Exhilarating Experiences for Next-Level Leaf Peeping
Adrenaline rushes, aerial views, and retro river cruises are transforming the way we view the season’s changing colors.
Photo courtesy of Zipline New York
Zip Down a Mountain
Reaching speeds of up to 50 mph, Zipline New York’s tours — the longest, fastest, and highest in North America — transform Hunter Mountain’s fall foliage into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows. The three-hour Skyrider Tour spans more than four miles and reaches heights of 600 feet. Looking for a little less adrenaline? Try the lower Mid Mountain tour that combines zip lines with suspension bridges and platforms.
Photo courtesy of Above the Clouds
Float Above the Trees
Let’s get one thing out of the way: You’re getting up really early. Above the Clouds’ hot air balloons launch seven days a week (weather permitting) from Middletown’s Randall Airport at 6 a.m. That said, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of floating above the trees with the Hudson Valley spread out in front of you. There’s nothing quite like the Instagram photos you’ll get from the ride, either.
Photo courtesy of the Wild Center
Elevate the Experience
When the The Wild Center in Tupper Lake opened Wild Walk in 2015, it was immediately dubbed the High Line of Upstate New York. The comparison makes sense: This 1,200-foot network of elevated walkways and bridges brings you up into the treetops, offering sweeping views in every direction. Down on Earth, don’t miss iForest, a walk through the Wild Center’s wooded paths that’s also an art installation and immersive sound experience.
See the Foliage and GO GAMBLING!
Took the matinee off for a special brunch cruise up the Hudson River. Sometimes a girl needs a little break for some mimosas, sunshine, fall foliage and wind in her hair 🍁#fallfoliage #brunchcruise #hudsonriver #citygirl #matineeoff #newyork_ig #newyorkcity #newyork_instagram #autumn #fallfeels #windinmyhair #classicharborline #hudsoncruise
Laze on the River
Foliage, the Hudson River, and brunch (with a glass of Champagne, of course) — it’s a winning combination. During peak season, Classic Harbor Line’s sellout foliage brunch cruises sail from Chelsea Piers on weekends. The three-hour cruise aboard a 1920s-style yacht features a four-course brunch, drinks, and perfect Palisades views.
Leaf Peep in the Lap of Luxury
See New York’s annual riot of fall colors in style with Wings Air. The private aviation company’s helicopter tours give you a bird’s-eye view of the Hudson Valley’s best assets, both natural and man-made. Departing from Westchester County Airport, 30- and 45-minute tours pass landmarks like Tarrytown Lighthouse, Harriman State Park, Croton Falls, and the Tappan Zee Bridge. But don’t expect it to come cheap: Shared tours start at $275/person, while private charters are priced at $660 and up.