During the third month of the year, you have to start saying goodbye to winter in New York. When you visit the city in that month, you will see how it begins to give a shy welcome to the spring season. So you'll be surprised to learn just how wide the variety of things to do in New York in March is. New York in spring is an experience not to be missed.
There's everything from ice skating rinks and winter markets to colorful outdoor flower shows. To help you plan your trip, I've put together a list of my favorite activities and events for the month. Whether you can handle the cold or prefer the warm weather, you'll find something to enjoy.
1. Do not miss the exhibition of beautiful orchids
Early spring at the end of the month is ideal for deciding what to do in New York in March. The beautiful orchid show, held at the great Botanical Garden, is a wonderful event. For the Orchid Show, the place is covered with natural gala presenting these exquisite and beautiful flowers.
In order to please your eyes with these, which are of various colors, attend the show in March. This is the ideal month, with the right conditions, for the orchid to be seen in its maximum splendor and bloom. So include in your tourist excursion this event to appreciate these natural beauties.
If you are a lover of flowers, and in particular orchids, I recommend you to visit this exhibition. Tickets are cheap, you can get them at the official website of the Botanical Garden and they give you full access. While you are there, take some pictures so you can keep this beautiful memory for many years to come.
2. Have fun skating on an ice rink full of ice
Skating in New York during the winter is a movie scene you'll want to recreate when you go there. Luckily, ice skating is one of the things to do in NY in March. That's because many rinks are still open and operating only until the end of this wintry month.
If you love skating, you'll enjoy practicing or performing stunts even more with the New York atmosphere surrounding you. On the other hand, if like me you don't know how to skate, but want to learn, this is a great opportunity. Some of the rinks, which you can usually visit at that time, are:
Rockefeller Center: It is among the most popular rinks, so you will have to wait in line and pay a little more for this unforgettable experience.
Woolman Central Park: Its fame is worldwide, it is full of locals and tourists, but its prices are affordable.
3. Take shelter from the cold in an interesting museum
Another activity to do in New York in March, if you are sensitive to the cold, is to visit a museum. There are many warm museums where you can take shelter and have an enriching and interesting experience. Fortunately, March is not part of the high season, so admission prices are lower.
There are museums of art, ancient history, nature and modern times. Therefore, you have several options to choose from. If you don't know which of the many museums to start with, here are 3 that I highly recommend:
- The Guggenheim Its iconic internal structure connects several galleries via a circular ramp that looks like another work of art. Although the white cylindrical building is small, you'll really enjoy your visit if you check beforehand what exhibits are available.
- Museum of Natural History Contains amazing displays of creatures of all kinds, such as large dinosaur skeletons, in somber and intriguing rooms. It also has a life-size replica of a huge blue whale and a modern section with a planetarium.
- The MoMa has important paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and works by Andy Warhol. But, since its ambitious renovation and expansion, it also has more unpredictable modern collections of art. So go and get your tickets to the MoMa!
4. Feel the adrenaline rush of an NBA game
Watching NBA basketball games is one more thing you can do in New York in March. Those games are in full swing in that month and the teams battle hard. Especially playing for their lives are the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.
In order for you to feel the heat in that cold season, I suggest you to go inside to watch the games. In those enclosed spaces you will feel at ease and comfortable, while enjoying great plays made by professionals. You will be able to feel the adrenaline and excitement of all those present as they support their teams.
If you go to support the New York Knicks at their own home, you will enter the impressive Madison Square Garden. On the other hand, the place where you can watch Brooklyn Nets games is Barcleys Center. Regardless of which one you decide to go to, I promise you will have a great time if you like basketball so don't forget to book your NBA tickets.
5. Celebrate Special Meatball Day with Little Italy
Did you know that there is an international meatball day? It is celebrated on March 9, right after International Women's Day. During this day, you are likely to meet more people in the small but famous Little Italy, included in the New York Contrasts Tour.
As its name suggests, it is an area that pretends to be a little piece of Italy in New York. Because of that, there are many Italian restaurants that are ideal for celebrating the special meatball day. What better way to celebrate this date than eating the best meatballs in the metropolis?
