Things to Do Cherry blossoms in NYC: Where to catch the spring blooms By Shaye Weaver firstname.lastname@example.org Updated April 4, 2019 10:58 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Winter is over — bring on spring. The warmer temperatures mean it's officially spring and the sun is sticking around longer. Some trees are beginning to growing buds and others have popped. Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., The National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway. You can do your own tracking of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherries on its online CherryWatch map and the New York Botanical Garden's on their's and plan where you'll go to see them with our guide to the top viewing spots. Riverside Park's Cherry Walk Photo Credit: iStock From 100th Street to 125th Street, Riverside Park's Cherry Walk is a lovely way to take in the blooms. The Committee of Japanese Residents of New York presented 2,000 cherry trees as a gift to the city in 1909 and about 700 of them were planted. Some surviving trees of the original planting were also part of the same batch planted in Washington, D.C. Cadman Plaza Park Photo Credit: iStock Brooklyn Heights' Cadman Plaza Park is a little oasis in the business of the passing traffic. In the spring, beautiful blooms can be seen near the memorial honoring the Brooklynites who served in WWII. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Photo Credit: iStock Head to the former World's Fair location in Queens to enjoy plenty of cherry trees in bloom. It has its own Sakura Matsuri festival on April 20. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Located at 990 Washington Ave., the Botanic Garden has 26 species of flowering cherry trees for a total of more than 200 that are spread out across Cherry Esplanade, Cherry Walk and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Every year, the garden hosts an annual cultural festival in celebration of the blossoms. The Sakura Matsuri festival will take place the weekend of April 27 and 28, and requires advanced tickets. Prospect Park Photo Credit: iStock Explore Brooklyn's largest public park -- 585 acres -- to spot plenty of seasonal cherry blossoms. Go on a warm day and lay in the blossoms' shadows. New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx Photo Credit: iStock The New York Botanical Garden, located at 2900 Southern Blvd. in the Bronx, is another prime location to enjoy the springtime blooms in the city. Two hundred blossoming cherry trees can be found in various places around the botanical garden. Head to the garden's Cherry Valley, around the arboretum and through Daffodil Hill. If you want to track how the blooms are doing before heading over, check its map. Central Park Photo Credit: iStock Central Park features both the Kanzan and Yoshino, pictured, varieties of cherry tree in various locations in the park, including Lilac Walk northeast of Sheep Meadow, on the east side of the Reservoir, pictured, in the Ramble mid-Park at 72nd Street, Delacorte Theater at 80th Street at mid-park and the southeast portion of the Great Lawn. The United Nations headquarters in midtown Photo Credit: iStock Midtown's United Nations headquarters, located at 760 United Nations Plaza, features cherry trees on site. Roosevelt Island Photo Credit: iStock Not only can you get a beautiful view of the island's grove of cherry trees that line the East River, but the view of Manhattan is spectacular. On April 13, there will be a cherry blossom festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a tea ceremony, picnics, music, dance and martial arts performances and a Japanese cultural fair. Green-Wood Cemetery Photo Credit: Green-Wood Historic Fund This national historic landmark, in Brooklyn's Greenwood Heights, boasts plenty of cherry trees in its green space. Enjoy the cherry blossoms along Battle Avenue and more. The main entrance is at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue. Queens Botanical Garden Photo Credit: Shari Romar Head to Flushing to catch the blossoms at Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main St. The garden's Cherry Circle is the prime spot to enjoy the springtime cherry trees. Randall's Island Photo Credit: Randall's Island Park Alliance Cherry blossoms can be spotted on Randall's Island at Fields 62 and 63, as well as the Urban Farm. Head to the island on April 20 for its Cherry Blossom Festival, a free event featuring live entertainment, crafts and, of course, plenty of blooms. By Shaye Weaver email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Spring has arrived at The Met with gardens exhibitThe exhibit showcases picturesque 19th century works from “Paris to Provence.” Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.