How to Spend 48 Hours in NYC

Flatiron building in New York City framed by a branch of fall leaves in the foreground

In “the city that never sleeps,” there’s always something new to discover around every corner. You could spend decades uncovering gems in New York City and still never see them all. So when you have only a quick 48 hours to spend in the city, it’s essential to have a game plan. When you stay at Hotel 48LEX New York, you are in the vibrant heart of Midtown Manhattan with easy access to the city’s best attractions. Here’s your ultimate guide to experiencing the best of fall in NYC in just two days.

Take a Hudson River Cruise

To experience the city’s autumnal allure from a unique perspective, consider taking a Hudson River Cruise. You can choose from various options, including daytime voyages, romantic evenings, or family-friendly adventures. Tracing the west side of Manhattan, the Hudson River is renowned for its breathtaking fall foliage and city views. This experience allows you to fully engage with the splendor of fall in NYC, as you gracefully sail along the river.

Fall-O-Ween at New York Botanical Garden

Treat yourself to a quintessential fall day with a visit to the New York Botanical Garden’s Fall-O-Ween. Admire hundreds of intricately carved pumpkins and gourds, participate in hands-on activities, and savor food and beverage talks. Don’t miss master pumpkin carver Adam Bierton showcasing his artistry and hosting a pumpkin carving competition. You can even select the perfect pumpkin to take home from the pumpkin patch. Events start on Saturday, September 16 and run through the end of October.

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

It’s always entertaining to see what costumes your friends choose for Halloween, but it’s even better to see dogs all dressed up. If you’re visiting in October, don’t miss the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. It’s a quirky and cheerful event where dogs don costumes that range from cultural icons to avant-garde designs. Whether you’re a dog owner or simply a dog lover, this parade is guaranteed to brighten your day. As a plus, our dog-friendly hotel has a sweet array of perks and special amenities for your pet to enjoy with our Urban Tails package.

Oktoberfest at Watermark Bar

Keep your 48-hour NYC adventure going with a pint at Oktoberfest, a celebration of German culture that’s a few thousand miles away from Germany but feels just like home. Held at the Watermark Bar in the Financial District from mid-September to mid-October, Oktoberfest offers free-flowing beer, pretzels, and schnitzel. You can enjoy it with friends or family—bonus points if you wear traditional attire.

Lightscape at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Round out your 48 hours in NYC with an enchanting evening at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. From November 17, 2023, to January 1, 2024, experience the mesmerizing Lightscape, an illuminated trail of art featuring over a million lights, colors, and music. Stroll through the iconic Winter Cathedral, witness the Fire Garden’s grandeur, and be captivated by new immersive experiences. 

With the Advance Purchase offer at Hotel 48LEX, your weekend getaway is not only unforgettable but also affordable with up to 15% off our best available rate. Whether you’re exploring art displays, moseying through pumpkin patches, or enjoying the flavors of Oktoberfest, your 48 hours in NYC will be filled with excitement and memories. NYC is calling, and we are ready to welcome you.