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5 Spring Wonderlands to Visit this Year

New York City's parks and gardens come alive with color in spring: 

1. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens


Photos by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

At its peak, the cherry trees at this iconic Queens park add a palette of spring colors to the park's futuristic steel monuments, such as the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion. For the prettiest view, head west on the promenade towards the Unisphere. See the cherry trees in full bloom at the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival on April 15, 2017. Visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park

2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn


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More than 25 species of cherry trees flower in the spring at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. From the fluffy pink Kanzan cherry blossoms to the bold colors of the Okame, experience this worldwide rite of spring at the Cherry Esplanade and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Stop by during the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival to enjoy the cherry trees in full bloom with live performances, art, and family-friendly activities that celebrate Japanese culture. Visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden

3. Silver Lake Park, Staten Island


Photos by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Enjoy the enchanting beauty of the sweet-smelling crabapple trees along the north end of the lake. Take a seat—this is one of Staten Island's most treasured views. The lake is a piece of New York's state history. It was once the end point of the Catskill water supply system, and it hosted the National Skating Amateur Championship races in 1897. Visit Silver Lake Park

4. Heather Garden, Manhattan


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

See magnolias, weeping cherry trees, dogwoods, peonies, azaleas, Spanish bluebells, and more beautiful spring flowers in bloom at Fort Tryon's Park's Heather Garden, NYC's largest public garden with unrestricted access. Take in stunning views of the New Jersey Palisades and the mighty George Washington Bridge as you ramble through three acres of spring colors. Visit the Heather Garden at Fort Tryon Park

5. Wave Hill, Bronx


Photos courtesy of Wave Hill

This beautiful garden in the Bronx is stunning year-round. But it may be at its peak in early spring, when clusters of tiny, blue glory of the snow flowers blanket the hillsides, adding a magical experience to your walk through the woods. Visit Wave Hill

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