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Spring has finally arrived and what better way to embrace the season of renewal than by taking a trip to see the breathtaking cherry blossoms in Maryland!
The state boasts a variety of stunning parks and gardens that are filled with colorful shades of pink and white blooms that will leave you in awe.
These lovely flowers usually bloom from late March to mid-April, but it’s always best to double-check the forecast and plan accordingly.
Whether you’re a seasoned photographer, a romantic looking for the perfect spot for a picnic, or simply a lover of nature, there’s something for everyone among Maryland’s cherry blossoms.
So read on as we explore all the locations to visit and activities to try to experience the beauty of cherry blossom trees in Maryland.
And for the ultimate adventure to the state, check out our Maryland bucket list.
Cherry Blossoms in Central Maryland
If you’re looking for some gorgeous cherry blossoms, you’ve got to check out central Maryland.
From Ellicott City all the way to Baltimore, there are some seriously stunning spots to take in these beautiful blooms.
And the best part? You can pair your blossom sightseeing with all kinds of fun activities to make a whole day out of it!
You may also like our guide to the best things to do in Baltimore.
Walk the Trail at Centennial Park
Centennial Park (10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City) surrounds Centennial Lake and is home to dozens of cherry trees that fill the park with blooms each spring.
The park has 2.4 miles of paved trails that are perfect for a family hike with tons of views of the cherry blossoms.
There is also a playground and waterfront picnic areas that all offer views of the cherry trees.
Participate in the Blossoms of Hope Scavenger Hunt in Howard County
Blossoms of Hope hosts an annual scavenger hunt for those traveling around Howard County to see the cherry blossoms.
The scavenger hunt includes a list of items to find at all of the best cherry tree locations around the county.
Blossoms of Hope is a charity responsible for planting cherry trees around the area and donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities.
Visit the Fort McHenry National Monument to See History and Cherry Blossoms
Fort McHenry (2400 E Fort Ave) features a collection of cherry trees along the bank of the Patapsco River.
These trees are beautifully aligned in rows and were planted by schoolchildren to celebrate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s Birth.
After you see the blooms, check out the Fort Henry Memorial which inspired the lyrics of the national anthem during the Battle of Baltimore.
Go for a Cherry Blossom Picnic at Patterson Park
Patterson Park, Baltimore (2601 E Baltimore St) is the hub of the Patterson Park neighborhood and offers hundreds of cherry blossoms each spring.
At Patterson Park Boat Lake, you can enjoy a picnic surrounded by cherry trees against a picturesque backdrop.
Additionally, the park boasts a pool and playground, offering plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Take a Stroll Down Madison Street in Mount Vernon, Baltimore
Madison Street is home to dozens of cherry blossoms each spring.
A stroll down Madison St. provides views of the trees planted right along the city street.
With The Walters Art Museum nearby, you can see the natural beauty of the trees on your way to the museum.
Walk Through the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood to See the Cherry Trees
The Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood of Baltimore (1600 N Appleton St) has dozens of cherry trees to appreciate throughout its main roads.
These trees were planted to beautify the community and offer a great place to walk under the cover of cherry blossoms.
If you are looking for a less crowded area to see cherry blossoms in Baltimore, this neighborhood is an ideal place to visit.
Visit Wyman Park for a Walk Through the Cherry Blossoms
Wyman Park, in Charles Village, Baltimore (300 Wyman Park Dr) offers multiple walking trails that offer views of cherry blossoms in the spring.
The area is also the location of the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Carnegie Institution for Science so there is plenty to explore.
Have a picnic in the open field areas or go for a stroll along Stony Run Creek while admiring the cherry blossoms in spring.
Explore the Cherry Blossoms at Sherwood Gardens
Sherwood Gardens Park in Baltimore (4310 Underwood Rd) has been a staple of the community since 1907.
The gardens offer a curated collection of seasonal plants and flowers that provide endless opportunities for photos and exploration.
Each spring, the gardens are filled with the bright pink blooms of cherry trees that are sprinkled throughout the gardens.
See the Blooms Inside and Out at the Cylburn Arboretum
The Cylburn Arboretum (4915 Greenspring Ave) offers 200 acres of curated trees in the heart of Baltimore.
This place has hundreds of tree specimens including a few varieties of cherry trees that bloom each year.
Take a stroll down the wooded trails or explore the gardens to take in the natural beauty of Maryland in spring.
Cherry Blossoms in Western Maryland
Check out the best spots to see cherry blossoms in the western part of the state.
From the beautiful blooms in Gaithersburg to the stunning cherry trees in Bethesda, there’s plenty to see and enjoy.
If you love a mix of nature and adventure, you may want to read our guide to the best MD state parks.
Go for a Picnic at Green Park
Green Park (151 Bickerstaff Way, Gaithersburg) is a 13.7-acre park that is home to dozens of cherry blossoms each spring.
The park features a playground, a dog exercise area, and walking trails so there is plenty to do for the whole family while enjoying the Kwanzan cherry trees.
See the Beautiful Blooms at Epworth United Methodist Church
Epworth United Methodist Church (9008 Rosemont Dr, Gaithersburg) features a sea of cherry blossom trees along its entrance.