6. Experience International Women's Day in style
March 8th is an important date, not only in New York but all over the world. However, in the Big Apple, International Women's Day is especially celebrated in a big way. Several unique events are held with the aim of promoting gender equality.
For example, every year there is a huge demonstration or march that you can join. This is done to remember the struggle movements that have succeeded in defending the rights that women have. Every year a slogan is chosen for that date and the activities to be carried out in the streets are varied. For more information, please visit the official website of the International Women's Day.
7. New York Winter Wine Festival in Times Square
Another important event in New York City is the great Winter Wine Festival. It is held on March 9, and during it, you will have the opportunity to taste quality wines. The famous event, held in Times Square, also includes the tasting of appetizers that will surely fascinate you.
To further highlight the excellence of this day, the festival features the participation of renowned musicians. The guests, in charge of delighting the audience with music, are usually artists who have won several international awards.
Therefore, if you attend, you will be guaranteed good wine and exquisite food with pleasant background sounds. Can you imagine a more elegant, sophisticated and enjoyable event than this one? Hardly. Ticket prices range from approximately 25 € to 800 € and you can get them on the website. Besides, it is held in two sessions:
- Afternoon session: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM.
- Afternoon session: 3:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
8. Attend the Macy's flower show
Add attending the Macy's Flower Show to your list of things to do in New York in March. As the month draws to a close, the Macy's department store chain carries out a tradition that marks the beginning of spring. It involves filling its department stores with lots of eye-catching plants and pretty floral arrangements.
They even bring in trees to recreate beautiful natural environments in their malls that deserve to be seen. As you stroll through them, you will find multiple colors full of life and very pleasant aromas. This will be possible thanks to the variety of flowers and plants brought from different parts of the world.
Perhaps with this exhibition you will even end up finding gifts of nature that you did not know before. I assure you that it will be very pleasant to take a walk through these places where you can also make the purchases you want.
9. Participate in or attend a half marathon
Among the most popular events that take place in New York in March is a half marathon. In this month you can have the opportunity to participate by running or be one of the cheerleaders. In either position, you will be in for a spectacular event.
Many people from around the world participate, making this a special event worth being at. You can apply on the official website. Enjoy and share the emotions of its runners and the adrenaline of a competition of this kind. Also, while running, you will pass by several emblematic points of New York.
The half marathon course starts in Central Park and goes all the way to Wall Street. That way, you'll run about 22 kilometers starting early in the morning, when your energy is at its peak. Doing something like that will be fun and will help you warm up in the cold season.
10. Saint Patrick's Day Parade
On March 17, the Saint Patrick's Day Parade is celebrated, that day the city of New York dresses all in green and celebrates the National Day of Ireland. This is the oldest event in the United States and gathers 700,000 New Yorkers who look forward to it.
This event is free, so you can watch it without any problems the day it is celebrated. The route starts at 44th St. and Fifth Avenue, until it reaches Saint Patrick's and ends at Third Avenue.
What are the temperatures in New York in March?
During March the winter season is slowly passing, so that spring can begin. However, the cold remains and snow is likely to fall during the first days of the month. The average maximum temperature is 10°C while the minimum temperature averages 2°C.
Regarding the time or the clock, it changes in the middle of the month and moves forward 1 hour. This allows you to gain more daylight in order to visit and get to know more corners of this city. It is estimated that it starts to get dark approximately at 18:30 or 6:30 pm.
What to pack when visiting NY in March?
People who live in New York do not stop going out and visiting places because of the cold weather. So that the weather doesn't stop you either, make sure you pack your suitcase well, with the necessary things. Some of the must-have items of clothing are as follows:
- Coat that has the correct thermal insulation, whether it is a thick coat, a down jacket or an anorak with the same insulation.
- Footwear with a good grip sole, not flat, as the surfaces are slippery and you could fall. Preferably opt for high waterproof boots made of good material.
- Hat, gloves, earmuffs, thick socks and thick scarves that can cover your neck and, if possible, part of your face.
- Thick sweaters, and thermal T-shirts that you can put on under them, combined with a somewhat thick coat.
- Pants of thick fabric, such as jeans, corduroy pants or other very cold-resistant material.