October in New York City

by Samantha Palmer

October is one of those perfect months to visit New York – the city has wonderful weather, great happenings and the pre-holiday excitement is almost tangible in the air. The days are still warm enough to be comfortable, with average temperature highs at 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius), with lows hitting 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). Bear in mind that the nights may be cool so it’s advisable to pack a warm sweater or jacket for evening outings. Other things to remember to pack are comfortable walking shoes – water resistant if possible – and season appropriate clothing.  

There is lots to see and do in New York in the month of October. Firstly, New York is well-known for its wonderful fall foliage in the many parks and wooded areas in and around the city. Central Park especially is the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons and to enjoy the wonderful spectacles of nature. In addition, the crisp weather makes it the perfect time to take in some of those interesting walking tours that New York City is so famous for. 

Many visitors take advantage of the three day Columbus Day weekend during October to plan their trip, to watch the famous parade or enjoy the Mass at the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Finally, October is Halloween month and visitors can enjoy some of the wonderful activities surrounding this holiday that are spread around the city, for young and old alike, such as the positively ghoulish Halloween Parade that is held each year. Accommodation and flight prices may rise in October because of the approaching holiday season, so it may be wise to shop around for the best deals and avoid disappointment.

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