Spring is one of the most beautiful times to visit Central Park.
The Best Things to Do in NYC Once the Weather Warms Up
Spring is a refreshing time in New York City for everyone; it’s a time we all look forward to enjoying. NYC winters are cold and harsh, and none of us can wait for the sun to start shining – sans the April showers of course – and the weather to warm up. This is especially true for my employees and me. During work hours, we spend our time indoors cleaning, and nothing is better than heading outside for sunshine and fresh air. You might think that the holiday season is the most magical time of the year in NYC, but spring has its own charm that you cannot miss. So, after you’ve finished your spring-cleaning, get outdoors, take a deep breath, and check out some of the best things to do in NYC in the warmer weather.
For the Art Enthusiast
Whether you’re an artist or art enthusiast, there is plenty of new art to see in spring and Central Park is where you’ll find it. You might be thinking that Central Park is a strange place to suggest checking out art; after all, it’s not one of our amazing museums, but I’m not talking about manmade art primarily, I’m also talking about nature’s art. Spring is the perfect time to stroll through Central Park and enjoy all of the flowers and trees in bloom; you’ll see colors you’ve never imagined. It’s also a chance to see a variety of bird species, and, yes, there is new manmade art on display in the many plazas in Central Park.
For the Beer Enthusiast
Located in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, spring is the time when the recently expanded and famous Brooklyn Brewery unleashes some new brew upon its patrons, so get your taste buds ready. Take a tour and learn all about the brewery’s manufacturing process, including being able to see some classic and new German beer-making equipment. Yes, this brewery crafts beer the authentic way, so take that Munich and Oktoberfest, we have our own beer “festival” right here in Brooklyn in the spring.
For the Film Enthusiast
Spring is time for NYC’s annual Tribeca Film Festival. The film festival was founded by acting great Robert De Niro and colleagues Craig Hatkoff and Jane Rosenthal in 2002 and pays homage to the Lower Manhattan neighborhood and its tragic losses after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the nearby World Trade Center. Hollywood’s best, brightest, and up and coming talent is on display at this annual event, and you’re sure to see stars and fantastic films aplenty.
For the Flower Enthusiast
Aside from enjoying all the flowers in bloom while wandering through Central Park, another annual spring event definitely worth checking out is the Macy’s Flower Show. Macy’s doesn’t just give NYC a wonderful fireworks show on July 4, a Thanksgiving Day parade, and its annual Santatown, it also ushers spring fittingly with a beautiful flower show. This garden expo features over 30,000 varieties of fresh flowers. The sights and smells will amaze you.
For the Kite Enthusiast
Socrates Sculpture Park is located in New York City’s borough of Queens, and alongside some amazing sculpture – hence its name – you’ll find kite flying galore in spring. In fact, the park has an annual kite-flying event, usually held in April, and you’d be amazed at how much fun it is to be a kid again, or to watch your kids, spend the day tackling the winds with a colorful flyer. It’s also amazing to watch the professional flyers there; I never knew kites could do what some of these pros make them do.
For the Shopping Enthusiast
April and May usher in the seasonal flea markets, and you’ll be hard-pressed not to find tons of things you simply must have. Whether you’re looking to fill your home with antiques or get your hands on some new or vintage jewelry, the seasonal flea markets in spring make shopping in NYC a fun-filled and exciting annual event; just think about all the treasures you might unearth. There are also plenty of food stalls, including some wonderful ice cream vendors, to help you cool off in the warmer weather.
For the Sports Enthusiast
New York City is home to the most famous team in Major League Baseball: the New York Yankees. But we’re also home to the National League’s New York Mets, so whether you’re an American or National League fan, we’ve got you covered when baseball season officially opens in spring. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you have to check out a Yankees game and wander through the museum dedicated to some of baseball’s most famous names, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
As you can see, spring is really a magical time in New York City, and there is plenty to do to get you outdoors, in the warm weather, and dusted off yourself. It doesn’t matter what you enjoy, I’m certain there is a “best thing” to do in NYC right up your alley once the weather warms, so get out there and enjoy.