New York in February

Visiting New York in


With year-around events and fun and historical attractions, New York City offers something for everyone any time of the year. Visiting NYC in February can be opportune as it will not be as crowded as during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it will not be as hot as during the summer months. Late February can enjoy slightly higher temperatures in the mid-40s. There is an average of three snow days, wherein there is a snowfall of at least one inch.

What to expect


  • Average Daytime Temperatures: 41F (5C)
  • Average Overnight Temperatures: 29F (-2C)
  • Sunny or partly sunny days: 17
  • Rainy days: 9-10, 3 with significant rainfall

What to wear

  • Be sure to dress in layers with warm boots, mittens and ear muffs
  • A solid winter jacket and a hat will help top everything off
  • The stores will be warm, but the streets may be cold and possibly windy or snowy

New York Prices in February

February is a good time to visit New York City on a budget because the hotel prices are lower, as this is more of an off-season time in the city. The crowds are lower, and while it can still be pretty chilly, you will be warmed by the great deals on lodging. If you are flying in, there are also discounts on flights.

Book your flights and accommodation in advance for best prices, midtown & times square are the most popular choices, but there are plenty of other options, especially in Brooklyn with convenient transport options to Manhattan attractions.

Planning your trip is a key to a balanced budget, use free online resources like our maps & guide or the itinerary tool, if you are going to visit some iconic attractions, get a sightseeing pass, it will easily save you 50% on regular admission prices – see more

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Getting around

New York is easy to navigate, but if you can't walk to your destination there are plenty of options


The quickest way to travel around, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from as low as $2.75 per ride, with stops usually every 8-10 blocks.


If the top taxi number is illuminated it's available, minimum metered fare is $2.50, which increases 50 cents every fifth of a mile or every minute.

Hop on, Hop off Buses

These buses connect major attractions all over the city and provide many photo opportunities, it's also a good way to catch a break or eat your sandwich while still sightseeing.

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Things to do in February

Check out the following list of ideas for fun things to do in New York in February:

1. New York City Parks

For 2019, Chinese New Year is the year of the Pig and begins February 5 and lasts through February 19. Every year New York City is host to two main iconic Chinese New Year's festivals: the New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival and the Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. There will also be many other activities during the holiday's two-week celebration.

2. Valentine's Day

New York City is a great place to visit to celebrate this romantic holiday with a loved one. Some popular activities for Valentine's Day include renewing vows and taking a picture in front of the heart sculpture at the Love in Times Square event, enjoying hot chocolate, hors d'oeuvres, jazz and tales of mythology while attending Romance Under the stars at Hayden Planetarium and listening to romantic music from 19th-century composers at the Merchant's House Museum for Love in the Parlors. The Sweetheart Soiree features dancing, light refreshments and cocktails at the Norwood Mansion for elegant entertainment, and couples can take a romantic dinner cruise on the Hudson River, viewing the sights of New York City on a Hornblower Yacht.

3. Other February events

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is in February and will have events at Piers 92 and 94 during the day and evening events such as best-in-show at Madison Square Garden. The whole family will have a blast skating to soul music at the Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party at Lasker Rink in Central Park, and there will be a bake sales, skating demonstrations and music. There will be a winter carnival at Bryant park in February, and it will have a DJ, skating, winter sports and games, a brew house and puppet shows.

4. Significant sites in New York City

Visiting the various attractions in New York City are among the many intriguing things to do in New York in February. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are wonderful locations that have a deep historical significance. Ellis Island is particularly fascinating, with photos, informational exhibits and plaques on the immigrants who came through the island, plus an interesting collection of personal letters from donors from the Statue of Liberty fund raiser in the 1980s.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest and most extensive museums in the world and possesses more than two million works of art. And of course Central Park is a place that you must visit while in New York City, with its many beautiful trails, gardens and the iconic ice skating rink.

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Rainy Day Options in New York

Broadway Shows

Taking a Broadway show will chase away any rainy day blues during your visit to New York City. It might not be possible to get last minute tickets to every show, but you can find something a couple of hours before the show starts by visiting the box office of the theatre.

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NYC Museums

Your weather app says it’s going to be raining the whole day? Head over to one of the best NYC Museums. Whether your interest is in art, science or city history, there’s something for everyone in just about every neighbourhood. Pick from MoMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New YorkorEl Museo del Barrio.

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