The 37 Best Things To Do in New York in March 2024

There are a bunch of things to do in New York in March. It’s the tail end of winter in the Big Apple but it can still be bitterly cold. Here are some of the best attractions and events. Check out all the things NYC has to offer!

Usually, spring officially begins on March 21, but NYC in March is still pretty cold. Even so, the city still provides plenty of activities and one big advantage is that there are fewer tourists than during the high season. In this article, we provide you with some of the best things you can do here in March so you will have an exciting time. New York in March is full of amazing events.

My TOP 37 Things to Do in March in NYC

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    Visit Famous Bryant Park Winter Village (until March 3, 2024)

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    Winter Village in Bryant Park is the biggest and most popular winter market in New York (not only for me!). You should definitely go here and if it snows again in March, the Winter Wonderland is perfect. It is really nice in the evening, when you can even see the illuminated top of the Empire State Building!

    Please note that the Holiday Shops are already closed for the season but you can still have fun on the rink!

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    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in NYC (March 17, 2024)

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    New York City turns green on this day, because March 17 is the national holiday of the Irish, or the patronal feast of St. Patrick.

    The famous Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which is one of the oldest, attracts around 1,000,000 people annually who want to be part of the spectacle. The parade takes place either directly on March 17th or – if it is a weekday – on the following weekend. Destination of the parade is the St. Patrick Cathedral. At 11 a.m. on the dot, the parade starts moving north at 44th Street/corner of 5th Avenue.

    We made a list with some other things to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York (because theres so much more to do!).

    Note: This year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on March 16, 2024!

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    Affordable Art Fair (March 21 - 24, 2024)

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    Spring isn’t just an excellent time to get outside and enjoy nature; it’s also a great time to do a bit of spring cleaning. After you finish, if your walls seem bare, head on over to the Affordable Art Fair and snag some high-quality art at low-end prices.

    This annual event returns to NYC each year at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, where you can view contemporary works that range in price from $100 up to $10,000.

    My tip: Here you find the Best Art Exhibitions in New York City.

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    Outsider Art Fair (February 29 - March 3, 2024)

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    We Are Birds will be this year’s annual Curated Space exhibition at the Outsider Art Fair. It is curated by Randall Poster and Andrew Edlin in support of the National Audubon Society and it features several works of different self-taught and contemporary artists whose works are inspired by birdlife.

    Moreover the OAF presents The Life and Death of Elvis Presley: A Suite by American artist and architect Paul Laffoley (1935-2015). This exhibition shows eight paintings that were completed in 1995 and represent Laffoley’s interpretation of the different phases in Elvis Presley’s life.

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    The Best Broadway Shows in March 2024 in New York

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    The answer to whether you should or should not see a Broadway show when visiting New York in March is crystal clear: YES, it absolutely belongs on your bucket list! What is not always as clear, however, is which show to pick.

    Starting this month, there will be two new Broadway Shows in NYC: The Notebook (from March 14, 2024) & Water for Elephants (from March 21, 2024).

    In order to help you out, we’ve created an overview of the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC in March!

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    NYC Craft Beer Fest on March 9, 2024

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    NYC Craft Beer Fest offers you the ultimate opportunity to savor a wide selection of global beers right in the heart of New York City! Join in at Chelsea Industrial for a session filled with local favorites, international drafts, and handcrafted microbrews. Indulge in limitless beer tastings, groove to live performances, savor delectable bites, and engage in interactive games. Secure your tickets today for a memorable experience at NYC Craft Beer Fest!

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    Visit The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden (February 17 - April 21, 2024)

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    The New York Botanical Garden supports over one million living plants in its extensive collection. It is truly a beautiful experience to explore the plant life in over 50 different gardens, giving you something to explore throughout each season. From exhibitions to the gift shop and hands-on experiences for kids this oasis of plants is a great day out for families!

    The Botanical Garden has constantly changing exhibitions and displays various plants. Among the most important of them is the “Orchid Show”, which takes place every year in spring. This year, in an impressive greenhouse, you can admire the 21st Orchid Show from February 17 until mid-April. This year the motto of the exhibition is “Florals in Fashion”.

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    Macy's Flower Show (2024 dates TBA)

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    Florals are a natural part of spring but are groundbreaking when they’re presented by an iconic department store like Macy’s. Macy’s marquee stores in NYC present a two-week show that presents nearly one million trees, plants, and flowers to celebrate spring for both nature and fashion.

    People from near and far flock to this exhibition each year, and it’s one of the best places to see awe-inspiring floral arrangements that are decorated according to a given theme. For example, the theme was outer space a few years ago, so arrangements had nods to stars, comets, planets, and more.

