Things To Do in New York in May

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Best May New York City Activities

The best Things To Do in New York in May include boat & sailing tours, exploring NYC on bike, volleyball, tennis, cheering on the Mets and Yankees and basically anything else outdoors as May is a phenomenal weather month. Celebrate May with a cocktail and skyline view from a rooftop, take a free tour of Central Park, sail around the Statue of Liberty, save huge at Sample Sales and so much more.


Check the NYC Insider Guide May Events Calendar

Check out all the Best May Events in New York City. Eat and drink to your heart’s content at the Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Taste of Tribeca and Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Honor our Military during Fleet Week and Memorial Day Weekend. Buy Mom a "MOM-osa" on Mother’s Day. Peruse the hottest new artists at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, watch the Five Boro Bike Tour and so much more

NYC Insider Guide May Events Calendar

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Where to Stay during Spring in New York City

Spring is the perfect time to check into one of our hotels with free bicycles, an awesome roofdeck or right next to Central Park. Take advantage of the many free perks offered by NYC hotels to help you explore more of NYC, see amazing skyline views and dive into the nooks and crannies of New York City you can't see any other way!

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NYC Designer Sample Sales May

New York City Shopping Designer Sample Sales

May is one of the BEST Sample Sales months in NYC. Prior May sales include: Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, James Jeans, Tory Burch, Bonobos, Plein Sud, Sandro, Lafayette 148, Jay Strongwater, Kids Sample Sale, The Big Designer Sale, Reed Krakoff, Hickey Freeman, Elizabeth and James, ICB, Sferra Luxury Linens, Rubin & Chapelle and more!

Stay up to date with this year’s sales at NYC Designer Sample Sales.

NYC Designer Sample Sales are some of our best hidden gems. Most sample sales are announced with only a few days notice, but often, they take place the same time every year.

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FREE Walking Tours of New York City

New York City Walking Tours - NYC by Foot

May has some of the year’s most perfect weather for a Walking Tour of NYC, so why not try the city’s BEST and FREE walking tours?

NYC Insider Guide May Pick: Central Park

Free tours are offered in Central Park, Lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Midtown and most every other area and neighborhood in NYC. Guides are all licensed, passionate about NYC and work just for tips! With about 2-4 tours around the City daily, what’s not to love about NYC by Foot? More New York City Walking Tours.

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NYC Boat Tours Cruises

NYC Boat tours cruises are one of my FAVORITE things to do in NYC. There are no better views of our skyline than from the water and year-round, you can cruise with brunch, champagne, general sightseeing, dinner, booze, jazz, sailboat, speedboat, holiday, romantic. With so many boat cruise choices, here are our top picks by category:

See all our Top Picks: NYC Boat Tours Cruises

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May is the Start of Rooftop Season!

May is a great month to visit one of our amazing rooftops, especially on a nice night. NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City. In the spring, a rooftop that has both indoor and outdoor space (as most do) is definitely the way to go! NYC Hotel Rooftops offer everything: cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. 

Best New York City Hotels with Rooftops

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Catch the End of New York City Ballet Season

New York City Ballet

The NYCB 2015–16 Season, ending on May 29th, features 56 ballets, with 28 works by NYCB co-founder, George Balanchine, including the full-length Jewels and a Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as the annual holiday season of The Nutcracker. See the May Ballet Schedule at Lincoln Center.

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Fun Things to do in New York in Spring

Things to do in New York in Spring

There are hundreds of fun things to do in New York in Spring. With the cherry blossoms, green foliage, sparkling rivers and warm weather as your backdrop, Spring is the time to take advantage of rooftops, biking, tennis, volleyball, walking tours and so much more.

Here are some of our top picks for Fun Things to do in New York in Spring.

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May Weather in New York

May weather in NYC is delightful and the Central Park foliage is fully blooming, making one of their free tours an ideal thing to do. The weathermen will tell you the summer does not start until June 21st, but any New Yorker will tell you Memorial Day Weekend is officially the start of the summer. Expect New York City to clear out on the weekend prior to the fourth Monday in May.

As the daylight hours get longer, you will need lightweight sweaters and coats in May to prepare for large day to night temperature drops.

Historical May high/low temperatures are 68/53 (F) and 21/11 (C). It is best to pack lots of layers – sweaters over shirts, a jacket you can easily take off and stuff in a bag, bring umbrellas and ready for heavier night clothes.

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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building or One World Observatory? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

New York City Tourist Attractions

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for those who want to be first. Newest, most modern and high tech, with phenomenal views

See All: Top New York City Tourist Attractions

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Things to do in New York with Kids

One of the best parts of NYC is that what is fun for kids is usually just as much fun for adults. If you are joining us in NYC for a family vacation, then please read all about our local kid's favorites, along with special tips just for visitors.

Things to Do in New York With Kids

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FREE Things to do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movie and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy...you name it!

Free Things to Do in New York City

See All: Free Things to Do in NYC - weekly calendar of all free walking tours, free museum admissions, free things to do by season and more

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Get Out of NYC for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day: Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more quite easily. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

See All: Day Trips Out of New York City

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New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

See all our Top Picks: New York City Nightlife

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Save Big on Things to do in New York City

New York City Coupons and Discounts are available for almost everything one can do in NYC: concerts, shows, Broadway, sports, events, tours, attractions, beauty and spa and much more!

New York City Coupons

Sites we use ALL the time to save are:

  • Groupon - save on dining, tours, things to do, attractions, cruises, shows
  • Gilt City - upscale deals on dining, exclusive events, Broadway, shopping
  • NewYork.com - huge sightseeing tourist discounts

See All: Insider Guide to ALL our NYC Coupons

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Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

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