When it comes to the scenery in New York City, April showers definitely brought May flowers this year. The weather is heating up which means there is a greater opportunity for visitors to take advantage of all the outdoor activities New York City has to offer. With the city in full bloom, we’ve put together a step by step guide to enjoying Mother’s Day like a local, al fresco.
Before making the trip to visit mom, pick up some flowers at a local market. Our favorite area to purchase flowers in Manhattan is the flower district in Chelsea. It’s home to several family-owned shops that boast an abundance of fresh-cut flowers, exotic plants and foliage. For those who like the classics, you can purchase roses in nearly every variety. For the more adventurous, branch out, literally and figuratively by creating your own bouquet! There is an arrangement for everyone at this market.
The Flower District is located on 28th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues
After brunch on Mother’s Day, chances are you’ll be looking for a place to walk around and relax with your mom––you’re in luck, because Governors Island has officially opened for the summer season! Treat your mom to a playful experience on the newly renovated Island by making the trip from Manhattan via ferry. Ferry schedule and ticket information can be viewed here. New additions to the island include the hammock grove, several play areas, art installations and a CitiBike docking station. When you’re on the island keep an eye out for the Mr. Softee truck, it makes its rounds on the weekend for all of the visitors with a sweet tooth.
Governors Island is located 800 yards from Lower Manhattan and even closer to Brooklyn.