June 23, 2017

Family Fun: DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival

cherry blossomsIn just a few days, the National Cherry Blossom Festival will kick off in Washington, DC, making this an ideal time to bring the kids to our Nation’s Capital. The annual festival, which runs from March 20 through April 14, will have lots and lots of activities for kids and families. Take a look at eight of my favorite ways to enjoy this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival:

1. See the Cherry Blossoms at Peak Bloom: The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are expected to be at peak bloom March 26-30. Thousands will descend upon the trees and it’s well worth a visit to see the beautiful pink blossoms.

2. Watch the Annual Parade: On April 13, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will make its way down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets. Look for fabulous floats, marching bands from across the country and loads of colorful performers.

3. Participate in a Scavenger Hunt: Download the free SCVNGR Challenge App for iPhone or Android and get to the International Spy Museum. Here you’ll start the scavenger hunt that ties together cherry blossoms and the world of espionage. Complete challenges to earn points and unlock badges.

4. Take a Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Cruise: Hop aboard a Capital Elite yacht for a cruise that departs daily between March 22 and April 7 at 2 pm and 4 pm. Cruise down the Potomac River around Haines Point for up-close views of the 101-year-old cherry blossom trees.

5. Go to Family Day at the National Building Museum: On March 23 & 24, the National Building Museum will host their annual two-day festival with hands-on activities, interactive art demonstrations and indoor and outdoor performance that celebrate spring.

6. Take a Blossoms by Bike Tour: Take a two-hour guided bike ride around the Tidal Basin to East Potomac Park for gorgeous views of the pink and white blossoms. Meet up with Bike & Roll at the Old Post Office Pavilion for tours that take place two to three times daily from March 23 to April 14.

7. Enjoy a Fun Run with Your Kids: On April 7, the annual Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run takes place, and while this event is sold out, you can still register for the Cherry Blossom Kids Run. This half-mile fun run is for kids ages five to 12.

8. Fly a Kite at the Blossom Kite Festival: Bring your kids to the grounds of the Washington Monument on March 30, and don’t forget to bring your kites. Kite fliers from all across the country will be on hand to demonstrate tricks and help kids make their own kites at various activity stations.

For more activities, be sure to download the free app for iPhone and Android that lists all the latest events, tips on how to get around the city and top restaurant picks.

Have you ever come to Washington, DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival? What are a few of your favorite activities? Let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: sdixclifford


  1. Seattle and other West Coast cities can also be great choices for seeing the cherry blossoms each spring. Check out the quad at the University of Washington and other nearby parks. I was just there on Easter Sunday, and there were hundreds of people looking at the beautiful flowers.

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