Where to See the NYC Cherry Blossoms

If you think you need to fly to Japan or even Washington, D.C. to view a breathtaking cherry-blossom bloom—think again. We’ve got thousands of sakura trees right here in New York City. And if you time your visit properly, you may even even get to see an entire festival devoted to the fragrant pink flower. Here’s a guide to beautiful parks and gardens where you can see the NYC cherry blossoms and partake in the hanami, or cherry-viewing tradition.

Botanical Gardens

We recommend that you start your hanami journey at one of the city’s gorgeous botanical gardens where sakura buds appear. These include the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Queens Botanical Garden, and botanical garden at Snug Harbor in Staten Island. Famously, the BBG also celebrates the bloom by hosting the annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese heritage festival, featuring taiko drumming and other traditional Japanese arts. Learn more at http://www.nybg.com.

Roosevelt Island

If you are down for a quick cable-car ride to Roosevelt Island, you will be rewarded with a row of cherry-blossom trees covering the isle’s western side—making for a lovely accent to any photos you may take of Midtown East’s skyline. In fact, the bloom is so big that in the past, the isle has been known to throw its own cherry-blossom festival, in this case featuring shamisen music and Japanese folk dancing.

Central Park

What better place to behold the beautiful pink blossoms than one as elegant and picturesque as Central Park? Here, it is the Glade, Cedar Hill, and Cherry Hill (among other hills, gardens, and meadows) where you will find the Kwanzan and Yoshino varieties of the cherry-blossom tree; they also encircle Bethesda Fountain and the reservoir, and line the eastern side of the Great Lawn.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

The sakura trees within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park are located west of the New York State Pavilion, for those who would like to see the 1960s-era Unisphere, Pavilion, and Astral Fountain fringed by blossoms. Yet another annual festival is annually held to celebrate them, in this case including a traditional tea ceremony and Japanese choral music.

Northwestern Brooklyn

Northwestern Brooklyn is filled with cherry blossoms all throughout the season, from Brooklyn Heights, where they appear around Cadman Plaza Park, Borough Hall, and Joralemon Street, to Greenwood Heights’ historic Green-Wood Cemetery.

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