The cherry blossoms in Buffalo, NY are some of the most incredible spring blooms in New York! If you’re in Buffalo in the spring, you must see these cherry blossoms!
With the arrival of spring in Buffalo, New York comes cherry blossom season. Buffalo is hands down one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in the United States. I would dare to say, it is one of the best places in the world! I may be biased, I am a Buffalonian after all. Yet, I have some backing to this opinion. U.S. News did rank Buffalo amongst one of the best places to see cherry blossoms. Trust me, after you visit the cherry blossoms in Buffalo, NY, I’m sure you will agree.
When spring comes and you find yourself daydreaming in pastels and cherry blossom blooms, the best place to see cherry blossoms in Buffalo, New York is the grounds of The Buffalo History Museum.
While the Buffalo History Museum is the best place to see Buffalo’s cherry blossoms, you can also visit this secret street with cherry blossoms in Buffalo too!
Cherry Blossoms at the Buffalo History Museum
The cherry blossoms in Buffalo are scattered around the lawn of the Buffalo History Museum and through the Japanese Gardens. The Buffalo History Museum, modeled after the Parthenon, is an architectural beauty in its own right. Though the cherry blossoms seem to breathe a new life on this structure; their pink petals framing the museum beautifully.
Grounds of the Buffalo History Museum
The grounds of the Buffalo History Museum are where you will find the bulk of the cherry blossoms. The grounds are covered in cherry blossoms. It is a magical experience to be surrounded by cherry blossoms.
There are plenty of viewing opportunities here, including from the pathway, up-close on the grass, and from the steps of the Buffalo History Museum. The steps of the Buffalo History Museum offer an aerial view of the cherry blossoms.
Japanese Garden of Buffalo
Scattered through the Japanese Garden, which follows a path around Mirror Lake, are more cherry blossoms. With the zen Japanese Garden and cherry blossoms, you will feel like you escaped to Japan.
The cherry blossoms in the Japanese Garden are known as the Cherry Tree Grove and follow along Jesse Kregal Pathway.
Across Mirror Lake
To get the iconic view of the Buffalo History Museum with the cherry blossoms, take a stroll along Jesse Kregal Pathway to the opposite side of Mirror Lake, across from the Buffalo History Museum. This will provide a beautiful viewpoint and the perfect photo opportunity.
Where to Park to See the Cherry Blossoms in Buffalo
The Buffalo History Museum is located within Delaware Park, so you can either park at the museum or by Hoyt Lake to see the cherry blossoms.
Parking by Hoyt Lake
I would personally recommend parking by Hoyt Lake. This way, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll around Hoyt Lake to the Buffalo History Museum. This is one of my favorite ways to see the cherry blossoms in Buffalo. As you make your way to the grounds of the Buffalo History Museum, there is a picturesque view of the museum across Mirror Lake. The pink petals of the cherry blossoms can be seen from the distance, which adds to the build-up of excitement.
To park near Hoyt Lake, there is free street parking along both sides of Lincoln Parkway.
Parking at the Buffalo History Museum
Alternatively, if you are pressed for time or want the immediate gratification of seeing the cherry blossoms in Buffalo, you can park at the Buffalo History Museum. This will get you the closest to the cherry blossoms.
There is a free parking lot at the Buffalo History Museum. Parking here is recommended if you are not comfortable with city street parking.
When do Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Buffalo, New York
The cherry blossoms in Buffalo typically bloom around late April to early May. Keep in mind that the bloom is very dependant on the weather, so peak bloom is not guaranteed to happen at the same time every year. As the season gets closer, peak bloom can be better predicted.
Tips for Enjoying the Cherry Blossoms in Buffalo, NY
Visit on a Sunny Day
If you want to experience the cherry blossoms to their full potential, try to visit on a sunny day. This will make your experience more enjoyable, and the color of the cherry blossoms will be more pronounced. A blue sky will also make for better photos of the cherry blossoms.
Avoid the Weekends
Weekends are a busy time to visit Delaware Park in general, yet when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, it gets extremely busy. If you visit on the weekends, expect to see plenty of people vying to get a look at the cherry blossoms. While it can be busy, if you are only able to visit on the weekend, you will still have a lovely experience. Just expect crowds.
Visit Early in the Morning
If you are visiting on a busy day, I would highly recommend arriving early in the morning to see the cherry blossoms. This will allow you to have a relaxing time to enjoy the cherry blossoms before most people arrive in the afternoon. Additionally, if you want to visit to take photos, the early morning is the best time for photography.
Bring a Picnic
After strolling around and looking at the cherry blossoms, you will not want to leave just yet. Consider bringing a picnic with you, so you can linger longer and experience the cherry blossoms in a relaxing way. If it’s not too busy, you can have a picnic underneath one of the cherry blossom trees or in the Japanese Gardens. Alternatively, find a serene spot near Hoyt Lake. I really like this picnic basket! It’s a backpack, so you can carry it around with you.
Visit During the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival
If you are going to visit on a weekend, then you should consider visiting during the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival. This festival is a celebration of cherry blossoms and includes plenty of exciting events.
Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival
The best way to celebrate the cherry blossoms is at the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival, held annually outside the Buffalo History Museum and the Cherry Tree Grove at the Japanese Garden. At the Buffalo Cherry Blossoms Festival, you can partake in various events including Japanese cultural activities, pink boat rides across Mirror lake, and more. The goal of this festival is to encourage cherry tree planting across Buffalo, such as in this cherry blossom-lined street in Buffalo.
This year, the Cherry Blossom Festival will be held virtually from April 26 – May 1, 2021.
More Spots to See Cherry Blossoms in Buffalo
While the Buffalo History Museum is the most popular place to see cherry blossoms in Buffalo, New York, there are actually other spots where you can see them. In the Village of Kenmore, a suburb of Buffalo, there are two streets lined with cherry blossoms. I just found out about these streets last year! Walking these streets is a great addition when visiting the cherry blossoms in Buffalo.
Cherry Blossoms in Buffalo NY Wrap Up
The cherry blossoms in Buffalo are honestly one of the most beautiful spring blooms I have ever seen. I feel so lucky that this beautiful spot to see cherry blossoms is right in my backyard, so I get to see them almost every year. If you are a local, be sure to spend some time experiencing the cherry blossom bloom. And for anyone who is out of time, I highly encourage you to plan a spring trip to Buffalo to see the cherry blossoms.