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Things to do this week in NYC Apr 2-Apr 9: Outdoor Activities

April 2, 2011 - by CG Directory Editor

New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!

The Orchid Show: On Broadway - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 25, 2011 -

The undeniable glamour and irresistible allure of orchids take center stage at The New York Botanical Garden in a dazzling display created by Tony award-winning set designer Scott Pask, image-maker Drew Hodges, and Botanical Garden curators. The result is must-see horticultural theater. The Orchid Show: On Broadway features iconic architectural elements from legendary theaters of the Great White Way dramatically interpreted with thousands of orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Just a short stroll across the Garden's grounds in the Library building, a complementary exhibition, Hirschfeld's Broadway Scrapbook, spotlights works by the American caricaturist whose whimsical drawings so captured audiences that a Broadway theater was named in his honor. On weekends, Broadway Cabaret performances highlight popular music from Broadway stages.

The Orchid Show: On Broadway - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 25, 2011 -

Experience the thrill of opening night at The Orchid Show: On Broadway as Tony award-winning set designer Scott Pask and image maker Drew Hodges bring the allure, excitement, and glamour of Broadway to The New York Botanical Garden. This must-see, limited run horticultural engagement takes place in the dramatic galleries of the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Echoing elements from some of Broadway's most iconic theaters, including the Walter Kerr Theater and the New Amsterdam Theater, The Orchid Show: On Broadway showcases 5,000 dazzling specimens from one of the most distinguished orchid collections in the world. Over 300 types of orchid are displayed in dramatic curtains, arcades, and chandeliers under the domes of America's largest glasshouse. Pull up a vintage theater seat and soak-in the show amid the warmth of the glittering Conservatory. Be charmed by the flowery thespians, and on weekends, thrill to the sounds of some of Broadway's best-loved tunes.

The Butterfly Conservatory - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 27, 2011 -

Celebrating its 13th year, this highly popular wintertime destination flourishes in 80-degree temperatures and features up to 500 hovering iridescent butterflies, blooming tropical flowers, and lush green vegetation. The Butterfly Conservatory transforms the iciest winter day into a magical escape into summer. Shimmering, multicolored butterflies gently flutter by visitors' upturned faces, land atop their heads, or perch upon their shoulders.

National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 -

Swim through tropical landscapes with turtles, dive beneath the ice with penguins and forage in the forest with a family of bears — experience life as animals do in a new exhibition opening February 9, 2011 at Mystic Aquarium. Through interactive displays, firsthand footage and evocative environments, visitors to the exhibit can explore the many stories and animals that are part of the science and adventure of Crittercam. The exhibit focuses on Crittercam’s deployment on seals and sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, whales, penguins, bears and lions.

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