Traveling to New York City in the spring? NYC is the place to be during the springtime. All of the flowers are blooming and the air is so fresh and cool. It is definitely one of the most favorite seasons for most New Yorkers like myself. If you love spring too, you cannot miss attending the 2019 Sakura Matsuri – Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City. It is just one of the top things to do while visiting New York City during the spring season for an amazing experience.
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- 1 When is the best time/month to see the cherry blossoms in New York City?
- 2 What is Sakura Matsuri?
- 3 When is the 2019 cherry blossom festival of the Botanical Garden?
- 4 How do I get to the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden?
- 5 How much does a ticket cost to see the Cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden?
- 6 What if I miss the festival? Can I still see the Cherry Blossoms in New York?
When is the best time/month to see the cherry blossoms in New York City?
As I was mentioning above, springtime, specifically during the months of April and May, is the best time to see the Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. There you will find over 200 Cherry Blossoms trees to admire and enjoy.
First, make sure to check the Botanic Gardens website around late March for more detailed information about the blooming times. Definitely, visiting the Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn, which was opened to the public in 1915, is generally a must do/see if you are visiting New York City. So, it’s no surprise that over 900,000 people visit these famous gardens yearly. The gardens are located in the historic and beautiful area of Park Slope. I always enjoy just wandering around, sitting on the benches, taking in all of the fresh air while leisurely doing some people watching. Sometimes, I even get so inspired that I write in my journal right there, while soaking up the atmosphere. You can explore the many areas and enjoy, at different times of the year, a variety of flowers and beautiful displays. Use the map to start at the beginning and simply stroll around at your own pace.
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What is Sakura Matsuri?
Sakura Matsuri isan
annual cherry blossom festival which also celebrates the Japanese
culture, with a rich program of events in different places around the
USA. For example, there is a huge festival in Macon, Georgia, that
features over 300,000 cherry trees.
the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, even they dedicate the whole month of
April to Hanami, a month-long Japanese celebration of the cherry
blossom. The culmination of this month is the weekend-long cherry
blossom festival, known in Japanese as “Sakura Matsuri.”
When is the 2019 cherry blossom festival of the Botanical Garden?
This year, the cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden takes place between Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There are tons of special festivities during this weekend long celebration, featuring over 60 performances, demonstrations, and exhibits. Having personally seen the blooming weeping cherry trees many times at the botanical garden, I can’t tell you enough how worthwhile and beautiful this experience is. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is my favorite botanical garden in NYC. You cannot miss the first cherry cultivars blossoming at the Japanese Hill-and Pond Garden. In addition, the spectacular display of double pink blossoms on the Cherry Tree Esplanade. It’s literally picture perfect!
How do I get to the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden?
You can take the MTA subway system for a faster commute or you can use share ride apps such as Uber, Via or Lyft.
If you decide to use the Subway, here are your options:
· The 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway—Brooklyn Museum station (IMPORTANT note for weekends: 4/5 replaces 2/3)
· The B or Q to Prospect Park station (IMPORTANT note for weekends: B train does not run). From the Prospect Park station, it’s only a 5 minute walk to the gardens.
· The 4 or 5 to Franklin Avenue station (IMPORTANT note for the weekends: use Eastern Parkway—Brooklyn Museum station)
Location of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Brooklyn Botanic Garden located is in Prospect Heights, near the
Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Central Library, Prospect Park and Park
Slope. The address is 900 Washington Avenue. You can enter through the
following entrances: 455 Flatbush Avenue or 990 Washington Avenue.
How much does a ticket cost to see the Cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden?
The Admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are as following:
Students 12+ with ID
Children under 12
Note: Event pricing is in effect on festival days; no reciprocal admissions.
Summer Hours: March–October (Applicable in this case)
- Tuesday–Friday: 8 am–6 pm*
(*Twilight Tuesdays: Open late April 16–September 27
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 am–6 pm
- Closed on Mondays (but open Memorial Day and Columbus Day, 10 am–6 pm)
- Closed on Labor Day
- Last admission into the Garden is 30 minutes before closing time.
Specialty gardens including the Discovery Garden, Rose Garden, and
portions of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and Native Flora Garden
begin to close at 5:30 pm.
Pro Travel Tip: If
you are on a budget, or prefer to avoid spending this kind of cash for
attending the festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, you can elect to
visit at other times before or after the festival. For example, the
entrance is free on Fridays before noon, or you can simply choose to
visit the neighboring Prospect Park, where you can usually see cherry
trees blossoming in April. It is definitely a lovely park for a walk or a
picnic with friends. If you are not visiting during spring, but in the
winter season (December–February) the admission is free during the weekdays.
What if I miss the festival? Can I still see the Cherry Blossoms in New York?
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is well known for the Cherry Blossom festival,
but they also offer on their website a feature called Cherrywatch, which
showcases the various cherry trees of the garden and when they are in
bloom. You can keep track there and see if you are lucky enough to catch
the cherry blossoms on a different date.
In summary, you must add visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens to your NYC Bucket List, especially during Cherry Blossom Season. Tell us, have you ever been to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens? Have you ever experienced their Cherry Blossom Festival? Share your experience with us in the comments.
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