1. New York Botanical Garden

Opened in 1902, the Haupt has been restored several times, most recently by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects in 1997, and refurbished in 2010.

As dazzling and beautiful as the New York Botanical Garden is during the Cherry Blossom Festival in Spring, the garden’s Thain Family Forest affords some of the best leaf spotting in the City. The 250-acre woodland area is the oldest patch of old-growth forest in the city, with some trees dating back to the 19th century. The woodland is also comprised of a variety of species, such as red maple, oak, tulip trees, sweet gums, and scarlet oak.

During the first and second week of November the Garden hosts guided foliage tours of the Thain Family Forest where visitors can immerse themselves into the woodland and learn about the various species of trees.

Next, check out The Top 12 NYC Nature Trails For Fall (and Year Round) Exploration.