News10+ Things to Do in New York in Spring 2019

March 19, 2019by painter0

New York City really comes alive in the springtime. The parks are in bloom, the snow has melted away, and there’s a happy and warm air (literally and figuratively) that sweeps the entire island.

It’s also a great time to visit, with cheaper airfare and lodging available, shorter attraction lines, and exciting new special events and shows offered daily.

If you’re looking for things to do in New York in Spring 2019, check out our list of some of the best activities and attractions, including…

  • Butterfly Conservatory Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History
  • Top of the Rock Observatory
  • Clipper City Tall Shop Sail
  • Luna Park at Coney Island
  • Cherry Blossom Season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • and more
American Museum of Natural History Butterfly Conservatory

butterfly garden

In addition to being one of our favorite museums in the entire city, the American Museum of Natural History is also a great place to visit (over and over again) because of their spectacular line-up of special exhibits.

Explore the grounds Night at the Museum style. Study dinosaur fossils, learn about biodiversity and environmentalism, travel from Earth to space, and much more.

This spring, check out the annually-available Butterfly Conservatory Exhibit, which showcases these amazing delicate creature in a riot of color and shapes.

Top of the Rock

While the city’s natural landscapes are slowly starting to come to life, it’s kind of hard to get the right perspective on nature from the ground. See spring in full bloom from the very top.

Zip all the way to the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza for spectacular views of Central Park and beyond. Enjoy a skyline dotted by skyscrapers and greenery.

Empire State Building

Another great place to see the entire city come to life is from atop the famous Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building experience is more than just an observation deck, too. As you journey from the ground floor to the top, you’ll be immersed in interactive exhibits that tell the story of this architectural masterpiece. Learn how the Art Deco building has become one of the most famous in the world.

Landmarks Cruise

The warmer weather calls for a ride through the harbor. Hop aboard a Circle Line Sightseeing cruise and see everything Manhattan has to offer from the water.

The Landmarks Cruise is a classic and will cover all things NYC. Float by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and more.

Luna Park at Coney Island 24-Ride Pass

Whether you’re traveling with kids, or just feel like a kid at heart, a trip to Coney Island is a must for springtime visits to New York. There’s something magical about wandering this iconic amusement park at all ages, and there are plenty of fun rides to enjoy, too!

Enjoy unlimited rides on most park attractions, stroll the boardwalk, snag some cotton candy, and just enjoy the warmth and sunshine of spring.

Central Park Bike Rentals and Tours


The return of warm(ish) weather to NYC means that people are bringing their bikes out in force.

Join in with an easy bike rental and pedal through the always lovely Central Park to enjoy the emerging flowers all around you.

If you want to explore beyond the park, another popular route takes you across the Brooklyn Bridge.

There are often guided tours you can join as well, which allow you to explore the city without the pressure of figuring out where to go on your own, and deciding whether or not there’s really a bike lane ahead of you.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Image credit: Filip Wolak.

There are few things as lovely as these delicate, exotic blossoms. Fortunately for you, you don’t need to travel thousands of miles to Japan to see these amazing trees for yourself.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has an astonishing collection of cherry blossom trees that bloom in splendor each spring. Roam the gardens and marvel at their beauty – with camera in hand, of course!

They even have a cherry blossom tracker you can use to see when the trees will be at the point of peak bloom, so you can plan your trip around a certain date.

Root for the Home Team

NYC Yankee stadium (3)

One of America’s favorite springtime traditions is the return of Major League Baseball.

This year, the Yankees’ home opener falls on March 28th, while the Mets’ home opener comes on April 4th. It’s always a ton of fun to take in a game with the whole family, and NYC fans will be cheering right along with you.

So whichever team you support, there’s some exciting early season baseball to enjoy during your next NYC trip! Want to see more of Yankee Stadium? Take a tour!

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