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    Enjoy breath-taking views from one of the amazing observation decks

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    You know what’s really unique about New York? The view of the (most likely) snow-covered Central Park from one of the observation decks! With the Top of the Rock, The Edge Hudson Yards and the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt you have three to choose from!

    And then there’s the One World Observatory and the Empire State Building which both offer amazing views over the city.

    My tip: if you are cold, you can go inside and enjoy the view from the inside. Because each of the observation decks (except for the Empire State Building) has additional floors with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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    If you want to visit several observations decks, attractions and tours in New York, check out the New York sightseeing passes. You can save up to 60% on the ticket price!

    To find out which New York Pass is the best for you, check out my New York Pass Comparison.

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    March Madness

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    Each March, college basketball fans go a bit nuts. And this is for a good reason! This is the time of the year when 68 universities compete in a tournament that spans the country and determines which two teams will square off in the National Championship in April. If you are one of many looking to cheer on their favorite team among other fellow fans, you’re in luck because there are many New York City bars and restaurants to catch the madness.

    This year March Madness takes place from March 17 – April 8, 2024.

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    Go Ice Skating in NYC

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    Ice skating is one of the things you can still do in New York through March! For example, the rink at Rockefeller Center offers an unforgettable experience in a great setting. Expect a bit of a wait, as it is one of the most popular rinks in New York.

    My tip: The Best Ice Rinks in NYC

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    Visit the Pink Pier until March 10, 2024

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    Experience the world’s first all-pink pier at Watermark, Pier 15 NYC, from January 11th to March 31st, 2024. Choose your date and time and immerse yourself in a delightful pink wonderland. All ages are welcome. Keep in mind that outdoor tickets don’t include indoor seating, so dress warmly for the NYC winter.

    Indulge in cocktails and dining within heated pink igloos or enjoy the outdoor Pink Pier experience. Whether it’s a romantic date night, a birthday celebration, or a get-together with friends and family, this pink pier offers a unique setting. Explore the Lover’s Throne, capture memories in a life-size Sweethearts box, and soak in skyline views across the East River. Don’t miss out on this limited-time, love-filled experience – secure your tickets today!

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    See Roméo et Juliet at the Metropolitan Opera

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    If you’re a fan of operas you should definitely visit the Metropolitan Opera. There are different shows throughout March, for example, Roméo et Juliet and Madama Butterfly. Enjoy one of these wonderful musical performances.

    Reserve your tickets for the Metropolitan Opera now!

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    AirOtic Soirée: A Circus-Style Cabaret Dinner Show (until March 30, 2024)

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    Attention cabaret fans: there’s a new show in the city! You can now see a group of highly talented acrobats in the heart of Manhattan. AirOtic Soirée combines modern burlesque and high-level cirque acrobatics with a menu created by Chef Saul who has already been featured on Good Morning America. After the show, you can enjoy a nice cocktail and meet the cast.

    Every Friday and Saturday throughout January, February, and March you have the opportunity to experience this brand-new sensual show in Hell’s Kitchen.

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    It's National Meatball Day (March 9, 2024)

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    Stroll through the touristy area of Little Italy and enjoy some of the best meatballs you can possibly find in the city (except at the Meatball Shop of course).

    On March 9 we celebrate National Meatball Day. Check out the best restaurants in Little Italy NYC to have your best Meatball experience that day!

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    Visit Governors Island

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    Though Governors Island is no longer a secret spot, it hasn’t lost its charm and remains one of our favorite places in New York. Usually Governors Island closes at the end of October, but in 2024 you can check it out even during March! A ferry ride to the island typically costs $4 but if you decide to come on a Saturday or Sunday before noon, it’ll be free!

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    NBA Games in March 2024

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    Basketball fans, this month is for you! Check out either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets at either the Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center, respectively.

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    Harry Potter: The Exhibition

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    The Harry Potter: The Exhibition is an immersive experience consisting of several themed galleries. The From Page to Screen Gallery showcases a first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone within a Gringotts-inspired vault, surrounded by inspirational videos and literary quotes. In the Hogwarts Castle Gallery, visitors encounter multimedia elements like the Whomping Willow, Dementors, and the interactive Marauder’s Map. The Great Hall Gallery provides a space for celebrating magical moments within its iconic architecture, and the Hogwarts Houses Gallery lets visitors connect with their chosen house, offering a celebratory hall with the Sorting Hat and house crests on stained glass windows.

    The exhibition also features the Hogwarts Classrooms Galleries, where guests engage in interactive lessons and games through digital touchscreens, exploring behind-the-scenes secrets of iconic classroom moments. Hagrid’s Hut and The Forbidden Forest offer an immersive Patronus charm experience and the chance to discover iconic creatures. Lastly, an exclusive merchandise collection is available in the onsite retail shop, offering fans a range of themed products, including apparel, jewelry, and edible treats, as well as unique merchandise not found elsewhere in the Wizarding World.

