Summer is still here and New Yorkers don’t want to start thinking about the cold just yet – like when stores start selling Halloween candy in July — fuhgeddaboudit.
However, the reality is: fall is just around the corner. And if you’re a New Yorker, that’s not a problem. So if you’re attending this year’s C3 at the end of October, consider yourself lucky — New York is one of the best places to spend this magical season.
As locals and diehard New York enthusiasts, we’ve put together a list of our favorite spots and things to do in Manhattan. So, come on, you’re already here for C3… why not take advantage of the greatest city in the world?
1. Bryant Park Winter Village
Many know Bryant Park for its summer activities such as yoga, outdoor movies, and food vendors. What many forget is the magical wonderland the park turns into through the late months of fall into winter.
Right before C3, Bryant Park transforms into the Winter Village, sponsored by Bank of America. Dining at Celsius, gift vendors at the Holiday Shops, and an ice skating rink (rent skates for just $15) make this location a true New York hotspot. Visitors can also ride the carrousel (Instagram opp!) and walk over to the New York Public Library.
2. The TCS NYC Marathon
What better way to spend a Sunday in New York than to support a great cause? This year, the New York City Marathon will take place on November 1st.
The race has grown from 55 finishing entrants in 1970 to over 50,000 runners in 2014. See how many complete the race this year while watching a marathon of not only runners, but of hope and renewal.
3. Village Halloween Parade
Who doesn’t love Halloween with its mix of color, creativity, and most importantly, candy?! Come check out the 42nd annual parade on October 31st and join in with your own costume!
See thousands (really, thousands) participate with puppets, music, dancers, and artists as New York celebrates the spookiest day of the year. This year’s theme is “Devil May Care.” (Do what you will with that theme)
4. Central Park Reservoir
Overwhelmed by the busyness of the concrete jungle? Take a break and head towards iconic Central Park. Settled in upper Manhattan, the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is a hidden oasis within the city.
Look over a billion gallons of water, under blue skies and the changing colors of autumn leaves.
5. Sports, Sports, Sports
There is no better time for sports than in the fall. Fortunately for us, New York has an array of sports and teams. Grab your favorite jacket, cozy up with a warm cup of cocoa and cheer on the best city in the world in some of the best stadiums and arenas.
With the NY Mets, Yankees, Jets, Islanders, and Rangers you’ll have plenty of chances to join the excitement. Not sure which team you want to follow? Stop in on one of the many designated team bars around the city and let the energetic crowds decide for you.
6. Broadway Musicals
What trip to New York is complete without a Broadway show? Come experience long-running classics like The Lion King or Les Miserables to breaking new hits like Finding Neverland or last year’s Tony winner, Fun/Home. You’ll have no problem finding something just right for you!
There are plenty of ways to snag show tickets at discounted prices, and even to shows that are typically sold out for months. Check out TKTS for discounted tickets or each box office’s own lottery process.
7. The High Line
Another gem in New York City is the High Line Park, which is built on a historic 1900s freight rail line recently renovated as a public park in 2009.
This soaring 1.5 mile-long park sits above the West Side and hosts a number of activities beyond the amazing view, architecture, and plant life it is typically known for. In October, visitors can even go stargazing using high-powered telescopes, something you can’t do around big city lights.
8. Brooklyn Bridge and Park
The Brooklyn Bridge, which connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, is known for more than just mobile transportation. This iconic structure (with cameos in multiple films and TV shows) can be accessed by foot, putting visitors above the everyday chaos of cars and allowing for a unique experience with an even better view.
From Manhattan, the bridge can be accessed near City Hall. Just over the bridge in Brooklyn lies a beautiful waterfront park full of playgrounds, restaurants, activities, and you guessed it – more spectacular views. Something even jaded New Yorkers can’t get enough of.
9. The Intrepid Air and Space Museum
Step back in history at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum located off of the West Side Highway on the Hudson River – and hey, and it’s just steps from C3! Admission is free with your purchase of a C3 2015 ticket because our big C3 Bash will take place on the ship and inside the museum.
This educational and interactive walking museum sits on an original artifact itself: the aircraft carrier Intrepid, which is now considered a National Historic Landmark. At the party, explore the decommissioned ship and check out documentaries and artifacts from WWII, the Cold War and Vietnam War. Also set your sights on the massive Enterprise space shuttle, the Growler submarine, and the record-breaking British Airways Concorde.
Can’t get enough museums? Check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art ($25), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ($25), the American Museum of Natural History ($22), the September 11th Memorial & Museum ($24), the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian ($18) and Museum of Modern Art ($25) – just to name a few.
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10. Escape the Room
Escape the Room, a reservation-only outing, is quickly making an impression on New Yorkers. This interactive event is a strategy-based mystery game for groups looking for a unique kind of fun.
Participants are locked in a room with friends (or soon to be friends) and must use clues and puzzles in order to escape within 60 minutes. Go with coworkers or be teamed up with strangers for this one-of-a-kind experience. Purchase tickets for just $28.
11. Sleep No More
For another out-of-the-box experience, head over to Chelsea’s McKittrick Hotel and check out local favorite, Sleep No More. Sleep No More is an interactive theatrical show telling the story of Macbeth through silent scenes and animated actors. Audience members (who must also remain silent and wear a mask) travel through the dark 1930s venue into hundreds of different rooms at their own pace, providing each audience member with a different experience.
Attendees have up to 3 hours to roam the theatre, touch the props, and create their own journey. If you’re not ready to end the evening there, guests may also hang out at the Manderley Bar, the beautiful Gallow Green rooftop, or eat at The Heath… all located in the same venue. Standard tickets cost $85.