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Visiting New York In August – The Definitive Guide

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New York is a diversity-rich city, hustling and bustling with people from different cultures. The fast-paced lifestyle its citizens follow has earned the city the nickname “the city that never sleeps”. The Big Apple, as it is commonly known as, is famous for its skyline, street food, fancy restaurants, well-connected metro lines, fashion and shopping scene, and a vibrant nightlife. Walking around the city and getting lost in the maze of skyscrapers and crowds is an experience like no other. August is when the hot summer temperatures gradually taper down, making the city pleasant for exploring. With several festivals and events taking place in August, New Yorkers sure do know how to revel in the summer heat.

What Makes New York in August Special?


New York in July

With the weather being sunny and pleasant, and several events taking place, New York City is quite tourist-friendly in August. The locals may travel out of the city on vacation, but the streets are still abuzz with tourists, with most of the attractions and shopping areas being crowded. The sunny weather offers the perfect setting to sunbathe in Central Park or on the beaches. You can cool off from the heat by jet skiing on the Hudson River or hopping on a river cruise. August is also the best time to enjoy outdoor festivals, concerts, rooftop bars and restaurants, and cycling tours. Baseball season is on during this time, so if you’re a sports fan, you can check out a New York Yankees or Mets game. With so many things to see and do, visiting New York City in August offers a unique and magical experience.

New York Weather in August


New York City in August experiences the end of summer, with the weather gradually transitioning towards fall in September. The weather is mostly sunny and pleasant, but can still be quite hot and humid, with temperatures reaching 27°C during the day and 19°C after sundown. The average humidity ranges between 50% to 75% depending on the time of day. Rainfall is expected on less than 10 days in the month, with chances of a couple of thunderstorms being high.

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New York in August : Things to Do


1

Central Park

New York in August


Central Park, with its rolling green lawns, and numerous trees, ponds and sculptures, offers a refreshing contrast to the concrete jungle that is New York City. In August, the park is perfect to take a stroll in, cycle or just laze around on the lawns, sunbathing. Several summer concerts and shows are held in the park in August, that is worth checking out.

August Timings
Daily: 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM

2

9/11 Memorial & Museum

New York in August


Pay a tribute to the victims of the horrible terrorist attack by visiting the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial consists of twin pools, with the names of all the victims of the attack inscribed on the walls, and is located where the original twin towers used to stand.

August Timings
Daily: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM (Memorial)
Sun - Thu: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Last Entry at 6 PM (Memorial Museum)
Fri - Sat: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Last Entry at 7 PM (Memorial Museum)

Location

Z180 Greenwich Street, New York,
NY 10007, USA
Getting There ›

Free Cancellation
9/11 Tribute Museum - General Admission
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3

Empire State Building

New York in August


A visit to NYC is incomplete without riding up to the top of one of New York’s most iconic skyscrapers. The open-air observatory on the 86th floor gives you panoramic views of the city. Enjoy the warm summer breeze as you let the views of the sunset and the sprawling stretch of Manhattan mesmerize you.

August Timings
Daily: 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Last Trip: 1:15 AM

Location

20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001,
USA
Getting There ›

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Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Tickets
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Empire State Building Observatory Tickets
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New York Explorer Pass - 3 Attractions
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$92

4

Gulliver’s Gate

New York in August


Want to feel tall? Get a glimpse of what Gulliver’s world, from the classic children’s tale, was like at Gulliver’s Gate, the latest addition to New York City’s list of attractions. The setup contains interactive miniature versions of some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, that is sure to delight you.

August Timings
Daily: 10 AM to 8 PM

Location

216 W 44th St, New York,
NY 10036, USA
Getting There ›

5

Circle Line NYC Landmarks Cruise

New York in August


Hop on a luxurious cruise boat that takes you through all of New York City’s boroughs, and attractions, with an audio guide explaining each attraction. From the Statue of Liberty to the Yankee Stadium, this tour ensures you do not miss any of the city’s famous bridges, landmarks, and monuments.

