April can be a great time to visit New York City -- despite the fact that the weather can be both wet and unpredictable. With Easter, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Macy's Flower Show all taking place, there are many fun events throughout the month, and the promise of warm weather, as well as April school break, make it a popular time to visit. You'll still want to pack plenty of warm clothes, particularly if you're visiting early in the month, as it can sometimes feel colder than you expect -- it can even snow in April, though it's not terribly common.
- Average High: 60°F (16°C)
- Average Low: 45°F (7°C)
- April can be rainy, but the warmer temperatures make it more comfortable than March
- there is an average of over 4 inches of precipitation in April
What to Wear
- Pack an umbrella -- you'll be happy to have it when it starts to rain, but don't worry if you forget, the moment a few raindrops start to fall, you'll notice lots of vendors selling $5 umbrellas on the street and there are also options at CVS and Duane Reade.
- A waterproof jacket or trench coat is recommended -- while umbrellas are helpful, nothing compares with a good raincoat. I have also become a fan of a rain hat or hood, making it easier to forgo the umbrella (which can be a challenge to use when navigating busy sidewalks.)
- Pack sweaters and long pants to wear -- it can be cool, particularly at night and when it's wet, it feels even colder. Layers are key to comfort when visiting NYC during this month since the weather can change from cold and rainy to sunny and beautiful, even over the course of just a few hours.
- Closed toe shoes, comfortable for walking and water-resistant if possible. It might be spring, but flip-flops are not the best footwear for New York City -- your feet are guaranteed to be gross by the end of the day (and probably hurting too!)
- Warmer weather means outdoor activities are more inviting. You can visit some of New York City's great parks, take a walking tour or just enjoy strolling Fifth Avenue.
- Central Park's growing greenery is great to visit in April.
- The Easter Parade is a great chance to have an "only in New York" experience.
- Rainy weather
- The week of school break is a popular time for vacationing families and can be crowded.
Good to Know
- Many American schools have spring recess in April -- a week off of school. Depending on the year, the week might be different for different areas -- often, NYC schools are out a different week than neighboring districts.
- Easter Weekend can mean closings on the Friday before Easter, as well as on Easter Sunday. However, Easter Monday, which is often a holiday in Europe, is not commonly observed and will have little impact on stores, restaurants and New York City institutions.
- Easter Day Parade - This iconic NYC event is both fun and unusual.
- Tribeca Film Festival - This annual film festival has grown since it's inception in 2002 and now features roughly 300 films with screenings at a variety of locations around the city.
- Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden - This is probably one of the most popular events at the BBG, but also one of the most fun. Advance tickets highly recommended.
- Opening Days at Yankee Stadium and for The Mets at Citi Field - The start of baseball season marks the official start of spring for many sports fans.
- Earth Day - NYC hosts a variety of events around town to educate the public about how to live a greener and more earth-friendly life.