With the warmer weather, we're seeing trees budding earlier and even some starting to bloom! Don't worry! You don't have to go all the way to D.C. to see the Cherry Blossoms in Bloom! Did you know there are plenty of places here in New Jersey that you can visit to see the spectacular displays of colors! Some are more secluded than others. In this trying time please go with caution and at your own discretion and comfort level!
1. St. Catherine Church, Spring Lake
The first stop on our list is St. Catherine Church in Spring Lake! This Classic Revival church sets the backdrop across the lake. Take a walk around the lake and enjoy the blossoms and the architecture of the church! Directions
2. Princeton, New Jersey
Just like the first stop, Princeton is an amazing place to enjoy the cherry blossoms and the historical architecture of the town. There isn't one spot in the town specifically to visit, however, Princeton is a beautiful area to walk around. We recommend grabbing a meal to go and finding a nice spot to have a picnic and enjoy the scenery. Directions
3. Cranbury, New Jersey
In Cranbury New Jersey you can find Cherry Blossoms throughout the small town. Cranbury is about 10 minutes outside of Princeton. We recommend a drive through the town to view the trees before or after stopping at Princeton! Directions
4. Branch Brook Park, Essex County
This is probably the most popular spot on the list to view the Cherry Blossoms. With that said it will also be the busiest and most crowded. When visiting Branch Brook Park you can find over 6,000 Cherry Blossom Trees around the 360-acre park. Every spring the park hosts Bloomfest. Enjoy a packed day with music, crafts, and Japanese culture! This year it's currently slated for April 19th however with the current status of Covid-19 we are unsure if this will still be on. Please check the park's website for updates on the festival.
5. Hurd Park, Dover
Located in Morris County is Hurd Park. Here you can walk scenic trails that wander throughout the park. Wander through clusters of Oak Trees and Cherry Blossoms! There are gazebos and even a bridge where you'll get amazing views of the trees! Just like Princeton we also recommend supporting a local business and getting a meal to go! Have a little picnic under the trees! Directions | Website