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    Mercer Labs at Museum of Art and Technology

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    Mercer Labs presents a groundbreaking transformation of the museum experience through its innovative exhibition. Spanning fifteen experimental spaces, this exhibition is designed to bridge the gap between art and technology in captivating ways. Interactive encounters, immersive installations, and unique listening experiences redefine the viewer’s connection to art.

    Within this exhibition, Roy Nachum embarks on a journey of deconstruction and reconstruction, fundamentally reshaping the relationship between art and technology. ‘Limitless’ serves as a physical embodiment of the artist’s dreams, delving into his psyche, childhood memories, and vision of nature. Viewers are invited to step inside his work, traversing the boundary between narrative and abstraction. By leveraging digital tools and machine intelligence, he challenges human perception and explores the intricate spatial framework of source imagery and technical direction.

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    Escape Virtuality

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    Break the chains of reality! New York City is an insanely exciting city. But if that’s not enough, you can now experience adventure and action in a virtual world. Escape Virtuality offers exciting VR experiences as well as Escape Rooms on a whole new level. In realistic VR games, you have to prove that you are capable of saving the world even under pressure.

    Especially in the winter months, the weather can get crazy, so an indoor activity like this is the perfect choice.

    Whether you’re a couple or a group, there are a variety of Escape Rooms and games to choose from. Best of all, Escape Virtuality is already included in some of the New York Passes!

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    Field of Light

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    Covering more than six acres on the east side of Manhattan, between 38th and 41st streets east of First Avenue, the Field of Light is presented at Freedom Plaza. This installation features 17,000 light fixtures that gradually change color. Visitors can immerse themselves in the installation by walking along a winding path through this landscape surrounded by New York’s iconic skyline and the East River waterfront. The Field of Light at Freedom Plaza is brought to you by the Soloviev Foundation and is free to the public.

    Tip: The Field of Light is free, but you still need a ticket. They sell out quickly, so you should be quick and book your ticket in advance!

    When? Thursday – Saturday | 5:00 – 9:00 pm

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    Spend the day in one of the best museums of NYC

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    The wintry season is perfect for a museum visit to New York, and the Big Apple really doesn’t lack choices. After the theatrical release of “The Night of Museum” series, (The first movie took place in the New York Museum of Natural History) you really feel like going to the place of the event? In the footsteps of dinosaurs, aborigines and many other historical creatures, the Natural History Museum on Central Park West is always a good idea for a museum outing.

    My tip: These are the 36 Best Museums in NYC

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    Free Fridays at MoMA

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    The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, commonly known as the MoMA, is one of the largest and most influential modern and contemporary art museums in the world. Since it houses an extensive collection of over 150,000 works of art, ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, design, and film, the MoMA is a popular destination for art enthusiasts and offers a unique experience for those who want to explore the world of modern and contemporary art.

    Every day from 4:00 PM to close there is a „Pay-what-you-wish“ admission which means that visitors can pay what they can afford for admission to the museum.

    However, that’s not all! In addition to the Pay-what-you-wish policy, the MoMA is free for all visitors on Fridays from 4 pm to 8 pm.

    Please note that the Free Fridays & Pay-what-you-wish policy only apply to New York State residents!

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    On of my favorites things to do in March in NYC: The High Line Winter & Spring Tour (free)

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    The High Line Park takes you along the old tracks of the elevated railway to the Meatpacking District. Thanks to the initiative “Friends of the High Line” the park exists at all because originally the construction was supposed to be torn down. And the best thing? They offer free tours!

    • When? Wednesdays at 10 am & Saturdays at 12 pm (November – April)
    • Where? At the Gansevoort Street entrance
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    Experience New York in March quite relaxed with a dinner cruise

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    I am quite a big fan of the boat tours with dinner in New York. It’s warm inside, jazzy music plays and there’s delicious food (and drinks). And during the whole cruise you see the wintry New York with its impressive skyline.

    Here are our  recommendations for dinner cruises, brunch cruises, lunch cruises and jazz cruises in NYC during wintertime.

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    Watch the Off-Broadway Show Cinderella the Musical

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    The Players Theatre in New York City is a historic and multifaceted performing arts venue nestled in the heart of Greenwich Village. Constructed in 1907, this architectural gem was transformed into a theater in the late 1950s, becoming a cultural cornerstone in the neighborhood. Its rich history and versatility have made it a magnet for performing artists and theater enthusiasts alike.

