I will always have a soft spot in my heart for May, seeing as it’s my birth month. In New York City, May also feels like a turning point, since it’s usually the first month when we can count on no more freak snowstorms and more warm days than not. In other words, May is a perfect time to visit New York City: winter’s over, but the heat of summer and the swarms of tourists haven’t invaded yet. Even better, it’s a great time to see the City with USA Guided Tours NYC bus tours and take advantage of one of our best features: our spring and summertime boat cruise!
While our seasonal boat cruise becomes part of our “Discover NY” daytime tour itinerary on the 1st of April each year, it can be windy on the high seas (well, New York Harbor) — and is therefore best experienced when it’s a little warmer. Don’t forget to put on your sunscreen! Just sit back and relax, sunglasses in place and complimentary bottled water in hand, as you smell the lovely salt air and take in the views as we jet away from Lower Manhattan.
On our roundtrip cruise, your guide will fill you in on the history of New York’s harbors, as well as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — both of which you’ll see as we make our circle back to Manhattan. It’s hard to beat the beautiful views of the New York skyline from our comfortable cruise. Only our stop at Fulton Ferry Landing under the Brooklyn Bridge to see the skyline at night on our “Big Apple in Lights” evening tour rivals it!
Once back on the mainland, you’ll have the rest of your vacation to see some of the great events going on in New York in May. Perhaps the most “magical” event to hit the City in years — in all kinds of ways! — is the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Opening to rave reviews, the play tells the story of grown-up Harry Potter and his middle son’s struggles to fit in at Hogwarts. Join Muggles of all ages to see this extravaganza — but buy your tickets soon! They’re selling out fast, although you can always try to get same-day or cancellation tickets.
There’s also lots of outdoor magic that starts in May, as the City gets ready to show off its green scenery (or greenery) in style. On May 19th, check out the Dance Parade, with 10,000 dancers from around the world boogie-ing on Broadway, from Chelsea down to Union Square and Tompkins Park in the East Village. Or, you could see dance in its most rarified form when the American Ballet Theatre begins its spring season on May 14th with Giselle.
Music also takes center stage in May — quite literally when it comes to the SummerStage concert series, which opens on May 16th in Central Park. Liam Gallagher of Oasis and Richard Ashcroft of the Verve will perform — a Britpop 90’s nostalgia lineup! And don’t miss the landmark exhibition on one of music’s greatest wizards: “David Bowie Is” at the Brooklyn Museum. From original performance costumes to handwritten lyrics, “David Bowie Is” showcases the magic and madness of one of pop’s most unique artists.
So, as you can see, there’s plenty to do in New York in May. Spring into summer, if you’ll pardon the pun, and let us at USA Guided Tours help you make the best of your vacation with our daytime, evening, and custom NYC bus tours!
Sara Murphy | USA Guided Tours NY Blog Contributor