Cookies help us to deliver our services. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more.

New York in March Travel Guide: practical guide, things to do, and the best itinerary

New York's still cold weather in March is not an impediment to a great vacation there. You have the opportunity to ice skate, watch flower shows, scream for the excitement of sports games, see musicals and more - discover all there is to do!

Luisa María Lugo

Luisa María Lugo

9 min read

New York in March Travel Guide: practical guide, things to do, and the best itinerary

March in Central Park | © Sergio Souza

During the third month of the year, you have to start saying goodbye to winter in New York. When you visit the city during this month, you'll see it begin to shyly welcome the spring season. So, you're sure to 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.

Don't miss the exhibition of beautiful orchids

Some of the Orchids of the Festival at the Botanical Garden.| ©Otto Yamamoto
Some of the Orchids of the Festival at the Botanical Garden.| ©Otto Yamamoto

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 inexpensive, 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 at Rockefeller Center| ©Peter Cruise
Skating at Rockefeller Center| ©Peter Cruise

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:

  • Bryan Park: One of the most beautiful, it is in the middle of the hustle and bustle and allows you to see the great Empire State at night and during the day.

  • 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 at an interesting museum

Guggenheim Museum in New York| ©Tomas Eidsvold
Guggenheim Museum in New York| ©Tomas Eidsvold

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!

Book tickets for New York museums

4. Saint Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.| ©Kevin Coles
St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.| ©Kevin Coles

On March 17th, 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.

5. Attend the Macy's Flower Show

One of the Macy's Floral Arrangements| ©Brecht Bug
One of the Macy's Floral Arrangements| ©Brecht Bug

Add attending the Macy's Flower Show to your list of things to do in New York in March. Nearing the end of the month, 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.

6. Experience International Women's Day in style

International Women's Day demonstration.| ©Gitti Hentschel
International Women's Day demonstration.| ©Gitti Hentschel

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. There are several unparalleled events that take place and aim to promote 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's Winter Wine Festival in Times Square

Wine Tasting| ©Helena Lopez
Wine Tasting| ©Helena Lopez

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 their 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. The price of the tickets ranges 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. Celebrate Special Meatball Day with Little Italy

New York's Little Italy| ©Steve Lange
New York's Little Italy| ©Steve Lange

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?

Book a tour of contrasts in New York

9. Participate in or attend a half marathon

A marathon in New York| ©Steven Pisano
A marathon in New York| ©Steven Pisano

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 those cheering on the runners. 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. Feel the adrenaline of witnessing an NBA game

NBA game| ©Andre Tan
NBA game| ©Andre Tan

Witnessing NBA basketball games is something else 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.

Get tickets for a New York Nicks game

What are the temperatures in New York in March?

Nights with the Brooklyn Bride| ©Robert Nyman
Nights with the Brooklyn Bride| ©Robert Nyman

During March, the winter season slowly passes, so that spring can begin. However, it remains cold 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 in your suitcase when visiting NY in March?

New York March| ©Robert Nyman
New York March| ©Robert Nyman

People who live in New York do not stop going out and visiting places because of the cold. So that the weather doesn't stop you either, make sure you prepare your suitcase well, with the necessary things. Some of the clothes that you cannot miss are the following:

  • 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.