Why spring is the best time to visit New York City
After a few months of snowfall and windy weather, spring has finally taken over New York. While the city is a beautiful destination every season, there is something extra special about springtime. Not only are flowers blooming and parks peeking out from under the snow, but the people are a bit chirpier, too.
From festivals to flower shows, here's why spring is arguably the best time to experience New York.
1. Parks become playgrounds
Central Park is open to visitors year-round, but come spring, there’s a rebirth of sorts.
Not only are flowers blooming throughout the park, but the lawns are lush after months of rain and snow. Couples are especially keen to hop on a private boat along the lake, where skyline views of Manhattan are crystal clear on a warm spring day. The St. Regis New York on 5th Ave is only a few minutes' walk from the southeast corner of the Park, offering an easy pick for a luxury weekend getaway.
At Loeb Boathouse, visitors can choose to rent their own rowboats or splurge on an authentic Venetian gondola ride. Similarly, there are also boat rides available in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Prefer to stick to dry land? Pack a picnic lunch, instead.
2. Flowers are in full bloom
Every spring, flowers bloom all around the city, adding some much needed color after a chilly winter. The New York Botanical Garden hosts their annual Orchid Show, complete with dance performances, poetry readings and more. This year boasts a Thailand theme, so prepare to be transported to southeast Asia, at least for a few hours.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is also a must-see, what with it’s buttercups, snowdrops and other adorably named flowers on full display. For something a bit quieter, sit on a bench in The Garden at St. Luke in the Fields or make the trek uptown to The Met Cloisters.
3. Rooftop bars open their doors
With no weather to hide from anymore, many of New York’s popular rooftop bars reopen.
230 Fifth in the Flatiron District is one of the most iconic, with views of the Manhattan skyline including the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. There are heat lamps and snuggle-like blankets should you need them, but you likely won’t. Another nearby spot is La Birreria, Eataly’s rooftop restaurant and microbrewery. For a downtown view and club vibes, head to The Delancey in the Lower East Side.
Of course, many hotels also have their own rooftops and outdoor courtyards, should you crave a little more privacy.
4. Festival season picks up
If you’re a regular festival-goer, you’re overdue for a visit.
There’s pretty much a festival for every taste and temperament—for foodies, the Bloody Mary Festival, the Coffee & Tea Festival and the NYC Cocktail Expo, to name a few. The Bacon and Beer Classic always draws a crowd, with 30 bacon-stuffed dishes to choose from and more than 100 craft brews at the ready.
Perhaps the most well-known, however, is the Tribeca Film Festival, where movies of all genres premiere to audiences of industry insiders and fans alike. Tickets start around $10.
5. Art shows move outside
Whether you’re a fan of vibrant murals or contemporary pieces, New York is one of the best cities for art. So this spring, get cultured with a wander through some of the city’s outdoor galleries and urban spaces.
The High Line is the most all-encompassing. It buzzes with people stopping for ice-cream, taking impromptu dance classes, and snapping selfies in front of new murals.
For something slightly more offbeat, head to St. Nicholas Ave and view the many murals of the Bushwick Collective. Like several other New York neighborhoods, art has helped transform Bushwick into a trendy, up-and-coming area of Brooklyn.
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