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The BEST Time to Visit New York City (And The Season to Avoid!)

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So you’ve decided to make the trip, but are struggling to decide on the best time to visit New York City. There are so many things to consider like festivals and events, and of course, the weather. In this guide, I’ll offer my first hand experience as a local to help you decide on the best season to visit NYC.

I want to say that anytime trip to New York City is magical, but we all know some months are better than others. I’ll cover the weather, the best things to do, pros and cons, and more so you can make the best decision. We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to the good stuff.


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The Best Time to Visit New York City: The Fall

Daily Average Temperatures: September (76°) | October (64°) | November (55°)

I’m not usually one for definitive statements, but in this case it applies: Fall is the best time to visit New York City. New York in autumn a sight to behold. From the fall foliage engulfing Central Park to businesses getting ready for the holidays, the city is so charming it’s surreal!

Fall is also the best season in NYC thanks to the pleasant weather. A sweater is more than enough to stay warm, which leaves the door open to being both stylish and comfy. Not to mention fall is when the holiday celebrations kick off, Halloween and Thanksgiving blanket the city in decor.

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Pros of Visiting New York City in the Fall

Great Weather: Temperatures in New York City can be deceiving because many first-time visitors don’t take walking into account, which makes it feel warmer. A brisk 60°F (15°C) might be cold if you’re standing in place. But after a few minutes of walking it’s easy to start shedding layers.

The Foliage: There are more than 5 million trees in New York City, and during the fall they turn the city into a vibrant canvas full of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. The colors make a casual stroll through a neighborhood a memorable experience.

The Kickoff to the Holiday Season: Fall is like a Friday before the weekend, the lead-up to the holiday season. Depending on when you visit New York City in the fall, storefronts, homes, and restaurants begin decorating and putting the holiday season front & center.

Cons of Visiting New York City in the Fall

Early Sunsets: Sunsets in early September are around 7:30 PM, but come late November they’re hovering around 4:30 PM. Getting dark early puts a time-constraint on certain outdoor activities, which is a con for visiting NYC in the fall.

Dipping Temperatures: Folks who get cold easily might think fall is the worst time to visit New York City, especially later in the year. So long as you’re bundled up it’ll be okay, but for some folks it can be a deterrent to visiting in autumn.


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Get Lost in the Fall Foliage in Central Park

Spanning a robust 840 acres, Central Park is New York City’s backyard. It sees more than 42 million visitors a year! The 18,000 trees in the park burst into vivid shades of red, yellow and orange, and it’s near impossible not to want to take pictures of everything. The best fall color in Central Park can be found at The Mall, Oak Bridge, and the Gapstow Bridge.

Celebrate Halloween Weekend

From cobweb-covered brownstones in the West Village to skeletons on stoops in the Upper East Side, it’s impossible to escape the Halloween decorations in New York City! The star of the spooky holiday is the Halloween Parade in the Greenwich Village, which has more than 50,000 costumed participants.

On Halloween night streets all across the city close to vehicular traffic for the adorable mob of trick or treaters. Adults can visit one of the many Halloween themed-bars that host costume contests and serve spooky themed drinks. There are so many things to do in NYC on Halloween!

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Catch the New York City Marathon

The New York City Marathon is the third-largest marathon in the world. There are more than 50,000 runners from all around the globe traversing the five boroughs in the 26.2 mile race. It’s estimated more than 2 million spectators line the course each year, bringing amusing signs and a contagious energy.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a staple since 1924, broadcasted to more than 30 million viewers on television and boasting more than 3 million spectators in person. With the parade come a string of fun things to do in NYC on Thanksgiving. Some of them are having a Thanksgiving dinner, seeing the parade’s balloons get inflated, and enjoying a variety of seasonal treats.


