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The best things to do for Easter in NYC

The best things to do for Easter in NYC include an Easter Bonnet Parade, egg hunts and gorgeous flower shows
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By Tolly Wright and Time Out New York contributors |
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Enjoy the (finally!) thawing weather by checking out these great things to do for Easter. NYC offers a range of things to do outside, from egg hunts—yes, for adults—to a silly Easter Bonnet Parade and even a boozy brunch cruise. In case the weather is lousy, head indoors to one of the city’s best department stores for the annual Macy’s Flower Show or visit Bronx, NY for the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Whether you go to church or find religion in the city’s best brunch, don your Sunday best, kick up your heels and enjoy the greatest things to do in spring.

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Best things to do for Easter in NYC

Macy's Flower Show 2013: The Painted Garden
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Things to do, Exhibitions

The Macy’s Flower Show in NYC guide

New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike flock to this floral-filled exhibition, where jaw-dropping arrangements decorated to fit a specific theme are on display for two weeks. The theme for this 44th annual installment at the megachain’s Herald Square location is "Once Upon A Springtime," so expect to see a lot of plays on fantasy-inspired settings and storybook scenes.

Takumi Taco
Photograph: Noah Devereaux
Restaurants

Smorgasburg’s Easter Weekend return

Smorgasburg’s return date for its wildly popular outdoor bazaar occurs during Easter weekend! The group’s food markets come back to East River State Park in Williamsburg on Saturday, March 31, and to Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill on Sunday, April 1, with its popular Brooklyn Flea returning to its DUMBO location on April Fool’s Day. 

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Evening Cocktail & Craft: Natural Easter Egg Dyeing
Photograph: Courtesy CourseHorse
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Evening Cocktail & Craft: Natural Easter Egg Dyeing

Easter eggs become much more adult when you swap in cocktails for marshmallow Peeps and natural dyes for the standard boxed kits. Instead of bunny stickers and sparkly paint, you’ll decorate your eggs with botanical patterns and hues found in nature.

Coney Island Brewery
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Things to do

Kegs N’ Eggs at Coney Island Brewery

Head to Coney to nosh on a brunch buffet, sip a complimentary beer or Mermosa (a Merman IPA with grapefruit juice) and paint a pint glass at the Coney Island Brewery. The brewery is located just a bunny hop from Luna Park, so be sure to hit a ride or two while you're out there.

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Things to do

Barnyard Egg Hunt

New York’s oldest continuously farmed site is throwing a party for the season. Take the kids to dance the bunny hop, participate in the egg toss or egg roll, snap pictures with their bunny mascot Whiskers and hunt for eggs in the orchard. Once you’re done with all the themed activities, feed the barn animals and take a hayride tour.

Monarch Rooftop
Photograph: Courtesy Monarch Rooftop
Things to do

Annual Egg Hunt at Monarch Rooftop

The Monarch Rooftop hosts an afternoon of huevos-centered activities. The whole fam can get in on egg decorating, games, a raffle and, of course, an egg hunt. Snacks and soft drinks are provided and proceeds from the event go to the My Stuff Bags Foundation, which provides neglected, abandoned and abused children with clothes, toys, toiletries and stuffed animals.

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The Standard High Line Easter Celebration

Forget chocolate bunnies. Mingle with the real thing at the Standard High Line's Easter powwow, which includes an outdoor (and complimentary) petting zoo. Canoodle with ducklings, goats, turtles and more, hit the Biergarten for an egg hunt, then top it all off with Sunday brunch at the Standard Grill. And maybe a chocolate bunny, too.

Brooklyn Boulders
Photograph: Courtesy Rory Moon
Things to do, Games and hobbies

Egg-stravaganza Egg Hunt

Rock-climbing gym Brooklyn Boulders presents its third-annual vertical egg hunt for the athletic and adventurous. The event is open to all ages (kids ages 4–12 must be supervised by an adult) and tickets include a BKB Eggstavangza tote bag. Parents climb for free so get up there help your kiddos find the best prizes.

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Things to do, Walks and tours

The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Assemble your best team for an egg hunt that goes beyond looking in some shrubs. The city is your backyard and to fill your basket, you’re going to have to use your brains and physical prowess to solve the clues and complete the hunt first. The winning team receives a New York City gift package. If your friends can’t handle the challenge, individual participants can be assigned a team. There is an adults-only version as well as a family-friendly option.

Easter eggs
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Abigail Batchelder
Things to do, Games and hobbies

Egg-stravaganza Egg Hunt

Rock-climbing gym Brooklyn Boulders presents its third-annual vertical egg hunt for the athletic and adventurous. The event is open to all ages (kids ages 4–12 must be supervised by an adult) and tickets include a BKB Eggstavangza tote bag. Parents climb for free so get up there help your kiddos find the best prizes.

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