Mother's Day in New York City

If you're going to be in New York City on Mother's Day, you're in luck -- there are so many great ways to celebrate your mom. Our list has some great ideas for activities to do with your mom (or to send mom to, if celebration for the mom in your life involves a break (think: mother's of young kids). Mother's Day is one of the most popular days at restaurants, so if you've got something special in mind, be sure to make reservations to avoid disappointment.

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    A mother and daughter at a spa.
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    Looking for some beauty and pampering to make Mom feel special on Mother's Day? New York City is home to many wonderful spas, so the hardest part of going with a spa treat for Mom is picking just where to go and what to do. Since it's Mother's Day, go with something truly special, whether it's a unique treatment or a big splurge. Check out our list of New York City Hotels with In-House Spas. You might also find some good ideas in this round-up of New York City's Best Day Spas. Want even more choices? Check out New York Magazine's Beauty Section

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    Cup of Tea
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    Maybe it's a bit cliche, but there is a reason for cliches -- they're often true. New York City has so many wonderful places to enjoy tea with your mom, whether you want the refined tea & scones (with or without champagne!) experience or something more modern and playful.

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    Two people backpacking.
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    Sometimes the best thing to do on Mother's Day is just to spend time together. May weather is pretty much perfect for walking tours -- not too hot, not too cold, and hopefully not too rainy! Taking a walking tour together is a nice way to explore New York City and have a memorable experience that Mom is sure to remember for a long time.

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    Visit An Art Museum

    Frick Collection
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    Looking for something to do with mom that will show her how she's inspired you to appreciate art and culture? How about visiting one of New York City's wonderful art museums? You can go classic with a visit to The Met or The MoMA or impress her by taking her somewhere she might not have visited before, like The Frick or The New Museum.

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    Enjoy One of NYC's Botanical Gardens

    The NYC botanical gardens.
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    May is a wonderful time of year to visit one of New York City's amazing botanical gardens. The New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden offer visitors a surprisingly serene escape without leaving the city. The New York Botanical Garden will be hosting a Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party on Saturday & Sunday, complete with photographers to document Mom's special day. The gardens' gift shops are also great spots for scoring a Mother's Day gift if the mother in your life loves gardening or plants.

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    Enjoy A Special Meal with Mom

    A mother and daughter at a restaurant.
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    Mother's Day is one of the busiest days of the year in the restaurant business -- it seems everyone wants to treat Mom to a special meal that she doesn't have to cook! For the best choice of restaurant and time, make your reservations well in advance, but even calling around the day before should land you a reservation somewhere delicious (plus, Mom is sure to appreciate the fact that you planned in advance!). Some ideas: