Are you visiting NYC this springtime? If so, my perfect NYC spring itinerary should be super helpful!

Spring in New York City is my favorite.

It’s one of the best times to visit this stunning city, and walking around the city during the spring months is like watching it awaken from its winter slumber. With blossoms painting the streets in vibrant colors and the energy of the city revitalized.

Something I love about spring in NYC? People eating outdoors again, people wearing colorful clothes and dresses, picnics in the parks!

If you’re planning a trip to NYC this spring, you’re in for a treat! Here’s my NYC spring itinerary to make sure you have the most unforgettable springtime adventure in the Big Apple.

Tip: I’ve included lots of outdoor activities in my NYC spring itinerary because this is the time of year when the weather suddenly gets a lot better, brighter and warmer. However – always be prepared! The weather can also be unpredictable in spring, so a foldable raincoat is pretty useful to have in your bag.

Day 1: Embrace the Classic New York Experience

Morning: On day one of my NYC spring itinerary, we’re going to check off some of the classics. Start your day with a stroll through the iconic Central Park, which is beautiful in springtime. You’ll hopefully be able to spot some of the famous cherry blossoms in bloom, but if not, don’t worry.

Central Park is beautiful in springtime for so many more reasons! You’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere, see the green leaves bloomings, and maybe even rent a rowboat for a scenic spin on the lake. I actually think the spring months are the ideal time to explore Central Park, so it’d always be the first place I head to and explore during this time of year.

Midday: Fuel up for your adventures with a delicious lunch on the Upper West Side. There are some amazing places to eat on the Upper West Side, a couple of my favorites being Jacob’s Pickles, and Maison Pickle. But if you want something a bit more casual, grab some snacks from Zabar’s instead!

Afternoon: Next up, time to explore the American Museum of Natural History. Journey through time with dinosaur skeletons, explore the mysteries of the ocean, or marvel at the intricate details of ancient artifacts.

After exploring this amazing museum, explore the Upper West Side. It’s a neighborhood that lots of tourists overlook, but it’s one of my favorite spots. Take a leisurely walk through the tree lined streets and brownstone buildings, popping into cute stores like Shakespeare and Co, and Westsider Rare Books for some unique finds.

Evening: As the city lights up, head to Times Square to soak in its bustling energy. Enjoy dinner at one of the area’s eclectic eateries — Sardi’s for a classic Broadway experience or Toloache for upscale Mexican dishes.

If budget allows – cap off the night with a Broadway musical, immersing yourself in the magic of New York’s world-renowned theater scene.

Bonus Idea: If Broadway isn’t your thing, catch a sunset cruise on the Hudson River and witness the city skyline bathed in the golden glow of twilight. Sunsets are amazing in the spring time, so this is a pretty wonderful time of year to take a cruise.

Day 2: Brooklyn’s Charms

Morning: Begin with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, enjoying the iconic skyline views and the fresh spring air. There’s no better way to start your day to be honest, you’ll get some steps in, enjoy some amazing views, and see the city from a whole new perspective. It’s pretty awe inspiring.

Midday: When you get over to Brooklyn, head to the DUMBO neighborhood. This great little neighborhood is home to your lunch spot! Time Out Market in DUMBO offers so many epic food choices, cherry-picking some of the top vendors in NYC and putting them all under one roof. You’ll find everything from pizza to dumplings, to fried chicken.

Afternoon: After lunch, you might want to do a little more walking – and exploring DUMBO’s cobblestone streets, art galleries, and boutiques is a great way to stretch your legs.

Don’t miss the famous photo spot on Washington Street, with the Manhattan Bridge framing the Empire State Building in the distance. Oh, and don’t forget to take a ride on the famous carousel overlooking the Manhattan skyline!

Evening: Catch the public ferry back to Manhattan, enjoying stunning views of the skyline as the sun sets. Disembark in the Wall Street area and head to the Tin Building in the Seaport District for dinner.

This newly revitalized space offers a variety of eateries and breathtaking views of the East River, and it’s one of my favorite hidden gems in the city. There are loads of food choices, bars, and amazing views to soak in.

Bonus Idea: Experience a speakeasy bar in the area, like The Dead Rabbit, for an intimate end to your day, savoring craft cocktails in a setting filled with history.

Day 3: Downtown Adventures and Culinary Delights

Morning: It’s day three of my NYC spring itinerary, and we’re going to start your day with shopping in Soho, where you can find everything from luxury brands to indie boutiques.

This is one of my favorite shopping districts in the city, and they have every kind of brand here. Whether you’re looking for designer bags, athletic wear, or quirky second hand books.

Brunch/ Midday: Once you’re all ‘shopped-out’ head to the iconic Sadelle’s, and spend an hour or two indulging in their famous bagels and lox. I can’t explain how much I love this place, so you’ll have to trust me! It’s amazing.

Review of Sadelle's in Soho NYC
Sadelle’s in Soho, NYC

Afternoon: Spring is a great time to experience the Staten Island Ferry. The weather tends to be better in spring months, which means clearer views of Lady Liberty, and a smoother crossing on the water too.

