Day Tripper: Top 5 Autumn Destinations To Explore in Under 24 Hours 

Longing to take in Autumn’s crisp air and colors but only have a day to do so? We take you to five destinations that don’t require weeks off to feel like you’re on vacation.

1. Dia:Beacon

On the banks of the Hudson River you can find Dia:Beacon. A stunning museum that is home to large-scale works from the 1960s to the present by Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Dan Flavin, Gerhard Richter, Donald Judd, Richard Serra to name a few. In just under two hours each way from New York City, it is only a five-minute stroll from the Beacon train station on the Metro North line, a scenic 80-minute ride from the Grand Central Terminal. Tickets to Dia:Beacon itself are included in the Metro-North Day Trip packet itself making this one of the simplest city getaways.

The Dia:Beacon galleries are lit almost entirely by natural light, and museum hours vary seasonally.

Thursday–Monday 11am–6pm

Thursday–Monday 11am–4pm
3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 440-0100



2. Storm King Art Center

Across the Hudson River in the the lower Hudson Valley is one the world’s leading sculpture parks. Only one hour north of New York City, Storm King has a collection of over 100 carefully sited sculptures on a stunning 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands. Enjoy lunch from the cafe or bring a picnic while taking in the fall foliage and larger-than-life sculptures. Celebrate Halloween with the kids October 25 for pumpkin carving and face painting.

Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5:30pm

Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm
Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 534-3115



3. Queens County Farm

Take a break from the hectic urban pace, without ever leaving the city. In a New York minute, you can find yourself at Queens Country Farm on New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. Its 47 acre’s is home to a greenhouse, livestock, planting fields, an orchard, and herb garden. During this fall season Queens County Farm also has a corn maze, variety of Hudson Valley apples, a pumpkin patch, and haunted house. Bring the whole family for a farm adventure, on October 25th, when there is the annual Children’s Fall Festival.

There is no admission charge for the farm itself, but view website for detailed pricing of the Maze, Haunted House, and Children’s Fall Festival.

Grounds open daily,
10am -5pm year-round
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, New York 11004-1129
(718) 347-3276


4. Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at the New York Botanical Gardens

An urban oasis, The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic landmark, and home to over one million living plants. The garden’s current special exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, marks the artists first solo presentation in New York City in more than 10 years. It showcases Kahlo’s deep appreciation for beauty in the natural world as evidenced by her home and garden, featuring more than a dozen of her paintings and works on paper, as well as reimagines her Mexico City garden and studio, Casa Azul. Visit this fall for special Dia De Lost Muertos Weekends. October 24 & 25 and October 31 & November 1 join the festivities ranging from a procession of larger-than-life skeletons, pumpkin carving, and a performance by Artists in residence The Villalobos Brothers.

Hours vary. Visit for details:
New York Botanical Gardens
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458


5. Red Rooster Harlem

Just a short drive from the New York Botanical Gardens is acclaimed soul food restaurant Red Rooster Harlem. Named for a famous Harlem speakeasy and created by chef Marcus Samuelsson, the menu features home-cooked favorites such as mac and cheese, fried chicken, and slow roasted beef ribs. Located on Lenox Avenue off 125th St, the walls are decorated with curated art pieces, many by Harlem artists, and neighborhood artifacts. Within Red Rooster Harlem is also The Nook, a spot where you can find sweets, pastries, and savory sandwiches from our kitchen.

Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am-3pm
Dinner: Mon-Thur 4:30-1:30pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-11:30pm, Sun 4:30-10pm
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm
310 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, NY 10027
(212) 792-9001