Spring in Central New York

Maple syrup, blossoms and warming winds refresh senses and spirit.

In full bloom

Can we get poetic for a minute? Writer Anne Bradstreet said "If we had no winter, the spring would not be as pleasant." So, spring around here? Oh, it's on. Our blushing love affair with magnolias, cherries, and crabapples – any tree with a riot of blossoms – goes on full display. The flowers, a lengthening day, gentle showers, and the smell of earthy warmth freshen our mood. We start Spring deliciously at two dozen family-friendly maple syrup festivals. We celebrate an energetic new season at our St. Patrick’s Parade and the Mountain Goat Run. And it just keeps getting better from there.

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Streams, rivers, and lakes draw us to water

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In spring, we put away the winter boots and open all the windows to outdoor warmth. Parks, rivers, and lakes beckon anew. And Central New York anglers have some fishin' to do. With trout and salmon seasons starting every April 1, legions of fly-fishing enthusiasts are drawn to the water. Because Central New Yorkers embrace civic action, we organize a region of volunteers for Earth Day cleanups. Festival season starts, turning Clinton Square and so many other hot spots, into places where memories are made.

We don't want to miss a thing. In Spring