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8 Ways To Celebrate Easter In NYC

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Updated: 16 December 2016
Easter is a fantastic time in New York City – spring is (usually) in the air, the flowers start to bloom, and the city reawakens after a long, grey winter with a whole new vibrant energy. We profile eight ways to celebrate Easter in NYC.

The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

This spring, find new ways to explore New York. With two separate Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunts for adults and for families, participants work together in groups to find Easter eggs hidden throughout the city. Hosted by Pogo Events, these scavenger hunts require comfortable shoes, a MetroCard, and a smart phone – not to mention a competitive spirit!

Pogo Events, 8 East 36th Street #3, New York, NY, USA, +1 718 344 8962

Image Courtesy of POGO

Courtesy of POGO Events

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

Attend the annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on March 27th, and you’ll witness some pretty outlandish fashion. A New York City Easter tradition, the pageant dates back to the 1870s. Starting at 10 am, the parade will stretch down 5th Avenue between 49th Street and 57th Street, with prime views around St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Don’t forget your finest bonnet, and be prepared for some NYC-style celebrations.

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, New York, NY, USA

The Historic Richmond Town Easter Egg Hunt

Located on Staten Island, Historic Richmond Town provides a glimpse of what life was like back in the mid-19th century. Visitors can explore the architecture and artifacts of this well-preserved village and museum complex, which aims to educate the public about the daily life of its original inhabitants. This Easter, children three and up can participate in a special Easter Egg Hunt and decorate their very own egg cartons in ‘high Victorian style.’

Historic Richmond Town 441 Clarke Ave, Staten Island, NY, USA, +1 718 351 1611

Queens County Farm Museum

On March 26th, the Queens County Farm Museum is holding a Barnyard Egg Hunt between 11 am and 3 pm. At this popular children’s event, participants can scavenge for eggs and partake in other egg-related activities, from egg tossing to egg rolling. Visitors can wander amongst barnyard animals such as goats, alpacas, and sheep, and purchase eggs, vegetables, yarn, and much more from the farm. Dating back to 1697, the museum is the oldest undisturbed track of land or farm in New York City. This Easter, enjoy a tranquil agricultural setting without even leaving New York.

Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY, USA, +1 718 347 3276

The Great Egg Hunt

Brought to you by Happy Hour Monster, The Great Egg Hunt will take place in Williamsburg across seven different bars: 4th Down Sports Bar, Burnside, Tuffet, Masha and the Bear, Bushwick Country Club, Dar 525, and LP & Harmony. The third annual hunt will have participants looking for eggs at aforementioned venues, searching for prizes such as VIP spa passes, brewery tours, dinner and movie passes, and more. This isn’t your average Easter egg hunt – fueled by alcohol, it’s more than just child’s play. All participants will need to register in advance through Happy Hour Monster, or pay a $5 fee at the door.

The Great Egg Hunt, Various locations around Williamsburg

Full Bunny Contact

The Full Bunny Contact is an amped-up version of your traditional Easter egg hunt, in which some rather competitive Easter bunnies try to knock the eggs out of your basket. Participants will be given 60 seconds to collect as many eggs as possible, and the quality of your prize is determined by the number of eggs you collect. Leading up to this event, participants can play games such as Chicken Scratch – a tic-tac-toe competition involving a giant chicken – and The Keister Bunny, which requires participants to grab candy from an Easter bunny’s backside. Can’t be bothered with the Easter pandemonium? Never fear – there’s an on-site bar.

Full Bunny Contact 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 465 7594

Macy’s Flower Show

The annual Macy’s Flower Show is one of the most stunning times of year in New York City, so join hoards of tourists and catch the breathtaking displays of flowers from across the United States. This year’s theme is ‘America the Beautiful’, and it will exhibit the horticulture that inhabits the varying landscapes of the United States. Best of all, it’s free!

Macy’s Flower Show, 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 695 4400

Easter Sunday Brunch Jazz Cruise

The Easter Sunday Brunch Jazz Cruise is an ideal way to take in Manhattan views while listening to live jazz and enjoying some delicious food, from roasted rosemary chicken to braised short ribs, grilled salmon, and more. Their free-flowing mimosas are sure to enhance your experience, so make the most of this unique means of seeing the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.

Easter Sunday Brunch Jazz Cruise Hudson River Park Pier 40 New York, NY, USA, +1 212 989 9536