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The Second Best Time to Visit New York City: Spring

Daily Average Temperatures: March (52°) | April (64°) | May (72°)

Spring might be the best time to travel, period. It’s also one of the best seasons to visit New York City. Mild temperatures give way to perennial blooms that cover the city in color and trees begin to grow back their canopies offering shade from the glistening sun rays.

Not to mention, winters in New York City can be brutal (more on that later), so locals are excited to leave the confines of their apartments in the spring and give the city a contagious energy. Outdoor dining begins to surge in popularity, and NYC’s 1,700+ parks become teeming with life.


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Pros of Visiting New York City in the Spring

Beautiful Blooms: Between the resurgence of tree’s green canopies, the pink hues of cherry blossoms, and the inspiring display of tulips, the best time to visit New York City might be the spring! The blooms begin as a slow trickle in early spring before drenching the city in color come late spring.

Outdoor Activities: With the warmer weather, spring is one of the best times to visit NYC for outdoor activities. You can take a bike ride along the Hudson River Greenway, go for a hike in the Ramble in Central Park, or rent a paddle boat in Central Park Lake.

Lower Hotel Rates: Hotel rates are typically lower in the spring (especially in March) than they are in the summer, which makes spring an affordable season to visit New York City.

Cons of visiting New York City in the spring

Allergies: Spring blooms are both a blessing and a curse, because allergy season follows the flowering foliage. Those who suffer from allergies should come prepared with allergy-alleviating medicine, or swing into a pharmacy upon arrival.

Unpredictable Weather: Spring weather in New York City can be fickle, with occasional days of rain, wind, and (rarely) even snow. When deciding what to pack for NYC in the spring lean towards layers.

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Check out the Cherry Blossoms

spring can be the best time to visit New York City for the sheer charm, the blushing trees completely change the city landscape. You can do the legwork and leapfrog from one cherry bloom to the next (this article will help), or casually take them in on your strolls. Either way, bring a camera!

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Enjoy a Drink at the MET’s Rooftop Bar (After Perusing the Museum)

With more than 2 million pieces of art spanning 5,000+ years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) is the largest museum in the country and the fifth largest museum in the world. The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at the museum re-opens in the spring, ready to quench customers thirst and offer striking views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

Go to a Yankees Game

Grab your ball caps boys (and gals, or course!), we’re going to the ball park. With a record 27 World Series wins, the New York Yankees are icons of New York City. Located in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium is accessible by subway and tickets can run for as little as $15. Be sure to catch a game in the spring before they get unbearably hot in the summer.

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Explore the Surrounding Islands

Most folks know that Manhattan is an island, but what many don’t know is that it’s also surrounded by smaller islands that are home to various outdoor activities. Take a free ferry to Staten Island (even if you just take the ferry back), or visit Ellis Island and climb the Statue of Liberty. Don’t forget to check out the cherry blossoms on Roosevelt Island or the hammock grove on Governors Island!


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Third Best Season to Visit New York City: Winter

Daily Average Temperatures: December (44°) | January (39°) | February (43°)

Winter in New York City is notorious for its bitter cold, but the holiday season in December picks up the slack for January and February. The romance of Christmas lights around every corner, decorated restaurants and myriad of Christmas shows give the city a Hallmark movie like vibe.

Come January and February flights, hotels, and attraction prices plummet, so budget travelers will rejoice hearing that the winter is the most affordable time to visit New York City. So long as visitors come prepared with winter coats and warm layers, NYC in winter is a viable option.


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Pros of Visiting New York City in Winter

Holiday Decorations: Holiday revelers will agree that winter is the best time to visit New York City thanks to an over-the-top array of decorations in December. They cover storefronts, restaurants, neighborhoods and more.

Less Crowds in January & February: Those who hate crowds will think winter is the best season to visit NYC, so long as they steer clear of December. More than 6.5 million tourists visit NYC between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but come January the city becomes barren.

Cons of visiting New York City in winter

Inclement Weather: New York winters are notoriously cold, with average highs hovering around freezing (32°F) and lows dipping into the teens or even single digits. Wind chill can make it feel even colder, so be prepared to bundle up in layers.

