boroughs than with a locally brewed beer? On the lively NYC Brewery Tour, sample fall flavors on tap. Not only will you get to taste a slew of unique brews, but you’ll also learn from the experts on how these beers are crafted. To match the cooling weather, we recommend sipping an apple-infused beer or an Oktoberfest-inspired German ale.

Haunted Broadway Musical Theatre Walking Tour
At the end of October, celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year in theatrical fashion with the Haunted Broadway Musical Theatre Walking Tour. Trained guides will expose secrets of the ghouls haunting the houses of Broadway theaters, from vaudeville stars to long-gone legends. Plus, for you “die”-hard theatre fans, you have the opportunity to sing along with your tour guide to some of Broadway’s darkest tunes, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s “Time Warp.”

Soho and Nolita Chic Boutique Shopping Tour
Chilly temperatures demand new wardrpbes. Join the Soho and Nolita Chic Boutique Shopping Tour for an opportunity to revitalize your fall wardrobe with fuzzy gloves, cashmere sweaters and plaid scarves from Manhattan’s finest local boutiques. If window-shopping is more your speed, fret not – you will still learn a thing or two from your shopping-savvy tour guide.

SpongeBob SquarePants
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? That’s right, kids. SpongeBob SquarePants. And now, he is making his home on Broadway with this season’s latest onscreen adaptation to the stage. The Broadway musical, starring newcomer Ethan Slater in the classic role of the square kitchen sponge himself, draws inspiration from the beloved television show while also offering a brand-new storyline imbued with inside jokes and obscure references that are certain to tickle old and new fans of the show.

We all have our favorite fall treats, from pumpkin pies and apple strudels to pecan cookies and hot apple cider. On Broadway, however, there is one show that touches our sweet tooth no matter the time of year – Waitress. This musical, inspired by the 2007 film of the same name and composed by Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles, has secured its place in New York with its sweet songs and biting wit. This fall, put Waitress at the top of your viewing list.

Once On This Island
The first musical that placed Tony Award winners Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens on the theatrical map was Once On This Island in the 1990s. Now, the seminal musical returns to Broadway in its long-awaited revival. This incarnation, however, features a host of nuanced traits staged in the round, from live animals to “found” objects and running water onstage. With its cast helmed by Broadway legend Lea Salonga and eighteen-year-old Hailey Kilgore in her Broadway debut, this show is certain to inspire viewers of all ages.

Empire State Building Observatory
This season, gaze down over the foliage of New York city’s five boroughs from the top of the Empire Stare Building in its state-of-the-art observatory. Truly, there are few places in Manhattan that offer such an expansive view of the color-transformed leaves and majestic skyline of New York. Plus, the observatory now has a special, free application to download for a heightened viewing experience of the skyline. 

Museum of Natural History
One of the city’s most acclaimed museums, the American Museum of Natural History is perfect spot for both an educational and entertaining break from the colder outdoor temperatures this fall. Enter the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and warm your hands under the gaze of a 21,000-pound, suspended blue whale. Afterwards, snuggle underneath the screens of the expansive Rose Center for Earth and Space to unearth some of the most awe-inspiring facts about our expanding celestial universe.

Bronx Zoo
Wrap yourself up in a scarf, grab a hot apple cider to go and head out to the Bronx Zoo! This impressive zoo remains one of the world’s largest urban zoos to date, housing thousands of animals within the New York area. Luckily, though some animals may be hibernating for the colder season, several attractions and exhibits remain open year-round, including the Children’s Zoo, Congo Gorilla Forest and 4-D Theater. 

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