Despite the lingering cold, New York City is full of events and happenings in the upcoming Spring season that could be the perfect addition to your business trip. Take time away from your work schedule or add extra days onto your work travel plans to make room for fun, because mixing business with leisure makes an ideal bleisure experience. BlueOrange, a travel agent based in NYC, specializes in bleisure travel around the world, and shares their favorite can’t-miss experiences in the city this Spring.
If you’ll be in town between now and April 22, then don’t miss The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens. For 16 years, this show has highlighted the dramatic beauty of the orchid, and this year, look for a series of installations by Daniel Ost that are designed to match the beauty of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory where the show is held. Be prepared for bold and tropical colors and unique and unforgettable displays of flowers.
For more flower fun and a whimsical “Once Upon a Springtime” theme, visit the Macy’s Flower Show between March 25 and April 8 at Macy’s Herald Square location. Flowers will fill the entire first floor of the store, and displays will reflect enchanting scenes that are fit for fairy tales. Plus, the website promises that this year, “you’ll be able to interact with the Flower Show like never before,” which means you’re bound to have an experience for the storybooks.
Experience the ultimate Spring pastime and take in a baseball game. New York is home to both the Yankees and the Mets, so there is no shortage of home teams to root for. The Mets home opener is scheduled for March 29 against the St. Louis Cardinals. And the Yankees will open at home on April 2 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Baseball games make perfect bleisure-time activities to soak up local culture and to cheer on a new home team.
On March 24, Luna Park on Coney Island officially opens for the season, and that means you can explore the history of the famed park while riding famous roller coasters, like the iconic Cyclone, and playing traditional carnival games. While you’re there, don’t miss Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs or other classic fair food. At the end of the day, you’ll have another check for your bucket list, and you’ll feel like a kid again.
If you’re traveling to NYC at the end of April, the cherry blossoms will be blooming at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and it will be time for the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival on April 28 and 29. Admire the flowering trees and take in over 60 events and performances to celebrate Japanese culture, including a tea room, art gallery and mini flea market.
Starting May 1, visitors can explore Governors Island, a 172-acre island located in the middle of New York Harbor. The space is ideal for recreation seekers and festival goers. Bike on paved paths, read a book in one of the comfortable hammocks, get wet in the designated play fountains or explore Fort Jay or Castle Williams. The island also offers educational opportunities in gardening and composting. Once it opens, Governors Island is easily accessible by ferry.
This Spring, don’t miss what the New York Times labels “The Woodstock of Eating” at Smorgasburg. The food fair offers an array of delights from 100 local vendors. Look for this food-focused paradise on Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Prospect Park starting April 1. Bring your own water bottle and your appetite to sample some of the best food in the city.
Start planning your springtime bleisure trip to NYC to experience the best the city has to offer. Let BlueOrange Travel help you plan, so you can be sure you’re making the most of your work, leisure or bleisure getaway.