August Timings
Daily: 10 AM, 12 PM & 1.30 PM

Location

Pier 83, West 42nd Street , New York City
USA
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Circle Line NYC Landmarks Cruise
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$37
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Statue of Liberty Cruise
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$28
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$35
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Statue of Liberty Island & Ellis Island Tour with Audioguide
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6

A Day Trip to Niagara Falls

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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City to marvel at one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Niagara Falls, where you can indulge in cycling, boating, hiking and more. You can also take a stroll through the Niagara Falls State Park and relax amidst nature.

August Timings
Guided Tours from NYC to Niagara Falls start at 4:00 AM and ends 19 hours hence

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Catch a Broadway Show

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A Broadway show is a must-watch, whether you’re a theatre fan or not. Many of the shows are award-winning, and feature artists with phenomenal talent. From drama to children’s musicals, there are a plethora of shows for you to choose from, and you can be sure your mind will be blown away no matter which shows you watch.

August Timings
Timings Vary Depending On The Show & Availability

Location

Theater District New York, NY
USA
Getting There ›

Free Cancellation
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Statue of Liberty

New York in july


Standing between the states of New York and New Jersey on the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty is more than just an architectural marvel; it is a symbol of freedom and hope. Head up to the crown of the statue for panoramic views of the skyline of both cities, and explore Liberty Island and Ellis Island for a better understanding of the history of the city.

August Timings
Monday to Sunday: 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM & 3 PM
Ferry Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (every 25–30 minutes approximately)

Location

New York, NY 10004,
USA
Getting There ›

Free Cancellation
Statue of Liberty Island & Ellis Island Tour with Audioguide
Statue of Liberty Island & Ellis Island Tour with ...
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$23
Best Safety
Circle Line NYC Landmarks Cruise
Circle Line NYC Landmarks Cruise
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$37
Free Cancellation
Statue of Liberty Cruise
Statue of Liberty Cruise
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$28
Free Cancellation
New York Explorer Pass - 3 Attractions
New York Explorer Pass - 3 Attractions
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$92
Best Safety
Statue of Liberty with Access to Pedestal & Liberty Museum
Statue of Liberty with Access to Pedestal & Libert...
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9

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York in july


The Whitney Museum of American Art is dedicated to American Art from the 20th century. With over 21000 paintings, sculptures and artwork by over 3000 artists, the museum attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The building itself is an architectural marvel with exhibits spread over 9 floors. Some of the exhibits include works by Marsden Hartley, Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper and more.

August Timings
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu: 10.30 AM to 6 PM
Fri & Sat: 10.30 AM to 10 PM
Closed on Tuesdays

Location

99 Gansevoort St, New York,
New York, USA
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New York in August : Events to Look Out For


New York in August events

Restaurant Week

23nd July – 17th August 2020
The NYC Restaurant Week takes place twice a year, offering locals and tourists the opportunity to indulge in first-class food at reasonable prices. If you’re a foodie, you’ll want to register for this event as early as possible, as there are hundreds of the hottest and newest restaurants participating, giving you the chance to try delicious food at a discounted price.

New York in August events

Harlem Week

16t August – 23rd August 2020
Harlem Week is a festival that celebrates and promotes the uniqueness of African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European culture, history, arts, religion, entertainment and sports. The festival sees millions of people every year and hosts different events spread across the month. This year’s theme is “Our Local History Creates a Global Impact”.

New York in August events

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

3rd – 4th August 2019
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York is an annual sporting and multicultural event held every summer to celebrate the fifth moon of the lunar calendar. The festival includes a race of 170 dragon-boat teams from across North America, making it one of the largest boat festivals in the country. In addition to the race, the festival provides Chinese food for its audience and hosts performances involving traditional dance, music, martial arts.

New York in August events

Beers Without Beards

TBA (postponed to August 2021)
Beers Without Beards is a beer festival promoting and celebrating women in the craft beer industry and encourages other women to indulge in craft beer. In an industry dominated by men, the festival aims to change the perception around women in the craft beer-making business. At the festival, you have the chance to try craft beer from over 20 breweries owned and operated by women.

