Leaf Peeping: A Fun Family Activity in the Fall
Where to see the leaves change color in the New York metro area.
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If the kids decide they want to rest their feet, you can explore the entire region without walking or hiking. Take a ride on the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Trainso the family can step back in time and relive the golden age of railroading. The trip is 1½-3 hours, depending on which route you choose. In Wilmington, take the kids on an eight-passenger gondola ride up to Whiteface Mountain. Traveling up the mountain you will have incredible views of all that the region has to offer in the spectacularly hued fall season. Picnic tables await at the top for families who want to stop and have lunch at the summit. (Note, however, that the gondola only runs through mid-October, so check before you plan your visit).
Lastly, what is leaf peeping without a road trip? One of the best highways to travel is the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway. Climb up the fifth highest mountain in the area and take in the lustrous panoramic views of the foliage on the High Peaks.
There are of course lots of other colorful options: Families love to explore the Finger Lakes, Catskills, and the forks of Long Island. For more information on other leaf-peeping destinations in the state visit iloveny.com.
Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Train
Part of Adirondack State Park, on Heart Lake, 8 miles south of Lake Placid
1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid
Adirondack Park Visitors Center at Paul Smith's College
Main entrance on Route 30, 1 mile north of Paul Smith's College
Catskill Association for Tourism Services
Fort Tryon Park
Just off Margaret Corbin Circle near 190th Street, Washington Heights, Manhattan
High Falls Gorge
4761 NYS Route 86, Wilmington
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