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SpotHero Spring Picks: Our Top 6 Things to Do in NYC This Spring

Spring is here! If you’re like us, you’re ready for the city to emerge from its winter slumber. It’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunny days and warmer temps ahead. Here are six of our favorite things to do in NYC this spring, hand-picked by SpotHero’s New York team!

Macy’s Flower Show

Recommended by Unna

Dates: March 27 – April 10, 2022

Location: Macy’s Herald Square

Cost: Free!

Details: Each year, Macy’s Herald Square transforms into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers, and lush plants from around the world. This year, Macy’s has partnered with famous fragrances to fully evoke the sights and scents of spring. Step right up and see the magic of spring bloom before your eyes, and stop by their fragrance partners’ scent houses in-store to get a spritz of their spring scents. There will be several special events and spectacular gardens that bring the magic to life. You can find more details here.

Earth Day Festival at Union Square

Recommended by Adrian 

Dates: April 21, 2022 from 12pm – 7pm

Location: Union Square

Cost: Free

Details: Think of this as an Earth Day block party! This annual outdoor event in Union Square features dozens of exhibitors and vendors, including environmental non-profits, green businesses, live performances, and activities for the whole family. Stay tuned for more details here.

The Whitney Biennial

Recommended by Emily

Dates: April 6- September 5, 2022

Location: Whitney Museum of American Art

Cost: General admission starts at $25, more details here.

This special exhibit has been a tradition since 1932, showcasing the innovation and development of art in the United States. The Biennial is the longest-running exhibit of its kind and only comes around every two years. Don’t miss it! You can find details here.

Tribeca Film Festival

Recommended by Unna

Dates: June 8-19, 2022

Location: Various locations throughout the city

Parking: You can reserve parking near several venues, including Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon, Spring Studios (Festival Hub), Cinepolis Chelsea, SVA Theatre, Regal Cinemas Battery Park, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Cost: Varies by the event. You can purchase tickets here.

Details: The Tribeca Film Festival is one of New York’s premier spring events! The festival offers a line-up from independent filmmakers showcasing feature-length and short films, documentaries, and family-friendly films. Typically, festival screenings also feature panel discussions with directors and actors after the film. You can find more info here.

Walk the Highline

Recommended by Will

Dates & hours:

Spring (April 1 – May 31): 7am to 10pm
Summer (June 1 – September 30): 7am to 11pm

Location: Access points from Gansevoort to 34th St. (map below)

Cost: Free!

Details: Looking for the perfect spring day activity? Take a stroll on the Highline. What began as an out-of-use railroad trestle has since been converted to one of New York’s most-visited public green spaces. The elevated park stretches 1.45 miles along the west side of Manhattan with several access points along the way. You can find more information here.

Jet off on spring break

If you’re heading out of town for spring break, we wouldn’t hold it against you. Catching a flight? Just remember to reserve your airport parking spot in advance:

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Happy spring, New York!