Fordham Five: Easy, Cheap Ways to Escape the City this Fall

The Bronx holds a special place in all our hearts, but this time of year has a lot of us itching to get out of the city. These five day trips are all under two hours, cost around $20 or less, and will give you a refreshing taste of fall before you head back to campus. Apple picking, football, museum exploring…what will you do this Sunday?

outhouse orchards

Image courtesy of Outhouse Orchard.

1. Apple and Pumpkin Picking

What: Fall in the northeast would be incomplete without this. Head to Outhouse Orchards for apple-picking, pumpkin-picking, hayrides, a corn maze. So much fall fun you’ll feel like a little kid.

Why: Apple cider donuts.

How: Take Metro North on the Harlem line to Purdy’s or Croton Falls, then take a very quick and cheap taxi ride (try to call a few minutes in advance so there’s no wait) to the orchard.

elm street

2. Explore the ‘Burbs

What: Shop, eat, and explore in the towns surrounding the city. Go to White Plains for big chains (Buffalo Wild Wings, Melting Pot) and big malls (The Westchester, The Galleria). For a full day of shopping and eating in the crisp fall air, take the train a little further to the charming, upscale towns in Connecticut. In Westport, shop chains like Urban Outfitters and smaller boutiques like Lucy’s, treat yourself to lunch at Matsu Sushi and a Crumbs cupcake, then head to Compo Beach, which is nearly empty (but so pretty) in the off-season. New Canaan is preppy heaven: shop at J. Crew and fancy-pants beauty shop space NK apothecary, followed by lunch at Le Pain Quotidien.

Why: Fall in New England.

How: All of these towns are within an hour and a half on Metro North. For White Plains, take the train to North White Plains. For the Connecticut stops, take the train to Stamford, then switch to the local Connecticut trains.


Image courtesy of Flickr / Matt J Carbone.

3. Football, Football, Football

What: You might still be grappling with the fact that the Giants just won their first game of the season but it wouldn’t be fall without football; get tickets to see the Giants or the Jets play at home. It’s not cheap, but Metlife Stadium is pretty easy to access from the city.

Why: Fall equals football.

How: Take the D train to 34th St./Penn Station and take New Jersey Transit to Secaucus Junction Station, where you can transfer to the Meadowlands Service.

 the cloisters

Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

4. The Cloisters

What: An offshoot of the Met for when you’re feeling artsy. It’s in the Bronx but you’d never know it while you’re there, and a lot of the exhibits are outside so you won’t need to miss out on the perfect fall weather.

Why: To keep it classy.

How: Take the D train to 145th St., take the A heading uptown to 190th St., then walk east on Margaret Corbin Dr.

 city island

Image courtesy of Flickr / Dennis Harper.

5. City Island

What: Eat a mountain of fried everything and enjoy an amazing waterfront view at Johnny’s Reef or get romantic at Artie’s, then walk it off and explore this adorable town.

Why: Looks like summer, feels like fall.

How: Pick up the Bx12 at Fordham Road/Bathgate, then switch to te Bx29 at Bruckner Bl./Wilkinson Ave.


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