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Cherry Blossoms

Behold a range of pink across New Jersey's parks and arboretums

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Spring is irresistibly enchanting in the Garden State when lush cherry blossoms adorn local towns and cities. The delicate pink and white flowers make their debut in New Jersey around late March and peak by mid-April. Within the short-lasting timeframe, you should definitely visit the celebrated Branch Brook Park in Newark, walk around the multiple parks of Jersey City, drop by New Jersey Botanical Gardens in Ringwood, or see David C. Shaw Arboretum inside the massive Holmdel Park. After all, taking a drive to NYC is always a great idea, and especially when it comes to Brooklyn's Sakura Matsuri.

Branch Brook Park cherry blossoms

The foremost destination for indulging in cherry blossoms in New Jersey is the Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark and Belleville. Being home to an impressive collection of about 4,000 cherry trees, the park has every right to brag about its cherry blossoms. This place is also famous as the US's first county park to open to the public. As a bonus, you can also see a decent amount of cherry trees at Third Ward Park in Passaic, less than 10 mi (16 km) northwards.

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

The annual New Jersey Cherry Blossom Festival held in early April highlights the diversity of blooms across Branch Brook Park. Aside from relishing nature's stunning beauty, the fun-filled program offers Japanese cultural performances, live music, a craft market, foods, and other family-friendly activities, such as a 10K Cherry Blossom Run.

Should you have any questions regarding the cherry trees blooming in Branch Brook Park or Cherry Blossom Festival, don't hesitate to consult the official website noted in the External Resources below. Also, feel free to book accommodations nearby from the map featuring the best available options.