Springtime in D.C. always calls for sightseeing around the mall and seeing the cherry blossoms that have just bloomed. Although the actual festival will be taking place this Saturday April 13th, select festivities and attractions around the mall began as early as March 10th and will be going on until April 25th. There are tons of activities to choose from that can all be found at http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/category/events/
Here are just a few to think about!
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
April 13th from 10AM to noon along Constitution Ave from 7th to 17th streets NW enjoy vibrant costumes and blossom inspired decorations at the nations premier springtime parade! Tickets are $20 for Grandstand Seating and free to stand along the parade route.
Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
If you’re not looking for a guided tour and would rather just enjoy the views from the water with some light exercise, rent out a paddleboat and paddle your way around looking at all of the beautiful blossoms blooming.
You can rent them from 10AM to 5PM daily and it costs $12 an hour for 2- passenger boats or $19 for 4-passenger boats
There is everything from a 3 and a half-mile jog, a night tour with lanterns, bike tours and pet friendly walks guided by park rangers to inform you about the history of the Cherry Blossoms. They take place daily and all tours have different start times and locations so check the website for more information.
Boat Tours and Cruises
There is a Monuments-by-Moonlight tour that runs on weekends only and is an hour long tour of the monuments and Kennedy Center. The boat is heated with indoor and outdoor decks and has beverages available for purchase as well. The prices are $26 for adults and $14 for children ages 4-12. For a daytime tour DC cruises will be starting at Georgetown and run alongside the Kennedy Center and all of the greatest monuments as well as getting an up close view of all of the stunning varieties of trees along the way. The boat is heated on the first deck and the second is an open deck. Prices are $24 for adults and $12 for children ages 4-12.
SCVNGR Challenge App
The National Spy Museum has created a free app for iPhone and Android that ties sightseeing and spying together for a fun challenge. Once you complete the challenge you receive a special SPY offer so look in your App Store and download it before you head into D.C.
There is also a free app for the festival activities where you can browse the tons of events going on, find shops and restaurants near you and much more, find the links to download it here:
After all of the festivities this Saturday, be sure to head over to see Markus Schulz at Echostage for a great show. If that’s not what you’re looking for, Saturday is Ladies Night at UltraBar so come on over and bring your friends to enjoy great music and drink specials!