New York City is one of the places you can always find something to do, whether it’s snowing outside, the sun is shining, or you are stuck in the midst of a spring shower – the Big Apple always has something to offer. Below you can find all of our favorite things to do in the city in April, in case you are in need of some inspiration.
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Our Recommendations for April in NYC
April is a great month to visit NYC. The weather is changing, spring is coming, and Central Park is transitioning back to its green state. If you are visiting NYC during April, we have summarized some of our favorite things to do below so that you can plan ahead for your trip. We have included everything from massive public pillow fights to Sports you can watch and concerts to go to – one thing is for sure: you will have an amazing time if you are visitng NYC in April!
Our favorite things to do in NYC in April
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Entire month: Cherry Blossom Season in Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Why fly to Japan to look at the beauty of the cherry blossom if you can experience the same in Brooklyn, New York in April? In the popular Brooklyn Botanic Garden you can expect a yearly bloom of cherry blossoms. From April 1st to the end of the month is the official time of the Cherry Blossom exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Visitors come from all over the world to watch this spectacle, due to the beauty of the blossoms and the celebration of the beginning of Spring. The botanical garden itself is also worth a visit! You will hardly believe that you are seeing this many rare and beautiful plants in a city like New York! (Address: 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn)
The Brooklyn Botanical gardens are also included in the Explorer Pass! This is a great way to save up to 47% on attraction tickets during your trip to NYC. Choosing between 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10 attractions from the list of over 60, this tourist Pass gives you a 30-day window to go and redeem your tickets. For more details on the Explorer Pass, including a full list of attractions you can choose from click below!
At the beginning of April, Brooklyn’s most popular flea market is here at last. Every weekend in Williamsburg on Saturday and Prospect Park on Sunday, you can try out nearly 100 different food stands! Come hungry – they will have everything your heart desires.
Tribeca Film Festival, (April 24 – May 5, 2019)
These film-filled days each year are the highlight for Tribeca, the trendy hip neighborhood in the city. Robert De Niro’s Film festival attracts over 400,000 film fans every year to watch one or more of the 1000 new films shown. The star show is big these days, Tribeca turns into a red carpet of Hollywood stars, paparazzi and those who want to be. Robert De Niro also accommodates the Hollywood stars at his hotel in Tribeca, so that all the restaurants and bars in the area have many familiar faces when they need a break from the Tribeca Film Festival. For tickets, click here.
A Spring Walk on the High Line
The green terrace in the middle of Manhattan is a great experience in fine weather. Walk from the Meatpacking District (Gansevoort Street) on the High Line towards Uptown and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. For a total of six years, Manhattan has been enjoying this highlight and attracts countless visitors every day. The High Line is the ideal place for a relaxing rest in April, or as a wonderful walking distance (1.5 miles). All the details of the High Line Park you can read here.
Pillow Fight in Washington Square Park (April 6, 2019)
The largest public pillow fight in the world takes place in New York City, of course. On April 6, 2019, you meet each other with pillows and teddy bears. Even if you do not have a pillow on hand, it will definitely be comical to watch. This is an international event where others will be participating in their city as well! For more information click here.
Orchid Show New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden show is constantly changing exhibitions and displaying different plants. In the spring, the New York Botanical Garden presents the Orchid’s Show. In an impressive greenhouse, botanical garden visitors can admire the Orchid’s Show in the beginning of April 2018. Last years exhibit was all true to the motto “Thailand”. We recommend you to marvel at this blooming during the time they are open. You will find all the details here.
They say it’s the most important event in your automotive calendar. If you love cars and everything else that comes with it, you will enjoy the New York International Auto Show. The set up is just as impressive as the fancy cars. Clearly an event you shouldn’t miss. Find your tickets here.
Earth Day – The celebration in honor of our earth (April 22, 2019)
A tribute to nature and our wonderful planet Earth – this is celebrated in New York on April 22nd, 2019. Where? Everywhere with a whole host of events in parks, beaches and everything our favorite outdoor town has to offer. Earth Day is used here in New York to be conscious of the impact each of us has on nature. Therefore, there are many ways to get involved and to discuss the topic of “ecological footprint”. One of the most popular events is held at the Union Square Park, where local bands play at a block party. There are delicious, environmentally-friendly snacks and stands from environmental organizations that present many interesting campaigns.
Macy’s Flower Show
Spring brings in more and more flowers to the concrete jungle! If you can not get enough of blooming New York from the Botanical Gardens, Macy’s also gives you the chance to admire beautiful flower decorations right in the heart of the city! The whole shopping center at Herald Square becomes a sea of flowers. This sounds like a unique shopping experience, so be sure to check it out! This event will be running during April in 2019 at Macy’s Herald Square (151 W. 34th St).
Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival
New York City decorates itself with about 300 colorful painted XL Easter eggs. They are laid out throughout the city and are a popular photo-motif. The annual Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival, runs from the 49th to the 57th Street.
New Yorkers meet and walk along Fifth Avenue towards Central Park. Start is at 10:00 am in the morning, ending at 4pm on Sunday, April 21st 2019. A very popular place to watch the parade is St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Look out for all the ravishing hats and make sure you look your best!
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The most popular things to do in April!
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Check out the most popular tickets in April for inspiration on things to do
If you are looking for the best ways to explore the city and discover what NYC has to offer, you have come to the right place. Below we have detailed the most popular things to do around this time of year as we want to show you the variety of amazing things to do the Big Apple has to offer. Check out the top 5 best selling tickets in April.
Sightseeing FLEX Pass
Freestyle Pass NYC
Bateaux Dinner Cruise
Manhattan Sky Tour
Empire State Building
One World Observatory
Save 50% on all attraction tickets with this discount pass for NYC!
Explore the city's top attractions (including the One World Observatory) while saving money!
Enjoy the amazing skyline views from the water during the most popular dinner cruise!
Explore the city from above! This is definitely an experience you wont forget!
NYC's highest open air observation deck - definitely a must if you haven't been!
NYC's newest attraction and tallest building. The views are phenomenal!
Spend your Easter Sunday relaxing and cruising around New York Harbor. See all the sights including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and spectacular views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline. For more details and to purchase your ticket click here!
Enjoy a 1-2 hour horseback ride tour in Central Park while passing by several historical monuments. Meet your guide at Tavern on the Green and set out down the Bridle Path. For more details and to purchase tickets check the link below!
Welcome to Queens, Welcome to Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. In April 2019, the Bacon and Beer Classics 2019 will be celebrated. With brunch, live music, a huge selection of beer, delicious food and an evening program, the whole day in Queens is warmly celebrated here. This event is one of the top beer events in New York City. All drinks, entertainment, and food are included in the ticket for the festival. Combine this event with an excursion into the exciting area of Queens!
Queens Food Tour: Flavors of Long Island City
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a 3-hour food tasting and cultural walking tour in Long Island City! You will be able to try food and drinks from some of the best-hidden gem restaurants, eateries, and specialty shops in Queens. Great for all ages! Learn more and purchase your tickets here!
Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of NYC’s famous teams play live!
One of the things you definitely shouldn’t miss out on when in NYC is visiting a sports game! From the Knicks to the Giants NYC has some great teams to go watch and play. You can check out all the upcoming sports games in NYC below – or alternatively, go check out our article with a breakdown of all the teams and where they play!
Yankees games are on in April – Check out available tickets here!
The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise and have won the most titles of any team in the league – 27 in all. In light of their storied past, they consistently call themselves “World Champion”. Missing the opportunity to see one of their games live would be a big mistake! You can check for tickets and availabilities below during April!