Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Brooklyn

Where to see Brooklyn cherry blossoms

TripSavvy / Marina Li

You'll never know what kind of weather you'll get during a Brooklyn spring. When the winter starts to wane, Brooklynites have sandals and snow boots on the ready for the indecisive March and April weather when cold and warm spells tend to alternate. Despite this mix of temperatures, pink cherry blossom trees still bloom throughout it at all, a sign that another spring has arrived and spirits are high throughout the five boroughs.

If you plan to visit New York City in the spring and are looking for blossoming cherry trees, Brooklyn is a good place to spot them. Cherry trees flower all over Brooklyn's parks and neighborhoods, but you'll find the highest concentration at the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Cherry blossoms are the most colorful and breathtaking sight, but sadly, their beauty is short-lived, so you'll want to make the garden a priority if you arrive in time for the bloom.

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Held At Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

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Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry blossom season in Brooklyn runs from mid-March to late April. However, different varieties of cherry trees blossom at different times in the spring. Although the exact dates are hard to predict, some trees always bloom before others. For example, weeping cherry trees bloom before double-blossom cherry trees. Over the course of a few weeks, you can see how many different trees at different stages of bloom. No trees will stay in bloom for longer than a week, but different varieties will bloom at different times, making the season last longer.

As many locals know, cherry blossom season is marked in Brooklyn by a beautiful display of different varieties of cherry trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. If you want to find the ideal time to see the cherry trees blossom, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website has a Cherrywatch feature, highlighting the various trees in the garden and when they are in bloom. 

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cherry Blossom Festival

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Prospect Heights, near the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park, has a great collection of cherry blossom trees, most located in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. To the west of this area, you'll also find the Cherry Cultivars Area, where there are different varieties growing all in one place, so you can properly compare and see how they all bloom on different schedules. The Cherry Walk is a pathway, lined with trees, that leads to the Cherry Esplanade, an open lawn with 76 trees. You can also find cherry blossoms in the Osborne Garden by the Eastern Parkway entrance and in the Bonsai Collection.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is famous for its celebration of the arrival of cherry blossom season, which is known as Hanami, a month-long celebration of the arrival of cherry blossoms. During the annual festival, which in Japan is called Sakura Matsuri, the gardens typically organize events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

You can track the bloom status of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's trees, so you know exactly when to visit. While the blossoms will still bloom and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open, the 2021 festival was not rescheduled.

Green-Wood Cemetery with Manhattan in background

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Cherry Blossoms in Other Parts of Brooklyn

If you can't make it to the festival or the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, there are many other places in Brooklyn where you can enjoy the blooming cherry festivals.

According to the New York City Parks Department, you can also see cherry trees blossom closer to Downtown Brooklyn at Borough Hall near Joralemon Street, Lenox Street, and Cadman Plaza West. This area is located in and around scenic Brooklyn Heights, which has lovely cobblestone streets, and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, where you can find a nice view of the Manhattan skyline. Or, consider spending an afternoon at the peaceful Green-Wood Cemetery in Greenwood Heights, just south of Park Slope. Stroll around the serene historic cemetery in late March and you are sure to spot some cherry trees blossoming.

If you don't want to shell out the cash for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, head to neighboring Prospect Park, which is a public park and boasts a few cherry trees of its own. When the weather permits, pack a lunch and start your picnic season on the lawn in this beloved Brooklyn park. Running enthusiasts should sign up for the Prospect Park Track Club's Cherry Tree 10-Miler. Although the race does take place in February, slightly before Cherry Blossom season officially begins, it's a Brooklyn running tradition.

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