Spring in New York City can feel electric. As the city begins to thaw and the days get longer, New York seems to swell as people escape their apartments for a sunny spot in Sheep Meadow or a glass of wine at a sidewalk cafe. If you find some time when you’re not working on your next great design and want to take advantage of the warmer temps, here are six ways you can enjoy New York City in the spring.
Visit the Sakura Matsui Cherry Blossom Festival
Every spring when its 220 cherry trees are in full bloom, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts a weekend long festival in celebration. The cherry blossom festival isn’t just a great way to get outside and take Instagram-worthy flower snaps, it’s also a celebration of Japanese culture with Taiko drummers, J-rock bands, and a Japanese tea room. In 2018 the festival will be held on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 from 10 am to 6 pm each day. Entrance is $30 for adults, $25 for students or seniors, and free for Brooklyn Botanic Garden members. For more information, check out the BBG website.
Take a walk on the High Line
What was once an elevated freight railroad line is now a beautiful park and public space on the west side of Manhattan. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up through Chelsea to 34th Street, the High Line is home to various gardens, public art installations, and viewpoints. There are also plenty of food and drink vendors- including People’s Pops, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Melt Bakery- if you feel hungry.
Watch a baseball game
There’s nothing more American than a day out at a baseball game, especially in New York where people are passionate about their home teams. Tickets at Yankee Stadium start for as little as $10 leaving you with plenty of extra cash for a hot dog and some peanuts. If you're more of a Mets person, don't miss Free Shirt Friday.
Explore the city on two wheels
May is National Bike Month, and usually not too warm, which makes it the perfect time to explore New York City on two wheels. Central Park and Prospect Park are both good options for a leisurely, attraction-filled ride without having to deal with car traffic. You can rent a Citibike at either location ($12 for a day pass and unlimited 30 minute rides, $4 for each additional 15 minutes) or rent a bike for about $30 a day from various vendors.
Go for a ride on Coney Island
While it might still be too cold for a swim, Luna Park is open on weekends from 11 am to 7 pm starting March 24. Take a ride on the Cyclone, one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the United States, admire the view from the top of the 150 foot Wonder Wheel, or get spun upside down and all around on the new Thunderbolt coaster. There’s a charge for the rides, but entrance to Luna Park is free so you can still go take a look if you’re not a thrill-seeker.
Rent a boat in Central Park
Rowing through Central Park Lake is an iconic New York activity. Grab some friends this spring, head to Loeb Boathouse, and explore the park from the water. Rental is $15 per hour plus $4 per each additional 15 minutes and a $20 deposit. Loeb Boathouse accepts cash only, so make sure you stop at an ATM on the way. Each row boat holds four people.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy spring in New York?