A beautiful indicator of warm weather, cherry blossoms are a sweet treat that livens up any block when they’re in bloom. While they signify spring, they are also said to represent a time of renewal and the fleeting nature of life. Walk around the Essex County area and you’ll see them sporadically, but for a full cherry blossom experience, there are a few parks in North Jersey where you can see them. After the flowers peak around two weeks, the blossoms start to fall — so be sure to make time to see them in action as soon as you can. Read on for a list of where to see cherry blossoms in North Jersey.
Branch Brook Park | Newark
An iconic cherry blossom destination, Branch Brook Park is home to the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, which is happening from April 1st to April 16th. The festival is also conveniently scheduled for when the trees are forecast to be in peak bloom from April 1st-5th, where there will be over 5,000 cherry blossoms to gaze at.
Hamilton Park | Jersey City
Named after one of our Founding Fathers, Hamilton Park is a gem located in downtown Jersey City. A great place for a game of basketball or to sit a read a book, it’s a beloved space in the community. The cherry blossoms are the cherry(s) on top!
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Liberty State Park | Jersey City
The heart of Jersey City — Liberty State Park is ideal for any kind of outdoor adventure from elaborate picnics and BBQs, a long bike ride, visiting the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, or simply taking in the blooming cherry blossoms.
New Jersey Botanical Gardens | Ringwood
ICYMI — NJ has its own botanical garden, and it’s situated on a mountaintop with 96 acres of gardens, surrounded by thousands of acres of woodlands. NJBG frequently hosts tours of the gardens and the Manor House, which is a great way to get the most out of your experience. While you’re there, stop by the cherry blossom display.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum | Summit
Stroll through the historic grounds and display gardens, experience the Daffodil Bowl, filled with thousands of blooms throughout April, or for a hike through the woodland trails — there’s something for everyone here. The cherry blossoms are especially pretty.
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Riverview-Fisk Park | Jersey City
With a playground, basketball courts, and gazebos, this Jersey City Heights park is yet another local spot where you can go to feast your eyes on cherry blossoms.
Verona Park | Verona
Verona Park is a 54.32-acre park with a lake that was first formed in 1814. The park is used for boating, bathing, skating, picnics, and band concerts. A great location for water sports and cherry blossom photos.