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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