Phil predicts an early spring this year. Even though Groundhog Day’s results are far from being accurate, it’s always good to plan ahead and prepare for the coming season. If you’ve already booked a trip to New York, let me help you with some ideas on what to do when the cold is finally replaced by heat waves in the city!

The Edge

After the craze that came with the Vessel, now there’s a new spot that is expected to attract a high volume of tourists and locals. I’m talking about the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere: The Edge. The newest (and coolest?) observatory will be open to public in March but you can already buy tickets online. Regular passes include:

  • access to glass floor (look 100 stories straight down);
  • a free digital souvenir photo;
  • angled glass wall (yep, you can lean on it!);
  • the skyline steps;
  • the eastern point.

Before you head all the way up – note that you’ll be 1,100 feet above the ground – you’ll be marveled with an immersive multimedia experience. Then, once you get to the observation deck, you can also grab a cocktail at the champagne bar while you enjoy the 360° views.

FYI: prices are a little cheaper if you buy in advance on the website. The flex pass – it allows you to pick a date and time slot with flexibility – is a lot more expensive!

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Brooklyn Botanical Garden

This is for people who don’t mind a big crowd: visiting the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in spring a classic for most residents who want to be around some nature without traveling far.

While many visitors focus on Manhattan’s Central Park, keep in mind there’s a lot to see in the other boroughs. Brooklyn, for instance, has the amazing Prospect Park, where you can find beautiful cherry blossoms in the Botanical Garden. But as I said previously: during peak season it is often full.


Adults $18; Seniors (65+)$12; Students 12+ with ID $12; Children under 12 Free; Winter weekdays (December–February) Free.

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Central Park & Conservatory Garden

If you’re not in the mood to cross the East River and hop on the subway all the way to Brooklyn, it’s okay: Central Park is always a good idea. But this time you might want to walk a bit further: the Conservatory Garden can be found on 5th avenue and 105th street.

This is a good option if you’re looking for a free of charge, quiet and formal garden with three distinct areas. It’s usually open from 8am until dusk. Additionally, you can make the most out of this experience and take the time to also visit the Museum of the City of New York located on 5th avenue, between 103rd and 104th street.

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Planting Fields Arboretum

You might need to get a car for this one: located in Long Island, Planting Fields Arboretum is a perfect place to go on a family day trip. The arboretum and state park cover over 400 acres which also includes the Coe Hall Historic House Museum, The Camellia House, The Main Greenhouse and the Italian Garden.

It’s ideal for those who want to learn more about history, architecture and botany, take some beautiful pictures or just have fun around some dazzling trees, flowers and plants.

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Which of these spring activities sound like a great idea for you? Share in the comments below!