NYC Sunset

An in-depth comparison of the seasons of NYC.

The seasons on the East Coast are dramatic. And New York City is an exemplary display of the intense differences between seasons.

The instant it’s winter, it’s cold. The second it’s summer, it’s hot. Summer brings thunderstorms and heavy rains and winter brings snow and intense winds. Spring brings flourishing flowers, autumn drops vibrant colorful leaves.

But despite all the transformation, one thing never changes: It’s always perfectly New York City.

Summer Sunrise NYC


  • Peak season for tourism

  • Hot weather & lush forest growth

  • Frequent thunderstorms & rain showers

Autumn NYC


  • Trees changing colors

  • First snowfall

  • Mostly mild weather & shorter days

Winter NYC


  • Off-season – less crowds

  • Occasional blizzards

  • Freezing temperatures

Spring in NYC


  • Fresh growth

  • Flowers blooming

  • Temperatures rising

Summer NYC

Summer in New York City is wonderful – green, bursting with vivacious life. The weather is perfect for an ice cream or smoothie and a walk at the park. Summer can be hot and humid, making a day at Rockaway Beach the perfect summer beach getaway. Visit NYC from June to September for the summer season, although the city streets, parks, and beaches will all be crowded. If you’re looking for an authentic NYC experience, consider experiencing one of the off-seasons.

Autumn Sunset NYC

Autumn is the perfect time to visit NYC, as the temperatures are mostly mild, making the days and nights comfortable to walk around the city. The trees and parks are splashed with the colors of the changing seasons, which are especially vibrant along the city streets. Visit in October and November for the classic autumn experience and ideal weather.

Spring in NYC

Spring is when the city reawakens, coming to life again after the long frozen winter. Visit in late April or May to see the trees sprouting fresh green leaves, colorful flower blossoms blooming along the ground and in the trees. The weather is still fairly mild, making this season perfect for spending time outdoors.

Winter Central Park

A winter trip to NYC can be rewarding; visit from December to March to witness the landscape transformed by a blanket of snow. Some winters are so cold that icebergs form on the shores and in the waters of the East River. This season offers a great opportunity to ice-skate on skating rinks around the city, or to just grab a warm coffee and take a brisk adventure through Central Park. The landscape changes dramatically when the ground and the trees are lined with a fresh coat of snow.

Summer NYC


Temperatures continue to rise, along with humidity. Growth becomes extensive, almost jungle-like in places. Beautiful flowers bloom along walkways, in bushes, and on treetops. The days are long – the sun rises early and sets late.

NYC Winter


Winter in NYC brings snowy sidewalks, ice skating, and typical winter goodness like warm winter drinks. Snow storms can bring pleasant swirling blankets of snow, or can bring intense enough blizzards to shut down entire streets. Daylight only lasts a short while.

Spring in NYC


Spring in New York City is like a breath of fresh air after a long cold winter.

It almost seems like spring arrives immediately in the city – one week the trees are barren and the next the branches of the trees are bursting with new life and vibrant greenery.

Autumn NYC


The seasons begin to change again, the leaves begin to turn fiery colors and drop to the ground. When the golden afternoon sunlight strikes, walking along city streets feels magical.


So what is the best season to visit New York City?


Any time you visit New York City is the perfect time.

With such distinct seasons that provide completely different experiences, it’s all up to your personal preference.

Whatever season you choose to visit NYC, you’ll experience the beauty that this diverse city has to offer.

Downtown NYC

Curious about more New York City? Check out our NYC photo gallery.

What’s your favorite season? Let us know in the comments below!