Hop on the Staten Island Ferry for a free ride that offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. It’s so much fun, and I know you’ll love it. Once back, explore the historic Wall Street area (just a short walk away), visiting landmarks like the New York Stock Exchange and the Charging Bull.

Evening: Treat yourself to a fancy dinner at one of NYC’s renowned steakhouses, like Delmonico’s or The Capital Grille, where the ambiance and the food promise a memorable experience. Both of these New York City steakhouse’s are pretty iconic, and promise a night of great food and atmosphere too.

Bonus Idea: For a unique after-dinner activity, visit the mysterious and intriguing speakeasy, The Back Room, where you can enjoy your drinks in a Prohibition-era setting.

Day 4: Iconic Views and Laughs

Morning: We’re onto day four of my NYC spring itinerary. Today you’ll experience NYC from the top of an open-top tour bus, a fun way to see the city’s landmarks and learn about its history without the foot fatigue.

It’s also a great thing to enjoy in the springtime, because the weather tends to be absolutely ideal for bus tours. Not too hot, and not too cold, just perfect.

Yes, I know the open top bus tours can be a little cheesy and touristy – but it’s a great way to see the city and see the key-sights. And on a clear, sunny day, it’s a really fun and laid back activity too. Tip: Don’t forget a jacket (for the breeze) and some SPF (if it’s sunny).

Midday: Disembark your bus tour for a classic New York lunch. Grab a slice of pizza from Joe’s Pizza, Ray’s Pizza, or Prince St Pizza, or maybe a bagel from Ess-a-Bagel. These foods are embodying the spirit of NYC with every bite, and I know you’ll love them. You can leave NYC without trying pizza and a bagel!

Afternoon: Choose an observation deck for your afternoon activity. There are plenty in the city to pick from, so it just depends what vibe you’re after. Personally, my favorite observation deck is Summit One Vanderbilt – as it offers an immersive art experience as well as the classic observation deck vibes.

Next would be Top of the Rock, which provides classic skyline views and that retro vibe. There is also new-comer, the Edge, which gives you a thrilling perspective from the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere.

Evening: End your day with laughter at a New York comedy club, like the Comedy Cellar, where you might catch a set by a famous comedian or discover new talent. Comedy Clubs are great fun, and you usually get some great acts starting to tour around spring time.

Bonus Idea: If you’re a jazz lover, swing by the Village Vanguard for a late-night show in one of the most iconic jazz clubs in the world.

Day 5: Cherry Blossoms and Cultural Delights

Morning: We’re going to kick the day off with a walk among the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Bonus points if your trip is at the same time as the annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s a breathtaking sight and a perfect start to your day. And oh wow, you’ll get some cracking photos.

Midday: For lunch on day 5, I think a springtime picnic in one of NYC’s famous parks, would hit the right note. Head to one of NYC grocery stores, and stock up on some goodies to enjoy.

The High Line offers an elevated park experience with views of the city and the Hudson River – and it’s a really cute place for a springtime picnic. Another choice could be Little Island Park (a unique floating park) or Bryant Park (a little gem in Midtown).

Afternoon: In the afternoon on your last day, I recommend visiting the Museum of Broadway. This is my favorite museum in the whole city, so I always try and drop it into an itinerary somewhere.

You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the history of New York’s theater world, and see original costumes, props, hear music, and so much more. There is even a behind-the-scenes area too which is so much fun and so educational.

Evening: For your evening plans on day five of my NYC spring itinerary, you have two choices. Either you can explore Koreatown, dining in one of its many authentic BBQ restaurants (and then finding a karaoke bar). Or you can head down to Little Italy, and enjoy some italian food in that iconic part of the city instead. It’s up to you – choose whichever location floats your boat!

Some extra spring-themed ideas:

  • Macy’s Flower Show: An annual event that transforms Macy’s Herald Square into a breathtaking floral spectacle, showcasing elaborate flower displays and arrangements. It’s a herald of spring in the heart of Manhattan.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade: This parade is one of the city’s oldest traditions, celebrating Irish culture with floats, bands, and dancers marching up Fifth Avenue. It’s a festive way to welcome spring.
  • Tavern on the Green Easter Egg Hunt! Exactly what it sounds like, and a perfect choice for the kiddies!
  • The Easter Parade: The Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in New York City is a delightful spring tradition that showcases the city’s quirky side and its penchant for spectacle. Taking place on Easter Sunday, this event is not your typical parade with floats and bands; instead, it’s a more informal gathering that encourages participants and spectators to don their most creative, extravagant, and sometimes outrageous Easter bonnets and attire.
  • Cherry Blossom Season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden: The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the blooming of the garden’s extensive collection of cherry trees. It’s a beautiful and culturally rich event that features traditional Japanese performances and art.
  • Five Boro Bike Tour: This 40-mile bike ride takes cyclists through all five boroughs of New York City, on streets free of cars, offering a unique way to experience the city’s diversity and beauty.
  • Shakespeare in the Park: A beloved NYC tradition that begins in May and runs through the summer, offering free performances of Shakespeare plays in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.

I hope my 5 Day Spring Itinerary for NYC has given you lots of ideas!

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