When is the Best Time to Visit NYC?

Tourists around the world are lured by the thrill of having a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And what do many many of them do? They flock to New York City, in the millions. Clogging the streets and hogging the sidewalks, and making some New Yorkers hate the things they love the most. Here we are going to reveal to you the best time to visit the Big Apple.

But, let’s start off with the weather. The weather in New York City is great, it’s warm in the summer, cold in the winter, lovely in spring and beautiful during the fall. That’s about it, and yes, the weather in New York City does have its extremes. When New York City is hot, it can get sweltering hot, but at night, it tends to cool down, and the many outdoor activities make for a welcoming tonic for the heat.

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Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
credit: Will

Summer

New York City is jam-packed during the summers, especially because of the many free performances. From NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks to Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks and Harlem Week, tourists who decide to head out to New York City during the summer season have much to look forward to , like these for instance:

Between the months of June and August, SummerStage has been the City’s preeminent outdoor concert series for the past 30 years now. Tourists get to enjoy over a hundred free performances to fund a number of benefits and charities. From reading from famous authors to partying with bands from around the world, the festival makes for a great outing and has even expanded to all five boroughs, so finding it shouldn’t be a problem. “Celebrate Brooklyn” and “Museum Mile Collection” are also two popular summertime must see events which simple have to be experienced by all those visiting New York City during the summer.

Winter

While snowfall spans from November to April, snowfall reaches its peak during the month of February. Winter season is also chock-full of many events for tourists, from fantastic art exhibitions to the very best of activities for the whole family. Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, and plenty of food and drink at the various holiday markets on Union Square, Grand Central, and Central Park. If you happen to be visiting Madison Square Garden in December, you can enjoy star-studded concerts such as Jingle Ball, The Winter Solstice concert, and other major events, the ticket prices are a bit steep though. You can then laugh your way into the New Year at the New Year’s Eve Comedy Festival.

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Central Park in the winter
credit: Ralph Hockens

Spring

Spring is the season that is known for bringing New Yorkers to life. Those who are visiting New York City in spring will be able to enjoy concerts, festivals and, of course, the smell the flowers. No visit to New York during March would be complete without experiencing the St. Patty’s Day parade. The annual spectacle attracts over two million onlookers who come to enjoy the event which is older than the United States. From events such as The Black Party and the Tribeca Film Festival to the Macy’s Flower Show and the New York Spring Spectacular, there is something for everyone in New York City during Spring.

Ending Note

The best part of visiting New York City is that every season brings with it its own advantages, which is what makes NYC the ultimate year-round destination.

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