    The theater complex offers a diverse range of spaces, including a main stage with over 200 seats for Off-Broadway productions, the intimate Steve and Marie Sgouros theater with 50 seats, four well-appointed rehearsal studios, an office suite tailored for arts organizations, and the iconic Cafe Wha?. The latter has been a beloved fixture in Greenwich Village since the 1960s, adding to the vibrant atmosphere of the venue. Whether you’re attending a captivating performance, taking part in rehearsals, or enjoying a meal at Cafe Wha?, the Players Theatre continues to be a cultural hub in this historic neighborhood.

    • When? Feb 25 – April 7, 2024 | Saturdays at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm and Sundays at 11:00 am &  2:00 pm
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    Visit the famous Statue of Liberty

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    Go and see one of NYC’s most famous attractions: the Statue of Liberty. Don’t miss out seeing this iconic attraction up close! You will also get to visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum which is a great educational experience for adults as well as kids.

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    Visit a Rooftop Bar in March (really!)

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    No kidding, even in March you can visit some of the best rooftop bars in the city! With radiant heaters, free blankets and warm rooftop lounges you can make yourself comfortable there even in icy temperatures. The great view will warm your heart.

    At 230 Fifth near the Flatiron building, you can even sit in a heated igloo while enjoying a breathtaking view of the skyline – how cool is that!

    For more tips, check out our article on the best fall & winter rooftop bars in New York.

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    See the New York Rangers in the Madison Square Garden

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    The atmosphere at a Rangers game is unparalleled and home games are played in the heart of Manhattan, at the most prestigious arena, Madison Square Garden. Ice hockey has some of the most loyal fans of all the sports categories, and you will notice that right away at a Rangers game. It’s intense and it’s a spectacle that is not to be missed!

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    Enjoy the view of the East River from the Brooklyn Bridge

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    The Brooklyn Bridge is an official landmark of the city, which you should not miss even in winter. Make sure to walk across the impressive bridge and enjoy the unique view across the East River to Brooklyn in the clear winter air. And while you’re on the bridge, take a stroll to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

    GET A WARMING COFFEE AND ENJOY THE SPECTACULAR VIEWS!

    Due to the cold wind, it can get really icy on the Brooklyn Bridge in winter. The best time to try your luck on some warming sunshine is around noon on the bridge.

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    Take a Walk in the Wintry Central Park

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    Central Park should not be missing from any Things to Do in New York in March list! The green lung of the city is a true winter wonderland during the cold season. It is therefore also a popular destination for New Yorkers. Stroll through the park under snow-covered trees and let yourself be enchanted by the play of lights on the frozen water surfaces in the evening.

    Walking through Central Park in the cold is magical! If there’s snow, it’s even more amazing.

    If you want to be more adventurous, start in Harlem and walk down Central Park towards Midtown. Too often we catch ourselves starting on Fifth Avenue at the Plaza Hotel in Central Park. There is so much more to explore than just that part of Central Park.

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    Women's History Month

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    If spring puts you in a social mood, check out one of the many events in NYC related to Women’s History Month. This annual time is perfect for paying homage to one of many locally-owned businesses either owned by or catering to women.

    You’ll find panels, parties, and movie screenings, among other events. There’s been Art + Feminism, Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, A Day Without a Woman, a Hidden History: Women in Central Park-Tour, and vast discounts at local businesses in years past.

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    Spend some time in Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown

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    Now known for their many excellent restaurants, shops and tourism, Manhattan’s SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown neighborhoods offer the most varied stories of New York City. Take a 2-hour tour with a local guide and discover hidden gems and 19th century buildings.

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    Hop on a cruise during the Winter Season in New York City

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    Exploring the city on a boat is an amazing experience. Even though it can become a little chilly we highly recommend taking the New York City Water Taxi or hop on a Classic Harbor Line Cruise. They all have an indoor seating space where you can protect yourself from the cold in case you need to.

    My tip: these are the 12 best cruises that you should do right now!

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    Celebrate the National Oreo Day in the former cookie-factory Chelsea Market

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    Yes, you read that right. On March 6, 2024, there’s an Oreo Day that celebrates the yummy cookie. There’s no better place to go in New York City than Chelsea Market the birthplace of the sweet sandwich cookie which is made up of two chocolate disks containing a sweet cream filling and is loved by millions.

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    Watch the Easter Parade on March 31st, 2024!

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    New York City is adorned with around 300 brightly painted XL Easter eggs. The famous Easter eggs can be seen everywhere in the city center and are also a popular photo motif. The annual Easter Parade, the Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival, takes place on Easter Sunday and moves from 49th to 57th Street.

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    Go shopping at Woodbury Common Outlet

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    Shopping addicts will have their money’s worth in March too. You can either stroll the city’s wintry streets or take a trip to the Woodbury Common Outlet Center. You will not only find many famous brands at lower prices, but also a large food hall with a wide selection of different sweet and savory dishes.
    You can already save money on your way to the outlet, because the bus ride is included in some of the passes, for example the New York Pass.