Ranger Programs


2019 Ranger-led Cherry Blossom Programs

Park Rangers from the National Park Service lead guided hikes and family programs during the at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Learn about the cherry trees in a fun, family-friendly way. Programs dates and times are being worked out now and will be posted as soon as available.

Ranger standing with visitors under the Cherry Trees.
Ranger giving Daily Cherry Talk near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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Daily Schedule of Events

March 29 - April 9
April 13-14

Tidal Basin Welcome Area – 10 a.m - 6 p.m.
Begin your visit to the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, located off Maine Avenue, SW, on the northeast side of the Tidal Basin. Information tents, food and souvenir sales areas, and first aid provide everything you need for a fun-filled visit.

Junior Ranger Activity Zone 10 a.m - 6 p.m.
Head to the Tidal Basin Welcome Area to learn about the cherry blossoms and Japanese culture. Also be sure to pick up your Bloomin' Junior Ranger booklet in the activity zone or at the National Park Service tent at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and complete the family-friendly, fun activities to earn a special Junior Ranger badge and certificate!

East Potomac Park Shuttle – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Shuttle service with 11 stops around East Potomac Park between Hains Point and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is available free of charge. Provided by D.C. Circulator.

Jefferson Memorial Cherry Blossom Ranger Talk – 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m
Join a Park Ranger and learn more about the history and lore of the cherry blossoms. Programs meet on the plaza in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Cherry Blossom Ranger Talk – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Join a Park Ranger and learn more about the history and lore of the cherry blossoms. Programs meet at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial bookstore.

Special Programs

Throughout the Cherry Blossom Festival, rangers present special programs to experience the cherry blossom season in a new and unique way. Join us at any of the special dates and times below for a once in a lifetime experience.

Lantern Walk 8 p.m. on March 30-31, April 6-7 and April 13-14
Bring your flashlight for an evening stroll beneath the blossoms; evening is one of the best times to beat the crowds and enjoy the beautiful serenity of the cherry trees! This 1.8 mile, two hour guided walk around the Tidal Basin begins at the National Park Service tent in the Tidal Basin Welcome Area.

Pups ‘n’ Petals Dog Walk – 4 p.m. on March 30, April 6 and 13
Bring your furry friend for a two-hour stroll among the cherry blossoms! Meet outside the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial bookstore. Don’t forget your leash (required), waste bags and water.

Bike Tour of the Cherry Blossoms – 1 p.m. on April 6-7
Meet at the backside of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (East Basin Drive). Bring your own bike, helmet, and water for a leisurely ride beneath the blossoms.



Rangers and visitors with dogs prepare for walk around the Memorials
Rangers and visitors with dogs prepare to go on a walk around the memorials.

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Last updated: March 30, 2019