VISITING NEW YORK CITY IN
August is the beginning of the end of summer. Whether it's one last splurge
or your first long-awaited summer vacation, New York City in August will be
an unforgettable get-away. NYC weather in August is at its warmest. The
average high temperature in New York in August is in the mid-80s, but the
humidity can often make it feel warmer.
What to expect
- Average Daytime Temperatures: 82 F (27C)
- Average Overnight Temperatures: 68 F (20C)
- Sunny or partly sunny days: 21
- Rainy days: 7-10, 3 with significant rainfall
What to wear
- Pack loose-fitting light clothing
- Don’t forget sunscreen, hat and sunglasses – protect yourself from the sun
- carry a bottle of water with you
- small umbrella might be handy for those cloudy days with possible showers
- light jacket for indoors, New Yorkers like their air-con a lot
NYC Prices in August
You will also notice hotel prices beginning to drop a little this time of
the year. It’s a good time to plan your family visit, little bit easier
for the budget than in July and almost guaranteed weather.
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
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
Getting around New York City
NYC 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.
Things to do in NYC in August
Check out the following list of ideas for fun things to do in New York in August:
1. Summer Street
For three Saturdays in August, the city closes the main thoroughfares
to vehicles of any kind from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. This gives you
seven miles of open streets to explore the city. Go on foot or rent
a bike and take a cruise before the day heats up. Summer Streets
begins at the Brooklyn Bridge and continues on to Central Park
along Park Avenue and connecting streets. Plan a trip as long or
short as you wish.
2. Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk
There's a theory that the locals are tired of the beach by August.
Test it and cool off with a day at Coney Island. Three miles of
sandy beaches and a sea breeze is the perfect respite from the
steamy city. Coney Island also has recreational opportunities for
volleyball, handball, and basketball with open courts. The amusement
rides and boardwalk provide more fun.
3. Free Shakespeare in Central Park
The annual Shakespeare in the Park festival begins in mid-July and
continues through the first half of August. Getting the free tickets
can be tricky, but it is a unique event and worth the effort. It's
where some superb actors like Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, and
Al Pacino got their start. The show begins in the cool of the
evening at 8 p.m.
4. Harlem Week
One of the most popular August events in New York City, Harlem
week lasts an entire month. Learn the local history and culture
through performances, tributes, sports events, and a special
children's festival. Go self-guided or pick a walking or food tour.
5. Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
This annual event takes place at Flushing-Meadows Corona Park on a
weekend around mid-August. The free festival lets you experience a
little of the culture of Hong Kong while exploring the borough of
Queens. Over 170 teams race long boats on huge Lake Meadows as they
paddle to the beat of the boat's drummer. Afterwards, enjoy music,
dance, and martial arts performances. Food vendors are on-site
selling delicious Asian cuisine.
6. NYC Rooftop Bars
Cool off after sunset at one of the city's many rooftop bars.
Sipping a signature cocktail amid warm breezes and twinkling lights
will have you falling in love with New York. One of the best is the
Strand Hotel's 21-st floor bar with a perfect view of the Empire
State Building. To the left is the lit-up crown of Langham Place on
Fifth Avenue, and to the right is the sparkling double-fin roof of
For an eclectic mix of Old New York and the future, end the day at
the St. Cloud Lounge atop the historic Knickerbocker Hotel. The hotel
was once a haunt of elites like F. Scott Fitzgerald and John D.
Rockefeller. Today the outdoor space has plushy "sky pods" built
into the corners of the roof and wood floors with a metallic finish.
Rainy Day Options in NYC
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. With every sightseeing pass purchased on this site
we offer a $40 credit voucher, valid for many of best NYC Broadways shows -
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
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Whitney Museum of American Art orMuseum of the City of New York.