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Best Springtime Walks to Enjoy in New York City

March 25 2024

Spring is finally here in the city and it’s the best time to get out and about. Between the cold winter and the hot summer, New York thrives in Spring when the weather is “just right”. Despite being one of the world’s most bustling cities, the Big Apple is home to ample green spaces too. 

Almost 30% of the city is reserved for green spaces - including parks, open spaces, woodlands, and greenways. If you want to make the most of the better weather, here are some of the best spots in the city to enjoy a springtime walk. 

Blossoms around a lake in Central Park in Spring. Pink, white, and purple blooms can be seen.

Central Park

Central Park is located in the heart of Manhattan, covering an area of 843 acres between the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side. The park is home to a variety of woodlands, green spaces, and 58 miles of hiking trails - all of which are beautiful in the spring months. 

Enjoy cherry blossoms, magnolias, and daffodils as you get lost on the endless trails within the park. If you want to make the most of your stroll take a picnic to enjoy on one of the many lawns and green spaces.

The High Line 

The High Line is one of the city’s newest green places, first opening in 2009. The elevated park was constructed on an old railroad and offers unique views across the city and Hudson River. The park is 1.45 miles long and is home to native plants and art installations. If you’re visiting New York this spring, don’t miss out a leisurely stroll above the city. 

Central Park in the spring, with blue skies and sunshine, with the New York skyline in the background and yellow daffodils in the foreground.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is one of the best places to take a springtime stroll in the city. Home to over 14,000 different types of plants, the garden covers 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn. If you love cherry blossom there is nowhere better to see it in the city - simply head to the Cherry Esplanade, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, or the Shakespeare Garden which boast the best examples of the pink and white blooms.

Riverside Park 

Riverside Park is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, stretching along the Hudson River waterfront. Despite being in the heart of the city, the park offers ample green space to walk, run, or relax in the spring and summer months.

The park is 4 miles long and offers both walking and running trails, as well as a bicycling route and a handful of parks and green spaces. One of the best features of the park in spring months is the new blooms - particularly the Cherry Walk at Sakura Park which transforms the path between 72nd and 158th Street. 

If you’re visiting New York with your family this spring, why not check out the Hotel Beacon located on the city’s Upper West Side?