Things To Do in New York in March

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Best March New York City Activities

The best Things To Do in New York in March range from huge March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day parties, to the more low key Orchid and Auto Shows.

Catch March Madness

Between St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, March is a HUGE party month in NYC! The bars are packed and the TV’s are full time on college basketball March 13 – April 2, 2018 with St. Paddy’s Day falling right in the middle on the 17th.

Madison Square Garden is hosting the Big Ten Men’s, Big East Men’s and the NIT throughout March.

If you can’t make it live, there’s nothing like a great NYC sports bar to join the fun and catch all the action. Some huge spaces to try: Ainsworth (Chelsea or Union Square), 40/40 Club, Sidebar, AOA Bar & Grill and Tonic East.

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Check the NYC Insider Guide March Events Calendar

Check out all our cool March NYC events: Serena and Venus playing Tennis @ MSG, St. Patrick’s Day, Auto Show at the Javits Center, Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, Easter, Pro Basketball, Hockey and Soccer and so much more.

NYC Insider Guide March Events Calendar

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Buy Your New York Pass

Towards the end of March is the time of year when all the NY Passes have figured out the new attraction and tour prices for the year – and that is when they will announce their price increases. So buy your NY Pass (all are good for a year from purchase) while they still have last year’s pricing!!!

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Make sure to check the pre-built itineraries on the passes. For example, use the New York Go Select Pass and save on only exactly what you want to do. Check out their Historic New York Package, which includes the Hop on Hop off Downtown Bus Tour, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty Ferry Ticket and 9/11 Memorial plus Water Taxi.

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Classic Harbor Line Boat Cruises

Sail Manhattan on one of three classic yachts — the Schooner Adirondack and the Schooner America 2.0 (sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II ( motorized yacht) on an amazing variety of cruises.

Classic Harbor Line Boat Cruises

Leaving from Chelsea Piers, all year round, Classic Harbor Line offers holiday and regular cruises: Family-Friendly, July 4th, NYE, Sunday Brunch, Jazz, Sushi, Valentine’s Day, Pride, Architecture and dozens more.

Check their wide selection of cruises: Classic Harbor Cruises

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A Night at the Museum

A Night at the Museum

Oct 13, Nov 9 & 17, 2018
Sleep Over at the Museum of Natural History

Just a few times per year, the Museum of Natural History lets you sleep over!!!! And yes, it's just like the movie! Evening and morning snacks, cots to sleep on, a flashlight fossil fact-finding mission, live animals, private museum tours and more.

This is an authentic NYC experience you and the kids can't miss! Ages 6 - 13, + an accompanying guardian.

Discount Tickets: A Night at the Museum

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NYC Designer Sample Sales March

March is the first month to really kick off the sample sale season in NYC. While most sample sales are announced with only a few days notice, they usually take place the same time every year.

March 2016 NYC Sample Sales

Prior March NYC Sample Sales Calendar included Diptyque, David Yurman, John Hardy, Cynthia Rowley, J Brand, Roberta Freymann, Morgane Le Fay, Eileen Fisher, J Mendel, Scoop Warehouse Sale, Jack Rogers, Roger Vivier, Vince Camuto and more.

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

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Fun Things to do in New York in Winter

There are so many things to do in New York in Winter, making it one of the BEST times to visit NYC. Yes, the weather can be cold and wet, so it is a risk. However, there are two huge payoffs, depending on a pre-or post holidays visit. Some of our favorite picks are:

Fun Things to do in New York in Winter

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Ice Skating in New York City

Ice Skating New York City | Rockefeller Center

March is still a great month to hit the ice in NYC! For tourists and locals alike, ice skating at Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park is a classic New York winter experience.

Here are the details for Ice Skating in New York City, including rates and dates plus NYC Insider Tips for discounts and coupons.

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Make Your Spa Week Reservations

Spa Week NYC - Great Jones Spa

Reservations open March 19th

From April 16-22, 2018, hundreds of top spas around the city offer treatments for $50. Facials, massages, laser hair removal and more. My favorite spa is Great Jones (photo), because of their amazing water lounge, steam and sauna, however, they no longer have the best spa week deals. Another great spa that partakes in Spa Week is Elizabeth Arden.

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March Weather in New York

As the saying goes, March tends to be “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” though that has not been true in recent years. March can bring anything from blizzards to 60+ degree days and is likely one of the most unpredictable months of the year. Generally speaking, it is on the colder side and more winter than anything else, with little variation from day to night.

Historical March high/low temperatures are 48/34 (F) and 8/1(C). It is best to pack hats, scarves, gloves, waterproof shoes/boots, sweaters, coats, umbrellas; or be ready to buy them fairly cheaply on the street.

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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

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Take in ALL the Tours, Landmarks and Attractions and SAVE

New York Pass, NYC Explorer Pass, Go Select Card, New York CityPASS Compared

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Skip the Line and Do NYC VIP Style

Do you know how many attractions and tours let you skip (most) of the lines and be treated like a VIP? Save HOURS on your NYC Vacation.

Empire State Building: Express Entry (86th Fl)

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One World Observatory: Skip The Line (Priority Reserved)

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9/11 Memorial & Museum: Skip The Line

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Empire State Building: Silver Access (86 & 102 for Fee)

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Empire State Building: Day and Night Entry

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Priority Entrance

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Skip the Line: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Flexible Date

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Skip The Line: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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The Guggenheim: Skip The Line

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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.

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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

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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:

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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

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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
  • ShowTickets.com - huge sightseeing tourist discounts

See All: Insider Guide to ALL our NYC Coupons

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Romantic Things to Do in NYC

There are tons of things to do on your romantic New York City vacation. Attractions open late with skyline views, Central Park Tours, VIP Experiences, a helicopter ride. Some of the most popular romantic ways to see NYC include:

Romantic NYC Hotel Deals

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Romantic NYC Champagne & Skyline Cruises

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Central Park Horse Drawn Carriage Ride with Photoshoot

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New York City Private Helicopter Tour with Champagne Toast

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Romantic Broadway Show Picks

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NYC Dinner & Skyline Cruise

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See more romantic things to do at: Romantic New York City Vacation and Valentine's Day in NYC

Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

New York City Food Tours

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Spot Celebrities in NYC

Celebrities in NYC

Where to find celebrities in NYC or which celebrities are living in NYC today are common questions by all, but celebrity sightings in NYC are way easier than you may think and happen all the time. You will, of course, see them on the subway, in Central Park, at the gym, in restaurants, at all the current hotspots, at shows and more. But here are some unique ways to see celebrities all over the city.

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