The church property also offers a densely planted collection of cherry trees that is perfect for posed photos with pink blooms.
Visit the Cherry Blossom Garden at the Rockville Civic Center Location
The Rockville Civic Center (603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville) features a curated garden of kwanzan cherry trees that are in full bloom each spring.
Glenview Mansion shares the property and offers an architectural backdrop for a stroll through the cherry trees.
The gardens are usually less populated than the nearby Tidal Basin locations and there is a playground on the property.
See the Cherry Blossoms in Kenwood
For the ultimate Bethesda cherry blossoms experience, head to the charming Kenwood neighborhood, which boasts over 1,200 Yoshino cherry trees.
This makes it one of the top destinations in the state to witness this magical display during spring.
Kenwood offers a quieter alternative to Washington D.C., perfect for those wanting to soak in the splendor of pink and white blooms that line the streets.
Driving through Kennedy Drive and Kenwood Ave. offers visitors the perfect view of thousands of cherry blossoms in a quaint suburban neighborhood.
Take Your Pup to the Petals and Paws Event at South Germantown Recreational Park
Petals and Paws (18028 Central Park Circle) is a free event open to the public looking to see the cherry blossoms with their dog.
Dress up your pup in pink and walk down the Heart Smart trail at South Germantown Recreational Park to see the cherry trees in bloom.
The event offers a free photo station for you and your dog and an arts and crafts area for the kids.
See the Cherry Blossoms on Flower Avenue in Takoma Park
Takoma Park is a suburban neighborhood in Montgomery County that is home to a sprinkling of cherry trees.
Flower Avenue features the most cherry trees in the area and is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.
Takoma’s Main Street has plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you busy for a full day of enjoying the cherry blossoms.
See the Blooms at National Harbor
National Harbor is located right on the shore of the Potomac River and features over 200 Okame cherry trees that can be seen from the water.
You can rent a paddle boat to travel up and down the shoreline to see all of the trees in bloom each spring.
See the Blooms at Brookside Gardens
Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton) is an award-winning public display garden that features a variety of local and exotic flora to explore.
In addition to the beautiful collection of cherry blossoms each spring, Brookside Gardens offers a variety of gardens including an aquatic garden, a Japanese-style garden, and a fragrance garden.
The gardens are free for all visitors and offer the perfect place to see the spring bloom.
Visit the Covered Bridge at Baker Park
Baker Park (121 N Bentz St, Frederick) features a few key locations that are covered in cherry blossoms.
The covered bridge in the park is lined with cherry trees.
You can also head to Joseph Dill Baker Memorial Carillion which is also surrounded by the blooms each spring.
There are walking trails, playgrounds, and even a public pool for when the temps heat up.
Cherry Blossoms in Eastern Maryland
Listed below is the most popular spot to experience cherry blossoms in the eastern part of Maryland.
Hike Through the Cherry Blossoms on the Waterfront of Quiet Waters Park
Quiet Waters Park (600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis) is located on the shore of Harness Creek and offers six miles of hiking trails covered in cherry blossoms.
The park features 340 acres of waterside area that is perfect for an afternoon picnic.
Annapolis’ cherry blossoms can be enjoyed with your furry friend at this dog-friendly park, which features a dog beach and ample space for play.
See the Blooms Around the Maryland State House
The cherry blossoms at the Maryland State House in Annapolis (100 State Cir) are a beautiful sight to behold.
Every spring, the trees around this area come to life with delicate pink and white blossoms along with other colorful flowers in the surrounding garden- something you should see during your spring visit.
Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC
If you’re in the southern Maryland area, why not take less than an hour’s drive to the nation’s capital and experience the world-famous cherry blossoms in Washington, DC?
It’s a great way to extend your trip to see the pink and white blooms of the cherry trees and experience all the exciting activities along the way.
See the list below for things you can do- or read our guide to cherry blossoms in Washington DC to plan your trip.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in Washington D.C. and the surrounding communities including many parts of Southern Maryland.
This festival features multiple weeks of events filled with cherry blossoms including live music, special food, and many art installations- perfect for anyone looking to celebrate the spring season.
Watch the National Cherry Blossom Parade
The National Cherry Blossom Parade (Constitution Avenue NW, Washington D.C.) is only a short drive outside of Maryland and offers the biggest Cherry Blossom Parade in the country.
See giant helium balloons, live performances, and floats covered in cherry blossoms to celebrate the start of spring.
The parade is free to the public on a first come first serve basis.
Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms at Petapalooza
Petalpalooza (Capitol Riverfront at the Yards Navy Yard Metro) is a one-day celebration of all things cherry blossoms just outside of Maryland in the D.C. Metro area.
The Petalpalooza art walk features national artists and unique creations that use cherry blossom petals for you to explore.
This event has live music all day long and a massive fireworks show after the sun goes down.
As the cherry blossom season draws to a close, we hope this article has inspired you to explore the natural beauty of Maryland and witness the stunning display of colors in person.
Have you visited any of these locations or have other favorite cherry blossom spots in Maryland?
We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!