February in New York City

by Naomi Young

A visit to New York City is exciting any time of the year, even during February when temperatures plummet and the holiday celebrations have come to an end. There are many good reasons for including New York in a travel itinerary during February, including the fact that bargain accommodation and flights are easy to come by after the seasonal rush.

February ushers in the Chinese Lunar New Year and with it a host of colorful parades and celebrations. Chinatown comes alive with feasts and events and visitors will delight in the grand welcome given to the Year of the Rat. February also means Valentine’s Day and what is more romantic than a spontaneous winter getaway to New York City? Some romantic hotels include Thirty Thirty, Dream Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton.

For those seeking out the culinary delights of New York, the New York City Restaurant Week in early February provides visitors with the opportunity to eat at some of the city’s top restaurants at bargain prices.

While February is considered one of the coldest months of the year in New York, visitors who come well equipped won’t have any problem with the elements. Average February highs are around 32°F (4°C), with average lows reaching 29°(-3°C). While February is less rainy than January, visitors are still advised to pack goulashes or boots to keep their feet dry, as well as waterproof coats. Other things that are must-haves in any travel bag during February, include all the usual winter-gear (jackets, scarves, hats, mittens, etc.), as well as a reasonable amount of layered clothing to allow easy putting on and taking off while visiting New York’s heated department stores and museums.

Finally, it’s worth taking into account that the third weekend of February is traditionally a President’s Day Weekend (with the Monday being a public holiday). Most businesses remain closed, although restaurants and other tourist attractions tend to keep their doors open.

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