We’ve all dreamed of running off to New York in search of excitement and adventure, only for real life to get in the way of such dreams. But that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a short escape to the New York and the New Jersey areas! The most important things about planning your escape is choosing the time of year that is right for you.

Spring Fever

Spring weather in the New York and New Jersey area can vary wildly. This means it’s important to check the weather and pack a mix of clothing, from a light jacket to shorts to rain gear. But just because the weather can be a tad unpredictable doesn’t mean you can’t find a wide variety of cool activities. First up is the Tribeca Film Festival. Held each April in New York, the festival offers a ton of hip, independent films, panels, and even a family-friendly street fair.

Summer in the City

If you crave a little heat, then summer in the New York and New Jersey areas is the perfect time of year to visit. There are numerous outdoor activities, including SummerStage, which features everything from national music acts to dancers to opera singers! For the nerdy, literature lovers out there, Shakespeare in the Park is a must-see. And here’s a little secret: Fourth of July weekend is one of the best times of the year to catch a Broadway show!

Fall Deals

New York isn’t the only place to visit in the area, especially if you want to visit in the fall season. The Meadowlands, just a few minutes west of New York City, is a prime location that serves as a gateway to the city and the rest of the New Jersey area. This means you can find the best deals on hotels, no matter the season. There, you can get in a little outlet shopping or even catch a football game. The perfect fall weather, not too cold or too hot, gives you ample opportunity to enjoy the Meadowlands.

Wintertime Delights

If you’re looking to beat the crowds, then the winter season from January to March, hands down, is the best time of year to visit the New York and New Jersey areas. With less tourists than any other time of year, you can be sure to snag great hotel deals at cheap prices.

While December is the busiest part of the winter season, there are plenty of fun, magical holiday activities for the whole family. The marquee event of the holidays is the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony in New York City. It features musical performances, celebrities, and lighting of a huge evergreen! Of course, if you’re visiting in winter, make sure you pack appropriately by bringing lots of cold-weather gear.

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Any time is year is a good time to visit the New York and New Jersey areas. Whether you’re looking for a winter wonderland or need a little heat, each season offers a different experience and vibe for your New York getaway.