Early Sunsets: Winter days in NYC are shorter with fewer hours of sunshine, which can affect mood and energy levels. Make sure to plan indoor activities and pack accordingly for the limited daylight.

Have to Pack & Carry Layers: Bundling up when visiting New York City is a necessity, but during the times folks step inside to shop or eat the layers start to come off and become annoying to carry.


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Gawk at the Christmas Decorations

The best part of Christmas in New York City are the decorations are strung up all around the major attractions. Most first time visitors will visit places like the Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, and Wall Street and the attractions always dress the part, covered in decorations for the season.

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Rest Your Legs at a Holiday Show

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, the Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes, and the Amateur Night Holiday Special at the Apollo are all popular Christmas shows in New York City. The shows provide entertainment and a chance to get out of the cold and rest your legs.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve New York City Style

A bucket-list destination for New Year’s Eve, New York City has a full line-up of NYE activities. From watching the ball drop in Times Square (which I don’t recommend) to cruises or bar-hopping, New Year’s Eve in New York City can be an unforgettable experience.

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Check out Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

Chinatown is one of the best neighborhoods in Manhattan to explore, but during Chinese New Years in February the fun gets taken up a notch. The streets come alive with locals in festive, traditional wear and music fills the air with the festivities culminating in the Lunar New Year parade.

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Visit One of the (Many) Holiday Markets

New York City is home to plenty of year-round markets, but the best ones pop-up during the winter time. Local artisans and creators bring their unique products and they’re quick and convenient if you’re searching for a gift or souvenir.


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Best Time to Visit New York City: Summer

Daily Average Temperatures: June (80°) | July (84°) | August (84°)

I take no joy in ranking summer as the worst time to visit New York City, but one of the seasons had to come in last. Although the city is at its most accessible (rooftop bars, outdoor dining, bustling parks) the heat can be draining, and the crowds can be frustrating.

And if you sweat easily like I do? Lord, have mercy. In the suburbs it’s easy to jump from an air-conditioned house to an air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned store, but in New York? We walk! Carrying water and stopping for breaks are paramount while visiting New York City in the summer.

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Pros of Visiting New York City in Summer

Outdoor Activities Galore: In the summer, NYC becomes a haven for picnics, sunbathing, and outdoor concerts. Rooftop bars buzz with life, street performers add vibrancy to sidewalks, and various outdoor festivals, from Shakespeare in the Park to Pride celebrations, fill the calendar with entertainment.

Longer Days: With ample daylight it’s easy to pack more into your itinerary, spending more time exploring neighborhoods, visiting iconic landmarks, and enjoying evening strolls through the city.

Vibrant Events and Festivals: Summer marks the peak season for outdoor events and festivals. From vibrant street fairs to the annual traditions like the Macy’s Fourth of July firework show, there’s something for everyone.

Cons of Visiting New York City in Summer

Humidity and Heat: Summer temperatures can be pleasant, but the humidity can make it feel hotter, especially in crowded areas. Pack light, breathable clothing and stay hydrated to combat the heat.

Higher Travel Costs: Flights and hotels are generally more expensive during peak season (June-August). This is especially true around major holidays like the Fourth of July.

Crowds and Congestion: Expect larger crowds at popular attractions, museums, and even on public transportation. Be prepared for longer lines, limited space, and a bustling atmosphere, which can be overwhelming for some visitors.


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Take Part in the Pride Parade

New York City goes all out for pride month hosting activities and events across the city. The biggest event is the annual Pride Parade that takes the city by storm. Swarms of people line city streets and watch floats, performers and art pieces march down to thunderous applause.

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Catch a Sunset Movie at Bryant Park

Clocking in at 9.6 acres, Bryant Park is far from the largest park in New York City, but it often feels the most full. The park is nestled amidst towering skyscrapers in Midtown and attracts locals year-round. Summer has the largest draw, because Bryant Park hosts family-friend outdoor movies in NYC.

