New York in April

WHAT TO DO IN NEW YORK IN APRIL?

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You want to visit New York but you don't know when is the best time to go there? April, which marks the return of spring, could be the right time to discover the Big Apple in an original way. Climate, important events, activities... In this post, I offer a broad overview of what  your trip to New York could look like in April.

NEW YORK'S WEATHER IN APRIL

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During April, temperatures in New York rise and the days get longer as the month goes on (as they do throughout the entire Northern Hemisphere). Mornings and evenings are still fairly mild, with an average temperature of about 12°C, but the thermometer rises a few degrees in the middle of the day. As the sun is often shining, the days are generally quite pleasant, and it is a good time to resume outdoor activities. From mid-May onwards, it is not unusual for temperatures to reach 20°C at the height of the day.

The sun stays up for about 14 hours a day, with an average daily sunshine of 12 hours. As the days lengthen, the vegetation begins to bloom and New Yorkers and visitors once again flock to the parks.

You don't necessarily need to bring warm clothes, but you should certainly bring an umbrella, as rainy days are quite common – which is the case almost all year round in this city, anyway. During April, it rains on average 8 days in New York.

As for the water temperature, it remains below 10°C, so it will definitely not be the right time to enjoy the beach.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN NEW YORK IN APRIL?

As you might expect, there are so many things to see and do throughout the year that visiting New York City means making some concessions. If you're travelling to New York in April, you'll also have to make some choices, as all the must-see sites in the Big Apple will be open to you.

You will be able to:

  • Enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views of New York from one of the great observation platforms located on the roofs of some of New York's iconic buildings: the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building observatory, or The Edge. No visit to New York City is complete without at least one of these tours!
  • Visit New York's great museums: the Met, MoMa, the Guggenheim Museum, and the many other must-see museums in the city. There are, of course, many other lesser-known and sometimes much more original museums just waiting for your visit 😉
  • Discover the city's must-see monuments: the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Statue of Liberty, the Flatiron Building... all buildings that you will have already seen from the observation platforms, and which are well worth a closer look!
  • Attend a Broadway musical. I really recommend that you reserve at least one afternoon or evening to go see one of the great Broadway shows. The most popular musicals of the moment will leave you with unforgettable memories, and other Off-Broadway shows may also interest you.
  • Go watch a game. Whether you like sports or not, attending one of the major sporting events in New York could well be a highlight of your stay. American football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey... New York City has world-class teams in many sports, and watching a game at the Madison Square Garden or the Yankee Stadium will leave no one indifferent.

All these activities are part of the great classics to visit in New York. But let's focus on a few particularly interesting activities that are available in the early spring.

Admire the Cherry Blossoms

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If there is one event that you can only witness in April (and sometimes early May), it is the Cherry Blossom festival. This festival is held at several locations in the city. Cherry blossom is a highly anticipated time of the year in Japan, but it is also widely celebrated in New York.

You can enjoy this beautiful natural spectacle in some of the city's green spaces, such as:

  • The Brooklyn Botanical Garden,where thousands of people come to watch the trees’ blossoming. Japanese culture is also celebrated, with traditional and modern costume parades, traditional Japanese arts and martial arts demonstrations, and tea tastings.
  • The Bronx Botanical Garden, one of the city's most flowery gardens, is truly beautiful at this time of year.
  • The Queens Botanical Garden, where many Asian plants and flowers are also on display for the occasion, in addition to cherry trees.
  • Central Park, the city's largest and most famous park. A beautiful April day is the perfect time to have a picnic here.
  • Riverside Park, along the Hudson River, where you can admire more than 700 cherry trees in bloom.

(Don't forget your camera!)


Have you thought about a tourist pass? 🎫 

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Is this your first time in New York? Are you planning to explore a lot of the city's must-see attractions? If so, I highly recommend buying the New York City Pass. With this tourist pass, you will be able to access 5 main tourist sites – and you will even be able to take your pick of activities (2 fixed activities + 3 activities to choose from a list) 🙂

VISIT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBOURHOODS

As the warm weather returns, April is the perfect time to discover the city's most picturesque corners before the tourists return en masse. It's particularly enjoyable to make some great discoveries while strolling through the streets of various districts.

visiting soho new york

Here are some of the districts to discover:

  • Soho, short for South of Houston, a neighbourhood that has been a gathering place for many artists since the 1960s, is a must-see today if you like fashion and architecture.
  • Greenwich Village, next to SoHo, is considered by many visitors to be the most beautiful neighbourhood in New York. It is called The Village because of its atmosphere, which contrasts with many other parts of the city, but also because it is one of the few places where the street pattern is not gridded. Here too artists have shaped the district, ever since the 1960s. 
  • Chinatown Manhattan's famous Chinese neighbourhood. Upon entering this place (which is home to around 150,000 people), visitors will feel as if they had been transported to Asia. The atmosphere is unique, and of course it is the perfect place to try Chinese food and that of many other Asian countries.
  • The Upper East Side and Upper West Side, the two neighbourhoods that border Central Park in the heart of Manhattan. With their very privileged location, these two neighbourhoods are obviously very posh. If you're a shopper, you'll want to discover these areas. They are also home to some of New York's greatest museums, and it is there that many stars live. In fact, if you can afford it, the Upper East Side can be a very nice place to stay in New York..

OTHER MAJOR EVENTS

  • The Easter Parade, which takes place on Easter Sunday, usually in April. This large parade, which runs from 78th Street to 57th Street via Fifth Avenue, is a must-see event if you visit New York during this time.
  • Earth Day is an annual event to promote environmentally responsible behaviour. It is celebrated in New York City with concerts, exhibitions, tastings and educational workshops in Union Square. It is also the occasion for Earth Hour, a major mobilisation that takes place in thousands of cities around the world, and during which all public buildings and monuments turn off their lights.
  • The New York International Auto Show is a major ten-day event held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, in Manhattan. It usually takes place just before Easter weekend. It's a chance to see upcoming technological innovations and all the new creations from the biggest manufacturers before they even hit the market.
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  • La Greek Independance Day Parade, where New York's Greek community comes to celebrate their independence by marching down Fifth Avenue in folk costumes. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy a good meal in many of the city's Greek restaurants.
  • The TriBeCa Film Festival a film festival founded by Robert de Niro, where every year around 500,000 people come to see screenings of short and feature films. In addition to these screenings, there are also workshops and lectures on a variety of topics related to the 7th art.

Here we are at the end of this article! I hope it has met your expectations, and that you now know if going to New York in April is the right choice for you. If you finally decide to go a bit later, I recommend reading my article about New York in May! 😉

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Amélie
A first trip to New York, and a new favorite city! 30 years old, city dweller and good-plan finder, I share my New York discoveries on this blog to help you visit this magnificent city with me. With each new trip, there are more activities to discover!

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