Spring in New York City means warmer weather, longer days, and more reasons to get out and explore. After winter wraps up, the Big Apple offers visitors a bounty of options for things to do in the spring. From art exhibits to annual celebrations to strolling the most enchanting gardens, visitors will never be bored. While many believe they know the must-see attractions, including the Empire State Building, this list of fresh ideas will help you make the most of your vacation. Book your stay near Bryant Park and take advantage of seasonal special offers at Park Terrace Hotel—the perfect host for your spring getaway to New York City.
Fifth Avenue in New York City comes alive in the springtime, giving vacationers plenty of options for things to do. Leave your bulky winter jacket behind and have fun browsing the local shops or exploring the city’s green spaces in full bloom. Choose from these annual spring events and activities to fill your NYC trip itinerary:
The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) is holding its 42nd annual four-day festival this spring in Midtown NYC. The show happens at Center415 on Fifth Avenue, just two short blocks from the Park Terrace Hotel. Dozens of fine art photography galleries will present a range of contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs and media to collectors and patrons who appreciate the arts. The shows run from March 31st to April 2nd, and tickets are available online now.
This annual activity in NYC is a sure sign that spring is here. The Macy’s Flower Show unfolds just minutes from the Park Terrace Hotel at the flagship store. This NYC tradition has been going on since 1975 and never fails to impress with its jaw-dropping arrangements. Catch this spring floral extravaganza from March 26th to April 10th. This year’s show was created in partnership with Dior and is described as “a dreamscape of fluffy clouds and whimsical floral landscapes.” The display is free to visit at NYC Macy’s in Herald Square during regular business hours.
In its 20th year, the Orchid Show is a longstanding, beloved spring activity in New York City. This event is hosted annually at the New York Botanical Garden, less than 15 miles from Park Terrace Hotel. The featured landscape artist for this year’s event is Lily Kwong, who drew inspiration from Chinese mountainscapes passed down through her family from Shanghai. Orchid Nights, an after-hours program and viewing for guests age 21 and over, also makes its return this spring. The limited entry allows attendees to get a better view of the blossoming orchids under twinkling lights with a cocktail in hand.
If the weather in New York City in the spring has you excited to spend time outdoors, take a day to explore incredible outdoor art displays. Some sculptures and installations are temporary while others are part of the permanent landscape of the city. Here are the top sculptures we recommend visiting this spring in NYC:
A day trip to the Bronx Zoo is one of the best things to do in New York City this spring. The zoo stretches over more than 265 acres and houses more than 10,000 animals. From small blue frogs to 8,000-lb. elephants, the Bronx Zoo cares for more than 700 species. Visitors are invited to explore indoor and outdoor exhibits, join a wild encounter to get up close and personal with one of their favorite animals, or attend events hosted by the zoo.
You can even view the spring babies and other critters at the Bronx Zoo without leaving your hotel room. Watch the live cams of some popular animals or arrange an interactive meet-and-greet on video. Park Terrace Wi-Fi makes it easy to sit back, relax, and stream your favorite animals from the comfort of your room.
No spring activity is more iconic than attending a ball game at Yankee Stadium. The stadium is just a 25-minute subway ride from the Park Terrace Hotel, so check the Yankees’ schedule to find a home game to attend during your stay. Visitors can also tour the stadium to learn about the rich history of the ball field, the team, and the incredible athletes who’ve played there. As 27-time World Series Champions, the Yankees hold the record for the most titles and appearances (40). The stadium stands as a tribute to the history of the team, the city, and the sport of baseball itself.
Movie buffs visiting New York City in the spring will love this activity. With hundreds of movies and TV shows featuring NYC as their backdrop, it’s easy to visit memorable locations where scenes were shot. Settle into your cozy hotel room overlooking Bryant Park to stream the movies and shows on the smart HDTV. Check out our five favorite movie scene locations:
Springtime is when New York’s Coney Island attractions begin opening. The island totals nearly 500 acres and offers several fun attractions, including: Maimonides Park (home of the minor league baseball’s Brooklyn Cyclones); the Coney Island Museum, El Dorado (a vintage video arcade with bumper cars), the New York Aquarium; and much more. Luna Park is an oceanfront amusement park set to open on March 31st this year with three new attractions expected to join its collection of thrill rides. The park also boasts carnival games, and delectable dining. Take a spring walk along the Boardwalk of Coney Island to enjoy breathtaking ocean views and explore the scrumptious eateries, souvenir shops, and outdoor attractions.
Spring weather is perfect for the 5 Boro Bike Tour, so get out and see NYC up close. Routes through all boroughs will be closed to cars, allowing bicycles to rule the NYC streets. The annual ride around the city is organized by a local NY organization that promotes cycling and health to the communities via free educational programs. Register online and join local cyclists as well as bike lovers from around the world for this epic spring event on May 7th.
Show your patriotic pride and celebrate bright, beautiful spring weather at this air show in New York City. Hosted at Jones Beach State Park, the Bethpage Air Show showcases awe-inspiring aircraft and aerial parachute demonstrations. Past years have included the United States Navy Blue Angels, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, and the United States Army Golden Knights. This spring’s Bethpage Air Show is scheduled to take place May 27th and May 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.
The weather in New York in the spring can vary from brisk to quite warm, as the daily average temperature increases from 46℉ to 75℉ over the course of a few months. Though you’ll likely encounter the occasional rainy spring day in New York, the outdoor cafés and attractions are opening, the flowers are in bloom, and there is plenty of sunshine to get out and enjoy the warmup after a long winter.
Now that you’re in-the-know about all the amazing things to do in New York City this spring, it’s time to start planning your stay at Park Terrace Hotel. You’ll find our rooms are comfortable for any length of stay and our location in a vibrant New York City neighborhood is convenient for nearly any spring event or activity.
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