When is the Best Time to Visit New York?
October - December: Autumn marks the beginning of the cultural season – theatre, ballet, and opera are in full swing. The subsequent rush results in higher prices for flights to New York City, hotels, and everything else.
The lead-up to Christmas always feels more crowded in the city, as New York natives and visitors alike flock to the East Coast’s premier shopping destination. It is incomparably festive, though – try ice skating at one of the city’s many outdoor rinks – and New York’s cultural gravitas really shows itself over this period.
Equally, New Year in New York is legendary. If you’re there for the big night, make sure to be in a spot where you can see the famous fireworks, even if you don’t make it to Times Square for the countdown.
April - September: The climate is great during these months, which draws hordes of tourists, but great deals on hotels and cheap flights to New York are available. During the summer there are many free outdoor entertainment opportunities. Months from July to September get hot in the city. Outdoor attractions such as the US Tennis Open in Queens and open-air theatres in the Central Park are where most visitors like to escape the heat weekends are quieter as New Yorkers head out of to the city when they can.
May to June offers up the best of the weather: springtime warmth, without the stuffiness of a city summer. Additionally, the New York Fashion Week takes place in both September and March – fashionistas might want to head over then to see a piece of the action live.
Whilst nothing can keep the visitors away around the December holidays, the city itself is quieter from mid-January until late February. After the rush of the sales ends, there is less going on, so deals on cheap flights to New York and hotels may be most easily found around then – even at late notice. New York winters (December to February) are very cold and windy. The good news is that, other than Valentine’s Day, this is the most affordable time to take a flight to New York and get a good hotel deal.
Every traveller returning from New York will come home with a different experience – be it a cultural awakening or a gratifying shopping trip. The city is home to iconic US landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower as well as quintessential New York attractions: Central Park, Fifth Avenue and Times Square.
After you find a cheap flight to New York, getting around is quite easy, with the subway being the most economical and best way to explore the city. Although the diverse neighbourhoods may seem daunting to explore, New York City in general exudes a personality that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. One neighbourhood in particular that has put its personality on the map is Williamsburg in Brooklyn. A short ride on the L train will give you a feel for old New York, but with a trendy turn towards fashion, underground distilleries and street art galore.
Brits making their first New York flight will find that shopping can be a major draw due to the dollar’s relative weakness to the pound sterling. Fifth Avenue is the luxury shopping mecca of New York City, but there is plenty of vintage and boutique shopping to be had in Soho, along lower Broadway, Meatpacking and of course, in Brooklyn.