April is a fantastic time to visit New York City. The weather is in the process of turning warmer, outdoor activities become more inviting and the general mood is one of moving one step closer to spring. Despite better overall climate, there are still no major crowds in the city and visitors can still enjoy shorter lines, great deals and good travel weather.
Average highs in April are a comfortable 60°F (16°C), while low temperatures average at 45°F (7°C). While it may still rain in April, the warmer weather makes it that much more bearable. Of course, it is still highly recommended to pack a long trench coat or rain jacket, as well as an umbrella. The weather also justifies packing sweaters and long pants for cold nights. Closed-toed, waterproof and comfortable walking shoes are also a must to take in all the great sights in New York.
April is one of the most beautiful months in the city, when the largest collection of cherry blossom trees outside of Japan comes into full bloom, creating a magnificent display of nature. The Cherry Blossom Season kicks off in the second week of April and lasts an entire month, with interesting Japanese cultural activities planned for its duration.
The Tribeca Film Festival is another event that begins in April, and is an event that celebrates New York City as a major filmmaking center. Over 200 movies, many of them premieres, will be screened during the festival, and visitors are sure to bump into several top stars during the 10 day event.
Baseball season kicks off in New York City during the month of April with Opening Days at both the Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium, the official home of the Mets. This is the last season that the Yankees will play at their present stadium, making 2008 a bitter-sweet curtain call for this majestic sports center.
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