Spring is the time to celebrate all the flowers that NYC has to offer. From tulips and daffodils to cherry blossoms, there are so many ways to celebrate the season. Whether you’re looking for a quiet stroll under the trees or a romantic picnic under a beautiful pink petal canopy, there are some blooms that are just too pretty to miss.
The most important thing to remember is to be gentle with the blossoms! Do not climb them, pick them, or shake them. Keeping your hands and feet to yourself will ensure the delicate petals remain in good condition, and allow you to enjoy the beauty of these special trees.
One of the most popular spots to view these spring flowers is in New York City’s Central Park. The park’s Conservancy has launched a cherry blossom tracking map that will help you find peak bloom areas across the park. This map will tell you which tree varieties are in bloom, and will also tell you if they’re pre-peak, at peak, or post-peak.
Among the blossoms to be found in Central Park this year are several different types of cherry trees. From deep magenta Okame cherry blossoms by the park Yoshino cherries, you’re sure to see something that will make you smile.
If you’re hoping to catch the early-blooming Okame cherry blossoms, you can head to the west side of the Reservoir, located mid-park from 86th to 96th streets. There you’ll be able to see these deeply hued flowers along with some stunning Kwanzan cherry trees that are decked out with double-petaled pink blossoms (though these have not yet reached their peak).
Another great option to view the park’s gorgeous cherry trees is Hunter’s Point South Park in Queens. This lovely waterfront park is home to rows of Yoshino cherry trees that will delight you to no end.
Once you’re finished enjoying the views, you can explore a whole host of other perks that Hunter’s Point South Park has to offer, including playgrounds, dog runs, bike paths, and more. There are also plenty of picnic spots and a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.
This renowned botanical garden is home to a variety of flowering trees, from red maples and yellow oaks to lilacs, daffodils, and other bulbs that brighten the grounds in spring. But the park’s crowning glory is its grove of a dozen Japanese cherry trees.
A walk through the park is like walking through a postcard from Japan, with cherry trees lining the main path and a pond lined with azaleas. The blooms here are a treat to behold, and you can also take in the views from the terraced gardens above, which are open to the public for free during this special time of year.
This park’s Japanese Garden is a must-see any time of the year, but especially so in spring. Throughout the garden, you’ll find cherry trees of all shapes and sizes, as well as many other kinds of blooming flowers. But the most spectacular sight is found late in the season, when a grove of flamboyant cherry trees burst into ecstasy with fuchsia-colored flowers that seem to flow down the sides of the garden. The park’s many urns and statues add to the effect, and from some positions you’ll even be able to frame a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.