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New York Spring Flower Shows and Festivals

New York is in full bloom! Celebrate spring at these flower, garden, and outdoor festivals.

Macy's Flower Show (New York City)

Head to New York City's Herald Square for gorgeously bright floral arrangements at the annual Macy's Flower Show. From May 2 through May 16, 2021, the exhibition of exotic flowers and plants from around the world will transform Macy’s Herald Square in New York City into a breathtaking floral extravaganza.

Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York City)

New York City's rite of spring, the cherry blossom trees bloom in Brooklyn Botanic Garden typically from April to mid-May. Celebrate the Japanese tradition of cherishing cherry blossom season. Stroll under a fragrant canopy of cherry trees in Brooklyn and enjoy a true sensory experience!

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden (Greater Niagara)

Spring is an amazing time to visit Buffalo's beautiful gardens! Upcoming events include a Botanical Breakfast and Mother's Day Weekend. Throughout spring and summer, you'll find exotic horticulture treasures from around the world in bloom, filling the air with incredible aromas and sights to behold! 

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park (Finger Lakes)

This historic mansion and garden reopens for the season May 1, 2021. Come explore one of the nation's most extensively preserved country estates from the Victorian era. The 50-acre site features beautiful formal and informal gardens, a historic mansion, the Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex, and beautiful views of Canandaigua Lake..

New York Botanical Garden (New York City)

Home to vivid gardens for more than 125 years, visitors can indulge in a series of events including the incredible Kusama: Cosmic Nature exhibition, with spectacular installations featuring Yayoi Kusama’s multifaceted art, including monumental floral sculptures that transform NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape.

Washington Park tulips and King Memorial Fountain

Albany Tulip Festival (Capital-Saratoga)

The annual showcase of Albany's Dutch heritage through colorful tulips will take place virtually in 2021, with events happening throughout the month of May. Virtual Tulip Festival will be a celebration featuring musical performances, tulip garden tours, prizes, and more.

Rochester Lilac Festival (Finger Lakes)

One of the largest free festivals of its kind, Rochester's Highland Park hosts three weekends of its annual Lilac Festival in 2021. The lilacs will be on view to visitors May 7-9, May 14-16, and May 21-23 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Be sure to pick up this year's lovely poster depicting a butterfly made of lilacs by artist Lisa Robinson. 

Remember to social distance and wear a mask as required by state guidelines. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. Most events and attractions require advanced tickets or reservations. Be advised that New York has a travel advisory in effect. 

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