As long as you don't think about St. Patrick's Day, March is a fairly quiet time of year in New York City. Some families do visit during their March Break, though this is not a common vacation in the greater New York area (aside from universities), so the place isn't overrun with visitors.
- Average High: 50°F (10°C)
- Average Low: 35°F (2°C)
- March tends to be rainy, but for the most part, temperatures stay above freezing
- there is an average of over 4 inches of precipitation in March
What to Wear:
- pack an umbrella -- you'll be happy to have it when it starts to rain.
- a waterproof jacket or trench coat is recommended -- while umbrellas are helpful, nothing compares with a good raincoat
- pack sweaters and long pants to wear -- it can be cool, particularly at night and when it's wet, it feels even colder
- closed toe shoes, comfortable for walking and water-resistant if possible
- cooler weather continues to make bargain accommodations and flights to New York City available
- March is typically less crowded than April and May
- St Patrick's Day is celebrated enthusiastically by New Yorkers of every persuasion, with Irish pubs being quite crowded on March 17
- less likely to have travel troubles due to snow than in January and February
- the Easter Parade is a great chance to have an "only in New York" experience
- rainy, chilly weather
Good to Know:
- Many American universities have a week of vacation in March called "Spring Break" -- while many students head to the beach, college students often visit New York City if they live nearby.
- Easter Weekend can mean closings on the Friday before Easter, as well as on Easter Sunday. However, Easter Monday, which is often a holiday in Europe, is not commonly observed and will have little impact on stores, restaurants and New York City institutions.