Spend the Day at Coney Island

Coney Island’s famed amusement parks and beaches are hot commodities during New York City’s summer months. Stroll the boardwalk and see if you can win a prize playing a carnival game, or ride the nearly 100 year old wooden roller coaster named the Cyclone.


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January in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Three Kings Day Parade: The Museo del Barrio is a museum dedicated to celebrating the heritage and cultures of Latin and Caribbean people, and in doing so hosts an annual Three Kings Day Parade. The parade features performances, music and a fun celebration the whole family can take part in. Read more here.
  • Winter Jazz Fest: Originally taking place on a single day in a single venue, the well deserved rise in popularity of the Winter Jazz Fest has seen it evolve into a week-long celebration at over 20+ jazz clubs in New York City. Expect both established and up and coming musicians. More info here.
  • Broadway Week: During Broadway Week folks are able to purchase 2-for-1 tickets, effectively doubling their money’s value. If you’re a Broadway geek (like me) this might be the best time to visit New York City! Dates and tickets available here.
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February in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Chinese Lunar New Year Parade: Home to the largest population of Chinese people outside of China, Manhattan’s Chinatown is the best place to be on the lunar new year. Dates & info here.
  • Restaurant Week: Restaurants Week is the best time to visit New York City for those of us whose mood is dictated by food. Restaurants all across the city offer two and three course meals at a discounted rate. Therefore, there’s ample opportunity to try a little bit of everything. Dates and info here.
  • NYC Must See Week: Top attractions in the city offer a 2-for-1 sale on entry tickets. Previous years have seen observation decks, museums and tours. More info here.
  • Fashion Week: Fashion icons and celebrities from all across the world congregate in the Big Apple to showcase all the best trends for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. There are runway shows all across the city and one-on-one shopping opportunities with the designers. If you’re into the fashion this is undoubtedly the best time to visit New York City. Read more here.
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March in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Asia Week: For a little more than a week galleries and museums spotlight Asian art and culture. There’s artwork on display and for sale at auction houses and museums. More info here.
  • Macy’s Flower Show: Macy’s Herald Square is the biggest department store in America. Every spring it’s filled to the brim with beautiful, vibrant flower displays. The event usually lasts two weeks, beginning mid-March. Information and dates here.
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April in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Baseball Season Opener: Even if you’re not a huge baseball fan, getting out to at least one ball game should be on your radar. NYC is home to both the Yankees and the Mets so there’s plenty of games to choose from!
  • Easter Bonnet Festival: Every Easter New York City hosts a parade and bonnet festival. Less of an organized march and more of a fashion get-together, the bonnet festival traces its roots back more than 140 years! The runway is Fifth Avenue, in the area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • Earth Week: Each year the Concrete Jungle takes part in the global celebration, Earth Week. Streets go emission free by stopping all vehicular traffic, local gardens host public events and the parks fill up just a little extra. Further details here.
  • Cherry Blossom Festival: Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts an annual Cherry Blossom Festival to both educate folks and provide a scenic landscape to enjoy. More info can be found on their website, along with a bloom tracker.
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May in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Shakespeare in the Park: The Public Theater has been putting on free productions of Shakespeare for 60 years at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. More info, including this year’s play can be found here.
  • Summer on the Hudson: Summer on the Hudson is an annual festival put on by NYC Parks in collaboration with the Riverside Park Conservancy. Dance, art and yoga classes are hosted for free along the Hudson River. Further reading here.
  • Bronx Week: Bronx Week is dedicated to celebrate the culture of one of New York City’s most underrated boroughs. There’s a week’s worth of fun with live concerts, a parade and annual inductions into the Bronx Walk of Fame (Hollywood who?). More info here.
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June in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Museum Mile Festival: New York City has designated 5th Ave from 82nd to 105th Streets the museum mile. During the event the streets are closed to vehicular traffic and the doors of the museums along the stretch (the MET, Museo del Barrio, Guggenheim etc) are opened to the public free of charge. Further reading here.
  • Tribeca Film Festival: Created as a way to bring liveliness after the attacks on 9/11, the Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the premier film festivals in the world. Over 600 films are screened and more than 150,000 people attend annually. Official website here.
