VISITING NEW YORK CITY IN
Spring is in full swing in New York City in May. The pastel colors of early
spring have turned to brilliant in NYC parks. Since NYC weather in May is
at its best, the list of things to do in New York in May includes lots of
outdoor activities. The city clears out a little on the weekends as
residents take off for surrounding beaches. This is the perfect month to
discover the streets and neighborhoods of NYC.
What to expect
- Average Daytime Temperatures: 70 F (22C)
- Average Overnight Temperatures: 55 F (12C)
- Sunny or partly sunny days: 19
- Rainy days: 7-9, 3 with significant rainfall
What to wear
- Dress in layers and include a light jacket you can shed as the day warms
- pack a heavier coat for going out in the evenings
- sunglasses or umbrella – best to check in the morning on your weather app
- Wear comfortable walking shoes, closed toe shoes and water resistant if possible, you will be happy you did in the evening
NYC Prices in May
Hotel prices are slowly rising with the spring temps, but you can still
find some good deals if you book ahead. Don't forget about the major
holidays in May when planning a visit. Prices will be much higher at the
end of May close to the Memorial Day long weekend.
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 May
Check out the following list of ideas for fun things to do in New York in May:
1. New York City Parks
Visitors new to New York are often surprised to learn that there
are over 1,700 green spaces called parks located across the five
boroughs. Central Park, the granddaddy of them all is a whopping
843 acres of thousands of trees smack in the middle of Manhattan.
May is a good time to spend some time on the shore of the Lake at
72nd Street at the Loeb Boathouse near Bethesda Fountain. Rent a
rowboat, take a gondola tour, or head for the outdoor bar for a
2. Cinco de Mayo
The best way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is sitting down to great
Mexican food and Margaritas. The Cantina Rooftop in Midtown
Manhattan has it covered along with a great view and good prices.
Their chef traveled through Mexico for a year collecting all the
best recipes. Enjoy dishes like tostadas and empanadas among
twinkling city lights. It's really popular, so book in advance.
3. Mother's Day Celebrations
New York City is the site of many traditional Mother's Day brunches.
One of the best is the Queens Botanical Garden farm-to-table brunch.
Mom and the members of her party will enjoy a fresh menu by local
caterers. There are two sessions: one at 10 am and another at 1 pm.
Before or after brunch, take a stroll and enjoy this living museum.
The New York Botanical Garden honors Mom with a fabulous Weekend
Garden Party. It features food trucks, live music, games, and more.
May is perfect for picnicking on the grounds.
One of the most popular Mother's Day brunches is a yacht brunch on
the Hudson River. Treat Mom to free-flowing mimosas or sangria, a
delicious brunch, and live jazz. It's offered by Hornblower Cruises
at their Pier 40 location in West Village.
4. Memorial Day Celebrations
New York loves to honor those who have served their country in
times of war. You will find a spirited parade to attend in all of
the five boroughs. The largest is the Little Neck-Douglaston parade
in Queens. Brooklyn's Memorial Day Parade is the oldest. It begins
at 78th Street and Third Avenue. Manhattan's Inwood has a smaller
parade which travels from Dyckman Street and Broadway.
5. Fleet Week
Fleet week is a seven-day celebration that coincides with Memorial
Day. It honors the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. The
party kicks off with the impressive Parade of Ships, a fleet of
tall ships and visiting vessels on the Hudson River. Military
demonstrations and more shows plenty of New York patriotism.
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.