Springtime in New York City is full of life. The temperatures are rising, the flowers are starting to bloom and people are starting to shed layers and move around comfortably. This is one of the greatest times to visit the city as there’s so much to see and do whether you’re a nature lover, sports fan or just a tourist who doesn’t want the hassle of mittens that hinder your photo-taking abilities. Everyone has their own list of reasons to love New York, but many people can’t deny the fact that these 10 places are dear to them in the spring.
Central Park – Over 843 acres of New York City that isn’t concrete and taxis is very enjoyable on a nice, spring day in the Big Apple. Take a romantic stroll through the shaded paths or on a horse-drawn carriage ride, take the kids on the carousel or take a run or bike ride through the park. It’s one of the best places in the city to exercise without having to fear getting hit by a car afterall!
Top of the Rock – Springtime in NYC is best seen from above, and there’s no better view of the newly sprouting greenery and blooming buds than from the Top of the Rock. This is one of the best views you’ll find in the entire city of Central Park, the Empire State Building and the New York skyline, so be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment.
Yankees Stadium – Well okay, maybe not. The Yankees are not the most beloved baseball team in America, but they represent New York, and going to a game is actually a lot of fun. Luckily you’re always allowed to root for the other team even when you’re at a home game, so grab a hot dog and a beer and enjoy the moment! You can always head to Queens to cheer on the Mets too.
Union Square – Every Saturday morning, New Yorkers trade in their morning purchases at Starbucks and Walgreens for some local produce, fresh flowers and homemade goods at the Union Square Green Market. Union Square is bustling with interesting things (and people) to see and do this time of year, so after you hit the market, explore the rest of the neighborhood.
5th Avenue – New York City is one of the top destinations in America for St. Patrick’s Day, and every year, one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world heads down Fifth Avenue. Paint the town green this March and steal a few kisses before heading to the bar for some green beer and Irish music.
Macy’s Herald Square – Every year at the Corner of Broadway and 34th for about a month in Spring, the Macy’s Flower Show takes over the first floor of the iconic flagship department store. Stroll through the gardens, take in all the beautiful colors and breath in the blissful smells of real flowers, rather than the perfumes for once.
Midtown Manhattan – When you come to New York City for Easter, enjoy the service or maybe just the beauty of the historic churches in Midtown Manhattan. Famous churches like St. Peter’s Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas Church are all perfect places to celebrate Easter, and they’re all close to the NYC Easter Parade!
TriBeCa – Tickets for opening night at the TriBeCa Film Festival are available to everyone. This is the time of year when the stars gather in New York City, so be prepared – you may bump into your favorite celebrity on the way to check out some of the newest independent films.
Rooftop Bars – Many of the rooftop bars have added windows and roofs to stay open year round, but as things start to heat up during the day, all of the rest start to open and the crisp, spring air pairs nicely with a martini or a local craft beer in a glamorous setting. The views from these NYC rooftop bars aren’t half bad either…
Patios for Brunch – Things were chilly this winter, so the patios at many restaurants weren’t very enjoyable. Luckily when the sun startings warming us up, we can head to some of the best brunch spots in NYC for a delicious meal to warm our soul on the patio. A few delicious brunches includes the Cafe Orlin, Rose Water Restaurant, Le Barricou and the LIC Market.
Once the holidays are over, people look to forward to spring for months! Warmer temperature, nature reborn and the hustle and bustle of the NYC life returns, and you’re going to want to be here.
Author: This post was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of NYCTourist.com, a travel site dedicated things to do, deals and hotels in NYC.