I grew up in New Jersey. One of the greatest things about growing up where I did was the close vicinity to New York City. Although I would never claim local status, I had the luxury of experiencing the concrete jungle at different times of the year. Each season has something different to offer. In the Summer you’ll enjoy free events, concerts, baseball games and an exciting nightlife. Fall time in New York offers visitors with cooler temperatures, fall foliage, sporting events and fewer crowds. Winter in New York is a magical wonderland with an unmatched holiday cheer and Spring gives visitors a chance to enjoy the outdoors without dealing with the heat. Here’s a few of my favorite things to do for tourists, locals and New Jersians a like:
Summertime and the living is easy in New York. With so many free activities and concerts it’s quite possible to visit New York on a shoestring budget.
- Central Park Summerstage Concert Guide: This series features different music events, dance and spoken words performances throughout the summer. The park is an outdoor venue located at Rumsey Playfield. For more information visit: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/
- 2012 Bryans Park Movie Schedule: Bring your blankets and enjoy movies on a giant screen on Mondays from June- August. Films begin at sunset, between 8-9p.m. but you can claim your spot at early as 5 p.m. For more information, call: 212-512-5700.
- Beaches: Escape the heat of the city and head to a popular beach like Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach Park or Breezy Point Beach.
- Museum Mile Festival: On June 12, visit all of the museums on 5th avenue for free.
As temperatures drop and leaves start to change, Fall is one of the best times to visit New York. Crowds leave and you have a good chance of finding cheaper flights, hotels and travel accommodations.
- : This festival is worth planning a trip around. From Sept. 13-23, 2012 you’ll enjoy a little glimpse into Italian life in one of the most preserved parts of New York: Little Italy. Enjoy traditional Italian foods like tiramisu, gelato and sausage and peppers. For more information visit: www.sangennaro.org/
- NY Marathon: Even if you don’t compete in the marathon, the first Sunday in November is fun for both fans and participants.
- Pizza Tours: Fall is the best time to enjoy a delicious hot piece of New York pizza, or five. There are several Pizza tours around the city, including Scotts Pizza tour which goes to Brooklyn, Greenwich Village and even has a bus tour.
Winter in New York is a magical time to visit the top tourist spots in New York. Remember to bundle up because when you mix cold temperatures, wind and humidity you’ll experience a cold like never before.
- Ice Skate at Rockefeller Center: The Rockefeller center ice rink is in the middle of all the action and is a quintessential NYC winter experience. Adult admission is typically $10-19 and children are $7.50-12.50, not including skate rentals. An added bonus is that you’ll see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree from a whole new angle.
- Broadway Shows: Broadway plays or musicals like the Christmas Story will add to your New York experience.
- Time Square: Visiting Time Square to experience the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps.
- Holiday Windows: Department stores like Lord & Taylor, Barneys, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Ave., all put on beautiful displays in their windows that aren’t to be missed. You can also go inside for some holiday shopping.
As the winter turns warm again Spring time in New York brings a new energy and life to the city. Surviving a winter in New York will make even the kindest soul a bit bitter, and much like the snow melts off so do the remnants of the attitudes.
- Guided Tours: Some popular guided New York Tours include bike tours, food tours, walking tours and bus tours. Get to see all of the things with guide that knows interesting tid-bits about the city. For a list of fun tours visit: http://gonyc.about.com/od/toursbr/tp/best_nyc_walking_tours.htm
- Cherry Blossoms: See beautiful flowers at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden from April 1-29, 2012.
- Fleet Week: On May 23-30, visitors can see extensive military demonstrations and tour some of the visiting ships. Since 1984, New York City has held Fleet Week to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
After you pick a season, mapping out the perfect New York Vacation should be easy. Know that no matter what time of the year you go, there will always be something to do. What’s your favorite season to visit New York?