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The best things to do for Easter in NYC

Searching for things to do for Easter in NYC? Go to the Easter Bonnet Parade, check out some egg hunts and join a booze cruise.

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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, even for adults—to a silly Easter Bonnet Parade and a boozy brunch cruise. In case the weather is lousy, head indoors to one of the city’s best New York attractions for the annual 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

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Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival 2013
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Things to do

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Sunday best gets new meaning during this annual procession, wherein participants show off elaborately constructed hats—we’re talking noggin-toppers shaped like the NYC skyline and the Coney Island Cyclone, not just a boring old fedora. The tradition started in the mid-1800s, when high-society ladies would promenade in their Easter finery after church, and has since evolved into a showcase for millinery. Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts.

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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Go to an egg hunt at NYC parks

New Yorkers cherish their parks as rare treasures in the concret jungle. And with 1,700 parks within five boroughs, we're not playing around. On Easter Sunday, many of these green spaces host egg hunts for kids and big kids alike. Check out nycgovparks.com to find the egg hunt closest to you. 

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