RONNIE KOENIG

One of the best things about spring is when the cherry blossoms bloom, but you don’t have to travel to D.C. to bask under a canopy of truly gorgeous flowers. As it turns out, NJ actually has more cherry blossoms than our nation’s capitol!

At Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark and Belleville, everyone has been on “bloom watch” this month, eagerly awaiting those gorgeous pink flowers. Despite the recent rain they are in full bloom, and should be through April 14.

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The Branch Brook Park Alliance has several events planned over the next week to celebrate the cherry blossom season and the beginning of spring. Sign up for a bike race on Saturday, April 6, or a 10K run through the park on Sunday, April 7.

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Next weekend, there is a 1-mile run and Family Day on Saturday, April 13.

The culminating Bloomfest! festival on Sunday, April 14, has a packed schedule of events including Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food and more.

All events take place in the Oval in the Northern Division, near the Newark+ Prudential Concert Grove, which is at the Clifton Avenue entrance.

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The 360-acre Branch Brook Park has the honor of being the nation’s first county park and is located in the North Ward of Newark, between the neighborhoods of Forest Hill and Roseville. A portion of the park is also located within the Township of Belleville. Here you’ll find over 2,700 Japanese cherry trees just waiting to burst into hues of pink and white bloom. (If that’s not a perfect Instagram backdrop, we don’t know what is!)

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If you’re curious to see how the blooms are coming along, you can check out a live webcam before you head over to the park. We highly encourage you visit at anytime during daylight, when you can see the beautiful whites and pinks wave under the sun. Even on an overcast day the trees look beautiful against the backdrop.

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The park is very easily accessible off Route 280, and there are several entrances into the park. There are signs guiding you around, and you can pull over in any area and park your car to walk through the scenery.

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Definitely make a stop near the Prudential Concert Grove so you can sit down for a picnic, walk the trails or gaze out at the waterfront. You can see the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in the distance.

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For those who want to know more, there’s a Cherry Blossom Talk every Thursday and Saturday in April where you can learn the history of the Branch Brook Park trees and how they’ve been incorporated into the landscape.

See the stunning blooms via a reel on our Instagram page.

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