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The best places in Central Park to see fall foliage

By Dana Schulz, Mon, November 8, 2021

Photo of the Mall courtesy of Central Park Conservancy

Some of the most breathtaking fall foliage can definitely be found outside of NYC, but when it comes to autumnal bliss within the boroughs, not many places can compare to Central Park. The park experiences a different fall foliage season than other parts of the city because of the tall buildings that surround it and cast shadows on its trees. According to the Central Park Conservancy, the trees have a “distorted sense of the seasons,” creating a later foliage season for Central Park. To make the most of this beautiful season, the Conservancy released its annual fall guide, complete with ideas for exploring the park, and their handy fall foliage map, which lets you know the best spots to see the park’s 18,000 trees in all their yellow, orange, and red glory. Ahead, find eight spots that take the lead for leaf-peeping.

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New York’s official fall foliage map is here!

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 9, 2021

Image courtesy of I LOVE NY

Have you been dreaming of pumpkin spice and chunky sweaters all summer long? Well, autumnal bliss is upon us, with the first signs of colorful fall foliage already appearing in upstate New York. To help you keep tabs on peak foliage in your area, the state has released its annual Fall Foliage Report, an interactive map that is updated weekly using on-the-ground observations and reports from a state-wide network of volunteers.

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MAP: Predict when fall foliage will peak in your area

By Michelle Cohen, Mon, September 21, 2020

Image courtesy of Smoky Mountains

It officially feels like Fall, and whether you’re good and ready for sweater weather or you’re sorry to see summer go, there’s no avoiding the fact that cooler temps and shorter days are on the way. One way to savor the changing seasons is to enjoy the majestic hues of autumn foliage. If you’re hoping to catch the changing season at its peak, there’s no better tool to plan your leaf-peeping strategy than SmokyMountains.com’s Fall Foliage Prediction Map. This interactive infographic will tell you when and where foliage is expected to appear, and when it will reach its peak, in your area. Here in NYC, expect peak foliage to hit around mid-October.

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Image by Pierre Blaché from Pixabay

Admit it–you can’t wait to get that perfect #fallfoliage shot. But if you want to take it a step further, you can volunteer as an official “leaf peeper” for the state of New York (h/t Time Out). I LOVE NY, the state’s tourism agency, is growing its statewide team of volunteers who submit weekly reports on the status of foliage in their given areas.

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Where to find fall foliage in Central Park

By Dana Schulz, Fri, September 28, 2018

Photo via Flickr cc

You don’t have to go upstate to experience the magic of fall foliage–right here in Central Park, there are 20,000 trees, many of which “transform into golden shades of yellow, orange, red, and more.” Which is why the Central Park Conservancy has released its 2018 Fall Guide, complete with a map of the best spots to catch the autumnal bliss, as well as a list of upcoming fall tours.

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