The Best Spring Walks in NYC

By Alison Durkee

The New York City weather is heating up, and as the flowers bloom and summer approaches, there’s no better time to get out and take a walk around. Stroll the city streets while learning more about all they have to offer on these upcoming walks and tours.

Culinary Constitutionals: Get out on a walk this May and June while discovering the city’s incredible food scene. Big Onion Tours is offering their Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour throughout the spring and summer, which combines Lower East Side history with small bites from the neighborhood’s vendors. Special editions of the tour will also take place on Father’s Day (June 16) and Mother’s Day (May 12). Also on Mother’s Day, the Museum at Eldridge Street will celebrate with their own Yiddishe Mamas walking tour, which celebrates the women of the Lower East Side and includes a special brunch. To get more of a look at one particular city institution for food, head over to Farm.One, Manhattan’s only hydroponic garden, which sources food for some of the city’s top Michelin-starred restaurants. On May 17, New York Adventure Club will offer a special private tour of the vertical farming company, including tastings of its crops.

Cultural Crossings: Other tours will explore the city’s vibrant cultural scene, both past and present. Visual art lovers can head out on a gallery tour of Soho and Tribeca, which will take place May 11, while theatergoers can get new insights into the city’s grand Broadway theaters on a walking tour June 2. On May 19, discover the city’s vibrant music history between the years 1954-1979, as a walking tour of the lower Fifties explores spots integral to the histories of Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Woody Guthrie, Irving Berlin, and many more.

Park Promenades: This May and June will also be the perfect time to enjoy the city’s green spaces before the weather gets too hot. Discover all that Central Park has to offer by heading out on one of the Central Park Conservancy’s daily tours; a special Spring Blooms tour of the park’s Conservatory Garden will take place select dates through June 29. The Municipal Art Society will also offer its own look at Central Park and its significance May 25. Over in Brooklyn, Untapped Cities will offer insight into the Secrets of Prospect Park on June 9, while back in Manhattan, New Yorkers and tourists alike can learn more about Bryant Park on free weekly walking tours that take place Wednesday mornings. Downtown in Battery Park, the Battery Conservancy will celebrate NYC Wildflower Week with upcoming birds and wildflower tours that explore the Battery’s gardens with expert birders and gardeners. The bird and wildflower tours will take place on May 14 and 15, while a separate wildflower-specific tour with The Battery Conservancy’s Chief Horticulturalist will take place May 18.

Design Details: Other tours this May and June will look at the city’s architecture and design remnants from eras gone by. Stroll up Central Park West on a walking tour of the street’s architectural Art Deco treasures on June 2, or join one of several walking tours that explore the remaining remnants of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park. Untapped Cities will offer a look at the fairs on May 25 and June 22, while the Municipal Art Society will hold its World’s Fair tour June 30. To decode some of the city’s more hidden designs, meanwhile, head over to the Green-Wood Cemetery, where their Secrets in Stone tour explains the cryptic symbols etched into its centuries-old monuments. The tour will take place on May 25 and June 29.

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