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Cherry Blossoms

Take in the ultimate explosion of spring colors throughout the City of Brotherly Love

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Last updated: by Olha Savych
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As spring rolls around, Philadelphia is enlivened with a variety of cherry blossoms, including traditional pink, as well as white and purple types. The city boasts a bunch of eye-catching parks, streets, and sidewalks to delight in these delicate flowers. Don't know where to head first? We've stockpiled the most spectacular localities in the confines of Philly. Read on to find out and pick your favorite one.

Where to see cherry blossoms in Philadelphia

Fairmount Park

The first and most beautiful spot to check out is the historic Fairmount Park, sitting on the banks of the Schuylkill river. On the west side, you'll find Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, famous for old weeping cherry trees beside the pond. For breathtaking tree-lined waterfront views, opt for the opposite side, where Kelly Drive bathes in pink blossoms. Start your picturesque walk from the Boathouse Row north to Girard Avenue and further to the Playing Angels Sculpture. The best time to visit Fairmount Park is during the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia in mid-April.

Delaware Rivers' waterfront & Downtown Philly

The waterfront of the Delaware river also has something to impress cherry blossom fans. Head out to Columbus Boulevard and see the picture-perfect scenery yourself. One of the most picturesque areas is located around Chestnut Street and Penn's Landing. From that point, you can also walk to Downtown Philly and explore the city's central neighborhoods, dotted with lovely cherry trees.

Morris Arboretum

Another stunning flower destination is situated in northwest Philadelphia at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. The botanical garden is home to 35 varieties of cherry trees. To celebrate the prime two-week blooming season and Japan's cultural heritage, the Arboretum hosts the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in early April.

Longwood Gardens

If you don't mind going outside the city, visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, less than an hour's drive west from Philadelphia. All sorts of plants and cherry trees grace this natural area. Here you stand a chance of spotting such rare varieties as Okame Cherry and the Weeping Higan Cherry.

When do cherry trees bloom in Philadelphia?

Generally, Philly's cherry blossoms pop up in late March and continue blooming into late April or even early May. Yet, they hit their zenith during two or three weeks in April. The actual season differs a bit each year, so we encourage you to check the forecasts while planning your getaway to Philadelphia around the cherry blossoms.