March is the beginning of spring in NYC, and the city is coming to life with anticipation for warmer days ahead. It is a great time to visit and enjoy lots of sightseeing, shopping, museums, and nightlife.
However, it can get pretty chilly, and the weather can change quite a lot within a day. So, knowing what to pack is vitally important for enjoying your time during this month.
We’ve been living in New York City – including Manhattan and Brooklyn – for over ten years and have found March to be a pretty cold month overall.
Sometimes it even snows in March. This guide will help you figure out what to pack on your trip to the Big Apple so you can focus on having fun and seeing all the attractions.
We provide you with essential tips about:
- What to pack/which clothes to bring
- What to wear
- The weather
In case you consider visiting the city during another spring month, make sure to check out our guides for:
March is a chilly month in New York City, with the earlier part of the month being colder than later in the month when the springtime temperatures begin to appear. It’s best to wear layers for your trip so you can stay warm on cold days and take off layers when it warms up.
Here are the average high temperatures:
- Early March: 46°F (8°C)
- Mid-March: 50°F (10°C)
- Late March: 55°F (13°C)
A Typical Day
A typical day during this month here is windy, and it may even snow in early March. Wearing layers and a coat will help you stay cozy on cold days, and you can always take off layers if the temperatures warm up.
The beginning of the month tends to be colder than later in March when spring temperatures will begin to hit.
It’s a time when the weather can vary a lot, but the warmest time of day is usually in the afternoon, with temperatures dropping at night after the sun goes down. At night time, you will want a warm jacket or a coat, and you may want a beanie to keep your head warm from the wind.
💡 One of the most important pieces of clothing you’ll need for your New York City trip is comfortable shoes. We will go into more detail on shoes later.
Daily temperature progression on a typical day:
- Morning (8 AM): 41°F
- Afternoon (3 PM): 50°F
- Evening (10 PM): 44°F
March is a rainy time in NYC, with an average of 12 days of precipitation. In early March, there may be rain or sleet mixed with snow, so pack warm waterproof boots if you will be visiting the city within the first two weeks. For any time during this month, you will need some rain gear, including an umbrella, rain boots, and a waterproof jacket.
It does not snow a lot in March here, but there are an average of 2 snow days during the month, usually in the first half of the month. So, even if the chance is low, don’t be surprised when it snows.
💡 You will need weatherproof boots for rain and possibly snow, so make sure you bring waterproof boots that have good traction and are comfortable for walking.
We also wear hats and gloves on snow days, so if you come in the first half of the month, I recommend winter accessories.
What to Wear / What to Pack
In New York City in March, wear layers and warm clothes. The first half of the month is colder, and it may even snow, while the second half of the month starts to warm up. Pack waterproof boots, jeans, long sleeve base layers, hoodies or sweaters, a winter hat, gloves, and a warm coat.
This is a time of changing temperatures, with colder temperatures at the beginning of the month and at night. It usually rains quite a bit during the month and may even snow at the beginning of the month, so it’s important to pack waterproof boots to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
Wear a warm base layer and a coat, and pack an umbrella and poncho for rainy days. We wear beanies to keep our heads warm during this windy month. On milder days in March, you can wear a light jacket or hoodie instead of a winter coat.
You will be walking a lot during your trip to New York City, so pack comfortable walking sneakers. March tends to be a rainy month, and may even be sleet or snow, so also bring waterproof boots to keep your feet dry.
Women’s Outfit Tips
For ladies visiting New York City in March, pack layers of clothing, including a coat, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies or sweaters, jeans, waterproof boots, a beanie, and sneakers for walking. If you are coming in the first half of the month, pack gloves for cold weather.
It is a chilly time, especially within the first week or two. Thus, you’ll want to stay warm and dry and have layers for extra protection on wet, windy, and cold days and nights. Almost half of the month may be rainy, so bring waterproof boots, an umbrella, and a poncho.
