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Where to See the Cherry Blossoms in New York City

March 11 2024

When you think of New York, nature might not be the first thing that pops into your head - however, the city is home to a lot more green space than you might think. 

There are more than 1,700 parks, green spaces, and playgrounds across the city's five boroughs - home to a surprising number of plants, animals, and birds. One of the most impressive things you might not expect to see in the city is the number of cherry blossoms appearing in the spring months.

But where are the best places to see the Cherry Blossoms in New York City this spring?

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn Botanical Garden is home to the largest cherry blossom festival in the country and boasts over 200 different cherry trees. In the spring months, the gardens are transformed into a sea of white and pink, with the most impressive blooms found at the Cherry Esplanade, a large lawn lined with cherry trees. Head to the botanical garden for a picnic and some of best photo opportunities of the blossoms in the city. 

Cherry Blossom Trees in Riverside Park New York, overlooking the river and New York skyline

Central Park 

No list of things to do in New York is complete without giving Central Park a mention. The park is one of the most visited and most photographed in the world and a trip to NYC is incomplete without a visit. 

If you’re hoping to see cherry blossoms on your next trip to the Big Apple, Central Park is home to plenty of spots. You can find the best blossoms at Cherry Hill and in the Conservatory Garden. Get there early in the day to avoid the crowds hoping to see the cherry blossom. 

Roosevelt Island 

Roosevelt Island is a little off the beaten track, located in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. The island can be reached via the bridge, an aerial tram, the subway, or via ferry. 

The island is home to an impressive waterfront promenade lined with cherry trees that offers views across the city skyline and water. In the spring months, the cherry blossoms bloom, transforming the promenade and attracting both locals and tourists to see the beautiful pink and white trees. 

Cherry Blossom Tree lined path in Central Park New York on a sunny day

Flushing Meadows Corona Park 

Located in Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is home to an impressive collection of cherry trees. Head towards the Great Lawn (a perfect spot for a springtime picnic) to see the blossoms in all their glory. 

Hunter’s Point South Park, Queens 

Hunter’s Point is home to a number of Yoshino cherry trees which produce a unique white blossom, rather than the more common pink blooms. If you want to see the white cherry blossoms, the waterfront park in Long Island City is the best place to see them in the city. 

Visiting New York to see the cherry blossoms this spring? The Hotel Beacon is located in the heart of the action and just minutes away from the best cherry-blossom-spots in the city.