Tips for visiting New York in winter

These days the historic cold wave in New York has made headlines, causing the lowest temperature in 118 years. Central Park in New York had a record temperature of 16 degrees Celsius below zero, but with winds of 51 kilometers per hour the conditions seemed much colder.

Taking advantage of the occasion, at Vuela Viajes we want to give you some tips for traveling to the Big Apple during the coldest time of the year, so if you plan to visit New York in winter, we advise you not to lose sight of these recommendations.


What to visit

Despite the low temperatures, winter can be really beautiful in New York. Christmas, for example, leaves incredible landscapes like the Rockefeller Center skating rink and its tree. Plus, during this time of year, you can’t miss the Hot Chocolate Festival, Union Square Winter Market, Trump Wollman’s romantic skating rink, and legendary Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, and Henri Bendel storefronts. There’s also NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Beer Week, NY Chili Fest, NYC Winter Jazzfest, and the Chinese Lunar New Year Ceremony in Chinatown.

Of course, winter leaves beautiful landscapes in New York, such as the parks of Central Park , Washington Square, Baterry Park and Brooklyn Prospect Park, all of them dusted in white.


What clothes to wear

Of course, if you travel to New York in winter you should be very well prepared in case you encounter a cold wave like the one that has hit the United States in the last week. Thus, you should use suitable thermal clothing, a hat, gloves and other warm items made of quality thermal material, comfortable shoes that allow you to walk on slippery surfaces (soles with good grip), and thick socks. It’s a good idea to carry a spare pair of socks with you in case they get wet. Of course, don’t forget to cover your head with hats or caps and cover your ears with earmuffs or woolen or polar scarves.