  • Puerto Rican Day Parade: For than 65 years the Puerto Rican Day Parade has celebrated the culture and heritage of the Caribbean country in they way only they know how: with music, dance and a lot of good food. More info.
  • Pride Parade: New York City saw the birth of the LGBTQ+ rights movement in America and it’s home to one of the most epic pride parades in the world. Pride month is stacked with activities and events, but the cherry on top is the pride march. Read more on the official website.
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July in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Restaurant Week: Restaurants all across the city offer two and three course meals at a discounted rate giving folks the opportunity to try a little bit of everything. Dates and info here.
  • Harlem Week: In an aim to celebrate Harlem’s African American, African, Caribbean, Hispanic, and European history the neighborhood puts on an annual event filled with music, food and performances. More info here.
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August in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival: Every August in Flushing Lake locals gather to both show off and race their dragon boats (boats shaped like dragons). It’s a family-friendly event where so bring the kids! Dates & info here.
  • Broadway in Bryant Park: Some of the most popular Broadway shows put on short bits and performances in Bryant Park in the summer. Best part? It’s free! Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy. More info here.
  • Summer Streets: Streets all across the city go car-free for three weekends in August. This enables local restaurants to stretch dining into the street, kids to play and a utopian-like place to relax. Streets & dates here.
  • U.S. Open: The final tennis Grand Slam tournament of the year is hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, becoming a highlight of August in NYC since the 1970s.
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September in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • New York Fashion Week: The second leg of New York Fashion Week, there are runway shows at venues all across the city and even one on one shopping opportunities with the designers. If you’re into the fashion this is the best time to visit New York City. Read more here.
  • Feast of San Gennaro: Taking over Little Italy for nearly 100 years is the Feast of San Gennaro. The festival celebrates the Patron Saint of Naples and boasts plenty of food & entertainment in the small Manhattan neighborhood. Official website here.
  • 9/11 Tribute: Although it’s a somber feeling, I encourage anybody who visits NYC to pay their respects at the 9/11 Memorial. There is no better time than on the tragedy’s anniversary. During the memorial twin spotlights light up the sky in tribute, all throughout the night.
  • New York Film Festival: This festival takes place at the Lincoln Center and annually showcases the best films to hit the big screen. Both low and high budget films are screened, and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. Tickets and info here.
  • Broadway Week: During Broadway Week folks are able to purchase 2-for-1 tickets, effectively doubling the bang for your buck. If you’re a Broadway geek (like me) this might be the best time to visit New York City! Dates and tickets available here.
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October in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Archtober: New York City is known for its beautiful buildings. And every October you can tour some of the most iconic architecture that has gone into these structures. Gain special access and learn how they were made from architects themselves. Official website here.
  • New York Comic-Con: Cosplayers take the city by storm during New York Comic Con. Its estimated nearly 200,000 people visit to check out the panels and events hosted by comic book artists, actors and film producers. More info here.
  • Hockey Season Opener: If you’re a sports fan the best time to visit New York City might be October thanks to the hockey season opener. The New York Rangers of the National Hockey League suit up in hopes of great season.
  • Greenwich Village Halloween Parade: As far as Halloween events in New York City go, the Halloween parade in Greenwich Village tops the list. If you’re in the city on October 31st this is where you want to be. You can participate in the parade simply by showing up in costume. Or just bring a camera and spectate from the sidelines.
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November in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • TCS New York City Marathon: Cheer on the runners at the New York City Marathon along with thousands of locals who treat the day like a holiday. You might see a celebrity or a friend, or maybe you’ll just lose your voice yelling. Dates here.
  • New York Comedy Festival: More than 100 comedy shows featuring more than 200 comedians across all five boroughs is one big reason November is the best time to visit New York City. Official website here.
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a NYC Thanksgiving tradition viewed by millions of people both in New York and on TV.
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December in New York City: Best Time to Visit NYC

