One of the first signs of spring in Philadelphia is the prevalence of blooming cherry blossoms everywhere you look – the parks, the streets, the sidewalks. It’s a stunning sight to see.
Not only does Philadelphia have a wealth of cherry trees of varying types, but the city also puts on a special festival to celebrate the pink and white blooms that flood the city each year. The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia will take place April 7-15, 2018 in its annual home of Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban park systems in the world.
Peak bloom dates predicted for 2018
This spring, the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden projects the peak dates to view cherry blossom blooms in Fairmount Park to be April 8 to 15. Predictions from the Morris Arboretum put peak cherry blossom time from April 12 to 15.
There are a ton of popular attractions and public green spaces within the city that offer premier viewing spots to go check out the blooms. Get your camera ready in advance and reserve some room on your calendar to visually soak in all of the pretty-in-pink grandeur!
Read on for the 10 best places to check out cherry blossoms in Philadelphia
Surrounded by cherry blossom trees, the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a go-to spot for taking in the gorgeous pink blooms that arrive every spring. The serene site in Fairmount Park even boasts the ownership of a 79-year-old weeping cherry tree, standing tall and proud by its koi-fish-filled pond. The house and garden plays a key role in Sakura Sunday, a day-long festival celebrating Japanese culture in the midst of the cherry blossoms (Japan’s national flower) and the concluding event of the citywide Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia. What better excuse for a visit?
Where: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne and Horticultural drives
Take in views of the Schuylkill River and springtime spectacles of blooming cherry blossoms at Kelly Drive along the east side of the river. The prime spot to check out the trees is located north of Boathouse Row at the intersection of Girard Avenue and Kelly Drive — the trees at that spot hail from a 1933 planting.
Where: Girard Avenue and Kelly Drive
Behind the Please Touch Museum, find multiple hues of pink cherry blossoms stretching throughout the naturally green area of West Fairmount Park.
Where: Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
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Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, which hugs the west side of the Schuylkill River, offers scores of pink and white blossoms during cherry blossom season. Meander by foot or drive the two-mile stretch from Montgomery Drive to the Falls Bridge to reap the best views.
Where: Montgomery and Martin Luther King Jr. drives
Belmont Plateau at Belmont Mansion Drive offers stellar views of both in-bloom cherry blossoms and the Philadelphia skyline. Pack a picnic and enjoy the gorgeous alfresco scenery.
Where: Belmont Plateau at Belmont Mansion Drive
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Whether you’re walking, running, biking or driving along Columbus Boulevard, budding cherry blossoms are visible along numerous center strips on the road.
Where: Various locations, including S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
Simply take a walk through Philadelphia, and you’re bound to stumble across a street sporting multiple blooming cherry trees during peak season. Neighborhoods like Bella Vista, Fairmount, Graduate Hospital, and Washington Square West all offer beautiful views.
Where: Various locations throughout Philadelphia, including Fairmount
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Usher in the spring with the pink blooms at Morris Arboretum as its cherry tree allée opens for the season. The arboretum even celebrates its cherry blossoms with a special annual festival of its own, falling on April 7 and 14, 2018.
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Longwood Gardens is home to beautiful blooms of all sort, including a variety of cherry blossoms. Stop by the expansive grounds to watch trees like the Okame Cherry and the Weeping Higan Cherry bloom seemingly before your eyes.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia brings nine days of Japanese-inspired fun to multiple venues throughout the Philadelphia area. Activities range from sushi-making classes to drumming ceremonies to tea ceremonies and more. A day-long celebration in West Fairmount Park – Sakura Sunday – closes out the festival and invites visitors to take in the area’s blooming cherry trees while enjoying a slew of cultural, Japanese-rooted entertainment alfresco.
Where: Various locations including Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Horticultural and Lansdowne drives
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.
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