First held in 1900 at Madison Square Garden, the New York Auto Show is one of the most iconic motor fairs in the world. Today, it is held every year at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, Friday 28th Aug – Sun 6th Sept. It’s an incredible event that draws automakers, suppliers, and attendees from every continent on the planet. In fact, attendance is estimated at around 1 million people each year. As you might imagine, it can be quite an experience, but it can also be an ordeal. The following tips will help you make the most of your visit if you’re a first-timer at the NY Auto Show.
Plan to Walk or Take Public Transit
With a million people converging on the convention center, you can bet that finding parking will be impossible. So, plan to avoid it. Take public transit if you can, or walk if you must. The convention center is located between 34th and 39th Streets and 11th Avenue, so there is plenty of subway access around the locale.
Buy Tickets Early
While it is unlikely that the event will sell out, you should buy your tickets early. They cost just $17 for adults and $7 for children. The event is open to the general public, though, so expect demand to be high.
Know What You Want to See
The show publishes a guide that contains all the information you need about the dozens of automakers and hundreds of other exhibitors that will be in attendance. Do some preliminary research and decide where you want to go, what you want to see, and what you want to do. This will help ensure that you’re able to streamline your experience.
The New York Auto Show is one of the largest in the world, if not the largest. You will find over 1,000 vehicles on lining the floors of the Javits Convention Center to peruse. It can be overwhelming even if you’ve done conventions like this many times before. Be prepared. Allot plenty of time for exploring everything, and make sure you have several days to do so. You cannot see it all in a single day – not even a fraction of it, really.
While there is a food court and coffee house at the convention center, the best advice is to dine off-site. You’re in the middle of New York City, and there are literally thousands of places to eat within a minute on foot from the grounds. Plus, if you dine off-site, you’ll deal with lighter crowds and will be more likely to enjoy your meal, as well.
The New York Auto Show is an incredible experience. Whether you’re a confirmed car lover or you just want to experience what’s coming down the pike from the world’s top automakers firsthand, there is so much to see and do here. Plan ahead, know what interests you most, and be prepared.