A trip to the Big Apple is all about sightseeing, city life, and must-do’s. When is the best time to visit? Unlike many popular destinations, New York City doesn’t have a clear peak and off-peak season, so it depends on what you want to do and see. We break it down for you in this 101 to New York weather, flight prices, and major events and attractions.
The first thing to note is that over their winter, New York gets seriously cold. It’s a nice break from the sweltering South African sun but the average low temperature in January is a chilly -3 degrees, so you’ll need to prepare for ice and snow if you want to visit over this time. If you want a truly Hollywood experience then December is, of course, quite magical thanks to festive season cheer – you’ve seen it millions of times in the movies, and there’s nothing more Christmassy than a snowy Time Square or ice skating in front of a huge Christmas tree. Another benefit of the winter season is that although it’s cold, you don’t get too much rain.
You’ll pay a premium for flights at over the Christmas holidays though, so book as far in advance as you can (or keep your fingers crossed for an amazing special a couple of months beforehand) to try and keep costs down. To avoid the crowds, January and February are the best choices – plus you’ll benefit from cheaper room rates!
If you’re more of a ‘run in Central Park followed by an al fresco dinner’ than a winter wonderland type, then you’ll want to go while the weather is warm and the days are long; June or July are your best bet with temperatures in the comfortable mid-twenties. It’s warm enough for a t-shirt, but not so hot that you’ll struggle to spend a day walking around seeing the sights. August is warm too, but it can get very humid. Still, if you’re used to humid weather or just absolutely can’t get enough of the heat, August is a good time to visit NYC as well.
Late July and early August also sees NYC host one of two annual restaurant weeks, where you are given the opportunity to dine at some of the city’s best restaurants at a fraction of the usual price, so foodies are in for a real treat. The other week? Late January or early February, usually. If you’re someone who loves to eat out and try new food, this is an incredible opportunity to do it in one of the world’s foremost dining cities without breaking the bank.
When someone said that New York was the city that never sleeps, they weren’t joking! If you’re someone who loves to go out and about to events, festivals and shows, then NYC is your dream destination. Any time of year, you’ll find that there’s something exciting going on – but there are some incredible events that you might want to plan your trip around. February features New York Fashion Week and the Lunar New Year, both of which are renowned across the world. The TriBeCa film festival hits streets in March, whereas August visitors will get to experience the US Open, one of tennis’ premier events. The 4th of July fireworks are always spectacular – but the event that must be one of New York’s most iconic is undoubtedly November’s Thanksgiving Day parade. For a celebration of all things truly American, you really can’t do much better.
New York is an all-year destination, and whatever month you choose to visit will delight you, no doubt. If you’re visiting for the best of weather, fashion, food, prices, or atmosphere though, you’ll want to pick carefully to make sure that you get the best out of the world’s most loved city. Hopefully, these tips have helped you decide when you want to plan your trip to the Big Apple. Itching to book? Flight Centre can help with that!