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Top Things to do in NYC this Spring

March 9, 2017 9:00 am

With Spring time right around the corner, New York City is buzzing with great activities for the entire family. Get an early start on planning your trip so you know all the places to go with your New York Pass. Hopefully the weather will steadily get better and better, so you can enjoy New York City outdoors, on two feet.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC | Photo by Shannon Stapleton for Reuters

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC | Photo by Shannon Stapleton for Reuters

March 17

Nobody knows how to properly celebrate quite like the Irish. St. Paddy’s Day has a long tradition in New York City, due to its large Irish population and a long history of Irish immigration. This year, St. Patrick’s day falls on Friday, March 17 and kicks off with a big parade, which starts at 11am on 44th St and 5th Avenue. The whole day will be laden with celebrations and merriment, while people all over the city dress in green. The parade will end at 5pm at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th St. After the parade, sip on some quality stout at some of the best Irish bars in NYC.

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South Bronx Renaissance Walking Tour

South Bronx Walking Tour | New York Pass

South Bronx Renaissance Walking Tour

Opens March 1

As weather finally starts getting better, it’s time to get out there and experience New York City as intended, on foot. Inside Out Tours offers a variety of informative tours in some of New York’s most interesting neighborhoods. South Bronx is the epicenter of New York City counterculture, and this tour takes you on a walk through its renaissance and rebirth from the derilict neighborhood to the birthplace of hip hop and street art. The South Bronx Renaissance Tour, along with other Inside Out Tours starts up again on March 1st, at 10am on Fridays.

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Coney Island Luna Park

Luna Park at Coney Island | New York Pass

Luna Park at Coney Island

Opens April 8

The legendary Luna Park in Coney Island opening on April 8th after a seemingly endless Winter hiatus. The Luna Park welcomes visitors of all ages to its adrenaline-boosting thrill rides, as well as abundant kiddie rides. Try the Steeplechase, a New York Pass team favorite, for shockingly fast acceleration that will bring tears to your eyes. Coney Island is also home to one of New York City’s most popular beaches, and the famous Nathan’s Hot Dogs. With the New York Pass, you get a free unlimited 4 hour wristband.

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Bike Around Central Park

Central Park Belvedere Castle | New York Pass

Central Park from Belvedere Castle | Photo by Marley White via nycgo.com

Year round

Biking in the Winter is not great. It’s worth waiting for warmer weather and better road conditions to get out and rent a bike to ride around Central Park. There are three different bike routes of varying lengths, depending on how athletic you’re feeling. Choose from routes that are 6.1 miles, 5.2 miles or 1.7 miles, for the ultimate way to explore this gigantic urban oasis. With the New York Pass, you have multiple bike rental options. Choose from Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours and Rentals, Central Park Bike Rentals and Tours or Blazing Saddles to find the bikes that best fit your needs, from cruisers, state-of-the-art hybrid bikes, to children’s bikes and tandem bicycles. If you’d prefer having a tour guide with you, you can also take a guided bike tour of Central Park.

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The High Line Tour

The High Line | New York Pass

The High Line | Photo by Liz Ligon

Open year-round

Even though the High Line is accessible year-round, the beauty of this suspended park starts shining through in the spring. The local flora blooms with all different colors and the lush green grass provides an inviting atmosphere. Look down and see the busy streets of Manhattan as you walk along the High Line tour. Learn how the meatpacking district’s factories and slaughterhouses came to be what it is today. Tour is available for free with the New York Pass.

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Clipper City Tall Ship Cruise

Clipper City Tall Ship | New York Pass

Clipper City Tall Ship

Starting April 22

The ice is finally melting and the river will be clear for sailing on April 22nd, which is when the Clipper City Tall Ship sets sail again for the season. Get your camera ready and sail the New York Harbor aboard this replica of a classic 1800s sail boat, offering unparalleled views of Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Downtown Manhattan. The boat is equipped with a full bar and helpful staff. If you’re more into Gatsby-Era sailboats, take the Shearwater Classic Schooner for a chic sailing experience.

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Mummies Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History | New York Pass

Mummies exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

Opens March 20

For thousands of years, peoples around the world practiced mummification as a way of preserving and honoring their dead. Mummies brings you face to face with some of these ancient individuals and reveals how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures. American Museum of Natural History is one of New York City’s most revered centers for knowledge. Spend the perfect afternoon with your kids walking through this magnificent space, right next to Central Park.

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Smorgasburg 2017

Raindrop Cake Smorgasburg

Raindrop Cake, popular desert at Smorgasburg | Photo by Tim Ireland

Starting April 1

No Summer in New York is complete without making a trip to Smorgasburg. This seasonal food flea market takes place at East River State Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Each year Smorgasburg reunites New Yorkers with tons of local tastes and introduces them to new dishes from around the world. Make sure to visit Smorgasburg to experience Brooklyn’s favorite summer pastime, while munching on insta-worthy classic and novelty foods.

 

For many more exciting springtime activities for all weather conditions, check out the New York Pass and everything it has to offer. Over 90 attractions in New York City for one price, no need to put limits on your next New York City trip.

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