NYC in August : 5-day Itinerary


NYC August Essentials


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New York Weather in August

The weather in New York City in August is mostly sunny and humid. Temperatures tend to remain relatively high at the beginning of the month, but can drop to 20-22°C by the end of the month. The weather gets cooler and less humid by the day as the end of the month approaches. Rainfall is not unusual in August but is minimal. About less than three days in the month witness thunderstorms.

Where to Stay in August

  • Luxury: Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, The Dominick, Loews Regency New York Hotel
  • Mid–Range: Park Central Hotel New York, Candlewood Suites New York City, Hotel St. James, The Jane
  • Hostel: The Brooklyn Riviera Hostel, Broadway Hotel & Hostel

What to Pack in August

As the weather in August is hot and humid, it is a good idea to pack clothing appropriate for summer. Pack light clothing, like sundresses, shorts, and cotton tees. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and sunglasses. There may be a few rainy days as well, so pack a raincoat or an umbrella. Walking shoes are recommended to comfortably explore the city on foot.

Getting Around New York in August

  • MTA – Subway and Buses:The New York City rail and bus system is one of the most well-connected transportation systems in the world. Running throughout the five boroughs of the city, the buses and the trains are frequent and operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making it one of the most convenient ways of travelling around the city.
  • Cab: The city’s fleet of yellow taxicabs and green Boro Taxis are licensed and regulated by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission. Cabs make for a convenient option if constantly having to switch trains or buses does not appeal to you.
  • Bike: Many bike rental services are available throughout the city, offering you a low-cost option of travelling the city at your own pace.

New York in August: Seasonal Delicacies


NYC in August - what to eat
Pizza

New Yorkers love their pizza. The pizza here is served with a thin crust topped with sweet marinara sauce flecked with heaps of oregano and a generous hand of mozzarella. Make sure you pick up a slice at any of the street-side restaurants.
Where to eat: Di Fara Pizza

NYC in August - what to eat
Cheesecake

How could you expect to leave New York without trying at least one of the many famous sandwiches? The BEC, or the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich is a breakfast staple in New York. You can also try it after a night of heavy drinking.
Where to eat: Junior’s Cheesecake

NYC in August - what to eat
Pastrami

Pastrami on rye is about as “New York” as it gets. The pastrami sandwich, complete with a pile of hand-carved beef pastrami, yellow mustard, and freshly baked rye bread is a must-eat in New York City.
Where to eat: Katz’s Delicatessen

NYC in August - what to eat
Falafel

Falafel, or fried chickpea fritters, is another one of New Yorkers’ favourite dishes. The Middle Eastern dish is often served with tahini, fresh veggies and pita.
Where to eat: Mamoun’s Falafel

NYC in August - what to eat
Hotdogs

Another dish famous in New York City is hot dogs. Traditionally made of ground pork, beef or both, these frankfurter-style sausages are flavoured with garlic, mustard and nutmeg before being encased, cured, smoked and cooked. Pick up a hotdog at the street carts on city corners.
Where to eat: Gray’s Papaya

Tips for Visiting New York in August


  • Flight tickets and hotels are likely to cost more in August, so be sure to book them in advance.
  • Download the map of the NYC subway to easily navigate the subway system.
  • It is cheaper and more convenient to buy a MetroCard, which can be used for both, the buses and the trains if you’re staying for more than 3 days.
  • The Bryant Park Summer Film Festival of New York will show movies on a giant screen in Bryant Park every Monday at sunset from July to August. You can sit in front of the giant screen with your blanket and picnic opens at 5 pm. Then, movies start usually between 8 and 9 pm.
  • If you’re a tennis fan, head over to Flushing Meadow to watch the US Open Tennis Tournament, from August 26th to September 8th 2019.
  • There are several music concerts taking place at Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden and Jones Beach Theater throughout August, that you can check out. Madison Square Garden offers an All Access Tour where you can see behind the scenes.

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