Before you know it, it is already the Cherry Blossom season. If you live near NYC and do not want to bother driving out to Washington DC, here are some local destinations where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms.
Branch Brook Park, Newark
One of the most popular places for watching Cherry Blossom is the Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ. Japanese cherry blossoms predominate among the more than 4000 cherry blossom trees in the park. Each year, thousands of people visit the park during the cherry blossom festival.
The 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival is from April 5 to April 23, 2014. The Family Fun Day is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 12, from 11am - 3pm. Come and enjoy an afternoon of live performances, family activities and food vendors.
As the actual peak time of cherry blossom vary by year, please check their website for the latest updates. (Website: http://newark1.com/branchbrook)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
This year, the weekend-long Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival takes place on Saturday, April 26-Sunday, April 27 and includes Japanese cultural activities, music and art. Kids will enjoy sword fighting, Taiko drumming, manga artists, children's workshops, a puzzle plaza and all of the people dressed up in Japanese costumes.
New York Botanic Garden
Although NYBG's Cherry Valley doesn't have a festival, the blossoms are still sweet. There are more cherry blossoms scattered throughout the Ross Conifer Arboretum too. While you're there, you can catch the annual Orchid Show (through Monday, April 21).
There are several spots to find cherry blossoms in Central Park. Some of the best ones are on the bridal path at 90th Street, East Drive at 66th Street, the east side of the Boathouse at 74th Street and Cherry Hill mid-park at 72nd Street just west of Bethesda Terrace.
If anyone visits any cherry blossom locations, please put a comment to inform us if it is peak time or not. If you know of other places for watching cherry blossom, please comment below.