Whether you're a resident or just visiting, there are fabulous things to do in New York at Easter. What’s your idea of a great Easter? Chomping on piles of chocolate eggs? Enjoying a special dinner – maybe a huge Easter ham – with family? How about something more exciting? Well then – there’s nothing quite like Easter in New York.
1. Evening Cocktail & Craft: Natural Easter Egg Dyeing
Fancy getting crafty this Easter? How about crafting and cocktails? Sounds like a great mix to me. The nice people at Queens Botanical Garden will teach you how to dye eggs using natural products on Thursday 28th March.
Tickets here - timeout.coursehorse.com
2. Easter PArade and Bonnet Festival
Taking place on Easter Sunday (1st April), the parade marches north on Fifth Avenue starting at 49th Street up to 57th Street. Anyone wearing a bonnet can join in the parade. The best views are usually around St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets. If you want to see what's in store, take a look here The Eggstraordinary Millinery Creations of the New York Easter Parade ... @Neecey
3. Blooms and Cocktails at New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show
Until 22nd April this year visitors spending Easter in New York will still be able to see the exotic glory of orchids at the city's botanical garden orchid show. This year's show (the 16th annual event) is designed by Belgian florist Daniel Ost. Go at night to admire the kaledioscopic displays with a colorful cocktail in your hand and enjoy live music and Thai dance performances. Where? New York Botanical Gardens at 2900 Southern Blvd.
Tickets here - nybg.org
4. Sail the Hudson River: Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise
The two-hour tour takes you along a stretch of the Hudson River, while you're ticking into a plate of roasted leg of lamb, hash browns or bacon and eggs to celebrate Easter in New York in style. The tour includes an Easter Egg Hunt for kids - watch your little pirates scour the 168-foot yacht for chocolate treasure! Cruise leaves from Pier 40, prices start from $90 for adults and $60 for kids
Tickets here - hornblower.ticketmob.com
5. The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Who doesn't love an Easter Egg hunt - lots of yummy chocolate eggs to gorge on once you find them. Solve clues to find the eggs hidden around the city. Get a team together and head to Slattery's Midtown Pub on E 36th Street for 1.30pm on Easter Sunday. The hunt comes in family-friendly or adult versions and the prize is a New York City gift package.
6. Barnyard Egg Hunt
Probably a better option for families with little ones, New York's oldest continuously farmed site, Queens County Farm Museum, is holding an egg hunt and more fun Easter-themed events including a bunny hop dance, egg toss, egg roll and hayride. There's also the option to feed the animals. Takes place on Saturday 31st March.
There are lots of Easter Egg hunts in New York - find details here redtri.com
7. Skate with the Easter Bunny at Rockefeller Center
Fun for all the family and no need to worry about who is making the Easter Lunch. Take to the ice for a spin around with the Easter Bunny and then enjoy a three course brunch or dinner at the Sea Grill or Rock Center Cafe from where you you can watch the rest of the festivities on the ice rink. Prices for these Easter-only prix-fixe meals range from $40 for children to $85 for adults.
Tickets here - therinkatrockcenter.com
Spend Easter in New York and it will certainly be like no other Easter. Where are you spending Easter this year?