Explore NYC with Me: Fall in Central Park

Fall in New York is my favorite time of year. It’s so pretty, and the horrible summer humidity is gone for the most part … it did hit 70 degrees last week though!

I especially love fall in Central Park, and I thought you’d enjoy a tour!

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little Home

I live a couple blocks from Central Park on the Upper West Side, and I like to spend as much time there as possible, especially in fall. All the fall colors are gorgeous, and it’s not as crowded as it is in summer.

My husband and I planned an afternoon in the park recently. I had to have a hot drink first, so we stopped at Voila Chocolat for hot chocolates … definitely a good call! Joel had dark chocolate, and I had the daredevil hot chocolate. It was a little spicy, and we both agreed it was the best.

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeAfter grabbing our drinks, we headed to the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, one of my favorite spots in the park. The water reflects the city, and depending on where you are standing, you can see the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, Midtown, and north, as well.

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeThe building with the two towers is the San Remo, a fancy co-op, and you can spot it throughout the park. It also makes for some great pictures!

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeAfter walking part way around the reservoir, we stopped in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was decorated for fall, too! They just closed the roof for winter, but you can view Central Park from many of its windows. If you’re there in the evening, stop at the Balcony Bar for a drink and some snacks.

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeI was too tired to see more of the park that day, so I headed out again last week. There were even more colors too see!

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeI think my favorite place to enjoy fall in Central Park is The Pool. You’ll find it just north of the park entrance at W 100th and Central Park West.

The Pool is a lot quieter than the reservoir, and it’s waters reflect the leaves so beautifully.

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeYou can also see nearby buildings reflected in The Pool’s water. You’ll notice that there’s still a lot of green leaves in the park. Fall tends to arrive late in New York, I’ve found!

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeAfter admiring The Pool, I headed up the Great Hill. I love this spot in Central Park. It’s almost always quiet up there, so it feels like you’ve found a secret hideout. At the top of the hill, you’ll find a running track, plus lots of quiet spots to enjoy the outdoors.

I found a ghost leaf and couldn’t resist snapping a few pics!

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeNo matter where you are at in Central Park, you’ll spot signs of the city all around you. Can you spot the water tower below?

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeThere’s also a path on the west side of the Great Hill that’s a great place to find colorful fall leaves.

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeSee what I mean about it being quiet up there? I had the path all to myself!

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeIt was starting to get dark, but I found a location for my next picnic … remember those 70 degree days I mentioned earlier?!?

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeAfter heading down the hill, I started walking south again.

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeI couldn’t resist one more stop at the reservoir before heading home. It’s so beautiful at this day with the setting sun reflecting off the buildings on the Upper East Side!

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little HomeCentral Park is huge, and this tour is just the tip of the iceberg! There are tons of other locations to check out in fall. Here are some of my favorites:

  • The Harlem Meer – Another pretty body of water in Central Park. If you here at mealtime, walk over to Frederick Douglass Boulevard on the northwest corner of the park, then head north for lots of great restaurants. The Harlem Tavern has a huge outdoor space for warm days, something for everyone to eat, and it’s right by the subway.
  • The Conservatory Garden – This is a nice spot to get away from the crowds (it’s a designated quiet zone) on the east side of the park.
  • The Ramble – This hilly area just north of the The Lake is a great place to surround yourself in nature! Stop by Belvedere Castle for great views of the city and park while you’re there.
  • The Lake – Fall in Central Park is the perfect time to walk around The Lake and take lots of pictures! I like to start on the west side and eventually make my way over to Bethesda Fountain. After checking out the fountain, walk The Mall and you’ll be surrounded by beautiful, tall Elm trees.
  • The Pond – Located just a few feet from Fifth Avenue, The Pond is the perfect place to enjoy a little reprieve before heading back into the city.
  • Pack a Picnic – if it’s warm enough, pick up picnic supplies before heading into the park. I like to stop at Whole Foods, since they have everything from sandwiches to salads to chips to drinks. There’s one at Columbus Circle and one at Columbus/W 97th Street, then there are Midtown and Upper East Side locations (both are further from the park though). There are tons of great picnic spots, but my favorites are just north of the reservoir, the Great Lawn, or the Sheep Meadow.

Have you ever visited Central Park in fall?

I’m linking up with I Heart Naptime.

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