Where to Spend Your Manhattan Escape This Spring

The High Line promenade illuminated at twilight surrounded by modern and older buildings in Chelsea. The aerial greenway is also known as Highline or High Line Park. Manhattan, New York CIty

As Manhattan shakes off the winter chill, the city transforms into a canvas of urban elegance and natural splendor. More than a season, spring in New York City is a vibrant, colorful transformation that calls for more exploration. As you plan your stay at Hotel 48LEX, consider adding these five outdoor spots to your Manhattan itinerary, where spring reveals its most enchanting scenes.

Relax Outdoors at High Line

The High Line is more than just a stroll in the park. Perched above Manhattan’s West Side, it’s an elevated escape, weaving through the city’s architecture and blooming with spring’s touch. The blend of art installations, verdant landscapes, and panoramic views creates the perfect sanctuary for an authentic New York experience. Keep an eye on the calendar of events, which fills up with programming to enhance your outdoor experience.

Experience Cinema Under the Stars

Nestled along the scenic banks of the Hudson River, Pier 63 offers a unique twist to New York’s nightlife. This idyllic spot transforms into a haven for film enthusiasts and romantics alike, as classic and contemporary films light up the screen against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Pack a picnic, sit back, and enjoy the open-air entertainment alongside New York’s nightscape.

Enjoy Panoramic Views at Summit One Vanderbilt

A visit to Summit One Vanderbilt offers an unrivaled panoramic view of Manhattan. Ascend to this observation deck, gaze across the city from this soaring vantage point, and feel the pulse of New York beneath you. For our guests, we recommend our Views From the Top package, a perfect complement to your stay at Hotel 48LEX, offering luxurious accommodations and an unforgettable sky-high adventure.

Explore New York City Zoos

Venture into the diverse wildlife of the Central Park Zoo or veer just north of Manhattan and into the Bronx Zoo. These urban oases provide a delightful escape amidst an urban backdrop. Each zoo offers its own unique experience, from serene landscapes to exotic animals. It’s a reminder that in New York, the wonders of the natural world are never far away. Plus, it’s the perfect family-friendly activity for those needing an activity for the little ones in your group.

Find Serenity Along the Hudson

Conclude your spring exploration at Riverside Park, a serene strip along the Hudson River. With bike paths, walking trails, and plenty of green space, it offers a tranquil setting for outdoor activities, allowing you to relax by the water. The park’s beauty is especially captivating in spring, with sprouting flowers and warm sunshine — the perfect place to unwind.


Whether you’re seeking a quiet retreat by the river or an engaging encounter with wildlife, Manhattan’s spring offerings are as varied as they are magical. Each spot promises to add a touch of shine to your spring in New York, all just a stone’s throw away from the refined comfort and luxury of Hotel 48LEX.