5 Must-Do Activities in NYC This April
April is a wonderful time to be in New York City. With winter behind us and longer, warmer days ahead, the city awakens from its seasonal slumber. Families come together for Easter and Passover, flowers start blooming and outdoor attractions get livelier. It’s the perfect time to explore the city without harsh weather or large crowds, yet still have plenty of things to do.
Speaking of things to do, here are five must-do activities this April in NYC.
1. Easter brunch
Who says Easter eggs have to be hard-boiled and dipped in dye? Have them scrambled, fried or smothered in Hollandaise sauce at a scrumptious Easter brunch. From classic favorites like Tavern on the Green to newer players like Claudette, plenty of restaurants will be serving a brunch to fit your budget and tastes — just be sure to make a reservation. See Time Out New York’s list of best Easter brunches in NYC, or book a table at The Capital Grille Wall Street for potato leek soup, lobster frittata, flourless chocolate espresso cake and more.
2. The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden
Now through April 22
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
This spectacular flower show only happens once a year, so see it while you can. Thousands of orchids in an array of colors, shapes and arrangements will be on display in the NYBG’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, creating a luscious paradise that must be seen to be believed. Stop by during the day, or visit after-hours on a Friday or Saturday for Orchid Evenings, a 21+ experience with cocktails, music and performances accompanying the exhibit. Reserve your tickets online and avoid lines at the gate.
3. The Macy’s Flower Show
Now through April 8
Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street, New York
If you’d rather not travel to the Bronx for the Orchid Show, head to the historic Macy’s in Herald Square for their annual Flower Show. The store will be decked out in jaw-dropping floral arrangements, decorated to fit this year’s theme of “Once Upon a Springtime.” Admission is free, and you can get a head start on spring shopping while you’re there.
4. Tribeca Film Festival
Since 2002, the Tribeca Film Festival has risen to prominence as one of the foremost opportunities for independent filmmakers to showcase their work. The festival now draws an estimated three million people, including celebrities in art, music and film, generating $600 million annually. Screenings of participating films will take place at a few theaters in and around the Tribeca neighborhood. Learn more and grab your tickets here.
5. Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
The cherry blossom tree, with its dark brown stalks and light lavender flowers, has come to represent spring in the northeast United States. Known as sakura in Japanese, it’s also the national flower of Japan and an important aspect of Japanese cultural tradition. Head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for this year’s Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, where you can walk among hundreds of blooming cherry blossoms and attend nearly 60 events and performances celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Advance tickets can be purchased here.
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