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Off the Beaten Track: Spring Cherry Blossoms in Queens


For me, blossoming cherry trees are a sign of Spring in New York.

There are surprisingly many places to see these beautiful trees bloom around New York City but some of the larger collections of trees – at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Cherry Hill in Central Park, and Cherry Valley at the New York Botanical Garden – are also the most popular and crowded.

What to do

I recently spent an overcast day exploring the cherry trees off the beaten track in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. This viewing spot is highly recommended for the variety of trees and unlike other destinations is not crowded or busy at all. The majority of cherry trees are planted around the New York State Pavilion structure and around the Unisphere, but there are plenty of other trees around the remainder of the park.

For a fun day out, suggest pairing the stunning pink and white floral display with a visit to the Queens Museum or the NY Hall of Science, both of which are close by or a picnic in the park. You could even play mini-golf at the Golf NYC 18-hole miniture golf course.


When to go

April - keep an eye on the cherry blossom watch reports for New York and take a gamble!

How to get there

Depending on where you are coming from the 7 train to Mets-Willets Point is probably your best bet, or driving and parking in the parking lot for the Queens Museum.


Spring Fling


And a bird overhead
sang Follow.
And a bird to the right
sang Here.
And the arch of the leaves
was hollow.
And the meaning of
May was clear.
- A.C. Swinburne

Hyacinths and daffodils bloom in the spring at Herald Square in New York City, May 2013.


After living in the Big Apple for one whole year, I have now experienced four complete seasons - and trust me they are very different from the sub-tropical (Brisbane/Rockhampton) and temperate (Sydney) climates I am used to in Australia.

I fitted right in during summer; I was fascinated by the leaves fall during autumn; and the novelty of snow got me through my first northern hemisphere winter (it was tougher than I expected!).

But if you ask me what my favourite season is in New York, it would have to be spring.

The poem and photo above help me describe the joy. Brilliant, clear sunshine; crisp, fragrant air, avenues bustling and alive with blooms; with the friendly song and chatter of birds playing amongst the leaves.

Sure, there have been some chilly days and some rainy days, but overall, May has been a very necessary, not to mention absolutely delightful wake from my dark winter slumber.

And the the best thing about spring? It means a glorious summer is right around the corner!

Spring flowers in bloom outside the Ace Hotel in NoMad.

Tulips in bloom at the New York Public Library. 

Wherever you are, what's your favourite season?