April is finally here, and that means spring is in full swing! Celebrate the return of sunshine, maple syrup and flowers with these fun activities across New York State.

Botanical Gardens photo by Amanda Lonergan

Spring Flower Exhibit

This year's Buffalo Spring Flower Exhibit will be dripping in color with 22,000 blooms on display. Fragrant shrubs and flowers of every kind will be set against the hues of tulips and daffodils highlighting the  majestic conservatory at one of the most beautiful times of the year. Take some time to visit the 4-H farm with baby bunnies, chicks, pigs and ducks - perfect to celebrate spring with the whole family. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Buffalo; through April 23; $11

Albany Skyline

Albany Restaurant Week

Feast on some of Downtown Albany's finest fare for a fraction of the price during Albany Restaurant Week. You'll be able to enjoy three-course feasts at a variety of participating restaurants for just $20.17, with meals guaranteed a $35 minimum value. Eat your hearts out! Various locations, Albany; through April 7; prices vary

Storm King

Storm King Opens for Spring

Stunning Hudson Valley institution Storm King features dozens of soaring sculptures on 500 scenic acres. It's a must-see for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Rent a bike, take a tram tour or just stroll around. It's an unforgettable experience. New Windsor; Wednesday through Sunday, 10am - 5:30pm, starting April 5; $18

Cradle of Aviation Museum -- Photo by Jennifer Baxmeyer

Taste of Flight

Let your tastebuds soar at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, where wines, ciders and chocolates will be served for your enjoyment as you peruse the museum's world-class aerospace collection. Some of Long Island's best dessert makers will offer samples and sales of their delicious products, a DJ will play groovy tunes, and photographers will capture all the excitement. Garden City; April 8; tickets start at $20

Antique Boat Museum

1000 Islands Spring Boat Show

Kick off spring with the annual 1000 Islands Spring Boat Show in Clayton. Take a look at various pontoons, runabouts, fishing boats, docks, lifts and more in preparation for sunny boating weather ahead. This is the perfect opportunity to shop around for a perfect vessel (or just looky loo) and freshen up on boater' safety. Clayton; April 7-9; $5

Watkins Glen International - Photo Courtesy of Watkins Glen International

Opening Weekend at Watkins Glen International

Experience all the twists and turns at the Watkins Glen International world-renowned road course - from the driver's seat of your own car. Get on the track for three paced laps behind an official Watkins Glen International vehicle with all proceeds benefiting the Watkins Glen International's RACE Foundation. It's fun for a good cause! Watkins Glen; April 8 - 9; $25

SpringFest Street Fair

Shake out the winter freeze with the Nyack Chamber's annual SpringFest Street Fair. Families and fun-seekers alike gather in the streets of Nyack to meet more than 300 vendors offering fine crafts, jewelry, art, photography, collectibles and much more. Nyack; April 9; free

Lake George Steamboat Company - Photo by NYS ESD

Lake George Steamboat's 200th Anniversary Easter Weekend

The Lake George Steamboat Company is celebrating its 200th year in service with fun events across its docks and ships, kicking off during Easter Weekend. Passengers can gather atop one of the last steam paddle wheelers in America, the oldest continually operated tour boat in America and the largest cruise ship on the inland waters of New York State. And the party continues all summer long. Lake George; April 14 - 16; prices vary

NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Head to the NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn for a friendly taste of competition, from the Bloody Mary Mix Down to the Chicken Wing or Pizza of Hell Challenges. Taste spicy meatballs and burritos - even watch (or take part in) a Chihuahua Beauty Pageant. It's a fiery weekend you won't forget. Brooklyn; April 22; $10

TAP New York at Hunter Mountain

TAP New York at Hunter Mountain

Held annually at the end of April, New York State's largest craft beer festival, TAP, features hundreds of beers from more than 120 New York breweries. Prizes will be awarded for Best Craft Brewery in the state as well as the Hudson Valley. Come be apart of the excitement and let your taste buds run wild! Hunter; April 29 - 30; tickets start at $67

Utica Wine and Chocolate Festival

Wine, cheese and chocolate lovers get ready: If you're a fan of any or all of these tasty treats, we've got the spring event for you. The Utica Wine and Chocolate Festival features some of the best wines from New York State at great prices, plus unbelievable chocolates and savory fromageUtica; April 29; $25

Franklinville's 2017 WNY Maple Festival

Stop by Franklinville's sweetest festival for the freshest taste of mouth-watering maple syrup - and you'll even learn the how it's made. Experience two days chock full of maple bliss in with all day long festivities including all-you-can-eat pancakes (maple syrup's soul mate), demonstrations and a craft show. Franklinville; April 29-30; free