Central Park, Cherry Hill
Stroll through Central Park and admire its cherry blossoms. The park actually has two types of cherry tree: Kwanzan and Yoshino. The Yoshinos on the east side of the Reservoir were a gift from Japan in 1912.
Check out this cherry blossom festival, which brings Japanese culture to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden every April with live performances, fashion shows and tea lectures.
New York Botanical Garden
An array of brilliantly colored orchids, like those pictured here, enter the spotlight during the garden’s annual Orchid Show in March and April.
Washington Square Park
With its iconic arch, fountain and bright flowers, this Greenwich Village park is an inviting setting for relaxing, strolling and people-watching.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Spend a spring afternoon walking around this serene spot, admiring the foliage and Japanese landscaping. Notice the eye-catching bright red tori (or gateway) at the center of the pond.
The High Line
Built on a former elevated freight rail line, the park forges a lush, green path through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. Its walkway is lined with overgrown grasses and wildflowers.