The New York Botanical Garden, located far uptown but within walking distance of the 2, 4/5, D, and Metro-North trains, is beautiful in the spring and summer, when the flowers are in full bloom and the leaves are at their fullest. But really, it might be best in the fall, when the toughest of those flowers are hanging on while the first of those leaves begin to fall. This week, take the train to the annual Kiku exhibition, a display of Japanese chrysanthemums that have been modified in such a way that dozens of buds will grow from a single stem. Kids (of all ages, as they say) should go from there through the nature trails that cross the Bronx River and around to the Everett Adventure Garden, where this year’s collection of carved pumpkins is being advertised as “spookier than ever.”

Mon., Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 14. Continues through Oct. 27, 2013