Things to Do in New York in the Spring 2016

New York City really comes alive in the springtime. Everyone is shaking off the chills frin winter weather, the parks are in bloom, and the waterways resume their bustling.

It’s also a great time to visit, with cheaper airfare and lodging available, shorter attraction lines, and exciting new special events and shows being offered daily.

If you’re looking for some vacation inspiration to help plan your next trip, check out our favorite things to do in New York City this spring.

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Special Events

Cherry Blossom Season

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
March & April, 2016

Image credit: Filip Wolak.

Image credit: Filip Wolak.

There are few things as lovely as these delicate, exotic blossoms. Fortunately for you, you don’t need to travel thousands of miles to Japan to see these amazing trees for yourself.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has an astonishing collection of cherry blossom trees that bloom in splendor each spring. Roam the gardens and marvel at their beauty – with camera in hand, of course!

They even have a cherry blossom tracker you can use to see when the trees will be at the point of peak bloom, so you can plan your trip around a certain date.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Fifth Avenue
March 17, 2016, 11:00 am

Image credit: NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade official Facebook page.

Image credit: NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade official Facebook page.

St. Patrick’s Day is major enough to inspire its own event posting, but here we’ve grouped it into spring events to make it easier for your planning purposes.

There are few cities in the US that take St. Patty’s day as seriously as New Yorkers, with their massive Fifth Avenue parade and holiday extravaganza that goes off each year.

The New York City St. Patricks’ Day Parade is the oldest and largest celebration of its kind in the world, first held in 1762!!!

About 150,000 marchers join with over 2 million spectators to create one fantastic, family-friendly experience, so don’t miss out if you’re in town on the holiday!

Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Herald Square
March 20 – April 3, 2016

Image credit: Time Out New York.

Image credit: Time Out New York.

In celebration of the beauty of spring, the Macy’s Flower Show is back for another amazing year.

This year’s them is “America the Beautiful,” and is designed to evoke the beauty in landscapes across the country, from mountains to prairies and beyond.

There will be several special events and talks, marvelous featured gardens, and even bouquets of the day. A must-see for plant lovers.

Best of all? Admission is completely free!

Tribeca Film Festival

Various venues
April 13 – 24, 2016

Image credit: Tribeca Film Festival Facebook page.

Image credit: Tribeca Film Festival Facebook page.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the amazing Tribeca Film Festival, one of the city’s best-beloved events of its kind.

In addition to dozens of film screenings at theaters across the neighborhood, the festival also offers special events, Tribeca Talks panels, interactive installations, live music, and much more.

New for 2016 is the Tribeca Talks: Storytellers event series, where leading filmmakers and creative minds in the industry participate in rich conversations in front of an audience. Two of this year’s special guests are Tom Hanks and Tina Fey!

Bacon and Beer Classic

Citi Field
April 22 – 23, 2016

Image credit: Bacon and Beer Classic Facebook page.

Image credit: Bacon and Beer Classic Facebook page.

What’s not to love about a festival that combines bacon, beer, and sports?

This year’s Bacon and Beer Classic, held in the iconic Citi Field, is bound to be a fabulous event for the discerning drinkers and diners.

Sample over 50 original bacon-inspired or infused dishes from chefs across the city.

Try over 100 craft beers and ciders from local breweries. Engage in massively fun games like a giant jenga or bungee run. Strike a funny pose in the photo booth. The fun is practically endless.

More Local Ideas

Explore the American Museum of Natural History

butterfly gardenIn addition to being one of our favorite museums in the entire city, the American Museum of Natural History is also a great place to visit (over and over again) because of their spectacular line-up of special exhibits.

This spring, check out the annually-available Butterfly Conservatory Exhibit, which showcases these amazing delicate creature in a riot of color and shapes.

See Spring Bloom from the Top of the Rock

"Top of the Rock" Observation Deck, 30 Rockefeller PlazaWhile the city’s natural landscapes are slowly starting to come to life, it’s kind of hard to get the right perspective on nature from the ground.

So head up to the Top of the Rock for some stellar views of the blossoming Central Park and the vibrant city surrounding it.

Ride a Bike Through Central Park

central-park-sightseeing-bike-tourThe return of warm(ish) weather to NYC means that people are bringing their bikes out in force.

Join in with an easy bike rental and pedal through the always lovely Central Park to enjoy the emerging flowers all around you.

If you want to explore beyond the park, another popular route takes you across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Root for the Home Team

Yankee Stadium Tour in NYC is a great winter time activityOne of America’s favorite springtime traditions is the return of Major League Baseball.

This year, the Yankees’ home opener falls on April 4, while the Mets’ home opener comes on April 8.

So whichever team you support, there’s some exciting early season baseball to enjoy during your next NYC trip! Want to see more of Yankee Stadium? Take a tour!

Hop Aboard a Cruise

clipper-city-tall-shipsSince the slowly warming weather brings with it more temperate waters, many of NYC’s cruises and boat tours are now resuming operations from their winter hiatus.

You can find everything from historic sails on a Tall Ship to an exhilarating speedboat ride, now available for spring.

While most cruises will be available beginning in April, it’s always a good idea to check the operating schedule of your desired cruise before setting your heart on it.

Save on Admission

Explore any of these fantastic attractions on your next Big Apple vacation and you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Combine them with other top NYC attractions and your vacation is ready to go!

Don’t forget a New York City Explorer Pass®, which will save you big on admission to select popular attractions.
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