While it is true that New York is great to visit all year round, there is something about the month of May that makes a trip to this city even more worthwhile. It is said that May weather is the perfect time to take in all that New York has to offer – it is warm enough to spend ample time outdoors, yet not as hot as the uncomfortable summers that the city sometimes faces. Visitors will enjoy average highs of 71°F (22°C) and average lows of 55°F (13°C).
Evenings may still be cool and so it is advised to pack a jacket and sweaters. An umbrella is also recommended because of the likelihood of spring showers in New York. As always, it is advisable to pack comfortable walking shoes in any weather to do some serious footwork across the city.
May brings with it several great events during the month, with the added advantage of less crowds before the summer. There are excellent walking tours to enjoy the great weather, including culinary tours, visits to tenement sections of the city and more. The Tribeca Film Festival, which begins in April, overlaps into May and features some fantastic cultural entertainment and film premiers.
Fleet Week is also an impressive event during the month of May in New York. Coinciding with Memorial Day commemorations on the last Monday of the month, this weeklong celebration pays tribute to the US Navy and Marine Corps. Visitors can experience a parade of ships in the city harbor, musical performances and a host of other attractions. Memorial Day is traditionally a federal holiday although stores and restaurants stay open.