The 32 Best Things To Do In NYC In April 2024

What to do in New York in April? We've got you covered!

New York City is one of the places where you can always find something to do, whether it’s snowing outside, the sun is shining, or you are stuck in 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 need some inspiration.

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 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!

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My 32 Favorite Things To Do in NYC in April

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    Cherry Blossom Season in Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    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.

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    Take a boat trip in April to see the first green leaves on the trees

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    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.

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    Celebrate the opening of Flipper's at The Rink (usually in April)

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    New York has a new attraction to offer: Flipper’s at The Rink! It’s a roller skating rink at Rockefeller Center that you can visit from April to October. This means that Rockefeller Plaza now has something to offer all year round, in addition to its famous Rockefeller Ice Rink.

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    Enjoy the city at this amazing dinner cruise

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    I am quite a big fan of the boat tours with dinner in NYC. It’s warm inside, jazz music plays and there’s delicious food (and drinks). During the whole cruise, you enjoy New York City’s impressive skyline views. These are our recommendations for dinner cruises, brunch cruises, lunch cruises, and jazz cruises in NYC during spring.

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    Rooftop Bars Start to Open Up

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    Yes, rooftop bars in NYC are amazing and that’s why they’re on this list. Rooftop Bars belong to the highlights of April in New York since they allow you to look at the thousands of lights of the skyline. You might think that during winter, rooftop bars are only half as nice due to the temperatures, so we’re always more than happy when the temperatures rise again. Some rooftops aren’t even open at all during the winter.

    My tip: These are the best rooftop bars in New York City.

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    The Best Broadway Shows in April 2024 in New York

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    Thinking about visiting a Broadway show during your time in NYC? The answer is YES, you should do that! Since there are many great shows it can get hard to decide on which show you want to see. To help you out, we’ve created an overview of the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC in April!

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    Enjoy breath-taking views from one of the amazing observation decks

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    You know what’s really unique about New York City? 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! And then there’s the One World Observatory and the Empire State Building. No matter which observation deck you choose, you’ll have an amazing view of the city!

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    To find out which New York Pass is the best for you, check out my New York Pass Comparison.

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    Broadway Sings Taylor Swift with a Live Orchestra

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    Experience Taylor Swift’s greatest hits like never before with Broadway Sings®! Join in for an electrifying evening where Broadway stars showcase Taylor’s iconic songs accompanied by a dynamic 14-piece orchestra. Get ready to groove to your favorite tunes and dance the night away as you celebrate the legendary country-pop sensation. Don’t miss out on this high-energy musical extravaganza—it’s a night you’ll remember forever!


    • Monday, April 8, 2024 | 5:30 pm & 8:15 pm
    • Monday, April 29, 2024 | 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm
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    Picnicking in Central Park

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    Picnicking in Central Park during spring and summer is a must, with numerous lawns offering ideal spots for relaxation beyond just Sheep Meadow. The expansive Great Lawn, hosting popular Central Park Concerts, is perfect for picnics and leisure activities, while East Green, nestled between trees on 5th Avenue, offers a tranquil setting. For a romantic experience, Cherry Hill by the Bow Bridge, a favorite movie backdrop, provides stunning views of the lake and the bridge, creating an unforgettable picnic spot.

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    Orchid Show New York Botanical Garden (through April 21, 2024)

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    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 21st Orchid Show from February 17 until mid-April. This year the motto of the exhibition is “Florals in Fashion”.

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    New York, City of Contrasts Guided Bus Tour

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    Embark on a guided bus tour of New York City’s vibrant neighborhoods and landmarks. Departing from the Manhattan at Times Square Hotel, journey through Harlem, the Bronx, and Queens, exploring multicultural streets and iconic sites like the Yankee Stadium. Marvel at graffiti art in the South Bronx and the Jewish Quarters in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Conclude your adventure at the Manhattan Bridge, with options to explore Dumbo or Chinatown and Little Italy.

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    The MLB season starts in April!

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    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!

    Here you find the best New York Yankees Tickets and New York Mets Tickets

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    Visit Governors Island

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    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!

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    Time Out DUMBO - One Of The Best Places to Dine Outside in NYC

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    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!!!

    My tip: these are the best food markets in NYC right now and these are my favorite locations in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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    A Spring Walk on the High Line

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    Go on a fun adventure in New York’s only park above street level – the High Line. 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.

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    Visit the Sloomoo Institute for some slimy fun

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    Experience the magic of slime at the Sloomoo Institute in New York! Dive into over 30 vats of slime, walk across a slime lake, and unleash your creativity at the DIY Bar where you can craft your own custom slime to take home. Challenge your friends with a slime slingshot behind protective plexiglass or capture unforgettable moments with slow-motion videos. Immerse yourself in the Slimey Mirrors virtual experience and indulge your senses at the ASMR sound station. Don’t forget to explore the slime-themed store before you leave!

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    Plan a spring weekend getaway from NYC

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    New York City is an amazing place, that’s for sure! But there are many beautiful destinations near the city that you shouldn’t miss in spring! Going on a 2-day trip to Niagara Falls is only one of the best spring weekend getaways from NYC.

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    Sip a glass of wine at Rooftop Reds (with an amazing view)

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    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.

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    Earth Day 2024 in April

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    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.

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    Visit one of New York's Amazing Art Exhibitions at MoMa PS1

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    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.

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    Visit Little Island at Pier 54

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    Visiting Pier 54 Little Island is a delightful thing to do in April in New York. With its unique design and scenic views of the Hudson River, it offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city, perfect for enjoying the spring weather and exploring its lush green spaces and artistic installations. Plus, the diverse lineup of events and performances makes it an ideal destination for cultural enrichment and outdoor relaxation during the early spring months.

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    Spend the day in one of the best museums of NYC

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    How about visiting a museum in New York? The Big Apple offers you great choices. After the movie release of “The Night of Museum”, the American Museum of Natural History became more famous. 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 day in a museum.

    My tip: These are the Best Museums in NYC

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    New York International Auto Show (March 29 - April 9, 2024)

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    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.

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    Macy's Flower Show (usually until early April)

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    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

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    International Pillow Fight Day (April 6, 2024)

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    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!

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    National Burrito Day (April 4, 2024)

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    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!

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    Celebrate National Beer Day (April 7, 2024)

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    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!

    My tip: these are our 50 Best Bars in Manhattan right now, these are the best bars on Bleecker Street and these are our favorite bars in the East Village!

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    National Tartan Day Parade (April 6, 2024)

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    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 2024, Tartan Day will be held for the 26th time, heralding Tartan Week.

    The famous National Tartan Day Parade will be held on Saturday, 6th April, 2024.

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    Brooklyn Half Marathon (April 28, 2024)

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    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! The Brooklyn Half Marathon takes place in the spring, which is more interesting for the participants (btw: respect!), the New York Marathon starts in November, when it can be much colder.

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    Go shopping at Woodbury Common Outlet

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    Shopaholics will have their money’s worth in April too. Stroll the city’s streets or take a trip to the Woodbury Common Outlet Center, where you will not only find famous brands at lower prices but also a large food hall with a wide selection of different meals.

    You can already save money on your way to the outlet since the bus ride is included in some of the New York Sightseeing passes, for example, the New York Pass.

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    Spend your Sunday with a Gospel Tour

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    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.

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    Smorgasburg Season in Brooklyn starts!

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    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!

The best Events in NYC in April

The Weather in New York in April

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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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