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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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 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, concerts to go to, or even as simple as having brunch outside – one thing is for sure, you will have an amazing time if you are visiting NYC in April!
My 32 Favorite Things To Do in NYC in April
Destination Cosmos: The Immersive ExperienceOther Art & Culture in Civic CenterAdd to myNY added
Destination Cosmos: The Immersive Experience is a digital exhibition that takes its guests on an exciting journey into the universe. On this unique exploration, you can marvel at planets and supernovae and you will be whisked away into a maze of stars. This digital journey into space will show you the canyons of Mars and the rings of Saturn, allowing you to experience the vastness of the universe in a whole new way.
The Immersive Experience exhibition will run until June 4, 2023 at the Hall des Lumières.
Cherry Blossom Season in Brooklyn Botanic GardenPark in Park SlopeAdd to myNY added
Why fly to Japan to look at the beauty of the cherry blossoms 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!
Many people come to the botanic garden in Brooklyn just to see this natural spectacle. This place always has a special aura to it, as there is something wonderful blossoming here in any season. It’s located right inside Prospect Park in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Take a boat trip in April to see the first green leaves on the treesCruise in ChelseaOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
New York in April is amazing and there are lots of things to do outside. For me, there’s nothing better than experiencing the first signs of green from the river – and you can do that with 👉 these 9 best cruises in spring.
Celebrate the opening of Flipper's at The Rink (usually in April)Other Attraction in Midtown Manhattan
Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival (April 9, 2023)Parade in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
New York City is adorned with around 300 brightly painted XL Easter eggs. The famous Easter eggs can be seen everywhere in the city centre and are also a popular photo motif. The annual Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival, moves from 49th to 57th Street. New Yorkers meet and walk along Fifth Avenue towards Central Park. The start is at 10:00 am in the morning, ending at 4 PM. 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!
Enjoy the city at this amazing dinner cruiseCruise in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
I am quite a big fan of the boat tours with dinner in New York. It’s warm inside, jazzy music plays and there’s delicious food (and drinks). And during the whole cruise you see New York with its impressive skyline. Here are our recommendations for dinner cruises, brunch cruises, lunch cruises and jazz cruises in NYC during spring.
Rooftop Bars Start to Open UpRooftop Bar in DumboOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Yes, rooftop bars in NYC are amazing and that’s why it’s on this list. One of the absolute highlights in April in New York are the rooftop bars, which allow you to look at the thousand lights of the skyline. During winter, rooftop bars are only half as nice due to the temperatures, so we’re always more than happy when it gets warmer again. Actually, some rooftops aren’t even open at all during the winter.
My tip: these are the 43 best rooftop bars in NYC.
The Best Broadway Shows in April 2023 in New YorkBroadway Show in Theatre DistrictAdd to myNY added
The answer to whether you should or should not see a Broadway show when visiting New York in April is crystal clear: YES, it absolutely belongs on your bucket list! What is not always as clear, however, is which show to pick.
In order to help you out, we’ve created an overview of the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC in April!
Enjoy breath-taking views from one of the amazing observation decksBuilding in Hudson YardsOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
You know what’s really unique about New York? The view of Central Park from one of the observation decks! With the Top of the Rock, The Edge Hudson Yards and the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt you have three to choose from!
My tip: if you are cold, you can go inside and enjoy the view from the inside. Because each of the observation decks (except for the Empire State Building) has additional floors with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Picnicking in Central ParkOther Events in Upper West SideAdd to myNY added
Picnicking in Central Park is always a must-do in spring and summer. There are countless large and small lawns that invite you to relax. So quite a few spots are suitable for picnicking in the park, not only the popular Sheep Meadow.
The largest lawn in Central Park is the Great Lawn, where the popular Central Park Concerts are held. The green lawn is a wonderful spot to relax and have a picnic in the park after a long walk. For the athletes among you, there are even some baseball fields on the oval green area. You’ll find the Great Lawn in the middle of the park at the 79th to 86th street level.
Another picnic option is East Green. Here you can sit on a blanket between the trees and enjoy your meal. East Green is located on 5th Avenue between 69th and 72nd Street.
The most romantic picnic spot in Central Park is definitely Cherry Hill by the Bow Bridge. It has been the backdrop for many Hollywood movies such as “You’ve got Mail”. Make yourself comfortable on a small slope and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and the bridge. The bridge is located in the middle of the park around 72nd Street.
Orchid Show New York Botanical Garden (through April 23, 2023)Other Events in BronxAdd to myNY added
The New York Botanical Garden supports over one million living plants in its extensive collection. It is truly a beautiful experience to explore the plant life in over 50 different gardens, giving you something to explore throughout each season. From exhibitions to the gift shop and hands-on experiences for kids this oasis of plants is a great day out for families!
