Once spring has sprung, one of our first stops will be to see the cherry blossoms in NYC. The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden tends to draw huge crowds, so you might want to visit a few other New York attractions that are boasting those pretty Japanese shrubs. We’ve found the spots at the best NYC parks where you can gaze and be in awe over the flowers, especially while the trees are still blooming–it’s one of the best things to do in the spring in NYC. Get ready for an Instagram feed full of pink-petal landscapes.
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Best places to see cherry blossoms
With its Sakura Matsuri Festival, the most lavish celebration of cherry blossoms in New York City, you can expect to find plenty of Japanese shrubs here during the annual April festival. And that’s not all—there will also be an art gallery, a Japanese tea room and a flea market.
While discovering winding trails, rocks and streams, you'll spot cherry blossoms around the bridal path at 90th St, East Drive at 66th St, the east side of the Boathouse at 74th St and Cherry Hill mid-park at 72nd St. And spot them across from Belvedere Castle, because the only thing that makes a castle more magical is princess-pink blossoms.
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.
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Masato Hagiwara