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8 Great Things to Do for Spring Break in New York City

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Updated: 8 March 2018

While some students prefer traditional spring break destinations, others know that New York City beats a crowded beach any day. During March and April, college kids come from all over to arouse Instagram envy, drink at the country’s best bars, and enjoy the rhythm of the city – here’s our pick of the best activities.

Play tourist

Partaking in touristy New York City activities may sound cheesy, but trust us, your Instagram will thank you for it. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge, eat New York-style pizza, cruise by the Statue of Liberty, and you’ll soon forget you were doing it for the ‘gram in the first place.

Check out Beer Mansion

The local college town bar has nothing on Beer Mansion, a beer blowout brought to you by Brooklyn’s coolest brewery, Brooklyn Brewery. From April, 13-14, Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood will welcome beer ice cream, a speakeasy, pop-up games, and in-the-know college kids.

Go on a DIY art crawl

Take your spring break as an opportunity to learn about something that actually interests you. Go museum hopping (many of New York City’s world-famous museums offer discounted admission for students), see the latest contemporary works in galleries, explore street art, or combine all three in your very own DIY art crawl.

Take in Brooklyn Folk Festival

See the next Bob Dylan (or at least a close comparison) live at New York City’s first music festival of the year. Taking place April, 6-8, the Brooklyn Folk Festival will bring more than 30 bands back to the city that started it all for a weekend of concerts, jam sessions, and forgetting that it’s not the 1960s.


Get lost in the music I Courtesy of Brooklyn Folk Festival

Play games at a New York City bar

Dorm room vibes are all grown up at New York City’s most playful bars. Students 21-years-old and up can pair drinks with a side of bocce, mini golf, and even retro arcade games at the city’s best bars with games (drunk dorm mates thankfully not included).

Splurge on a show

Whether you’re into theater, music, or comedy, New York City has a show for you. Reward yourself for getting through the first half of the semester with a ticket to the moment’s buzziest Broadway show or a nearly sold-out concert.

Catch a show – comedy or otherwise | © Jacob Lund / Shutterstock

See a live baseball game

The New York Yankees and Mets both begin their seasons with home games at two of the country’s most famous sporting arenas, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, respectively. Pair this iconic American baseball experience with a local beer and a classic hot dog for a spring break activity that’ll make any Dad jealous.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re lucky enough to be in town on St. Patrick’s Day (arguably the biggest party holiday in New York), take advantage of the holiday spirit, or, spirits, pouring through the city. After watching the world-famous NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, drink green beer, sing traditional Irish drinking songs, and have any notion of the “mean New Yorker” dispelled at pubs across the city.