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16 things you have to do this spring in NYC

Spring officially started on March 20 and we expect plenty of beautiful weather and sunshine ahead.

From outdoor activities to new openings to enjoying fresh foods, here are the season's must-dos in NYC.

1. Eat outdoors!

What's better than eating delicious food? Eating delicious
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What's better than eating delicious food? Eating delicious food outside. A nice breeze, some greenery maybe, a chilled glass of rose... those days are not as far away as you think!

Here are some of our favorite gardens in NYC restaurants, Pok Pok NY (pictured) included. It's not too early. Just keep repeating that to yourself.

Enjoy fresh spring produce

Toward the end of March, the city's greenmarkets
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Toward the end of March, the city's greenmarkets really start to come alive with spring produce. From early microgreens grown in greenhouses to tulips and ramps, pictured, the best moment in spring is when home cooks and restaurants begin to cook fresh, green veggies. Start menu planning now!

Visit a New York Greenmarket

Though many of the Grow NYC Greenmarkets are
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Though many of the Grow NYC Greenmarkets are open year-round -- like its Union Square and Ditmas Park locations -- fresh produce options increase during the springtime.

Plus, spending a day at a farmers market in the sunshine is much more enjoyable when the weather is mild. To find the closet city greenmarket near you, head to grownyc.org

Explore city parks

Though known for its skyscrapers, New York's green
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Though known for its skyscrapers, New York's green spaces are pretty spectacular.

From enjoying a picnic in Central Park to going through a stroll in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, you can't go wrong with any of the escapes to nature the city has to offer.

Explore NYC's hidden green spaces

OK, so we already admitted we can't wait
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OK, so we already admitted we can't wait to dine outside and enjoy NYC's parks, but hidden green spaces throughout the five boroughs bring a whole new level of excitement. We're excited to stumble upon new green peaceful spots where we least expect them, or visit some of our favorite unexpected green spaces in the city.

Get some free food

Spring means plenty of time to enjoy free
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Spring means plenty of time to enjoy free food in NYC. Specifically, ice cream. Celebrate the first official day of spring on March 20 at Rita's (2486 Broadway) with free flavored water ice. And Ben and Jerry's free cone day is coming up on April 12.

Eat all the ice cream

While full-blown ice cream weather may not hit
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While full-blown ice cream weather may not hit until June, we're excited to be able to enjoy ice cream without suffering from the shivers. We're ready to get scoops of New York's most unique ice cream flavors or get them rolled up in an egg waffle at Eggloo.

Get back on that bike

It's finally time to break out that bike
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It's finally time to break out that bike -- or try Citi Bike for the first time.

Take advantage of the plethora of bike paths to enjoy city views, or use a bike share to make your commute to work more green.

Cook something new and fresh

You don't have to be a chef to
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You don't have to be a chef to take a break from Seamless. After a long winter of hot food delivery, we're ready for some light food prep on our own. Last spring, we loved salad sandwich- April Bloomfield's salad sandwich from her veggie cookbook "A Girl and her Greens" and we're happy to reprise it for a second season. You can also try to recreate heartier dishes like Dos Caminos' vegetal tacos!

Head to an outdoor (or indoor) concert or festival

This spring promises great shows, including Pink, Lorde,
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This spring promises great shows, including Pink, Lorde, Def Leppard, U2, Sam Smith, and some of the best music festivals around.

Head to Governors Ball in June to see Jack White, Travis Scott and Eminem, the Panorama Music Festival in July that will feature Cardi B, Father John Misty, The Killers, and The XX, or Electric Zoo with the biggest names in EDM in August.

There are a number of dance festivals coming up too, including the Japan Drum and Dance, the Queens World Film and the Bloody Mary festivals -- all of which are listed in our festival guide.

Ferry over to Governors Island

After months of being closed for the cold,
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After months of being closed for the cold, Governors Island will finally open to the public on May 1.Get ready to board the ferry, take in the gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline from a bike, relax in a hammock and enjoy all that Governors Island has to offer.

Cheer on a local baseball team

It's baseball season again! Even if you're not
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It's baseball season again! Even if you're not into the game, the food alone is worth it, so here's a roundup of what to eat at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium while you root for your favorite home team.

16. Soak up the public art

There's plenty of free, outdoor art to enjoy
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There's plenty of free, outdoor art to enjoy in the city! Visit Central Park for artist Tatiana Trouvé's first U.S. exhibition, "Desire Lines" in which she visually represents the park's pathways via enormous spools of thread. If you'd like a more thematic walking tour, try checking out NYC's monuments and memorials dedicated to women.

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