Just because summer has ended doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Fall is my favorite season because the crowds have died down, but the weather is still perfect for long walks and outdoor activities. Here are my suggestions for a few great day trips to make this fall.
Six Flags Great Adventure
We took the Port Authority bus which leaves every Saturday at 9:30am. It’s so convenient – and you’re there in just 60-90 minutes. There’s a great discount that includes your park ticket and round-trip transportation for only $64.00.
With the kiddies back in school, the lines are much shorter so you can pack a lot into a single day. We must have ridden 8 roller coasters and tons of other fun rides. We never waited more than 30 minutes even for the biggest attractions.
Just when you’re too exhausted to take another step, it’s time to get back on the bus which drops you off conveniently back at Port Authority. Hooray!
There are special Fright Fest buses that leave later throughout October. Visit this site for more information.
I made the mistake of visiting Coney Island on July 4th, which I will not do again. It was so hot and crowded that we ended up sitting in a dark bar to escape the chaos (not that I’m complaining about day drinking at all!).
If I could do it over again, I would visit in the fall to avoid the masses. Luna Park’s “Nights of Horror” run throughout October to celebrate Halloween, with rides running at $3-5 a pop. There’s a special “end of summer” wrist band that allows unlimited rides for $30—a pretty great deal! The Park closes after October 31.
While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the original Nathan’s Hot Dogs, which was started as a small stand by a Polish immigrant in 1916.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
I’ve raved about this area before, but there’s nothing better than strolling through the park on a crisp fall day. It’s one of the few areas in metro-NYC where you can actually see the changing leaves (on more than 1 tree at a time!) Plus, the park is lined with gorgeous brownstones dating back from the early 1900s.
Stop by the Brooklyn Museum while you’re in the neighborhood. Saturday September 29th is “Free Museum Day” when, you guessed it, admission is completely free. Exhibitions include an Egyptian mummy chamber, sculpture garden and several temporary art displays.
Visit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ to learn more about Free Museum Day.
Enjoy the fall!