These events aside March is a fairly quiet time of year in New York City. Some families do visit during their March Break, though this is not a common vacation in the greater New York area (aside from universities), so the place isn't overrun with visitors. You'll have short lines for attractions, and it's easy to get restaurant reservations.
New York City's weather is temperamental in March. It can be rainy and cold, but you can also be lucky and get some beautiful spring weather. The first signs of spring are a special time in New York City; the entire city is full of energy and excitement. It's fun to participate in and observe.
- Average High: 50°F (10°C)
- Average Low: 35°F (2°C)
- March tends to be rainy, but for the most part, temperatures stay above freezing
- There is an average of over 4 inches of precipitation in March
What to Wear
- Pack an umbrella; you'll be happy to have it when it starts to rain. Don't fret if you forget one though, because as soon as it starts to rain you'll find you can buy one on every street corner for $5 or so.
- A waterproof jacket or trench coat is recommended. While umbrellas are helpful, nothing compares with a good raincoat. In a pinch you can pick up a poncho at any NYC drug store (i.e. CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid) and while you're unlikely to win any fashion contests wearing one, you can toss it when the rain is done and it will keep your backpack or purse covered as well.
- Pack sweaters and long pants to wear; it can be cool, particularly at night and when it's wet, it feels even colder.
- Closed toe shoes, comfortable for walking and water-resistant if possible. You'll need them if there is a spring snowstorm (these have been common in recent years!)
- Cooler weather continues to make bargain accommodations and flights to New York City available
- March is typically less crowded than April and May
- St Patrick's Day is celebrated enthusiastically by New Yorkers of every persuasion with a highly attended annual parade and Irish pubs being quite crowded on March 17.
- Less likely to have travel troubles due to snow than in January and February
- Possible rainy, chilly weather.
Good to Know
- Many American universities have a week of vacation in March called "Spring Break" and while many students head to the beach, college students often visit New York City.