New York City has a great action-packed weekend planned for its visitors during the Easter Weekend. You can take in the fun of the Easter Parade and Bonnet Parade – a tradition that dates back to Civil War days – where hundreds of people parade up and down Fifth Avenue in full Easter garb. Alternatively, you can enjoy a wide variety of family-oriented fun in other venues around the city, with the Eggstravaganza event in Central Park a firm favorite for people of all age groups. Hungry visitors can enjoy great traditional Easter dinners or brunches at a number of top eateries.
Next week we’ll be posting on where to enjoy Easter Brunch and more on the New York City Easter Parade.
With accommodation and shopping in New York costing more than other vacation destinations in the world, it is great to know that there are plenty of exciting and worthwhile places to visit that are totally free of charge.
- Central Park: Possibly the most famous of New York City’s landmarks, this expansive park of over 843 acres is the perfect escape destination from the sky-scrapers and hustle and bustle of the Big City. Includes parks, pathways, a zoo, lakes, play areas, sculpture and other exciting features.
- Staten Island Ferry: Not the fanciest of vessels, but a visitor can grab a great view of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
- Grand Central Station: Might not be considered a typical tourist spot, but this building originally constructed in 1913 has recently been renovated and restored.
- Times Square: Become one of the 26 million people who visit Times Square every year to see some of the Broadway shows, fancy dining venues, exquisite lights and experience the general vibe.
- Rockefeller Center: A classic Art-Deco building constructed during the 1930s, this location is a combination of very interesting and attractive features.
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral: This cathedral first opened to the public in 1879 and is the largest gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the country.
- New York Public Library: A large marble building constructed in 1911, the library has an extremely impressive collection of books as well as several interesting temporary exhibitions.
For a list of other great things to see and do in New York City both free and paid, check out our attractions guide.
New York City is home of the delis. A classic New York eatery offering traditionally food of Jewish origin, delis are a permanent feature in any local’s food fest. Here are some of the best Delis in New York:
- Carnegie Deli – Famous for its huge sandwiches, pastrami and corned beef; a true New York deli experience.
- Katz’s Deli – Located in the Lower East Side, reputed as one of the area’s best delis.
- Barney Greengrass – A classic Jewish eatery, offering great brunches and delicious fish dishes.
- Ess-a-Bagel – Reputed as being one of the best places to get a bagel in New York City, this restaurant offers a wide range of spreads to fill the classic round roll.
- Zabar’s Café – A New York classic with a wide range of deli meats, coffees, fish and types of bread.
- Stage Deli – Many of the waiters at this deli are trying to break into the theatre scene, so guests are often entertained with theatrical pieces and song renditions.
- Sarge’s Deli – Open 24/7, this deli also serves alcohol and is famed for the ??Deli Wellington’ dish.
- Ben’s Kosher Deli – This deli hosts the annual Most Ball Eating Contest and mixes old deli classics with new exciting dishes.
- Artie’s Deli – One of the premier delis in New York City, this joint is named after restaurateur Artie Cutler. Known for its old-school classic meal options.
- Eisenberg Sandwich Shop – A ??pre-war’ serving classics such as chopped liver and tuna salad, at reasonable prices.
Click for a guide of other great NYC restaurants from pizzerias to Chinese food to Italian restaurants.