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Jun 11, 2024

Travel to NYC in Every Season: Tailoring Your Short-Term Stay to the Weather

Just about everyone has a visit to New York City on their bucket list. When you’re finally getting ready to check it off, it’s helpful to consider the weather and what type of attractions you want to enjoy while there. To fully enjoy the best that New York City has to offer, explore the activities available during each season and see which options spark your interest the most. Planning your perfect travel trip to NYC starts now!

Seasonal Guide to NYC

The hustle and bustle of New York City means you’ll never be bored, no matter what the weather feels like outside. Attractions and activities are available all year round, but some are more enjoyable during specific seasons.


Cherry blossoms along Manhattan brownstones

The spring in New York often includes cool breezes, warm sunshine, and colorful flowers. When visiting this time of year, head outside and find your favorite picnic spots.

  • Flower Shows: Visit the New York Botanical Garden, Macy’s Flower Show, and Cherry Blossom Festival to feast your eyes on the beautiful and delicate springtime flowers.
  • Central Park: Take a leisurely walk around the world-famous park and enjoy the first signs of spring. Bring a picnic basket and make the most of cool breezes and sunshine.
  • Baseball: Depending on when you visit, you may want to go to a Yankees or Mets game. Baseball season typically begins in late March, so try to catch a fly ball at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.
  • Outdoor Art Installations: Visit a pop-up art installation or take a walk to discover some of the city’s most memorable murals adorning the walls.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Join the fun alongside bagpipers and dancers to celebrate Irish culture.
  • Statue of Liberty: Spring is the best time to take a relaxing and cool ferry ride to visit this iconic American landmark.
  • Brooklyn Bridge: Take a sunshine-soaked walk along this bridge and take in the dramatic views of the city and the water below.


Summers in New York are warm enough for shorts and T-shirts. Enjoy the sunshine and get outdoors as much as possible with some of these classic summer experiences.

Rooftop bar & restaurant at the Refinery Hotel
  • Central Park: While springtime may be the best time for walks and picnics, there’s no better season than summer for boat rides and ice cream cones in the park.
  • Coney Island: Step out of the city for an afternoon and have fun on the boardwalk with fairground attractions and snacks.
  • Central Park Theater: In the evening, tap into your theatrical side with the Summer Stage Festival or Shakespeare performances at Delacorte Theater.
  • Flea Markets: Hunt for new treasures at all the flea markets around the city. One of the best is Brooklyn Flea.
  • Rooftop Bars: Those warm summer evenings are the best time for drinks on a rooftop bar where you can blissfully enjoy the sunset or the city’s night lights.
  • Summer Music Festivals: Enjoy emerging artists at events like the Lincoln Center Festival and the Governors Ball.
  • Fourth of July Fireworks: Find a clear patch of sky from a rooftop, bridge, or park and watch the skies light up in celebration of freedom.
  • Outdoor Movies: Bring a blanket and enjoy a classic outdoor film at Bryant Park or Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Fall brings changing colors and a chill in the air that may encourage you to unpack your favorite sweaters (or pick up a new one or two at one of the many shopping areas). This season is perfect for exploring the city and discovering your favorite NYC attractions.

Rowing at Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse
  • Farmer’s Markets: The fall means the crops are ready for harvesting, and you can find fresh, tasty produce at places like the Morningside Farmers Market or Union Square Greenmarket.
  • Queens County Farm Museum: Here, you can enjoy a taste of farm life surrounded by animals, orchards, and greenhouses.
  • New York Comic Con: Possibly the most well-known convention in the country takes place in October. Come in costume or stop by just for the speakers and photo ops.
  • Haunted Houses: Get ready for Halloween by attending local haunted houses like Blood Manor. See how long you can last before getting scared.
  • Fall Colors: As the trees change, parks and streets around the city glow with the fiery reds and oranges of fall. Bring a camera and snap pictures of the season’s natural beauty.
  • Rooftop Pumpkin Patches: Enjoy a drink, pick out a pumpkin, and get ready for the incoming cold weather.
  • NYC Fashion Week: If you’re a fashionista, September is the time to attend exclusive fashion shows and parties around the city.


New York winters often bring chilly temperatures, so pack your thicker socks and winter coat. Even in the cold, there are so many activities to enjoy.

Ice skating in Central Park
  • Rockefeller Center: Everyone has seen the iconic tree at Rockefeller Center on television, but now you can enjoy the lights in person.
  • Ice Skating: Whether at Rockefeller Center, Central Park, or Battery Park, you can enjoy an evening of skating and a hot drink.
  • Holiday Markets: Visit the stalls at Bryant Park’s Winter Village, Columbus Circle, or Union Square to shop for unique holiday gifts.
  • Window Displays: Take a walk in downtown Manhattan and enjoy the intricate and impressive holiday window displays at some of the city’s most well-known stores.
  • Butterfly Conservatory: Escape the snow and cold and enjoy the warm and humid air at the Davis Family Butterfly Vivarium found in the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Bar Hopping: The cold months are among the best for enjoying the unique aspects of New York’s bar scene. Get the full experience at speakeasies and seasonal rooftop igloos.

Furnished Quarters’ Accommodations Enhance the Seasonal Experience

Every season offers something new and unique to enjoy in New York City, and staying at a Furnished Quarters short-term rental ensures you’re always close to the most popular attractions. With 18 locations to choose from throughout New York, it’s easy to find the perfect place to stay close to whatever entertainment you want to experience.

At Furnished Quarters, we understand that every trip or vacation is unique, so our stay times are highly flexible. Stay for a few days or a month—it’s up to you. Just know that no matter how long you stay, you’ll enjoy premium amenities and luxury accommodations.

Don’t worry about planning the whole trip yourself. Our guest services team knows even more popular activities and hidden gems scattered throughout the city. Our local expertise will make your stay at a short-term rental in NYC unforgettable, encouraging you to return year after year.

Book Your NYC Trip Today

Choose your favorite season and travel to New York City, where you can easily find attractions and entertainment to brighten your stay. Choose a short-term rental in NYC from Furnished Quarters, and you’ll feel like you’re coming home after spending a day exploring the city.

As you explore our properties and book your ideal stay, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance. We can’t wait to welcome you to your home away from home.

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