Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, flowers are blooming — spring is here, indeed. After being cooped up all winter, the change of season is the perfect time to explore one of America’s best destinations for entertainment: New York City.
If you’ve never been to NYC, it’s definitely a place you should put on your “to-go” list. Filled with amazing food, art and culture, this melting pot is truly one of the most remarkable cities in the U.S. and beyond.
Whether you’re a native New Yorker or planning a trip to visit, there is no shortage of things to do and see in the Big Apple this spring. Here are some of our recommendations.
Arts and Culture
If wandering to museum exhibits and taking in art from the classics to the contemporary suits your fancy, New York City is certainly the place to visit. Museums with cultural relics from around the world are sprinkled all over this concrete jungle.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is known for having one of the finest collections of art from the 18th century to present day, featuring a vast array of truly mesmerizing art from mummified royalty to current fashion to Grecian sculptures and so much more.
The restaurant scene is always buzzing in NYC, with new “it” spots that feature food from all over the world opening all the time. To say New York City is a destination for foodies would be an understatement. Plus, this is one of the few cities you can enjoy nearly every type of ethnic food — authentically.
Some of the hottest restaurants to catch in New York right now include The Lucky Bee, a farm-to-table South Asian café; Freud located in Greenwich Village, which offers an eclectic menu with an Austrian flair; and Pasquale Jones, whose wood-fired clam pizza will have you wondering why you’ve never ordered your pie crustacean-style before.
For those who are looking to eat deliciously on a budget, traditional New York pizza can be found on nearly every corner — the kind you fold up before biting into like they do in the movies — and is something you absolutely must try. And, bonus: You can always grab a slice for just a dollar.
No Business Like Show Business
If you’re into the theater scene, there are plenty of Broadway and off-Broadway musicals and plays to take in. Popular shows like “Aladdin,” “The Color Purple,” “Chicago,” “Les Misérables” and “The Lion King” are either currently showing or set to open soon. For an equally amazing experience at a lesser price, you can catch shows like “Cagney,” “Trip of Love” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in the city at one of the many off-Broadway theaters.
The music scene is also aplenty in New York. Catch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Barclays Center or check out Journey and Santana at Madison Square Garden, both in April. In addition, Smashing Pumpkins plays this spring at the Beacon Theater, while Shawn Colvin takes the stage April 6 at City Winery.
NYC is a great place to discover new music, too, so don’t forget about the many up-and-coming performers and bands playing at smaller venues in the city.
There are a plethora of websites out there to help you uncover things to do in New York or help you plan your activities. Telecharge.com, for example, offers tickets for Broadway and off-Broadway shows and events with access to the best seats around. The site also offers the latest show information, seat maps and secure online purchasing without price markups.
Timeout New York is another great site to explore all things happening in the city — from things to do this weekend to kids activities happening in the city to the best restaurants, movies and nightlife to enjoy.
In this city, there is truly something to do every day of the week.