Green Vacation Ideas: New York Green Festival 2013

It’s a good time to be green. Across the nation and around the world, people are making important changes to help preserve our natural resources and live healthier lives, both at home and while traveling. For those of you looking to plan a green vacation this spring, we have some great ideas for you. If you’re visiting New York next weekend, there’s an upcoming special event that honors that commitment to eco-friendly living – the 2013 New York Green Festival. We’ll give you our run-down of Festival highlights, along with some advice in planning your green New York vacation with other eco-friendly activities like bike rides, hikes, and cruises. So while you plan your itinerary for your spring vacation, go green all the way – pick up an electronic New York attractions pass for bike rentals and the like,  and add a visit to the New York Green Festival.

In celebration of Earth Day Weekend, the national Green Festival stops in New York City this year on April 20 and 21. The Festival is hosted by the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, located at 655 West 34th Street. The Festival is a grand celebration of everything green – from natural eating options to organic products and services.

At its renowned Green Marketplace, the Festival will host dozens of local and national vendors and exhibitors, interested in connecting people with the resources they need to live healthy, green lives. Visitors will be able to browse and order a variety of eco-friendly products, from home flooring and window installations that reduce heating and cooling costs, to products that assist in natural food preparation. The B2B Green Trade Day, a new component to the Festival for 2013, connects these exhibitors to local and regional store buyers, creating a network for green products and services to expand their availability in the New York area.

NewYorkGreenFestivalA food court offering organic, vegetarian, and vegan options is on site to satisfy your green dining desires. For visitors over 21, there’s even an organic beer and wine garden to introduce you to the expanding market of organic beverages. Listen to live music, enjoy the stunning eco-friendly fashion and jewelry exhibits, and check out one of the many hands-on workshops available throughout the weekend. Or, sign up for a session with the Exhale Mind & Body Spa Yoga & Motion, offered throughout both days. Try some basic techniques and learn some new ones in this fun opportunity to exercise your mind and body the natural way. Sessions are available at beginning and more advanced levels.

You’ll also get the chance to listen to any number of lectures, demonstrations, and speeches on eco-friendly subjects. The Festival will also host locally and nationally renowned authors who cover topics of social and environment interest, as well as leaders and advocates in major conservation movements. For individuals and families interested in making their lives a little bit greener, the New York Green Festival should be on the must-see list this April. You can purchase discount festival tickets in advance, or purchase at the door. Consult the Festival website for a complete schedule of events.

New York Green Festival

Biking – the most eco-friendly mode of transportation

The Javits Center is conveniently located right in midtown Manhattan, near several of the most popular and iconic New York attractions. After spending an afternoon at the New York Green Festival, stop by one of these nearby eco-friendly attractions. To continue your appreciation of Mother Nature, consider enjoying one of the many New York City cruises available from nearby Pier 78. Soak up the sun and snap photos of the famous skyline. Continue your commitment to green energy and reducing your carbon footprint with a bike ride or two, maybe one of the popular Central Park bike tours. These tours begin at Pier 84 in the Hudson River Park and wind through the city to the iconic Central Park.  There’s plenty to see and do within Central Park itself, too. One of the most beautiful and expansive urban parks in the country, Central Park’s 480 acres are home to lakes and streams, woodlands, several botanical gardens, various sculptures, ball fields and playgrounds, and the Central Park Zoo. Central Park is the heart of New York City, and is a testament to New York’s dedication to conservation efforts.

So save some money along your journey to save the planet, and pick up a New York Attractions Pass. Opt for electronic delivery to reduce your carbon footprint, and you can use your smartphone as a pass to each attraction. Go green on your spring vacation this year with a visit to the New York Green Festival.

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