Things to do near New York City

Loads of Family Fun: Macy's Flower Show 2018

The Macy’s Flower Show 2018 is a way for the people of NYC and its visitors to welcome springtime. This annual exhibit will transform Macy’s and get you ready for the beautiful season ahead. This event is great for people of all ages, so bring your partner, your friends or your entire family. You will all love it!

Springtime in NYC Wouldn’t be the Same without the Flower Show White flower on back background

From March 25 through April 8, 2018, the flower show will take place in NYC, as well as Chicago and San Francisco. This event is a gorgeous, glorious, fantasy-filled extravaganza called Once Upon a Springtime.

The Macy's marquee will be transformed into a breathtaking, blossom-filled scene with flowers and plants from around the world.

In addition to the store transformation, there will also be themed events that scream springtime in NYC.

Take your family through the different garden exhibitions throughout the store. These include:

  • The Silk Road Garden – Exotic silks and flowers from China
  • Perfect for the kids – The Girl Scout’s Garden, Dino’s Garden (with Dino the dinosaur), and Lewis the Duck Reading Garden.

The Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel is close to the airport, and just a train ride from Manhattan, which makes life so much easier when you’re traveling. We also offer the only sundeck in the area, providing you with an exceptional view of the city in springtime. We look forward to making your visit to NYC even more special.

Experience the 2018 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an event that draws hundreds of people to the Big Apple each year. It is the biggest St. Patrick's Day parade on the East Coast, and it is celebrated by those who call New York home as well as visitors from across the nation.

If you are traveling to New York City for the parade and other fun St. Patrick’s Day festivities this year, your trip is sure to be extra special.

What to Expect from St. Patrick’s Day in New York City Leprechaun Mascot at St Patrick's Day Parade

The 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City will take place along 5th Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets.

This parade has been a memorable part of NYC’s culture ever since it first began back in 1762. The parade will get started at 11:00 A.M. on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17th. It can also be viewed by live steam on NBC New York’s official website. If attending the parade in person, spectators are encouraged to dress in green, representing the Irish tone of the day.

At the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel, we do what we can to ensure that each guest has a pleasant stay. Our hotel is just a train ride from Manhattan, and is designed to cater to everyone from business professionals in town for important meetings to families visiting NYC for the first time.

Attend the 2018 Westminster Dog Show

The annual Westminster Dog Show is one of the most highly anticipated events for dog owners. If you plan to show off your prize-winning pup at this year’s event, or if you are a dog lover wanting to view the festivities from the stands, here's all you need to know to never miss a moment of the action and excitement.

Information for the 142nd WKC Dog Show at MSG Dogs lined up at a dog show

The 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will take place at its usual venue, Madison Square Garden. This year’s events will take place from Saturday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Special Dates for Westminster Week 2018

The special events that will take place at this year’s show include the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship and the 9th AKC Meet the Breeds event, held on February 10th, and the 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship which will take place on February 12th.

2018 WKC Ticket Information

Tickets are currently on sale for each individual event from the official WKC Dog Show website.

The 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship Preliminaries, AKC’s Meet the Breeds, and the Masters Agility Championship Finals will take place on Saturday, February 10th. Tickets cost $32 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

The first day of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will start on Monday February 12th. Tickets for this event are $32 for adults and $15 for children under 12 when purchased online.

Prices are the same for both days. Tickets available at the door are $35 for adults and $20 for children under 12. Doors will be open one hour before judging begins.

Dog Lovers Attending the Show Can Stay at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel

The Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel is located just a short train ride from The Garden, so you can enjoy every moment of the event while staying in a peaceful location.

Get Fired Up for Chinese New Year in NYC

A unique cultural celebration you don't want to miss check is Chinese New Year in NYC. The festivities for 2018 will include everything from dragon dances to parades and festivals.

Celebrate the Year of the Dog in Style

Red Chinese LanternsThe Chinese New Year will fall on February 16th, 2018. Here are some events to help you join in on the fun.

Lunar New Year Celebration

This free event will run from Madison Street to Madison Avenue on Saturday, February 10th, starting at 11 a.m. Cultural performers, including Lion Dance troupes, will entertain in the streets. Visitors are encouraged to bring their dogs to help welcome the Year of the Dog.

Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Festival

Head to Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Friday, February 16th, to join this free festival, where hundreds of thousands of firecrackers will be set off to discourage evil spirits. Wander through various vendor booths, taste traditional Chinese food, and purchase handmade crafts. Finally, check out the lion dances and festive decorations.

Temple Bazaar at Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall in Queens will host a traditional bazaar festival for the new year on Saturday and Sunday, February 10th-11th. Here, you can check out music, dancing, and martial arts demonstrations, learn how to do calligraphy and paper-cutting, and eat some delicious foods from China’s major regions.

Partake in traditional Chinese festivities and stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

NYC Broadway Week 2018

It's one of the most expected events of the year in NYC, and the Broadway loving audiences couldn’t be any happier. We're talking about Broadway Week 2018!

The Grandest Edition So Far

Scene of Broadway - broadway week - 2 for 1 ticketsThe titles presented in this edition seem to exceed everyone’s expectations. There are 19 shows of which at least half are known all over the globe. Shows like The Lion King, Wicked, Anastasia, or Phantom of the Opera are included in this year's event.

The Shows are Available with 2-for-1 tickets

The biannual promotion of 2-for-1 tickets is very warmly welcomed by the public. The great news is that if you already bought a single ticket, you can still upgrade it to 2-for-1.

If you haven’t bought them yet, wait no more, because the seats are selling fast.

Classics and Modern Shows Combined

This year, NYC Broadway Week brings you classic stories, who have captured everyone’s hearts, but also modern tales. Come and enjoy Hello, Dolly! or let yourself get swept off your feet to see SpongeBob on Broadway.

Phantom of the Opera and Wicked, Anastasia and School of Rock – the classics and modern tales mingle perfectly in the particular Broadway spirit.

Attend this exciting, annual event and stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel. We are located next to LaGuardia Airport and a quick train ride from theaters.

Shen Yun at Lincoln Center: Witness the Beauty of China, Past and Present

An unforgettable experience that celebrates ancient to modern Chinese culture and tradition, Shen Yun is a show you shouldn’t miss. From the costumes to the dances, music, and sets, you’ll be transported to the majesty of China.

See Chinese Culture Come Alive at David H. Koch Theater Chinese parasol unbrellas

The show will take place at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center from January 11-21, 2018.

History of the Show

A show like this can’t be found anywhere else, even in China.

Why? Because the Chinese Communist Party sees demonstrations and celebrations of traditional culture as a threat to its power.

That’s why, in 2006, the show was created by Chinese artists in New York – as a way to revive and revel in these beautiful traditions before they’re forgotten.

Shen Yun - Performance Information and Format

The show lasts around 2 hours and includes 15 dances with a live orchestra, elaborate costumes, and detailed, animated sets as the backdrop.

You’ll be taken to various times and places in Chinese history, and explore settings and characters from Chinese mythology.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased by phone, through email, at the Box Office, or online. Group tickets are also available by emailing Children under 4 will not be admitted.

Dress Code

This will be a special show, so the theater requests that you wear your best business or evening attire.

Attend a performance of this spectacular cultural display and stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

Come Explore the 2018 New York Boat Show

If you’re a boat lover and are looking for a wonderful way to spend some time in January, you need to come to the East Coast for the New York Boat Show.  

This boat show is one of the best in the country, and provides everything from exhibits showcasing some of the most gorgeous yachts to seminars explaining how to care for your boat.

Whether you’re looking to buy a boat or just want to peruse – this is the show for you!

See Boats Galore at the Javits Center in New York View from front of boat on the water

The boat show takes place at the Javits Center from January 24-28, 2018. Here’s what you can expect.

Ticketing Information for the Show

Tickets are $16 for adults, and children 12 years and younger get in free when they’re accompanied by a paying adult.

Exhibit times are as follows:

  • Wednesday – Friday, January 24-26: 12PM to 9PM
  • Saturday, January 27: 10AM to 9PM
  • Sunday, January 28: 10AM to 6PM

The Exhibits Scheduled

The show includes a number of exhibits from NMMA-certified boat and yacht companies, including

  • Bennington
  • Carver
  • EdgeWater
  • Four Winns
  • Jupiter
  • Malibu
  • And many more.

What You Can Expect at the Show

Besides checking out the boats, make sure to schedule some time for the seminars. You will find an abundance of information, including everything from keeping boat carburetors in good working order to fishing, to propping your boat’s performance.

