Things To Do in New York in April

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Best April New York City Activities

The best Things To Do in New York in April include cheering on any of 7 sports teams, exploring Central Park and getting your tennis gear and bicycles ready for warmer weather. You’ll see signs of spring everywhere in New York City as the cherry blossoms bloom, the days grow warmer and bicycles, volleyballs and frisbees fill the parks .


Check the NYC Insider Guide April Events Calendar

Check out all the Best April Events in New York City. Celebrity watch at the Tribeca Film Festival, get $50 treatments during Spa Week, see the future of cars at the Auto Show, lots of new Broadway Shows premiering, including an all new Cirque du Soleil, New York Comedy week, NY Philharmonic Spring Season and more.

NYC Insider Guide April Events Calendar

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Where to Stay during Spring in New York City

Spring is the perfect time to check into one of our hotels with free bicycles, an awesome roofdeck or right next to Central Park. Take advantage of the many free perks offered by NYC hotels to help you explore more of NYC, see amazing skyline views and dive into the nooks and crannies of New York City you can't see any other way!

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Get Out of Town for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day. The weather in April makes is pretty easy to head to Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more quite easily.

Day Trips Out of New York CityWhether you live in NY or are visiting, and no matter how much you love NYC, escaping for a day is a treat for everyone. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

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Take a NYC Biking Tour

Central Park in April is phenomenal and what better way to explore all 843 acres and cruise the West Side Highway than on bicycle?

Central Park Bike TourIf had to pick my FAVORITE way to explore NYC, it would be on bicycle! Just ask anyone who has visited me, I take them all around on bike. The views and hidden nooks of NYC you can see along our greenways are second to none.

NYC Insider Top Choices for Bike Tours:

  • Leisure Central Park Bike Tour (2 hrs) – good for all ages, offer bike trailers and baby seats, helmets, guides, leisurely tour of our famous 843 acres.
  • 9/11 Memorial Bike Tour (3 hrs)
  • New York Pass – includes choice of bike rentals and tours: Blazing Saddles, Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tours and Rentals, Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours & Rentals and more!

See More: Biking in New York City – more details on DIY tours, best places to eat on the water and more.

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April Sports in New York City

Watching any of our professional sports teams is a NYC must-do all year round. But, April is particularly exhilarating as we usually have at least one, if not more, hockey (Rangers and Islanders) and basketball (Knicks and Nets) teams in the playoffs along with renewed hope for the just beginning Mets and Yankees baseball seasons.

Citifield Mets Shake Shack So whether you head to Yankees Stadium or CitiField for baseball, or Madison Square Garden or Barclay’s Center for basketball, or Yankee Stadium for the NYCFC…or even just try and watch them all on TV at a bar, there’s no doubt, cheering for a NYC Sports team is one of the most fun things to do in April.

More Info: New York City Sports Teams

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Get Your Tennis Permit

My favorite time of year…when NYC public tennis courts open! The NYC public parks tennis season generally runs from the first Saturday in April to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, making the $200 seasonal permit a bargain.

Tennis in New York City

You can get a permit online, by mail or in person at Central Park or Paragon in Union Square. There is nothing like the classic experience of playing in Central Park, East River Park, Riverside Park, Tribeca or any of the other 100s of tennis courts in NYC. And now that we have the ability to reserve courts, playing tennis in NYC is easier than ever.

Permits: www.nycgovparks.org/permits/tennis-permits

Insider Guide: Tennis in New York City

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Save Big on Shopping in April

April 2016 NYC Sample Sales

Prior April NYC Sample Sales included Rebecca Minkoff, Rent The Runway, Loro Piana, Elie Tahari, Sferra, HANRO of Switzerland, Alex & Trixie, Diesel, Badgley Mischka, James Perse, Jil Sander, Under Armour, Island Company and Letarte, Rena Lange, White + Warren Cashmere, Elizabeth and James, Paul Smith Sample, Vivienne Westwood, Rachel Zoe, Scotch & Soda, Rubin & Chapelle and more.

NYC Designer Sample Sales are some of our best hidden gems. Most sample sales are announced with only a few days notice, but often, they take place the same time every year. Stay up to date with this year’s sales at NYC Designer Sample Sales.

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New York in One Day Sightseeing Tour

New York in One Day Sightseeing Tour

How much can you see on NYC One Day Tours? Actually, a lot of New York City! An ideal New York vacation requires a week or more, but I am well aware some of you are just joining us for a day.

If you are looking to see the BEST of New York City in One Day, check out these NYC One Day Tours that will help you see as much as possible in a short time.

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April Weather in New York

Hopefully, April is when we really start to see spring and, at most, we need lightweight sweaters and coats. Definitely bring boots and umbrellas, as this is the “you never know what you will get month.” Temperatures and rainfall will fluctate throughout the day as well as from day to night, especially on warmer days.

Historical April high/low temperatures are 61/44 (F) and 16/6(C). It is best to pack lots of layers – sweaters over shirts, a jacket you can easily take off and stuff in a bag, bring umbrellas and plan for heavier night than day clothing.

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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building or One World Observatory? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

New York City Tourist Attractions

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for those who want to be first. Newest, most modern and high tech, with phenomenal views

See All: Top New York City Tourist Attractions

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Things to do in New York with Kids

One of the best parts of NYC is that what is fun for kids is usually just as much fun for adults. If you are joining us in NYC for a family vacation, then please read all about our local kid's favorites, along with special tips just for visitors.

Things to Do in New York With Kids

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FREE Things to do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movie and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy...you name it!

Free Things to Do in New York City

See All: Free Things to Do in NYC - weekly calendar of all free walking tours, free museum admissions, free things to do by season and more

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Get Out of NYC for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day: Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more quite easily. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

See All: Day Trips Out of New York City

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New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

See all our Top Picks: New York City Nightlife

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Save Big on Things to do in New York City

New York City Coupons and Discounts are available for almost everything one can do in NYC: concerts, shows, Broadway, sports, events, tours, attractions, beauty and spa and much more!

New York City Coupons

Sites we use ALL the time to save are:

  • Groupon - save on dining, tours, things to do, attractions, cruises, shows
  • Gilt City - upscale deals on dining, exclusive events, Broadway, shopping
  • ShowTickets.com - huge sightseeing tourist discounts

See All: Insider Guide to ALL our NYC Coupons

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Romantic Things to Do in NYC

There are tons of things to do on your romantic New York City vacation. Attractions open late with skyline views, Central Park Tours, VIP Experiences, a helicopter ride. Some of the most popular romantic ways to see NYC include:

Romantic Things to Do in NYC

See more romantic things to do at: Romantic New York City Vacation and Valentine's Day in NYC


Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

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