Visiting New York City during the spring? There are a number of ways to enjoy the beautiful weather while exploring the city. Seeing the city in bloom with its lush parks, residential streets, and gardens is a perfect way to celebrate the great weather and enjoy your visit. Participating in a walking or bike tour is a great way to stay active while learning about the city’s rich history. Looking for something more adventurous? Travel to Coney Island for good food and amusement rides. If you love the water, take a ride on the Staten Island ferry or take a boat tour around Manhattan Island. Want to avoid the crowds or take the road less traveled, check out Governors Island. Read on below for our top New York City springtime attractions. These are the Best Things to do in Spring in NYC!
Cherry blossoms in full bloom are a sight to see and brighten up the city with their rich pink color. While their blooming stages vary at certain times in the spring, it’s always worth the trip to see. Some of the best ways to see these beautiful blooms include visiting Brooklyn Botanical garden (https://www.bbg.org/collections/cherries), Central Park, or the New York Botanical garden (https://www.nybg.org/). These are all great options to see these blooms up close and personal while enjoying the weather with your family. Check out the various events happening in each garden to see if anything falls within your visit dates, or take a picnic basket to Central Park for a laidback day out. All these gardens make for the perfect photo backdrop too, so get your cameras ready!
If you want a break away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, take a short trip over to Coney Island to explore with the whole family. A bit over an hour away from the city, Coney Island is home to many different entertainment options. Cyclone the roller coaster, the Luna Park amusement park, the New York Aquarium and of course the famous boardwalk are some of the unique sights that call Coney Island home. If you’re looking for a classic lunch or dinner, have a hot dog at the original Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand, and if you want to check out a sports game, the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team plays in the area. Coney Island is a great option for those looking to add a little extra excitement and fun to their big apple trip! Find out more here: www.coneyislandfunguide.com.
If you’re looking for a way to stay active while touring the city, a walking tour may be the best activity for you. There are many different types of walking tours offered to suit every interest. Check out our previous post here for a list and description of some of the great walking tours offered: NYC Walking Tours.
Any time of year is a good time for Broadway. Some shows debuting include, “The Iceman Cometh”, “The Boys in the Band”, and “Head over Heels”. You can find a full list of the schedule here: Must See Broadway Shows
Boating in Central Park
A fun way to spend a warm, breezy spring day is out on the water soaking in the skyline and natural beauty of Central Park. The Loeb Boathouse, located in Central Park, allows visitors to rent a rowboat for up to four people on Central Park Lake. On your boating trip, you may get a close look at some of the wildlife that calls Central Park its home including egrets, herons, and loons. Venetian Gondola tours are also available for a unique experience out on the water. Bring your significant other, your family, or come alone to experience the beauty of the water in Central Park. You can find more information on Central Park and the boathouse here.
Boat tours in and around the city are a beautiful way to see the sights and city architecture. A number of operators offer cruises to see the landmarks, the statue of liberty, as well as a nighttime harbor lights cruise for an evening of lights. NY Waterways offer cruises in midtown so you can transition from the water to staying in town and exploring on your own. The twilight cruise by NY Waterway is 90 minutes of the lights and sights on NYC and allows you to see a unique, glowing version of the city at night. Spirit Cruises offer 2-3 hour cruises on the Hudson and East rivers that include dinner and entertainment, offering a night out on the water for guests to enjoy in the spring weather. For more information or contact numbers for these cruises, check out our post here: /boat-tours/.
If you want an experience just outside of the city that allows you to explore the great outdoors, Governor’s Island is a wonderful option to visit in the spring. The island itself is 172 acres and features biking trails, hammocks, playgrounds, a slide hill, and even a zip line. The island is also home to fun music and art festivals regularly, so be sure to check out event dates while planning your trip. Governor’s Island gives guests the opportunity to explore and unique way and offers a great opportunity to spend a day outside the hustle and bustle of the city. For more information, visit their website here: www.govisland.com.
Regardless of when you and your family choose to visit New York City, check back with us for the best of the Big Apple.
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