Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley This Spring
Spring is in the air, and that means it's cherry blossom time. These beautiful flowers typically bloom in late March through early June in the New York region. In addition to the opportunities to see cherry blossoms in New York City—including the famous blooms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden—there are some great spots north of the city.
Read on for our favorite cherry blossom-filled spots nearby and find more fun springtime destinations and outings in our Spring Fun Guide.
Editor's note: While we've attempted to provide highlights of these parks at their best, some of the features and amenities listed below are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a face mask, and pack plenty of hand sanitizer.
Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Westchester
Turnure Park – White Plains
This lovely park has housed the annual White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival in the past, thanks to its canopy of 100 cherry trees. Make a day of your visit by checking out the park's playgrounds and packing a picnic.
The Cherry blossoms are gorgeous at Harbor Island Park.
Harbor Island Park – Mamaroneck
Located at Mamaroneck Avenue and Boston Post Road, the 44-acre Harbor Island Park is home to hundreds of Kwanzan double flower pink cherry trees. With views of the Long Island Sound, playgrounds, a spray park and sandy beach, ball fields, and picnic tables, Harbor Island is wonderfully suited for a day trip. There is a fee for parking during peak season, so visit the Harbor Island Park website for current pricing.
Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden – North Salem
2021 update: The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden is currently closed and will reopen in May 2021
The Stroll Garden, meant to stimulate all five senses, has several types of trees that produce cherry blossoms at different times throughout the season. Admission to the Museum and Garden for non-members is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors. Members and all children under 12 are FREE.
Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Putnam County
Boscobel House and Gardens – Garrison
2021 update: Boscobel is open Fridays-Mondays from 9am-sunset. Advance, timed-entry tickets are required and can be booked online.
Boscobel's beautiful weeping cherry trees come alive each spring, and their blooms usually last for about two weeks. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-18. Healthcare workers can take advantage of FREE admission.
See the lovely blooms at Orange County Arboretum.
Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Orange County
Orange County Arboretum – Montgomery
While these grounds include a few cherry trees and other flowering trees, the real star is the extensive tulip display that usually blooms mid-April through mid-May, depending on the weather. The 53 acres of gardens, trees, and walkways are located in Thomas Bull Memorial Park (use the Grove Street entrance) and are open to the public free of charge from dawn to dusk year-round. While you're at Thomas Bull, check out the spectacularly awesome Sally's Dream playground.
This post, originally published in 2018, is updated annually. Photos courtesy of the parks and arboretums
Places featured in this article:
Harbor Island Park
Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden
Boscobel House & Gardens
Orange County Arboretum