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The Five Best Things to Do in New York in Spring

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With February past us, that means it’s time to smell the flowers.

Spring is a great time to be in New York City. The mild temperatures create perfect circumstances for outdoor activities while not having to worry about beating the heat.

Whether you’re looking for waterside activities, an outdoor music event, or preparing to get fit for that perfect beach bod, New York has you covered in spades.

See below the five best things you can do in New York City during the spring months!

The Orchid Show

The New York Botanical Garden is a treasure of natural wonders in New York City. Each year, you can witness a breathtaking display of blooming orchids, delicate flowers that are so beautiful they are the stuff of myth.

The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory becomes flush with delicate color as orchids dominate the main hall reaching almost up to the ceiling. It’s a photo opportunity that will leave you speechless!

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Easter is a time typically associated with reruns of classic religious films and going to church. In New York City, it means 30,000 people have a reason to gawk in downtown for the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival.

Hundreds of people adorn themselves in traditional western Easter garb – pastel dresses, ornate hats, and the obligatory white gloves. The ultimate people-watching event, any visit to New York during Easter season isn’t complete without this festival.

Grab a Jet Ski

What better way to usher in the birth of new life than learning a thrilling skill? Sea the City offers jet ski lessons for beginners and experts, and everything in between.

Great for a date, a special outing with friends, or a truly novel family night, Sea the City is one of the best ways to experience New York from a different perspective. This is a great fall date idea that your significant other is sure to enjoy.

While jet skiing with your friends, you’ll notice the view – imagine the grandeur of the New York City skyline from the Hudson River, towering over you! Equal parts thrill ride, extreme sport, and photo opportunity, a Sea the City excursion is sure to linger in the memory for years to come.

Pillow Fight NYC

Remember when you were a kid and would get lost smacking your friends with pillows? Now take that and raise the power exponentially – welcome to Pillow Fight NYC.

Washington Square fills up with hundreds – sometimes thousands – of people each year with pillows in hand and childlike passion in heart. There’s nothing like a good pillow fight, but there’s even less like a New York City pillow fight!

Movies in the Park

Each year New York City’s parks department hosts Free Summer Movies, an ode to community and great cinema.

Held in various parks throughout the metro area, sometimes hundreds of people come together to enjoy classic films from all kinds of genres. If you love movies and getting to know new people, do not miss this year’s Free Summer Movies series.

Ready To Ride With Us?

Our Jet Ski Tours Launch Just 10 Minutes from Manhattan.

Starting at $169

Sea the City Jet Ski tours offer a unique way for tourists and New Yorkers alike to get up close to the sights and attractions on their very own Jet Ski. Book online today!

What you’ll see: Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Governor’s Island, Ellis Island, Freedom Tower, Janes Carousel, One Brooklyn Park, South Street Seaport, Empire State Building, and more!