New York in July

Visiting New York in

July

Visiting New York City in July is an amazing American experience from spending the day in Central Park to watching the Manhattan skyline light up in celebration of the nation's birthday. Many locals have headed for the mountains and the shores leaving it a little easier for tourists to get to all the things to do in New York City in July. NYC weather in July is predictably hotter than June, and you will find the end of the month noticeably hotter than the beginning.

What to expect

Wetter

  • Average Daytime Temperatures: 82F (27C)
  • Average Overnight Temperatures: 65F (18C)
  • Sunny or partly sunny days: 21
  • Rainy days: 7-10, 3 with significant rainfall

What to wear

  • Light summer clothes will do well for the most of the time
  • Pack a windbreaker or light jacket for layering when it gets colder in the evening
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses – protect yourself from the sun
  • 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 July

Because of the weather, New York sees a shortage of visitors in January. This means that flights will be cheaper with more available times. January is a unique time to visit NYC where the city isn't completely overrun by tourists.

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

Subway

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.

Taxis

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 July

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

1. Visit NYC Iconic Landmarks

Celebrate the birth of the nation's largest city by visiting a few historic landmarks. You will find a wealth of attractions that speak of the city's storied past. Learn the dynamic history of this amazing city with a specialized New York Historical Tour. They can even help you created your own custom tour.

2. Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a means for millions to travel from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn and also one of the city's most quintessential structures. Officially opening in 1883, it was once the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere and is the subject of many paintings and photographs. You can drive, walk, or bike over the bridge, but it's best to go early or late to avoid the crowds. Take a rest at the City Hall Park on the Manhattan side and admire Lady Liberty in the distance.

3. Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a familiar sight in the distance from New York's Harbor, but the month of America's birthday is the perfect time for an up-close visit to Lady Liberty. Choose from several tours and consider purchasing special Crown tickets in advance. You will get a panoramic view of New York harbor as well as be able to admire the beauty of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s creation of France's gift to America. You will need to be at least four feet tall and in good physical shape for the climb. Either way, be sure to visit the museum on Liberty Island.

4. Fourth of July Events in NYC

Like anywhere, fireworks displays take center stage on the Fourth, and the nation's largest city has the biggest and best. There are many strategic viewing points to see the fireworks from Brooklyn to Manhattan to Queens. The key is picking your spot in advance and arriving early. Consider other ways to see the spectacular show including the following.

5. Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm

Attend an all-American Barbeque with a view at the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Get a closeup view of Macy's fireworks after a cookout and follow up with a dance party.

6. East River State Park

Enjoy a great view of Macy's fireworks at this seven-acre waterfront park in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. This park is free and open to the public with a great view of Manhattan’s skyline set in plenty of green space for picnicking and barbeques.

7. Fourth of July Evening Cruises

Since Macy's fireworks are set off from barges along the East River, the ultimate view is aboard a river cruise. There are a variety of great cruises available. Choose from packages that offer drinks, dinner, music, and dancing.

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 Statue of Liberty 3
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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. With every sightseeing pass purchased on this site we offer a $40 credit voucher, valid for many of best NYC Broadways shows

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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 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Whitney Museum of American ArtorMuseum of the City of New York.

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