When you think about Easter and the best place to celebrate, look no further than New York City. The Big Apple is one of the top destinations for people from all over the world for vacations, long weekends, and special holidays. It’s the city that everyone wants to visit, and it truly never sleeps. There’s something there for everyone, especially on holidays. And Easter is no exception.

With Easter 2024 approaching fast, New York City has everything you could want for you and your family to celebrate. Not only are there a variety of things to do, but April also brings springtime, which means pleasant weather, making it the perfect time for a holiday visit.

Head Over to the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, and the New York Botanical Garden

You’ve heard all about the Easter Parade in New York City, and now it’s your time to be there. The parade started way back in the 1870s and has been a New York staple ever since. “This parade is all about the hats—lavishly decorated, from the exquisite to the outlandish,” according to Time Out. It’s open to everyone, so wear your best bonnet, or create one so you can stand out or blend in with the crowd – it’s up to you! The parade takes place on Easter Sunday, March 31 and starts at 10:00 am. It begins on Fifth Avenue at 49th Street heading north to 57th Street. You’ll want to have your camera or phone ready because people tend to get very creative.

Easter is the perfect time to visit the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx for The Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion, which runs through April 21, 2024. NYBG website says, “Catch the bold new designs of New York’s rising stars of the stitch with work by Collina Strada by Hillary Taymour, Dauphinette by Olivia Cheng, and FLWR PSTL by Kristen Alpaugh, fashionistas sure to create dramatic, picture-perfect floral displays at the Garden that always capture the orchid’s good side. This is your chance to “walk the runway” and show off your own personal flair, your love for orchids, and your fashion-forward connections to the natural world. Because florals are always en vogue at NYBG.”


Easter Egg Hunts and Other Festivities for Children and Adults

Take the kids to Queens for the Barnyard Egg Hunt at the Queens County Farm Museum on Saturday, March 23 and Saturday, March 30 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The farm dates to 1697 and sits on a tract of undisturbed farmland, which also houses historic buildings, planting fields, an orchard, an herb garden, and more. On Easter, Queens Farm comes alive for kids and their parents. There will be Bunny Hop dancing, outdoor games for kids, a scavenger hunt, and food vendors. Meet Whiskers the Bunny for photos!

Learn how to decorate sugar cookies at Harry’s Table. Sign up early for this Easter-themed event as tickets sell out fast for both Saturdays – March 23 and 30 starting at 4:00 pm. Harry’s Table boasts a 28,000 square feet space featuring Italian cuisine, beverages, desserts, vendors, and a Bellini bar and restaurant.  Fun for both adults and kids!

On the south shore of Long Island sits Freeport, New York – a waterfront village with convenient access to and from New York City. On Sunday, March 24, Freeport Rec Center will host a Easter Eggstravaganza & Market from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be over 70 unique vendors, an egg hunt, sweets and treats, shopping, music, crafts, games, and of course, photos with the Easter Bunny are available for $10.

NYC Easter Brunch and Dinner Cruises

Don’t forget the Easter meal! If brunch is your style, take the Easter Signature Brunch Cruise Pier 61, where you can create wonderful holiday memories for yourself and your family. You’ll enjoy the spring weather for a two-hour brunch cruise on the East and Hudson Rivers with spectacular views of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and more. Catch the views from the climate-controlled interiors and open-air exterior decks. A delicious brunch buffet will be served, and you’ll enjoy DJ entertainment.

If it’s Easter dinner you crave, try something you’ll never forget and take the Bateaux New York Easter Premier Plus Dinner Cruise. The three-hour dinner cruise sails along the Hudson and East Rivers, and features a plated dinner with freshly prepared entrees, salads, and desserts. There’s entertainment with a live band so you can dance the night away and make holiday memories you’ll never forget. So, take your family and friends for this extra special night on the water.

New York City beckons you every time of the year. But it’s even more exciting and memorable when it’s a holiday such as Easter. You and your family will forever remember all the fun memories you captured over the holiday.