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The best places to see cherry blossoms in NYC

See cherry blossoms in NYC at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Central Park, New York Botanic Garden and at these spots

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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Cherry blossoms in NYC offer New Yorkers a brief but gorgeous pop of beauty, which is why when they bloom each year, we flock in droves to see them. In fact, the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the most popular NYC attractions during the spring! BBG isn't the only place you can take in the beautiful Japanese blooms, however. From the best NYC parks to hidden spots around town, we've rounded up the best places where you can gaze at the delicate pink flowers and take the perfect warm-weather-ready photo for your Instagram feed and check off your bucket list with these best things to do in spring.
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When do cherry blossoms bloom in NYC?

Cherry blossoms bloom in NYC based on each year's weather, but they usually begin in earnest by late March.

When do the cherry blossoms bloom in NYC central park?

CentralPark.com says the park's trees bloom from April to May.

Where can I see cherry blossoms in Central Park?

The cherry blossom trees in Central Park can be found between 72nd Street and 96th Street around the Reservoir, Cherry Hill, Pilgrim Hill, Great Lawn, Cedar Hill, and the area just south of Cedar Hill between 74th and 77th Streets. 

Where is the best place to see the cherry blossoms in NYC?

Scroll down to see the best place to see the cherry blossoms in NYC!

Best places to see cherry blossoms

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  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
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While discovering winding trails, rocks and streams, you'll spot cherry blossoms around the bridal path at 90th Street, East Drive at 66th Street, the east side of the Boathouse at 74th Street, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and Cherry Hill mid-park at 72nd Street. And spot them across from Belvedere Castle, because the only thing that makes a castle more magical is princess-pink blossoms.

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  • Attractions
  • Public spaces
  • Roosevelt Island

This narrow piece of land in the middle of the East River is crawling with beautiful cherry blossoms, giving you a perfect frame for your photos of the Manhattan skyline. And thanks to the boxy red tram that glides above the water, the island may be one of the only locations in New York that is a joy to get to on public transportation.

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Downtown Brooklyn
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Directly next to this park’s grand Brooklyn War Memorial monument is a lovely, fully-sprouted cherry blossom tree. Walk over to the statue of the female with a child to find the blossoms—and pay your respects to the Brooklyn residents who served in World War II.

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  • Parks and gardens
  • Staten Island
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Spread across 83 acres, the area boasts an enormous botanical garden and cultural center surrounded by cobblestone streets and tiny paths of Victorian and Tudor homes. One of the most popular attractions here is the Chinese Scholar’s Garden, fitted with magnificent rocks meant to resemble mountains inspired by the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks, as well as a bamboo forest path and Koi-filled pond. This garden in particular is where to find the best blooms.

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