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A tree in bloom near the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

The Ultimate Guide to Viewing Cherry Blossoms in New York City

As winter fades away, the city awakens to the gentle warmth of Spring which only means the arrival of Cherry Blossoms is just around the corner. Cherry Blossoms mark the beginning of this enchanting season, offering locals and tourists alike a breathtaking view of the city adorned with delicate pink hues. If you’re eager to witness this Instagram-worthy scene, we’ve put together your ultimate guide to experiencing cherry blossoms in New York City.

1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to the famous Sakura Matsuri Festival, the garden boasts a diverse collection of cherry blossom treas. Visitors can wander through the Cherry Esplanade and Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, where thousands of cherry trees burst into bloom.

How to get there from Leon Hotel:
Travel Time: 30 minutes

2. Central Park
Central Park, the iconic green oasis amid Manhattan’s urban jungle, offers numerous spots to admire cherry blossoms. The Reservoir Loop, Conservatory Garden, and the area around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir are particularly popular locations for cherry blossom viewing. Take a leisurely stroll or pack a picnic and bask in the serene beauty of these blossoms.

How to get there from Leon Hotel:
Travel Time: 12 minutes

3. Riverside Park
Stretching along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Riverside Park is another hidden gem for cherry blossom enthusiasts. The Cherry Walk section of the park features a row of cherry trees that burst into bloom during the spring months, offering stunning views of the river alongside the delicate pink blossoms.

credit: Riverside Park (Manhattan)

How to get there from Leon Hotel:
Travel Time: 11 minutes

4. Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Located in Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is not only famous for its iconic landmarks like the Unisphere but also for its beautiful cherry blossoms. The park’s Cherry Esplanade is adorned with rows of cherry trees, creating a picturesque setting for a leisurely stroll or a peaceful afternoon picnic.

NYC Parks
NYC Parks

How to get there from Leon Hotel:
Travel Time: 49 minutes

5. Randall’s Island Park
For a more off-the-beaten-path experience, head to Randall’s Island Park, situated in the East River between Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. Here, you’ll find a hidden oasis of cherry blossoms along the island’s waterfront, providing a tranquil escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Randall's Island Park - NYC Parks
Randall’s Island Park – NYC Parks

How to get there from Leon Hotel:
Travel Time: 51 minutes

6. New York Botanical Garden
While technically located in the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden is a must-visit destination for cherry blossom enthusiasts. The garden’s Cherry Valley comes alive with the vibrant colors of cherry blossoms during the spring months, offering a serene retreat away from the city’s chaos.
New York Botanical Garden –

How to get there from Leon Hotel:
Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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