A visit to New York City is exciting any time of the year, even in February when temperatures usually plummet and the holidays have come to an end. There are many good reasons for including NYC in a travel itinerary during February, including the fact that bargain accommodation and flights are easy to come by after the seasonal rush.
Becuase the Chinese New Year begins in late January, Chinatown will already be alive with feasts and events and visitors will delight in the grand welcome given to the Year of the Ox. The Lunar Parade and Festival will be held Febuary 1 between noon and 3 pm and goes throughout Chinatown along Mott, Canal, and Bayard streets then along East Broadway.
While February is considered one of the coldest months of the year in New York (even though January has been abnormally cold!), 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). Be sure pack warm boots to keep their feet dry, as well as waterproof winter coats, scarves, hats, mittens, etc. It’s always best to layered your 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, February 16th being a public holiday). Most businesses remain closed, although restaurants and other tourist attractions tend to keep their doors open.