Get us in your inbox

Search
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photograph: Jena Cumbo

The best places to see cherry blossoms in NYC

Be dazzled by cherry blossoms in NYC at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Central Park, New York Botanic Garden and more spots around town.

Shaye Weaver
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Written by
Shaye Weaver
&
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Advertising
Cherry blossoms in NYC offer New Yorkers a brief but gorgeous pop of beauty, which is why we flock in droves to see them when they bloom each spring. From the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to Central Park and even some hidden spots around town, we've rounded up the best places where you can gaze at the delicate pink flowers, 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.

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

Speaking of Central Park, the cherry blossom trees here 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. But Central Park isn't the only place to admire these pretty petals; keep scrolling for the full list. 

Best places to see cherry blossoms

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

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.

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Greenwood

Walk around this popular Brooklyn attraction and you'll discover trees with gorgeous pink flowers creating enchanting views. On a stroll along Battle Avenue, you’ll find both pink and white blossoms framing the mausoleums. Amid this tranquil scene, you can admire 172 cherry blossom trees dotting the landscape.

Advertising

A newer cherry blossom spot on the list, experience spring flowers at Little Island. On the island, Akebono Yoshino cherry trees will bloom alongside daffodils, tulips, lilies, pasqueflowers and many other flowers that bloom from the park's 66,000+ bulbs.

  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Prospect Park

The flowering cherry collection at Brooklyn Botanic Garden contains 26 of the species and cultivars, from the "Kanzan" to the "Pendula Rosea." You can wander beneath these pink petals during the course of the bloom, which generally runs from late March through mid-May. 

Because Brooklyn Botanic Garden has so many different types of trees, you're likely to see a nice bloom no matter when you visit this spring. "No one tree remains in flower for more than a week, and there is no moment when all are blooming at once," the garden explains on its website. "Instead, different species and cultivars blossom in succession, allowing many opportunities to savor the season."

Advertising
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Morningside Heights
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by NYC Parks (@nycparks)

Back in 1912, 2,000 cherry trees arrived in New York City from Japan. The Committee of Japanese Residents of New York offered the trees as a gift, NYC Parks explained. The trees were planted in Riverside Park and a small nearby park that became known as Sakura Park, a reference to the Japanese word for "cherry blossom." Find it between Riverside Church and International House in Morningside Heights around West 122nd Street.  

Advertising
Advertising
  • 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.

  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens

This 50-acre forest features some of the oldest trees in the city, which just so happens to include quite a few cherry blossoms for your photo-snapping pleasure.

More than 200 flowering cherry trees dot the garden's historic landscape with pink and white blossoms. Also don't miss a large and diverse planting of cherries along the curving path in the garden's Cherry Collection.

Advertising
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Downtown Brooklyn
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by @ehnyc

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

  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Staten Island
  • price 1 of 4

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.

Advertising

Looking for more outdoor spots in NYC?

Recommended
    You may also like
    You may also like
    Advertising