VISITING NEW YORK CITY 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: 41 F (5C)
- Average Overnight Temperatures: 29 F (-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
NYC 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
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 February
Check out the following list of ideas for fun things to do in New York in February:
1. The Chinese New Year
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.
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.