Interpretive Cherry Blossom Talks
Ever wonder why the Japanese flowering cherry trees came to Washington, D.C.? Are you curious about the many varieties of trees? Then join a Park Ranger for a free program to learn about the cultural and natural history of our Capital’s natural treasure. Programs leave from the Tidal Basin near the entrance of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Information tent near the Family Fun Zone, and the Hains Point Information Tent on the weekends. Tours are given at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm everyday at both the FDR Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Tours at Hains Point are given on the weekends only at 1pm and 3pm.
Ranger-Guided Lantern Walks
Want to see the cherry blossoms by a new light? How about at night? Join a Park Ranger every Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 8:00pm, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, to learn more about the cherry trees. Guided by the light of festive lanterns, a Ranger will guide you on a walk around the Tidal Basin. Lantern walks leave from the National Park Service Welcome Tent located at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and from the Washington Monument Ticket Lodge.
Bloomin’ Junior Ranger Activities
Want to learn about the cherry blossoms? Join Park Rangers at the Bloomin’ Junior Ranger Tent, located at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, from 10:00am-5:00pm, Friday thru Sunday. Hands-on activities include games, projects, and puzzles that teach children about the Japanese cherry trees, the country from which they came, and the national park that cares for them. Take part and earn a very special Junior Ranger badge! The program is aimed at children between the ages of 6-12.
Ranger Led Bike Tours
If you want to enjoy the warm weather and experience the famous cherry blossoms, without all the traffic, you’ll like our Ranger led bike tours! Join Park Rangers every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm - 4:00pm for guided bike tours of the Nation’s Capital. No two tours are ever the same! All riders MUST provide their own bike, helmet, and water. All tours begin at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
The bike tour season begins during the National Cherry Blossom Festival and continues through the last Sunday of November (Saturday, March 27 – Sunday, November 28, 2010). For more information about Ranger led bike tours, click .
Cherry Chit-Chat Runs
If you’re interested in a more fast-paced exploration of the National Mall and the cherry blossoms, please join Park Rangers for one of our Cherry Chit-Chat Runs. It’s a great way to get in your daily exercise and see the Mall from the perspective of morning’s first light. The tour is comprised of a morning run around the National Mall with a few stops to highlight the history, beauty, and culture of the cherry blossoms. While the exact routes and stops along the tour may vary by day, please be prepared for a distance of up to 3 miles at a good running pace. Also, remember to dress appropriately and bring water.
Runs begin at the base of the Washington Monument at 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings during the festival. NOTE: There will be no Cherry Chit-Chat Run on Sunday, April 11.
Family Fun Zone
New this year for the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival is the Family Fun Zone. Come join Park Rangers at the Family Fun Zone on weekends from 10am until 5pm and enjoy some fun and educational activities in the shadow of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
This year kids of all ages can learn to write Japanese words and letters. You can also learn and explore the trees of this park and others. While we have cherry trees all around us, other national parks have beautiful trees too! Come see and discover more about the trees at the Family Fun Zone. Also, don’t forget to leave your mark at the festival. We’ll have a new art station where you can draw and create your own expression of the cherry blossoms!
For this and more, please visit us at the Family Fun Zone. We are located in the big white tent at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The Family Fun Zone will be open on weekends from 10 am until 5 pm. You can access the Family Fun Zone by walking from the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, the FDR Memorial, or using the Hains Point Shuttle provided by Tourmobile.