  • Christmas Markets: In a city known for it’s shopping, often times the best finds are tucked away in one of the many New York City Christmas Markets. For a list of markets and dates read this.
  • Christmas Trees: Nothing embodies the holiday spirit quite like the awe-inspiring Christmas trees in NYC, and they’re everywhere. For the ones you can’t afford to miss be sure to check this out.
  • New Years Eve: It’s no secret that New York City has it all. From confetti showers at the Times Square Ball Drop to spending the evening dressed to the nines at a cocktail party, you can get as fancy (or relaxed) as you want. If you need help planning your New Years Eve read this.
  • New York Road Runners Midnight (New Years Eve) Run: If working out on the dance floor isn’t your style, why not work out with a run through Central Park to ring in the New Year. Entry costs $70 for the 4 mile race. Registration taking place on NYRR’s website.

In Conclusion: The Best Seasons in New York City

I want to end this article by encouraging you to visit whenever you want to! The best time to visit New York City is when you’re ready and interested. I made this ranking of the best time to visit NYC based off generalizations. I have no way of knowing if your interests!

Regardless of the season, New York City will be magical and ready for you whenever you decide the time is right. Plus, the city isn’t going anywhere, so you can always come back in a different season.


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Tips for Visiting NYC for the First Time

  • The subway is the best way to get around: Taxis, Ubers and Lyfts are convenient but taking them everywhere will tally up a tab. The subway is the way to go. For only $2.90 you can get just about anywhere you need to go.
  • Use the restroom when you can: This is a New York City travel tip I can’t stress enough — restrooms are hard to come by! Plan ahead and use the restroom at restaurants you’re patronizing or attractions you’re visiting. If all else fails, your next best bet is to run into the nearest mall.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are a must: The subway is an efficient mode of transportation but it won’t drop you off at the door. You will be doing a lot of walking. You’re going to want shoes that will keep your feet comfortable, you’ll be getting those steps in, I guarantee it.

Interested in more tips? Then consider reading 20 HELPFUL Tips for Visiting New York City (Written By a Life-Long Local).


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What’s the Best Time to Travel to New York City? (Post Summary)

In sum, the best time to visit New York City is fall, hands down.

  1. Fall
  2. Spring
  3. Winter
  4. Summer

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Best Time to Visit NYC:

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cheapest month to go to NYC?

January tends to be the cheapest month to visit New York City, as it follows the holiday season, resulting in lower hotel rates and fewer crowds, but be prepared for potentially cold weather.

What is the most expensive month to visit New York?

December is often the most expensive month to visit New York City due to holiday festivities, increased demand for accommodations, and higher prices for attractions and events.

What is the rainiest month in New York City?

On average, the rainiest month in New York City is typically May, with higher precipitation levels and occasional showers throughout the month.

What month is busy in New York?

December is typically a busy month in New York City due to holiday events, shopping, and tourists flocking to see iconic sights such as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and holiday window displays, resulting in increased crowds and activity throughout the city.

What’s the coldest month in New York?

The coldest month in New York City is typically January, with average temperatures often dropping below freezing, accompanied by occasional snowfall and icy conditions.

What is the sunniest month in New York?

On average, July tends to be the sunniest month in New York City, with longer daylight hours and clear skies contributing to abundant sunshine and warm temperatures ideal for outdoor activities.

What month does NYC get warm?

New York City typically starts to get warm in May, with temperatures rising and springtime blooms emerging, leading into the warmer summer months of June, July, and August when temperatures are consistently high.


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