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One of the first signs of spring in Philadelphia is blooming cherry blossoms all around the city — the parks, the streets, the sidewalks. It’s a stunning sight to see.
Philadelphia has a wealth of cherry trees of varying types that add touches of pink, white and purple to skyline views and the already-picturesque waterfronts of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers.
Peak bloom dates predicted for 2022
The team at Chestnut Hill’s Morris Arboretum bases its cherry-blossom-bloom prediction on work done by the National Park Service and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. With Philly’s cherry trees typically blooming seven to 10 days after Washington DC’s, the team at Morris predicts peak bloom dates in Philly to begin the week of March 28, 2022.
And Sandi Polyakov, head gardener at the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, projects the peak dates to view cherry blossom blooms in Fairmount Park to be the first two weeks in April, averaging around April 8, 2022.
There are a ton of popular attractions and public green spaces (and even a weekend-long festival) within the city that offer premier viewing spots to go check out the camera-ready blooms.
Below, we’ve called out the best places to check out cherry blossoms in Philadelphia in 2022.
Surrounded by cherry blossom trees, the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center is a go-to spot for taking in the gorgeous pink blooms that arrive every spring. The serene site even boasts the ownership of a decades-old weeping cherry tree, standing tall and proud by its koi fish-filled pond. What better excuse for a visit? For 2022, admission is by timed ticket only. Tickets can be purchased online up to three weeks in advance or in person at Shofuso (depending on availability). Bonus: Shofuso re-imagines its annual (and very popular) Cherry Blossom Festival for 2022, focusing on the community in the nearby Parkside neighborhood via local artist and performer spotlights (April 8-10, 2022).
Where: Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, Lansdowne & Horticultural drives
Take in views of the Schuylkill River and springtime spectacles of blooming cherry blossoms on Kelly Drive along the east side of the river. Start where Girard Avenue passes over Kelly Drive and continue north on the Schuylkill River Trail up to the Playing Angels statues for cherry blossom goodness.
Where: Kelly & Fountain Green drives
Behind the Please Touch Museum, find multiple hues of pink cherry blossoms stretching throughout the naturally green area of West Fairmount Park. Further northwest, cherry trees astound every year near the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. Finally, double back and safely cross the street at Belmont Avenue and Avenue of the Republic, then make the short walk northwest to the Stone Gazebo for a truly spectacular frame. (See above.)
Where: Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
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Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticultural Drive
Stone Gazebo, Avenue of the Republic
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 the two-mile stretch from Montgomery Drive to the Falls Bridge to take in the best views. The best part: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is closed to vehicles on weekend days and holidays from April through October, so you can spread out while you take in the spring splendor!
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from Montgomery Drive to the Falls Bridge
Belmont Plateau at Belmont Mansion Drive in Fairmount Park offers stellar views of both in-bloom cherry blossoms and the Philadelphia skyline. Pack a picnic, enjoy the gorgeous scenery, and call it a day well spent.
Where: Belmont Plateau, 1800 Belmont Mansion Drive
Whether you’re walking, running, biking or driving along Columbus Boulevard near the Delaware River waterfront, budding cherry blossoms are visible along numerous center strips on the road. Don’t miss the view near Race Street and Columbus Boulevard, where the Benjamin Franklin Bridge peeks out amidst budding blooms while looking east.
Where: Columbus Boulevard near Race Street
This former industrial site is a green space and community hub for residents of West Philadelphia, students and staff at Drexel University and the many visitors passing through nearby 30th Street Station. Bonus: The urban park’s skyline views come with a side of blossoming cherry blossom trees whose flowers dot the winding paths each spring.
Where: Drexel Park, 3100 Powelton Avenue
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, as does the iconic Rittenhouse Square.
Where: Various locations including Rittenhouse Square, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Usher in the season by admiring the pink blooms at Morris Arboretum as its blossom collection bursts forth in full glory — then check out all the other cool spring things at this Northwest Philly treasure. Note that tickets are required to visit.
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 Chester County megagarden to watch trees like the Okame Cherry and the Weeping Higan Cherry awaken seemingly before your eyes. Note that tickets are required to visit.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
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