The Botanical Garden has constantly changing exhibitions and displays various plants. Among the most important of them is the “Orchid Show”, which takes place every year in spring. This year, in an impressive greenhouse, you can admire the 20th Orchid Show from February until April.
This year the motto of the exhibition is “Natural Heritage”. Guest designer is artist Lily Kwong, who used art objects and her Chinese roots to inspire visitors to reflect on their own life stories for this exhibition. On selected Saturdays in March and April, there will be “Orchid Evenings” from 7pm to 10pm, where guests can enjoy the exhibition with music, food & drinks.
The MLB season starts in April!Sport Events in BronxAdd to myNY added
If you want to see baseball in New York, you have to go to the New York Yankees! There is hardly anything more American than to join tens of thousands of other sports enthusiasts in the excitement of the NY Yankees. During one of our last visits we went to a game of the New York Yankees against the New York Mets – it was amazing!
Visit Governors IslandOther Attraction in Outside of New York CityAdd to myNY added
Though Governors Island is no longer a secret spot, it hasn’t lost its charm and remains one of our favorite places in New York. Throughout the summer, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Manhattan from the island, ride bicycles, and participate in a large variety of events hosted here. Usually Governors Island closes at the end of October, since 2022 you can check it out even during winter and spring! A ferry ride to the island typically costs $4 but if you decide to come on a Saturday or Sunday before noon, it’ll be free!
Time Out DUMBO - One Of The Best Places to Dine Outside in NYCFood Market in DumboAdd to myNY added
The “Food Market” concept proves to be a great success in New York City. In May 2019, the Time Out Market opened in Dumbo: and offers around 20 different vendors, 2 bars, a rooftop with an additional 4 restaurants. The food market in DUMBO on 55 Water Street is just as successful as its other chains such as the one in Lisbon. The absolute best thing about the location is the view from the balcony. It provides unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline as well as the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. So when you are looking for the best things to do in April check out this amazing spot – you will love it!!!
A Spring Walk on the High LineWalking Tour in ChelseaOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Go on a fun adventure in New York’s only park above street level- the Highline. Experience the Chelsea neighborhood from a whole new vantage point and find out more about the history of the famous Meatpacking District including how it developed into one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world.
Plan a spring weekend getaway from NYCDay Trip in Outside of New York CityOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
There are many wonderful destinations near New York City that are worth visiting in the spring. Looking for some inspiration? Check out my of the 21 best spring weekend getaways from NYC here!
Sip a glass of wine at Rooftop Reds (with an amazing view)Other Attraction in DumboOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The only problem with this beautiful view of the NYC skyline? It just happens to be interrupted by NYC’s only rooftop vineyard!
Located in Brooklyn, Rooftop Reds is actually the world’s first commercially viable urban rooftop vineyard. That means in addition to getting a wide-open view of the NYC skyline, you’re also supporting one of the most innovative wine projects in NYC.
And what would a glass of wine be without a great pairing? Rooftop Reds has this covered with a wide selection of gourmet cheeses to start the meal, then a partnership with nearby pizzeria Il Porto. If you’ve got a bold wine, pair it with Al Diavolo Pizza for a spice-forward blend.
Earth Day 2023 in AprilOther Events in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
A tribute to nature and our wonderful planet Earth – this is celebrated in New York on April 22nd. 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.
Visit one of New York's Amazing Art Exhibitions at MoMa PS1Museum in Long Island CityAdd to myNY added
Check out the local art scene in the MoMa Ps1 art exhibit, featuring work from 47 local, contemporary artists. This exhibit explores art-making in New York history, the resilience of artists, and the feelings connected with art. You’ll see a huge emphasis on foreign-born artists, their work full of Egyptian, Iranian, Tunisian, Nigerian, Mexican, Argentinian, and Indian influences. There is also an abundance of Native American artists to enjoy.
My tip: Here you find the Best Art Exhibitions in New York City.
Visit Little Island at Pier 54Other Attraction in Meatpacking District
Spend the day in one of the best museums of NYCMuseum in Upper West SideAdd to myNY added
Spring is perfect for a museum visit to New York, and the Big Apple really doesn’t lack choices. After the theatrical release of “The Night of Museum” series, (The first movie took place in the New York Museum of Natural History) you really feel like going to the place of the event? In the footsteps of dinosaurs, aborigines and many other historical creatures, the Natural History Museum on Central Park West is always a good idea for a museum outing.
My tip: These are the 37 Best Museums in NYC
New York International Auto Show (April 7 - 16, 2023)Other Events in Hudson YardsAdd to myNY added
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.
Macy's Flower Show (until April 9, 2023)Other Events in Garment DistrictAdd to myNY added
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 at Macy’s Herald Square (151 W. 34th St).
