Spring in New York City is one of the most magical times to visit the Big Apple. Tulips are blooming, people are picnicking in Central Park, New Yorkers are dining al fresco and enjoying the city’s incredible food scene, and people are strolling and biking along the river. Here are some of the best ways to fully enjoy a gorgeous spring in New York City:
1. Get on a bike! What better way to enjoy this massive city than on a bike? Better yet, take advantage of a guided tour and learn about the sites as you exercise. Bike and Roll offers some excellent bike tours, such as the Central Park and Greenway Tour. With a knowledgeable tour guide, you will ride along 843 acres of bike-friendly lanes that run almost the length of Manhattan. You will stop at such sites as Strawberry Fields, a two and a half acre section of the park in memoriam of the legendary John Lennon, named after his hit song. You will also see the stunning Belvedere Castle, a Victorian-style structure built in 1869 atop Central Park’s Vista Rock. This is the highest point in the park, making it a fantastic view.
Note: if you would prefer to bike the city on your own, there are plenty of places to rent bikes for a day of afternoon.
2. Take a walking tour.
Bus tours are great for the winter (or for when it’s raining), but if you have beautiful spring weather, a walking tour is far superior. There are hundreds of different walking tours to choose from, and they allow you to really experience a certain neighborhood (as opposed to getting an overview of the main sites of the city).
For example, Harlem Walking Tours is an excellent way to delve into the neighborhood. Revolutionary War sites, historic mansions, rowhouses, and churches to speakeasies and jazz clubs, learn about Harlem’s diverse cultural history and discover hidden treasures as we explore the neighborhoods of Harlem and Northern Manhattan.
3. Stroll through beautiful botanical gardens.
During the springtime, one of the best New York Attractions is the NYC Botanical Gardens. Fifty garden-segments containing over one million plants give you ample ground to explore. Highlights include a forest of 30,000 trees, many of which are over 200 years old; a rock garden; The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden; and a delightfully delicate collection of over 8,000 orchids in the Nolen Greenhouse for Living Collections.
If you happen to be in Brooklyn, consider visiting the Brooklyn Museum and Botanical Garden, another great way to spend Spring in New York City.
4. Dine (or have coffee) al fresco
There are plenty of places all over the city to eat outside and people watch. Or, if you just need a break, stop for a coffee break at one of the city’s charming terrace cafes.
5. Walk along the High Line.
When it comes to New York attractions, the High Line is an icon among modern urban parks. The High Line is a one mile New York City linear park built on a section of the former New York Central Railroad, which runs along the lower west side. It has been planted as an aerial greenway and runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, through the neighborhood of Chelsea to the West Side Yard.
Some of the best views of Manhattan can be seen from the High Line. There are also places to stop and watch the distinctive urban scene, set above busy streets. The High Line is one of the coolest urban parkways in the world, and you shouldn’t miss it!