As eggs-perts on all things happening in NYC, we’ve hunted down the best plans going on this year for Easter. So if you’re stuck on what to do and where to eat during this upcoming holiday, fear not, we have incredible ideas that no-bunny could resist!
We’ve created the ultimate guide to Easter in NYC to help you find all of the best happenings this Easter Sunday. See it below:
Easter morning isn’t the same without a delicious brunch, and NYC’s restaurants have prepared themselves with specialty menus for the holiday! Chow down on French Toast, Greek Style Omeletas, Truffle Eggs Benedict, and so many more dishes at one of these delicious spots. Many of these places even have gorgeous outdoor dining sections that can be reserved for you and your family. Check out our favorite Easter brunches that deserve your reservation here.
Celebrating lavish bonnets, costumes, and decor, this annual parade and festival on Fifth Ave has been a NYC tradition each Easter since the 1870s. On Easter Sunday (April 9), everyone is invited to show up to St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am to view the variety of elaborate and gorgeous period costumes. The parade will march north on Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street until 4 pm. For the most fun, we suggest bringing along your own whimsical bonnet and joining in on the action! Let your pastel colors shine!
Where: Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th St
When: April 9, 12 – 4 pm
3. Go to the Barnyard Egg Hunt
One of the most historic farmed lands in New York hosting their annual egg hunt this year! The Barnyard Egg Hunt at the Queens Country Farm Museum will take place on both April 2 and April 8 for children of all ages and families to have a great holiday! Alongside their egg scavenger hunt, kids and adults alike are welcomed to enjoy an array of outdoor games, hayrides, food vendors, photos with Whiskers the Bunny and so much more! Be sure to bring your own basket!
Where: 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens
When: April 2 & April 8
Are you ready for the largest egg hunt New York City has ever seen? On April 8th from 10 am – 4 pm, 10,000 painted, wooden eggs will be scattered around Governors, waiting to be discovered for potential island-themed prizes and giveaways! The hunt is free to join and open to all ages! In addition to the large hunt, there will also be smaller hunts for certain age groups, arts and crafts, a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, a magic show, and so much more! Read more about it here.
Where: Parade Ground on Governors Island
When: April 8, 10 am – 4 pm
5-7. Sail on an Easter cruise
With spring in full bloom and the weather starting to get nicer, it’s time to sail the NYC waters on a food cruise! Whether you’re looking for a bright and early Easter brunch cruise or something a little more fancy for dinner, there’s plenty of options at your fingertips. Check out our favorite Easter cruises below and book your tickets before it’s too late!
NYC Easter Brunch Cruise 2023: Enjoy a 3-course brunch and bottomless mimosas while you sail the NYC waters and take photos with the Easter Bunny!
Easter Fun Cruise with Egg Hunt 2023: Board this cruise with your kids and you’ll be delighted to an hour and a half of arts and crafts, Easter Egg hunting, face painting, games, and so much more! It’s the perfect thing to do with kids!
Easter Dinner Cruise 2023: Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine as you enjoy a DJ, skyline views, and the last few hours of Easter Sunday
8. View a $10,000 Chocolate Easter Egg
If you find yourself around the SoHo neighborhood around Easter time, be sure to stop and check out an extraordinary $10,000 egg made all out of chocolate. This year, chocolate shop Thierry Atlan is showcasing a specialty large-scale sculpture of an Easter Egg measuring in at 3.3 feet tall! The Egg was meticulously crafted over weeks and focuses on an aquarium theme, due to the fact that fish are very popular for Easter in France, where Thierry himself was born. It’s on display to shoppers from now until Easter Sunday!
Where: 436 W Broadway
9. Pet animals at The Standard, High Line
This Easter, The Standard, High Line is bringing the farm to the city with a furry meet and greet with farm friends! Get the chance to pet all sorts of animals like sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and donkeys! Enjoy all the cuteness there is, and even stick around for other surprises, like a cotton candy artist, popcorn, and goodie bags with Schmakery’s cookies! Did we mention it’s free admission?! Learn more here.
Where: 848 Washington St
When: April 8 & April 9 from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
10. Shop and eat local around Bronx Little Italy
The Bronx’s Little Italy is one of our favorite emerging neighborhoods, and for this year’s holiday, it’s a great place to stop and shop for some Easter goodies! Spend some time during Easter weekend grabbing foods like Easter Egg Bread from Addeo & Sons Bakery, Madonia Bakery & Terranova Bakery or Chocolate Easter Eggs from Cerini Coffee & Gifts and Marie’s Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans & Gifts!
It’s no secret by now that we love the New York Botanical Garden and their current Orchid Show happening right now. Take some time this Easter weekend and walk the gravel paths of the gardens, taking in wafts of gorgeous flowers and snapping a picture here and there too. You’ll be fully welcomed into spring after you spend time immersed in florals, a picturesque waterfall, and so much more. Read more about The Orchid Show here.
Where: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
12. Spend time at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Get ready for two days of “eggstravagant” fun at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan! On Easter weekend, this museum will be hosting all sorts activities for children, including their annual Easter Scavenger Hunt Search. Have your child scout the museum for different eggs, with each one representing different animals. Plus, they can take partake in other happenings too like meeting Miffy the cartoon bunny as well as designing their own Easter baskets and eggs. Learn more here.
Where: 212 W 83rd St
When: April 8 + April 9
13. Check out Easter at Seaport
Spend Easter weekend at the Seaport district, taking part in one of their varying amount of activities. Check out everything happening at Seaport below:
- April 8: Easter Egg Hunt + Crafts: Have your children take part in an egg hunt around the neighborhood, then take selfies with the Easter bunny and make spring flowers and tie-dye paper eggs.
- April 8: Traditional Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshops: Spend time learning how to dye Easter eggs using a traditional Ukrainian technique involving beeswax. Plus, each workshop comes with a meal (adult workshops have dinner and cocktail, child workshops have family-style brunch).
- April 8 + 9: Spring Flower Scavenger Hunt: The Seaport Museum challenges visitors to take part in a scavenger hunt of flower illustrations hidden throughout the decks of a cargo ship.
- April 8: Pearl Alley Festivities: After the Easter Egg Hunt at Pier 17, meander downstairs to watch stilt walkers, get your face painted, and more.
Details about all events can be found here.
Where: Seaport District
There’s still time to grab a last-minute chocolate covered bunny or pile of Easter eggs from an NYC chocolate shop! You may as well grab a hot chocolate too, or maybe even some specialty truffles. Check out our list of the best chocolate shops in NYC right here!
15. Taste test a PEEPS Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity3
Stop by Serendipity3 to check out their brand new limited time collaboration with PEEPS Brand, the PEEPS® Funny Bunny Tie-Dyed Frrrozen Hot Marshmallow Chocolate. It features a Serendipity goblet (filled with Frrrozen Hot Marshmallow White Chocolate and tie-dyed pastel hues), rimmed with frosting, iconic yellow PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies, candy carrots. Plus, add on some whipped cream with edible techno glitter, hot pink sugar, and glittering bunny ears, it’s the perfect Easter sweet! It’s available from April 6-10! Make a reservation and try it here.