While many local New Yorkers try to avoid staying in the city during the month of August because of the heat, the Big Apple can be quite a fun place to be during the summer. True, August (not to mention July!) is usually hot and humid – with temperatures reaching average highs of 83°F and lows of 69°F.
A visit to New York in August calls for extra packing considerations. Visitors would be wise to take with closed (preferably water resistant) walking shoes, a light sweater (to keep warm in air-conditioned museums and other public places), as well as an umbrella and waterproof picnic blanket (for those wonderful free concerts in the park).
For visitors who want to see as much as they can of this exciting city during August but feel that walking tours in the heat are too much to handle, air-conditioned bus tours are a great way to see New York. As evening falls on the city, August is also a wonderful time to take in some free festivals, concerts and films in New York’s beautiful parks and other outdoor locations.