Picnic in the Park: Exploring the Best of New York City in the Spring

Discover the best of New York City in the springtime! From cherry blossoms to food markets and lively festivals, experience the vibrant energy of the Big Apple.

New York City (NYC) in the spring is a sight to see. From beautiful cherry blossoms to mouth-watering food, there’s no shortage of things to do, experience, and taste. Whether you're a seasoned traveler, foodie, or simply someone looking to get out and enjoy the fresh air, here are some of the best events and attractions that you won't want to miss. So, pack your bags, book your tickets, and let’s get ready to explore! 

Check Out the Spots Lined with Cherry Blossoms 

One of the most breathtaking sights in NYC during the springtime is seeing the cherry blossoms in full bloom. These white and pink flowers can be found all over the city, but some of the best places to see them are at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (track the blooms with their Cherry Watch) Central Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York Botanical Garden, Green-Wood Cemetery, Queens Botanical Garden, Randall’s Island Park, Roosevelt Island, Riverside Park, Rainey Park, Prospect Park, Grace Church, Little Island, Sakura Park, Madison Square Park, and Hunter’s Point South Park. Make sure to visit during peak bloom, which is typically in mid-to-late April. 


Catch a Game at the Yankee Stadium 

No trip to New York City is complete without a visit to Yankee Stadium, which is just a few minutes away from the Financial District by train or bus. Catch a game with your favorite baseball team, grab a hot dog and some beers, and feel the energy of the crowd. Springtime is the perfect time of year for baseball games, with the sun shining and the cool breeze blowing in from the Hudson River. 

Grab Some Tasty Food in the Financial District  

The Financial District is home to some of the best restaurants, coffee shops, and bars in New York City. If you're looking to grab a bite to eat, there are plenty of great options to choose from. From classic American breakfast to seafood staples, there's something for everyone to enjoy.  

Take a Stroll Along the South Street Seaport 

The South Street Seaport is a fantastic destination for a walk along the waterfront, taking in the stunning views of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge. You can also go shopping and score some new clothes or knickknacks at the many shops located along the way. Afterward, you can enjoy a meal at one of the Seaport's amazing eateries, or grab a drink at one of the many bars that line the historic cobblestone streets.  

Catch a Broadway Show  

Spring is a fantastic time to experience Broadway plays and musicals in NYC. Many new productions are set to debut this season, offering visitors an opportunity to catch world-class and unforgettable entertainment. 

Get Colorful at Holi Celebrations  

Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors,” is a joyous and vibrant celebration of spring, love, and unity. It signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. It also brings about events the involve the throwing of dyed powder into the air, covering all in attendance with splashes of bright color. In NYC, there are can’t-miss celebrations all over the city that occur around the end of March, such as Holi in the City, to (literally) paint the town. Holi takes place on March 25, 2024.  

Visit the New York International Auto Show 

The New York International Auto Show has taken place in late March through early April (March 29 - April 7, 2024) since 1900. Car enthusiasts and families who enjoy automobiles can flock to the Jacob Javits Convention Center to see the latest and greatest models on display. 

Experience the Outdoor Food Market Smorgasburg 

One of Manhattan's most popular outdoor food markets and the largest weekly open-air food market in America, Smorgasburg not only offers various food options but is also a great place to soak up the spring sun. Located on the Williamsburg waterfront and Prospect Park, Smorgasburg is filled with rows of local food vendors selling seasonally inspired foods. 

Check out Macy's Flower Show 

Macy's on Herald Square has a springtime spectacle every year, featuring an exhibit of stunning floral arrangements. This one-of-a-kind attraction is great to visit if you're into fresh flowers, gardens, and plants. Each year, there is a new theme, so you can expect to see something different and creative every time. Taking place in late March through early April, head down before the end of April to take full advantage of the exhibit.  

Attend the Dance Parade and Festival 

The Dance Parade and Festival is a colorful and energetic celebration of dance and culture and, as the locals say, “the last blast before the summer.” The festival is held annually in May (May 18, 2024) and is free for all to attend. The parade starts at Broadway and 21st Street and ends at Avenue A. Visitors can watch dance performances, join in dance workshops, and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors. 

Experience Springtime in the Big Apple 

New York City comes alive in spring, and with all the events and activities the city offers, it's the perfect time to plan a trip. Whether you enjoy wandering through botanical gardens, sampling the city's local cuisine, or checking out one of the exciting festivals, there is never a dull moment. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your spring NYC adventure today! For the best experience possible, be sure to book with Placemakr Wall Street for your spring escape to the city that never sleeps.

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