Springtime Fun at Washington DC

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 12:11 PM

After keeping yourself warm over the blizzard-filled winter, it’s finally time to start settling down and let the springtime sunshine in! The National Parks Service has just announced that Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom trees (a gift from Japan to the USA) along the Tidal Basin are all set and ready to begin blooming from March 18 - 23, 2016. Meanwhile the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang calls it closest to March 26, around the same time as their Japanese counterparts

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Heading over to Washington to catch the blooming? We give you the lowdown on all the events and cherry blossom spots just in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival—one of the bigegst springtime events in America. 

Blossom Points

The most popular places to see the cherry blossoms are likely to be the most packed. There’s the Tidal Basin along East Potomac Park near the Jefferson Memorial, but you can also find them near the Lincoln and Washington Monuments. Our tip? Use the Cherry Blossom Shuttle ($1) to be only steps away from the flowers at any time. If you’ve got a little extra to spare, get on the Water Shuttle from Georgetown straight to the Tidal Basin! (Tickets are $20 round trip and $12 one way).

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Cherry blossoms at Tidal basin

Outside the National Mall, there are trees on the US National Arboretum, Anacostia Park, Stanton Park and Oxon Run Park

Blossom Kite Festival

There are a lot of events that happen for the Cherry Blossom festival, and the Blossom Kite Festival is one of the top things to do. Celebrating their 50th anniversary on April 2 this year, bring your own kites and make a whole day out of watching them fly around the grounds of the Washington Monument! There are demonstrations and competitions to watch, but sometimes just the feeling of seeing your kite up there in the sky is more than satisfying. 

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade 

Arguably the biggest event in DC’s springtime run, almost all of Constitution Avenue will be closed for the variety of brightly coloured floats and bands that will be at the parade. Grandstand seats are offered for a fee, but watching along the streets is free and fun to do. 

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The White House Easter Egg Roll 

In the midst of the Cherry Blossom chaos, why not try to make it to the White House Egg roll? On March 28, lucky public draw winners are invited to the White House South Lawn for a day of games, snacks and the traditional egg roll. There will also be book readings by celebrities and the First Family and the first ever White House Fun Run!

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Passport DC

If you didn’t make it in time for the cherry blossoms, there’s still a lot of things to do around DC for the springtime. One of their most popular events is Passport DC’s Around the World Embassy Tour, where most (or all of) the embassies around DuPont Circle become open to the public for exhibits, small receptions, food and drinks. The lines can get CRAZY long, so be prepared! We suggest making an embassy wish list and game plan before coming in.  

Wondering what else to do in the area? Check out our Road Trip Guide to Washington DC!

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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