If you are moving to the New York City area, you already know about all of the fantastic cultural offerings this metropolis has to offer. But don’t forget the city’s natural beauty as well! Springtime in New York is a magical season when so many natural wonders come back to life.
As the weather warms up, visit some of these famous as well as lesser-known attractions in the New York City region. They will help you appreciate your new home and all New York has to offer throughout the year.
1. Central Park
If you have recently moved to New York City, you may be slightly overwhelmed by everything there is to do! You may be unpacking boxes, figuring out schools and parking, and learning the subway system.
Luckily, a tranquil oasis exists in the center of the city: Central Park! This historic landmark is easily accessible from almost anywhere in the City, and it’s worth a visit to walk, unwind and breathe the spring air.
Whether you visit the zoo, take a tour, grab a bite at one of its restaurants or merely observe people walking by, a visit to Central Park is the perfect way to appreciate your new home in the Big Apple.
2. Bronx Zoo
What better place to welcome springtime in New York than the Bronx Zoo? One of the City’s top attractions, the Zoo has become even more famous since its animals and keepers have been featured on Animal Planet’s show “The Zoo.”
Easy to get to by subway or car, the Zoo during springtime is a glorious way to enjoy a wide variety of wildlife from all over the world.
One of the most fun things about visiting the Zoo during the spring months is seeing some of the adorable animal babies born at this time of year!
3. Botanical Gardens
Close to the Bronx Zoo is another gem in the City’s crown: The New York Botanical Gardens. Considered a living museum, the Gardens are a National Historic Landmark.
The landscapes of this treasure feature diverse and extensive collections and gardens. Numerous multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs are offered every season.
In the spring, the Gardens present the annual Orchid Show which showcases thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in a series of installations crafted by Daniel Ost, one of the world’s leading floral artists. This show is beloved by city natives and tourists alike, making it one of the glories of springtime in New York!
4. The Cloisters
One secret delight of springtime in New York is the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe.
Located at the tip of Manhattan with amazing views of the Hudson River and New Jersey, the museum displays more than 2,000 exceptional artworks and architectural elements from medieval times.
When the cold eases, and the gardens begin to bloom, the Cloisters is a peaceful part of New York that seems removed from all the hustle and bustle of modern times.
5. Coney Island
When the winter wind stops blowing, and the sun finally comes out, many people want to head to the beach! New York is close to many beautiful seaside spots, but Coney Island may be the most iconic.
Home to Famous Nathan’s hot dogs and the historic wooden Cyclone roller coaster, the Coney Island boardwalk is great for people watching, breathing the salty sea air, and getting a true sense of New York City’s diversity and eccentricity. Venture a little farther, and you will find Little Odessa, a little bit of Russia in Brooklyn.
6. Catskills Region
Springtime in New York means it’s time for a road trip: by renting a Zipcar you can discover some of the exciting regions within a couple of hours drive of the big city.
The Catskills Mountains were once home to large resort hotels like the one made famous in the movie “Dirty Dancing.” Some may know the area from the famous Woodstock music festival.
Many New Yorkers flock to this region all year round for the tranquil surroundings, locally sourced food and artistic villages. While the wintertime welcomes skiers and snowboarders, the mountains are perfect for fishing, hiking, and hunting during the warmer months.
Long Island is another mecca for New Yorkers seeking a break from the City. While the south fork of the island known as the Hamptons has gotten very popular (and expensive), the very tip of this stretch of land still offers the windswept views and fabulous seafood that draw visitors from around the world.
Taking a drive out to the end of Long Island will give you a glimpse of the incredible light that has attracted artists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning for decades.
Make sure you leave time for a lobster roll at the famous Lobster Shack on Montauk Highway.
8. Brooklyn’s Cherry Blossom Festival
Late April brings another favorite for springtime in New York: the cherry blossom festival in Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden.
The event known as Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 happenings and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.
The first cherry trees blossom around the same time that the daffodils bloom. Different species of these trees are planted to flower in succession, giving springtime visitors several opportunities to enjoy the spectacle.
9. Frieze New York, Randall’s Island
May brings one of the most eagerly anticipated art fairs in New York: Frieze, taking place under a massive tent on Randall’s Island. Take a ferry across the East River to view some of the scene’s hottest artists.
Frieze New York brings together art from the world’s leading modern and contemporary galleries with talks by leading authorities and lots of great food as well.
10. Tribeca Film Festival
Springtime in New York also means it is time for the Tribeca Film festival!
Actor Robert DeNiro founded the Festival after 9/11 as a way to bring life and hope back to the neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.
The Festival is now famous for its showing of independent films including documentaries, narrative features, and shorts, plus panel discussions with personalities in the entertainment world, music showcases, and awards.
Springtime in New York: Everything Comes Alive!
If you have just moved or are thinking of moving to New York, then congratulations! You are going to have an incredible adventure. Whether you are in the suburbs or the middle of the city, there are so many events and areas to explore.
If you need help on moving to the New York area, contact us.