There’s no need to go to New England to see the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows of autumn. Woodlawn Cemetery—only a short subway ride away—offers stunning views of fall foliage and a variety of fun public programs, ranging from an edible mushroom hunt to special Halloween tours. Scenic, serene, and easily accessible off both the 4 train and the Metro North Railroad Harlem Line, Woodlawn is one of New York’s best kept secrets and a wonderful weekend destination this fall for foliage and fun.
Select Fall 2012 Programs:
- Step Right Up! (September 16): This new addition to Woodlawn Cemetery’s walking tours will visit the final resting places of some of the nation’s most famous acrobats, magicians, and circus performers, including ringmaster James Bailey, the amazing “Herrmann the Great,” and the builder of Coney Island’s Luna Park Frederick Thompson. 2 p.m. – Jerome Avenue Entrance – $15adults, $10 seniors and students.
- The Birds of Woodlawn (September 23): Two expert birding guides from the New York City Audubon Society will lead a sunrise birding walk through Woodlawn Cemetery’s expansive grounds. Bring your binoculars. 7 a.m. – Jerome Avenue Entrance – $15 adults, $10 seniors and students.
- What’s Out There! (October 6): Through a partnership with the Cultural Landscape Foundation, Woodlawn Cemetery will host Andrew Dolkart, author, historian, and director of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program, to lead a tour of Woodlawn’s historic gardens. 2 p.m. – Jerome Avenue Entrance – free, but reservations required.
- Open House New York (October 6 & 7): Woodlawn Cemetery is participating in Open House New York and will host several special events and tours as part of the weekend’s festivities, including “Moonlight and Mausoleums”—a twilight tour of the cemetery’s private mausoleums (October 6, 7 p.m. – Jerome Avenue entrance – free)—and “Egyptomania”—a tour of Egyptian Revival mausoleums led by Elizabeth Broman of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library (2 p.m. – Jerome Avenue Entrance – free).
- Celebrate the Trees (October 21): A day of autumn celebrations will include a tour of Woodlawn’s renowned collection of trees—including five of New York’s Great Trees: the Weeping Beech, Pendent Silver Linden, and White Pine—at their fall peak led by Duncan Himmelman, the Adult Education Coordinator for the New York Botanical Garden (2 p.m. – Jerome Avenue Entrance – $15 adults, $10 seniors and students). The day will also feature a free tree giveaway (10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Jerome Avenue entrance) and a planting workshop led by representatives from the New York Restoration Project (11 am – Jerome Avenue Entrance – Belmont Mausoleum).
· For those traveling by subway, Woodlawn is the last stop on the #4 train. The entrance to the Cemetery is located across the street from the station.
· For those taking Metro North, Woodlawn is on the Harlem Line (Woodlawn Station).
· For those traveling by car, Woodlawn can be reached from the E. 233rd St. exit off the Major Deegan (#13) and the Bronx River Parkway (#10).