(1) Secret Garden.
Enjoy the tranquility Central Park has to offer.
Just because you’re in the City That Never Sleeps doesn’t mean there’s no opportunity to enjoy mother nature’s greenery, which makes Central Park’s Conservatory Garden a definite must-see this spring. Covering a total of six acres, this tranquil oasis plays host to a spectacular array of floral arrangements unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. From budding tulips to stunning lilac trees, there’s no limit to this garden’s beauty. One stroll through here will leave you completely relaxed and ready to take on the hustle and bustle of the city. (5th Ave. and 105th St.)
(2) Off To The Races
Celebrate Derby Day in style.
Why settle for watching the Kentucky Derby in your hotel room when you can celebrate among fellow racing enthusiasts? Each year, NYC’s iconic restaurant 21 Club plays host to a big party for the grand event, serving a variety of snacks and as many delicious mint juleps as you can handle. If the line of mini jockeys adorning the outside of this establishment didn’t immediately give it away, this place is not horsing around (so to speak) and strives to keep the Derby theme alive all year round. Festivities kick off on 5/2. Now on your mark… get set… drink! (21 W. 52nd St.)
(3) An Art Affair To Remember.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
If a picture is worth a thousand words then expect Frieze New York to give you quite the eyeful. This contemporary art fair hosts a vast array of exhibiting galleries that represent the most talented and current artists from all around the globe. So if you have a passion for the art industry or can at least appreciate quality work when you see it, then this is the perfect event for you. But hurry – the fair only lasts from May 14-17! (20 Randall’s Island)
(4) Weekend Bagels.
Start your morning off right.
If you’re going to tackle the many glorious sights and sounds NYC has to offer, then you’re going to need your strength, which means kicking off your day with a hearty breakfast. Black Seed serves up the most delicious, hand-rolled bagels you’ve ever tasted. Heated on a wood-fire oven, this dough is insanely fresh and bursting with flavor. You’ll be ready to face the day with a full stomach and a satisfied palate. (170 Elizabeth St.)
(5) If The Shoe Fits.
Footwear abounds at Macy’s Herald Square.
When it comes to an incredible shoe shopping experience, no place does it better than Macy’s Herald Square. This iconic landmark is home to the World’s Largest Shoe Floor, which transports visitors into their own personal footwear nirvana that spans throughout the entire second floor. Offering up a vast selection of all your favorite top-notch brands, the choices are unlimited. You’re guaranteed to find the perfect style and fit before walking out those doors. Cinderella, eat your heart out. (151 W. 34th St.)
(6) Madison Square Eats.
Delicious food as far as the eye can see.
As temperatures continue to rise, it’s important to not let this beautiful weather go to waste. Well nothing will help you appreciate that fresh spring air better than a stroll through Madison Square Park during its semi-annual event Madison Square Eats. This culinary pop-up market brings together some of the city’s most popular restaurants and well-respected chefs into one central location. Running from 5/1-5/28, visitors can sample their way through each delicious food stand right in the middle of the great outdoors. Prepare to send your taste buds into overdrive. (B/w 24th and 25th St. at Broadway and 5th Ave.)
(7) 30 Rock Tour.
Take your knowledge of this building to new heights.
Behind every great building is an even greater story, which is what makes the Rockefeller Center Tour a must as part of your NYC experience. Learn all about the extraordinary history and breathtaking artistry behind one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. You’ll get a firsthand look, courtesy of an expert historian, who will guide you through the Center’s various buildings and gardens. You’ll soon realize that there’s so much more to this structure than just a massive Christmas tree. (30 Rockefeller Plaza)
(8) Why So Blue?
A night in the theater you won’t soon forget.
Those in the market for a unique theatrical experience should head over to the Astor Place Theatre and catch a showing of the iconic Blue Man Group. This innovative and energetic global sensation combines the perfect mix of music, technology, and comedy for a wildly captivating night you won’t soon forget. Whether you’re a small child or grown adult, you’ll find yourself transported right into this magical world of creativity and entertainment. Just try not to enjoy yourself – it’s simply impossible. (434 Lafayette St.)
(9) Play Ball!
See the New York Yankees in action.
No New York City experience is complete without a trip to the legendary Yankee Stadium for a thrilling game of Major League Baseball you won’t soon forget. Three opposing teams will attempt to battle the Yankees right on their home turf. First up is the Baltimore Orioles (5/7-5/10), followed by the Texas Rangers (5/22-5/24), and concluding with the Kansas City Royals (5/25-5/27). Between the great food, amazing athleticism, and energized atmosphere, you’ll have no choice but to get swept up in all the excitement. (1 E. 161st St.)
(10) The Boys Are Back In Town.
Experience the thrill of NYC’s Fleet Week.
Fleet Week has become a time-honored tradition in the Big Apple. Every spring, boatloads of Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen take to the streets of Manhattan in celebration of this weeklong event, which honors the U.S.’s honorable maritime heritage. Onlookers can be privy to a variety of fascinating sea service demonstrations along with ship tours, marital arts displays, and perhaps even witness a few parachute jump teams. It’s a great opportunity to witness our sailors’ capabilities firsthand and give them the recognition they so deserve. The fun commences from 5/20-5/26 this year. Anchors away! (fleetweeknewyork.com)