Even though spring officially begins on March 20th, the season really begins to hit its stride in April. From beautiful cherry blossoms and baseball to Easter and the Tribeca film festival, April in NYC is as pretty as a picture. At USA Guided Tours NYC bus tours, we can’t wait to show you all the sights in their best spring colors!
Easter Sunday comes early this year, on April 1st. If you’re in NYC over the holiday weekend, be sure to attend one of the most low-key and whimsical events in a city known for its whimsy but rarely low-key: the Easter Bonnet parade. Gather outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue and watch an Easter parade straight out of Breakfast with Tiffany’s at the Kentucky Derby, as people in fantastic and fantastical hats march from 49th to 57th Streets. It’s an informal, fun event to check out, especially before you head to some of the best brunch places in the City for an extra special meal.
Of course, you can’t enjoy Easter without chocolate, and New York has some of the best shops in the country if you like the dark, milk, and/or white stuff. Jacques Torres in Grand Central Station has always been one of my favorites — his website URL isn’t “mrchocolate.com” for nothing! — and the Mast Brothers in Williamsburg has clean and creative flavors. Ask our expert tour guides how to find either spot for a post-brunch treat!
In April, Central Park is finally starting to show its colors after a long winter in hibernation, as you’ll see on our “Discover NY” daytime bus tour. Similarly, the cherry blossoms are in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (you didn’t think cherry blossoms were just for Japan and Washington, D.C., did you?). Trees don’t show up on schedule, of course, so check the Garden’s “CherryWatch” to see if they’re out while you’re visiting.
Another one of April’s marquee events is the Tribeca Film Festival, started by Robert De Niro and others to bring people to lower Manhattan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks (we take you to the 9/11 Memorial on our tour, so just ask our guides to point out festival venues). Highlights this year include a documentary on New York comedic icon Gilda Radner and special screenings of Schindler’s List and Scarface featuring Q&As with directors Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma, as well as actors Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Al Pacino, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
April in the City is also synonymous with the start of baseball season. Opening Day for the New York Yankees is on April 2nd, with a matinee game against the Tampa Bay Rays. On the 4th, you can find tickets for a little as $5 — a ridiculous price for such a great ballpark!
As always, there’s so much going on in the City that you’ll wonder how you’ll fit it all in — but that’s where we at USA Guided Tours come in! We’ll show you the best of daytime and nighttime NYC in just 4-5 hours with our guided NYC bus tours. Not only will you be protected from any April showers in our climate-controlled buses (and refreshed with our complementary bottled water), but you’ll see the best sights in Manhattan and Brooklyn — from Wall Street to Rockefeller Center to the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square — giving you plenty of time to catch the other great events on offer. Don’t be a Fool this April — let USA Guided Tours NYC bus tours help you make the most of your springtime vacation!
Sara Murphy | USA Guided Tours NY Blog Contributor