Stay with Us While You Ponder Whether to Purchase a Beautiful Boat

When you fly into the Big Apple to enjoy the boat show, make sure you book your hotel stay at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

We’re just a short distance from the airport, which means you get to concentrate less on finding transportation and more on enjoying your stay at our beautiful and comfortable hotel.

Eat Right During the 2018 New York City Restaurant Week

Enjoy three course meals throughout the weeks of January 22 through February 9, 2018 at participating restaurants during New York City Restaurant Week. Discover a new favorite or make a special trip to a classic choice. Reservations are available beginning on January 8, 2018.

Find Prix-Fixe Meals at Affordable Rates NYC Restaurant Week

During this semiannual event, delicious three course meals are available at a fixed price whether you make a reservation or not. As part of NYC Restaurant Week 2018, prices are discounted 20-50% for Restaurant Week meals.

Where to Dine in the Five Boroughs

In the Bronx, there are a bunch of tasty options, including Italian, seafood, and steakhouses. Go to Mario’s Restaurant for authentic Italian manicotti or chicken parmigiana. (Bonus: Mario’s was a filming location for The Sopranos.)

These days you can find all sorts of trendy food options in Brooklyn. You will find cafes, bistros, and izakayas scattered around this borough. Choose Dassara Brooklyn Ramen for your choice of ramen or pastrami sandwiches.

Manhattan always has restaurants garnering exciting hype. During this winter’s NYC Restaurant Week, discover your new favorite spot downtown. At Tao Downtown, you will be delighted by shareable, izakaya-style dining with sushi and yakitori, as well as more than 200 varietals and sake choices.

In Queens, make an evening out of your trip. Choose either Tequila Sunrise of Bayside or Bourbon Street Cafe for some wonderful cocktails and unique menus.

Finally, your choices even extend to Staten Island, where you can get 60 different kinds of cookies. Choose from classics and exciting new variations of your favorite treats.

Making a special occasion out of your trip? Book your stay at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel during the 2018 NYC Restaurant Week.

Watch the Ball Drop: New Year’s Eve in Times Square

This American tradition is a spectacular way to welcome 2018!

Spend your New Year’s Eve at Times Square in NYC and treat yourself to this iconic celebration.

Everything You Need to Know Before the Ball Drops 2018 written in fireworks

Where the Ball Drops

This celebration occurs at Times Square, with the ball dropping from atop One Times Square.

There is no need for tickets to view the ball dropping, though you should plan to arrive early. Dress warmly because you’ll be outside for quite a while, and New York gets chilly this time of year.

Drink, Eat, and Be Merry

Many restaurants and bars in Times Square will be open during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

In the city that never sleeps, you can find any kind of food or drink you are looking for. For more information, check the Times Square Alliance’s Restaurant Guide. Remember that if you leave a place in the viewing areas, you likely won’t be able to return to it.

After the ball drops, spend the first hours of 2018 at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel. A warm, cozy bed will be waiting to bring you and your dreams into the new year.

Don’t Miss the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Gardens

The New York Botanical Gardens is happy to present the annual Holiday Train Show in NYC. Each year New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG) asks an artist to design the model train exhibition, illuminated by the light of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The Holiday Train Show is running now through January 15th, 2018.

All About the Holiday Train Show Toy train in front of log cabin with words Holiday Train Show

In 1992, Paul Busse designed the first Holiday Train Show for NYBG. Since then, Busse has worked on various special exhibits for venues around the country. Busse handcrafts magical displays.

This year is no different. The train show exudes holiday cheer with more trains than ever before in this year’s display.

Model trains run through 150 landmarks made from natural materials like bark, leaves, and branches. Bunches of light shine down on replicas of Yankee Stadium and the State of Liberty, as well as new models of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and more.

Don’t miss this amazing holiday show crafted from natural materials.

Events During the Holiday Train Show 

Throughout the Holiday Train Show, you will also enjoy entertainment provided by NYBG. Entertainment choices range widely, including music, poetry, films, and tours.

On December 17th, 2017, Billy Collins will read poetry at the Conservatory. On various dates, NYBG will host a family-friendly show with Thomas the Train & Friends.

After any of these fabulous holiday events, come stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel, where you will find even more festive holiday cheer waiting for you.