New York City Fall Forest Weekend


The New York Botanical Garden is a magical place all year round. My favorite place in the Garden is the Thain Family Forest. It is a 50 acre tract of the native forest that once made up most of New York City. Fall is the best time of the year to visit due to the explosion of colors in the foliage! I love walking through the trails and hearing the crunching of leaves under my boots, the rustling leaves above, chirping birds, the rapids of the gorge and the scurrying of a small animal in the forest bed.

As part of the Fall Forest Weekends, New York Botanical Garden is offering a slew of free family friendly events. Among the activities are themed walking tours, live birds of prey, tree climbing demonstrations, wood crafting and canoe trips. For those 21 and over, there is also free beer sampling with Bronx Beer Hall!

My son and I volunteered with the Bronx River Alliance, and they provided canoes rides. On Sunday alone, 100 folks paddled the River. Visitors came from all around, including New Jersey, Connecticut and North Carolina.

November 9 and 10th are the last days of the Fall Forest Weekends, so consider it in your weekend plans.
If you have the opportunity, sign up for a free canoe ride. I’ve paddled several sections of the River, but this section is most picturesque. The reflection of the trees and clouds is simply glorious.

But don’t take it from me, come out and experience the Forest and the Bronx River for yourself!

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    • Nicole Perrino

      Love the family forest! My favorite place in the garden as well.

    • Andrew

      WOW, THANKS Nilka. . . the Thain Family Forest sounds and looks romantic as well. . . also The Edible Academy – for teachers and school children the edible gardening headquarters for schools, community groups, urban farmers, and home gardeners.

    • Angel Zamot

      I wish I could come out to support this event. I currently live on the opposite side of the States here in Washington. I moved here for the very reason this article is implying. Washington State has beautiful foliage at this time of year and also amazing fall events to allow folks to get in touch with nature and network with folks of like minds. Awesome!

    • Eileen Bonilla

      Love love this picture. Extremely inspiring article. Can’t wait to go out and see the garden. Thank you for all this wonderful information. And I love all those sounds as well.

    • archie

      This post truly peaked my interest.