Photo of War Horse by Simon Annand.
New York City
4 1/2 hours away
London's smash hit War Horse comes to Lincoln Center's Beaumont Theater on April 14, complete with life-size horse puppets. Make a New York theater weekend of it by also seeing a star-studded production on Broadway such as Cole Porter's Anything Goes with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey or the Pulitzer-winning That Championship Season with Chris Noth and Kiefer Sutherland. Or see Robin Williams as the tiger in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, his debut in a Broadway play.
You can check into the Empire Hotel (rates start at $289 a night) across the street, with its rooftop pool and bar that open in May. For dinner, head nearby to Daniel Boulud's French bistro, Bar Boulud. The fare is classic brasserie, heavy on pâtés, sausages, and other charcuterie as well as such classics as coq au vin and steak frites. A three-course pre-theater menu is $42.
Try to end your weekend with a different springtime show, at the Conservatory Garden, a hidden oasis in Central Park. Enter at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street to see masses of tulips, allées of pink and white crabapple trees, and an English garden scented by magnolia and Japanese lilacs. It's all free.
For theater tickets, go to lct.org or call Telecharge at 800-432-7250.