When is the best time to travel to New York?

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You’re thinking about going to New York but you don’t know when to do it? Calm down! Because in this post we want to talk to you about the best time to travel to New York, about the weather in New York and about all those other things that influence choosing one time or another to travel to New York: interesting events, low and high seasons, prices, etc… What is the best time to travel to New York? Let’s start!

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When is the best time to travel to New York? What you need to know

We always tell you in this kind of posts that the best time to travel to New York is the one you choose, because there is no bad time.

There are only better times for one type of traveler or worse times for another. But don’t worry, because at the end of this post we will give you our opinion.

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In any case, in this post we want to make a general analysis focused mainly on the most important aspects for first time travelers to New York, not only on the weather.

For example, we also think it is essential that you know that in high season you will find queues at the main attractions or that the city will be crowded with people.

Focusing for the moment only on the weather, if you live in Spain, you should know that the weather in New York is quite similar to ours, except that in winter it is much colder and snow is very common from January to March.

In general, the summer is just as scorching as in central Spain but much more humid (let’s not forget that New York is a coastal city). In fact, August is one of the rainiest months.

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The weather in New York month by month

After this short summary of what the weather is like in general in New York, we will analyze the temperatures and humidity month by month, so that you have a little more idea of what the best/worst months are (considering only the weather).

In this simple climogram you have the most important weather events of each month and in addition the color of each month indicates its average temperature (blue for cold temperatures, green for mild and temperate and orange for warmer ones).

The weather and prices in New York month by month

January and February. The first two months of the year are very cold (you can experience temperatures as low as -10 degrees) and snowfalls are common. However, it is a time when travelling to New York is really cheap. If you want to save money on your trip, it can be an interesting time for you. However, keep in mind that you will have very few hours of light (between 9 and 10 hours).
March. In March it is still cold but it is much more ‘bearable’ than the previous two months and it is also easy to find bargains.
April. The temperatures stop being cold (around 10-15 degrees) but it is a month, in general, quite rainy. Also, if Easter falls in this month the prices go up.
May. The days are much longer and the temperatures much warmer (between 15 and 20 degrees), but watch out! It usually rains a lot in May too. From this month onwards, the prices of flights and accommodation start to rise.
June. The heat is already starting to get quite hot (it’s easy to go over 25 degrees) but it’s true that it’s compensated with a lot of hours of light. It’s quite probable that in June your trip will cost you almost twice as much as in February, so you’ll have to look hard to find deals.
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September. In this month the temperatures start to soften and it is a very pleasant time to visit the city because it is not so hot (between 15 and 20 degrees) and the humidity is less annoying, but keep in mind that the prices will still be high (although not as high as the rest of the summer).
October. The city begins to empty and the temperatures are perfect for sightseeing (between 10 and 18 degrees). Also in October you will find it easier to find some bargains in flight and accommodation, but keep in mind that you will have less daylight hours.
November. In November it starts to get cooler (temperatures drop to 8 or 10 degrees) so you will have to visit the city warmly. Also, the days start to be quite short. You will find it easy to find flights and accommodation at an affordable price (although not as much as in February).
December. In the last month of the year it starts to get quite cold (below 5 degrees) and the prices usually rise quite a lot because of the leisure offer in the city thanks to Christmas.

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Sunsets in New York

During your trip to New York you will experience (I am sure) spectacular sunsets, so it is important that you know what time they will occur. To be clear, you can keep an eye on this website.

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When is the best time to travel to New York? Important events in New York

And now that we’ve talked about the weather, let’s talk about something that’s also very important when you’re deciding which season is best for traveling to New York.

Because in addition to the weather, in New York the seasons and the cultural and leisure events are very important for those who come with them. Very attentive!

🛍 ️ January. It’s sales season, so you won’t have any trouble finding bargains in your favourite shops in the city. There is also Broadway Week, which makes it much easier to find cheap tickets for a musical or play.

❤ ❤ February. The month of love can be a good time to visit the city. You can also experience the Chinese New Year (although it depends on the year) or Fashion Week.

🏀 March. It can be a great month to enjoy the beginning of spring in the city or to take advantage of the last days on the ice rinks. You can also attend an NBA or ice hockey game.

🌼 April. In April flowers are the big stars in the city, but we can’t forget that baseball season is starting and Luna Park in Coney Island is opening.

🌳 May. It’s the perfect time to enjoy New York’s parks, whether it’s a walk, bike ride, picnic or an outdoor movie session. You can also head over to Governors Island (normally open May 1st).
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🎭 July. As it is quite hot during this time of year, it is a good time to enjoy cultural activities indoors (and with air conditioning) such as museums or Broadway theatres.

🎾 August. The sweltering heat of this month does not prevent the celebration of Restaurant Week (a week full of offers and discounts in hotels and restaurants) or the beginning of US Open Tennis.

🏉 September. This month marks the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the Festival of San Gennaro in Little Italy. In September there is also Broadway Week and the NFL starts, so you can attend some football games.

🎃 October. October 31st is Halloween and all the houses and shops in the city are filled with terrifyingly beautiful decorations. There are special Halloween dishes and drinks in restaurants and cafes from several days before and lots of culture to dress up that night. It is also a great time to visit the city’s parks, which are dyed orange, red and brown.

🥧 November. The fourth Thursday of November is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, so it can be very curious to spend that night in the city and enjoy the parade. November also sees the celebration of the New York City Marathon, Black Friday and the opening of the main ice skating rinks.

🎄 December. This is one of the most special months in New York: Rockefeller Christmas lights on, Christmas decorations everywhere, New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Christmas markets or the Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Hall…

So, what’s the best time to travel to New York?

If we stick to everything we’ve been telling you throughout this post, the worst times to travel to New York would be: July and August (because of the suffocating heat) and January and February (because of the extreme cold and snow).

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But you came here to be told the best time to travel to New York, so that’s what we’re going to do.

For us, the best time to travel to New York is between mid-September and early November. Why? Mainly because of two things: mild temperatures, less crowding, more affordable prices and beautiful foliage on the trees in Central Park and the rest of the city.

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You know we try to run away from the crowds, so we wouldn’t travel to New York in the summer or at Christmas. This doesn’t mean that you should do the same or that the rest of the seasons are not cool, just that we are called less, although we think the end of March and April can also be a great option (spring in Central Park has to be great).

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