Fall bucket list: Things to do before mandatory hibernation

The leaves are finally changing and there's a chill in the air, and before you know it, the cold will force us indoors.

Until that happens, there's much fun to be had, so we've gathered some ideas for the best ways to spend these brightly colored days. Festivals are coming up in the next few weeks and new glamping opportunities are at Fort Tilden -- plus more:

Pick fresh apples from a nearby orchard

There's no better way to celebrate the harvest than picking crisp apples right off the trees they grew on. There are several farms just outside of the city that are only a day trip away, including Wright's Farm in Gardiner, New York. Or if you just want to taste some hard cider, you can make a trip to Angry Orchards' barrel room in Walden.

Take a bike tour of the city

This is your last chance to see the city and its amber-colored foliage before it's too cold to keep your hands on the handlebars. If you don't want to go it alone, there are several tours you can take, including Bike New York, which does local tours and a holiday lights excursion, Get Up and Ride that hits the Brooklyn waterfront and lower Manhattan and Central Park's own bike tour.

Catch a festival

When it gets colder, it may be more difficult to brave the weather, but right now there are festivals to head to, including Anime NYC in November and the Festival of Song in December. Don't miss out.


Ride the tram to the new Cornell Tech campus

The Roosevelt Island Tram can provide an unparalleled view of the city, and during the fall, a great view of the trees that line Roosevelt Island. Once you get off, turn toward the southern point of the island, where the new Cornell Tech campus is. There, you'll not only find newly constructed buildings for the students but public space and a restaurant called Tech Cafe.

Catch beautiful leaves along Staten Island's Greenbelt

In mid- to late October, fall colors are at their best along the Greenbelt. Put on your hiking boots and take a calming jaunt through one of the city's rare, undisturbed forests, with tree species that include maple, tulip, beech, oak and hickory. Find it at Richmond and Brielle avenues.

Go ice skating

Ice skating is technically a winter sport, but before too long, it will be just too cold to enjoy it. Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and Prospect Park are good places to start, though the later you go, the more crowded the rinks will be.