New York in November

Visiting New York in


November is a really entertaining month to visit New York City. It starts with the New York City Marathon, features the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and, by the end of the month, NYC gets transformed into a holiday- spirited wonderland, with a hug Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and plenty of holiday window displays all over the city. Tourist season starts to pick up at the end of the month, so be prepared for crowds around major tourist attractions.

What to expect


  • Average Daytime Temperatures: 55F (13C)
  • Average Overnight Temperatures: 42F (6C)
  • Sunny or partly sunny days: 18
  • Rainy days: 8-12, 4 with significant rainfall

What to wear

  • Pack an umbrella, you will be happy to have it when it starts to rain.
  • Dress in layers – in can be cool particularly in the mornings and evenings, especially on the observation decks
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, closed toe shoes and water resistant, so you can enjoy your walking tours, as well as something a bit more fanciful for the nightlife.

New York Prices in November

Prices pick up in the second part of the month so if you are coming around Thanksgiving plan well in advance as best locations disappear very quickly.

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 November

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

1. NY Food Tours

Let food be your guide. Just a few of the food tours featured are the Chinatown Food Tour, Lower East Side Food Tour, and the Greenwich Village Food Tour. Taste popular foods that each neighborhood is known for. Eat and be merry while learning a little NYC history. It's perfect cold NYC weather in November for enjoying some warm grub.

2. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

One of the biggest events the City has to offer. On November 22, 2018, the 91st annual parade will start at Central Park West and West 77th Street, head down Central Park West and travel east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue. From there the procession will move south on Sixth Avenue from West 59th Street to West 34th Street, ending in front of the Macy's flagship store in Herald Square.

3. Big Apple Fim Festival

Another November happening is the Big Apple Film Festival. This don't miss event is celebrating its fifteenth year in New York City. BAFF as it's known to locals, showcases films from NYC's independent filmmakers as well as films from across the US and the world. Voted by MovieMaker Magazine as "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals." This festival honors a diverse group of New York City's writers, actors, filmmakers, and artists who've influenced independent filmmaking.

4. The Start of the Festive Seasons

Festive fun-filled events ramp up for New York City in November as temperatures chill down. There's everything from securing a good seat on the parade route for the Macy's Parade to ice skating at Rockefeller Center. These fun November events are in no short supply. Jollification is a welcome diversion from the hectic day to day of the holidays. Don't forget to stop and smell the sugar cookies with some family-friendly functions.

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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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