Cherry Blossom Festivals: 18 Places To See The Blooms


With spring weather taking its time, seeing the soft pink blooms at parks and cherry blossom festivals in NJ and the surrounding area is the official sign in 2024 that we’ve turned a corner. While the time for these flowering trees to show off their color is brief (most trees peak for a week beginning in April before the petals fall off into pink-tinged snow-like drifts), you can catch them all over NJ, including the most extensive collection of cherry blossoms in the United States (yup, bigger than Washington DC). Scroll down for where to go to cherry blossom festivals and places to see them and when, and don’t forget to use our guide to spring flowers to find more blooms in the state. (featured photo credit: @pastrychefmatthew)

Cherry Blossom Festivals in NJ and Beyond

Essex County Park Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch Brook Park
April 6-14, 2024
With over 5,300 cherry blossom trees that burst into full bloom in April, this park is the nation’s first county park, and it’s noted to have the largest collection of Japanese cherry blossom trees in the United States, rivaling the famous Washington DC blooms. During the peak blooms, you can visit the annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch Brook Park from April 6-14, which features a Bike Race, Cherry Blossom 10K, Essex County Family Day,  Essex County 1 Mile Fun Run, and culminates on April 14 with Bloomfest! featuring live music, children’s activities, a crafter’s marketplace, food, and more. 
Cost: Free
Park Avenue and Lake Street, Newark, NJ 07104

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival Of Greater Philadelphia
Late March-April 27, the main weekend is April 13-14, 2024
This annual spring celebration features both the beautiful blooms of the Cherry Blossoms and Japanese arts and culture. Organized by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the cherry blossom festival has it all from performers, sushi-making classes and contests, dining, and, of course, the gorgeous flowering cherry trees. Don’t miss the chance to usher in spring with the whole fam.
Cost: Free
Horticulture Center and Centennial Arboretum, 100 N. Horticulture Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Peekskill Rotary’s 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival and Plant Sale
May 4, 2024
Over 100 cherry blossom trees have been planted by the Peekskill Rotary and will be on full display at their 7th Annual Festival. Each year, the Rotary holds this event for people of all ages to come and celebrate the beginning of spring and take in the beauty of the blossoms. The event includes flower pot painting, arts and crafts, kids’ games, inflatable slides, food trucks, a plant sale, and more. 
Cost: Admission and parking are free
Peeksill Riverfront Green Park, 1 Robin Drive, Peekskill, NY 10566

Where to See More Blooms in NJ and Beyond

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Over 120 acres of beauty surround this Morristown arboretum, where cherry blossoms flourish in the first week of April. While there, you can also explore the Colonial Revival mansion, the woodlands, meadows, gardens, and more.
353 E. Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960

Hurd Park
Cherry blossoms debut at Hurd Park in Dover just in time for spring. Take Insta-worthy photos at the gazebo, footbridge, or War Memorial with the blooming trees in the background.
West Blackwell Street and Park Heights Avenue, Dover, NJ 07801

New Jersey Botanical Gardens
Part of Ringwood State Park, these gardens are dripping with beauty. This 1,119-acre estate property in Passaic County has gardens, walkways, and more. The cherry blossom magic happens in their Perennial Garden and is well worth visiting—call ahead to find out the peak blooms (around the first week of April). 
2 Morris Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Rahway River Park
One of 36 parks in Union County, this park has cherry blossoms in early spring. After admiring the blooms, head to the many activity spots around the park, including a multi-use path, running track, playground, sports fields, picnic area (non-reservable), and a spray park.
St. Georges Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
This nonprofit arboretum and garden in Union County is a popular spot to take in the sight of cherry blossoms in NJ. With thousands of visitors a year, this location is blooming with beauty. Check out their Spring Discovery weekends in March, leading up to the blooms.
165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901

Verona Park
This cherry blossom spot is part of the Essex County Park System—a park with over 54 acres offering picturesque locations. After you walk through the cherry trees, stop by the pretty boathouse and lake for photo ops.
Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044

Warinanco Park
This Union County park is perfect for setting up a picnic and spending the day under the cherry trees. The park is a whopping 205 acres and spans between two towns, Roselle and Elizabeth. If you are looking for more of nature’s beauty, Warinanco Park has magnolias, too.
Warinanco Park Roadway, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

David C. Shaw Arboretum
Established in 1963, this 22-acre arboretum in Holmdel Park is named after David C. Shaw, the former Monmouth County Shade Tree Commission Superintendent. The arboretum was one of his first projects, and now spending time among the blossoms is a springtime treat.
Holmdel Park, Pond Walk, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Divine Park in Spring Lake
Nothing says spring like Spring Lake, where you can catch a burst of pink at Divine Park in the center of town. This 16-acre park with a freshwater lake is a stunning setting for the flowering trees, which reflect onto the water and offer beautiful photo moments.
801 Lake Drive, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

Sayen House and Gardens
In historic Hamilton Square, you can find a sanctuary for nature lovers. This popular photo location also has fish ponds, an arched bridge, and many other picturesque spots for pretty, flower-filled family photos.
155 Hughes Drive, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690

Chapel Avenue in Cherry Hill
Two miles of pink goodness grace the streets of Cherry Hill. Travel down Chapel  Avenue between Haddonfield Road and Kings Highway—cherry trees were planted as a solemn tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Cherry blossoms are expected to arrive during the last two weeks of April.
Chapel Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Looking for a spot near NYC to see the beautiful cherry blossoms? Head to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, where you can take in rows of trees. Meander down the Cherry Walk, a path created in 1921 lined with cherry blossoms forming a canopy overhead. Their Cherry Watch map updates the areas in pre-bloom, first bloom, peak bloom, and post-peak bloom, so you will know just when to visit.
Entrances are located at 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11225, 455 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225, and 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 

Central Park Cherry Blossoms
Take a stroll through Central Park from April to May and wonder at the beauty of their annual cherry blossom festival of trees. Their blooming season may be short-lived, but when the petals fall, they create a blanket across the ground that kids (and adults) love to see. 
Central Park, between 72nd Street and 96th Street

New York Botanical Garden
With over 200 flowering cherry trees, The New York Botanical Garden is the place to be when these beauties are in bloom. The garden has a Cherry Blossom section, and there’s a path you can walk down as you admire the pinks and whites of the trees. The trees are expected to bloom from late March to May.
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458

Randall’s Island Park
This waterfront park has gorgeous cherry blossom trees in bloom from late March to early April. Bring your own food and drinks and enjoy a picnic at one of the many picnic areas within the park among the pinkiest pinks.
100 Central Road, New York, NY 10035

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