As the weather changes and shifts during this time in NYC, wearing layers will help you stay comfortable at any temperature. Wear a long-sleeved base layer that you can dress up or dress down.
Add a hoodie or sweater for windy, chilly days. We like to wear dark, solid colors for fashionable tops that you can mix and match.
March is a chilly time in the city, so a warm jacket is important. For cooler weather at the beginning of the month, a coat is your best bet.
For milder days, a jacket and layered tops will be enough to stay comfortable. We often wear black or dark coats and jackets for versatile style options and a clean look. Check out our recommendations above for suggestions.
New York is a walking city, so you’ll need comfortable shoes so you can see all the best attractions without getting sore feet (check out our tips on where to go at the end of this article!).
For sneakers, you pack comfortable shoes in dark colors as they will be less likely to show dirt from the city streets. March in NYC tends to be rainy and chilly, so a pair of water-resistant boots will keep your feet dry and comfortable when it rains.
Jeans are versatile pants that you can dress up with a nice sweater and boots or dress down with a hoodie and sneakers. We like to wear jeans in New York City for chilly days and nights during this month.
If you plan on working out during your trip or want some comfy pants for casual days, joggers are a good option.
March is windy and chilly in New York City, so you will need a beanie to keep your head warm. If you are coming to the city in the first half of the month, pack gloves for colder nights and possible snow days. You will also need an umbrella for rainy days.
For going out at night, bring a purse or small bag. During the day, you may need a larger bag for carrying water, your wallet, your phone, and hand sanitizer.
Additionally, we highly recommend a bag with anti-theft features (see our recommendation above) to keep your belongings safe in the city!
Men Outfit Tips
For men traveling to New York City in March, pack layers, water-resistant boots, a coat, and a beanie. If you are visiting during the first half of the month, you may need gloves, but only for cold nights or potential snow days. You’ll also need comfortable walking shoes for exploring the city on foot.
March weather in New York City can be windy and cold, but there may be warmer days as well, especially at the end of the month. Wear layers to stay comfortable, including a long-sleeved shirt as a base layer and a hoodie or sweater on top.
A warm or at least medium coat is perfect for colder days and nights, and a light jacket will keep you warm on milder days.
March weather can be chilling and rainy so bring a warm coat and rain gear, including an umbrella and poncho. We like to wear puffer coats in NYC, and they’re great for traveling as you can easily pack them into small spaces.
Jeans are versatile and warm, and you can pair them with a hoodie for a casual look or add a sweater to dress up more.
Be prepared for rainy, chilly days and nights in March with a beanie, umbrella, poncho, and waterproof boots. If you are coming in early March, you may also need gloves.
Pack waterproof boots for your March trip to this city. A comfortable pair of water-resistant boots will help keep your feet dry and toasty even on wet days and cold nights. For mild days, you can wear some comfortable sneakers.
Essential Packing Checklist
- Waterproof boots
- Base layer – long-sleeved shirts
- Sweaters and hoodies
- Warm socks
- Gloves (if visiting during the first half of March)
- Poncho or rain jacket
Things To Do
March is an exciting time to visit New York City, as spring begins in the third week of the month. It’s the perfect month to enjoy theater, nightlife, shopping, attractions, St. Patrick’s Day festivities, restaurants and dining, museums, and cultural activities.
Some ideas inlcude:
- See a Broadway show
- Visit Central Park
- Shop in Soho
- Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- Dine at an Irish pub
- Art museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum
- Try New York-style pizza
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
- The American Museum of Natural History
- Rooftop views from the Empire State Building
- Coffee and hot chocolate from cafes
- Bars and nightclubs in Greenwich Village and the East Village
March is a great time to visit New York City if you want to avoid the crowds of peak tourist season. You can enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the middle of the month and the beginning of spring at the end of the month.
It’s also an excellent time to see the city’s top tourist attractions as there will be fewer tourists than usual at the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, and other top sites.