Opt outside this April with an activity as fun and fresh as the season. Whether you are in the mood for a leisurely stroll, a lovely bike ride, or an outdoor adventure, don’t let the traffic and crowds of the city deceive you; it has everything you need and more! Take advantage of the sunny weather by choosing from one of our top outdoor activity picks for Spring 2017.
1. New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
The gorgeous gardens at NYBG showcase some of the most awe-inspiring and impressive plants in the state of New York. Whether visiting with a date, a loved one, or the whole family, it’s an experience that is sure to get you excited for the upcoming outdoor months. Currently on view is the 2017 Orchid Show, a Thailand- themed exhibition that is absolutely not-to-be-missed. Following the Orchid Show, another Spring exhibit will open on April 22nd featuring the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly.
2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cherry Blossom Festival
990 Washington Avenue
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival welcomes guests to view the blossoms from late March through mid-May in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. In addition to the famed blooms, BBG offers a Japanese tea room, an art gallery, a mini flea market and over 52 acres of lush gardens to explore.
3. Central Park Activities
Central Park, Manhattan
With the Conservancy Spring Guide 2017, Central Park offers New Yorkers a year-round oasis for outdoor exploration, and especially so in the spring. From Discovery Walks and chess games to Shakespeare plays and youth programs, Central Park is the place to be, explore, and enjoy. We suggest that you reference the guide to find out all of the incredible ways you can reap the benefits of this beloved green space!
4. Union Square Greenmarket
East 17th Street and Union Square West, Manhattan
Enjoy the lively crowd at this centrally located outdoor market, open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays year-round from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. From bread, knits, and books to produce, cheese, and flowers, visitors leave the Greenmarket with a variety of treasures unique to the day’s vendors.
5. Citi Biking
Biking is a great way to take in the sweeping views of Manhattan and get in some cardio on a sunny day. Grab a Citi Bike at the historic South Street Seaport and then head over the Brooklyn Bridge and around the verdant Brooklyn Bridge Park. End your ride with a spin on Jane’s Carousel. Want to stay closer to the city? Riding along the West Side Highway is a New York moment that cannot be beat. If you’re feeling adventurous, end your ride at the Community Boathouse (located at Pier 40) and hop in a Kayak. Need to refuel? Grand Banks Seafood and bar at Pier 25 is the perfect place to catch your breath over oysters and a glass of chilled rosé.
6. Pier 25
Hudson River Park at 225 West Street and North Moore Street
Pier 25, a perennial favorite for families and singles alike, is a great place to spend a few hours outside. The entire area is packed with activities – from mini golfing and beach volleyball to a skate park and a water park play area. With so many offerings, this is one of New York’s most essential spring and summertime hot spots.
7. New York Sailboat Cruise
North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place
Board the historic Shearwater at North Cove Marina then set sail as the boat crew eases you out to sea for picturesque views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Governors Island. Your New York Sailboat Cruise includes a wine tasting and charcuterie board.
8. Gantry Plaza State Park
4-09 47th Road, Long Island City
Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre park on the East River in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. With plenty of restaurants to choose from, a dog park, iconic sites (like the Pepsi-Cola sign) and unbeatable Manhattan skyline views, this park is the perfect pick for a lovely day outdoors.
9. The Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard
Take a trip to the iconic Bronx Zoo and prepare yourself for feelings of awe and nostalgia. The well-kept, winding zoo grounds are endless, with plentiful attractions at each and every turn. The destination is appropriate for all ages, families, and singles alike!
10. Boating on the Lake
Central Park Lake
What’s a better way to soak up spring than on a rowboat across the Central Park Lake? Weather permitting, you can rent a rowboat or gondola and take in the water views up close. Be sure to check out the Lake’s historic boat landings as well, which have been restored to their original design by the Central Park Conservancy!