Things to Do on Upper West Side in March
Spring is right around the corner. In March, New York City begins to thaw out. Trees begin to bud, new grass grows, and warm weather visits the city, making March one of the best times to visit.
During this period of the year, New York City is still empty of the tourists that traditionally descend in the summertime, though the weather is beginning to become much more pleasant. Take the opportunity to stroll through the city’s bustling streets and visit some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, if you haven’t already.
If you’ve been to the city’s most famous spots, then explore these events and activities happening in March on the Upper West Side and the rest of New York City.
See La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera
On show this season at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera is La Traviata, a classic three-act composition about a famed courtesan named Violetta living in 19th-century Paris. Originally composed by Giuseppe Verdi, the Metropolitan Opera has reimagined it with Ermonela Jaho, Nadine Sierra, and Angel Blue playing the heroine.
Just a six minute drive or a 16 minute walk away from The Wallace, the Metropolitan Opera is one of the Upper West Side’s must-visit destinations.
Watch an NBA Game
Catch the New York Knicks on their home turf. This March, the team will be playing six home games, against the Brooklyn Nets (3/1), Charlotte Hornets (3/7), Denver Nuggets (3/18), Minnesota Timberwolves (3/20), Houston Rockets (3/27), and the Miami Heat (3/29). Madison Square Garden, home to the Knicks, is the oldest NBA arena in use, and one of the most iconic — so be sure to catch a game in the arena if you’re a fan.
Madison Square Garden is located in Midtown West, a sixteen minute drive and a forty minute walk from The Wallace. Get tickets for the Knicks games here.
Watch a New York Rangers Game
The New York Knicks aren’t the only team in Madison Square Garden. The sports arena is also home to the New York Rangers, a hockey team currently third in the Metropolitan Division. This NHL team has seven home games in March, against the Ottawa Senators (3/2), Washington Capitals (3/14), Pittsburgh Penguins (3/16 and 3/18),Nashville Predators (3/19), Carolina Hurricanes (3/20), and Columbus Blue Jackets (3/28). If you like ice hockey, seeing a Rangers game is one of the best activities to do in March in New York City.
As mentioned above, Madison Square Garden is a sixteen minute drive and forty minute walk from The Wallace. Get Rangers tickets here.
Attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, this New York City celebration dates back even further than the Declaration of Independence. Every year, on March 17th, about 15,000 parade participants travel from East 44th Street to East 79th Street, along Fifth Avenue. St. Patrick is the patron saint of the Archdiocese of New York, making this traditionally Irish holiday an important date in the city.
Catch the parade at 11:00am on Friday the 17th. Read more about this year’s celebration here.
See NYC From the Top of the Rock
A 360-degree view of New York City awaits from the Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Plaza. Open daily from 9am to 11pm, the three levels of observation decks offer unparalleled sights from 70 floors above ground level. Seeing the city from up high is a must — after all, New York is famed for its skyline.
Rockefeller Plaza is a 12 minute drive and a 37 minute walk from The Wallace. Buy tickets here.
Admire Macy’s Flower Show
From March 26 to April 9, Macy’s Herald Square will be transformed into a whimsical floral extravaganza. This 48th annual show is sponsored by Dior, and includes installations throughout the ground floor, balconies, and windows of the flagship Macy’s location. Scented by Dior perfumes and designed by students at the Fashion Institute of Technology, this multi-sensory exhibit is a must-see.
Macy’s Herald Square is a 14 minute drive and a 45 minute walk from The Wallace. It’s worth the visit for the flower show and for the incredible shopping within.
Stay at The Wallace for easy access to all these unique New York City activities. Book now!