Picture: Courtesy of Macy’s
International Pillow Fight Day (April 1, 2023)Other Events in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
The largest public pillow fight in the world takes place in New York City, of course. Usually beginning of April, 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!
National Burrito Day (April 6, 2023)Mexican Restaurant in Battery Park CityAdd to myNY added
Celebrate National Burrito Day in one the Mexican restaurants in NYC. One of our favorite spots is El Vez in Lower Manhattan. From 11 AM to 3 PM there will be delicious burritos for lunch. In addition, they serve one of the tastiest margaritas in Manhattan. What better way to spend the day and also have a view of the One World Trade Center.
My tip: here you find the best Mexican restaurants in NYC right now!
Celebrate National Beer Day (April 7, 2023)Bar in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Beer lovers this day is for you! On April 7, the US celebrates National Beer Day. Visit one of the countless beer gardens or pubs in New York and hit the most beautiful city in the world. Bottoms up!
National Tartan Day Parade (April 15, 2023)Parade in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
National Tartan Day celebrates the friendship between the USA and Scotland. This is officially on April 6 and, like St. Patrick’s Day, has a National Tartan Day Parade, which is the highlight for many. In 2023, Tartan Day will be held for the 25th time, heralding Tartan Week.
The famous National Tartan Day Parade will be held on Saturday, 15th April, 2023.
Brooklyn Marathon (April 23, 2023)Sport Events in WilliamsburgAdd to myNY added
The marathon in New York is one of the most famous and popular long-distance races in the world and attracts many New Yorkers and visitors to the city every year. And since 2022, Brooklyn is now also having its own marathon!
This means that New York has two different races over the distance of 42.195 kilometers to offer. The Brooklyn Marathon takes place in the spring, which is more interesting for the participants (btw: respect!), the New York Marathon starts in November, where it can be much colder.
NYC Maple Fest (April 14, 2023)Other Events in Upper West SideAdd to myNY added
At the Grand Bazaar, everything revolves around the sweet maple syrup. Taste your way through the various tastings and make sure you’re hungry. What I find really nice about it? With the purchase any product you support the organizer, who donates the entire profit and you have a really meaningful souvenir that will remind you of your New York trip for a long time!
By the way: the Grand Bazaar NYC is the largest weekly market in New York City.
Go shopping at Woodbury Common OutletDay Trip in Outside of New York CityAdd to myNY added
Shopping addicts will have their money’s worth in April too. You can either stroll the city’s streets or take a trip to the Woodbury Common Outlet Center. You will not only find many famous brands at lower prices, but also a large food hall with a wide selection of different sweet and savory dishes.
You can already save money on your way to the outlet, because the bus ride is included in some of the New York Sightseeing passes, for example the New York Pass.
Spend your Sunday with a Gospel TourWalking Tour in Harlem & Washington HeightsAdd to myNY added
Harlem still proudly displays its African-American roots and vibrant culture, of which gospel is a large part. For a total of four hours this Harlem Gospel Tour will take you into the world of Gospel in Harlem. There will be a lot of history about the district of Harlem, a soul food lunch and of course a classic church service. The departure point is near Times Square on Eighth Avenue.
Smorgasburg Season in Brooklyn starts!Food Market in WilliamsburgAdd to myNY added
Smorgasburg Food Market is one of the hottest open-air food markets in New York City. People come here to meet, eat, drink and enjoy the view of the Manhattan skyline on the East River Waterfront during the warmer months. Smorgasburg means “a mixture of food” and offers a huge selection of small stalls. The main spot for Smorgasburg is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is very popular among the locals. It’s more of an experience and it’s always a great time with friends.
Starting April 1, Brooklyn’s most beloved flea market is back in business – stop by Williamsburg on Saturdays or Prospect Park on Sundays to sample some of the nearly 100 different food stalls! We recommend you come hungry! One of the best things to do in April in New York!
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Is April a good time to visit NYC?
Yes, April is definitely a good time to visit New York City! It’s spring time, everything starts to bloom and the weather is slowly getting warmer. The baseball season starts in April so sports fans get their money’s worth! Moreover Macy’s Flower Show usually takes place in April. Spring is always a great time in New York City.
Is April cold in New York?
In April, the highest average temperature in New York is about 60°F. The lowest temperature averages about 45°F and there are about eight rainy days in the month. These are all averages, and temperatures can be higher or lower, but you can tell that winter is winding down.
Do you need a coat in New York in April?
Whether you need a coat in New York in April depends on how quickly you get cold. On average, the lowest temperature is 45°F, but the waterfront location can make it feel much chillier. We advise you to check the weather forecasts before your vacation so you know what clothes you’ll need.
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