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Best Places To See Spring Flowers With Kids

Nothing heralds Spring like seeing your lots of favorite spring flowers. Daffodils, tulips, lilacs, cherry blossoms, or even late spring  roses help us to shrug off winter and feel inexplicably happy.

Flower shows and flower festivals are always amazing and they are an easy, family friendly excuse for a  weekend getaway. But they are not the only way to appreciate seasonal blooms. Here are some of the best and most popular places to see spring flowers in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Where To See The Best Spring Flowers

spring flowers in the NetherlandsSee Tulips in The Netherlands

The Keukenhof Garden in The Netherlands calls itself “The most beautiful spring garden in the world.” If you’re a fan of tulips it’s hard to disagree. Located in the town of Lisse, this 32-hectare garden features seven million tulip bulbs in 800 different varieties. If looking isn’t enough, the garden also features exhibits on tulip history, cultivation ideas and tips on how to make your garden as colorful as theirs (yeah, right). This year, it’s only open from March 24 through May 16. So don’t wait too long!

If you can’t make it the Netherlands, look for tulip festivals closer to home, in the U.S. and abroad. (Read about Amsterdam, too)

See Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto, Japan

spring flowers in Washington, DCNowhere on earth celebrates the coming of spring quite like Japan. Up and down the country, people of all ages take time to sit under the blooming sakura, or Japanese cherry trees. The delicate pink and white blossoms often hit their peak in April, and there’s no place like the traditional city of Kyoto to see their beauty in full force. While visiting, be sure to wander through the incredible temple complexes and maybe try some sakura-flavored snacks, too! (read more on Kyoto.)

See Cherry Blossoms in the U.S.

If Japan’s not in the budget this year, try the yearly Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC (right and top). The trees around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument were a gift from the people of Japan in 1912, and it’s a stunning sight to see hundreds of pink and white trees blooming along the water.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in NYC has its Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom festival in early May.

Several other cities across the U.S. have cherry blossom festivals, too.

See spring flowers in Death Valley national parlWildflowers in Death Valley, CA

The desert may not come to mind for seeing beautiful spring flowers, but when conditions are right even one of the driest places on earth can produce a stunning display of natural wildflowers. April visitors to California’s Death Valley should look to the canyons and higher valleys to see native beauties like Desert Paintbrush, Mojave Aster and Bigelow’s Coreopsis. Since this is a National Park and these flowers wild, there’s no guarantee that you’ll see blooms. But even spotting a single flower in the desert is a sure sign that spring is here.

See Magnolias in New York City

New York City’s Central Park shakes off the snow every spring and comes alive with blooming wild and planted flowers. The park is massive, and you can easily spend a few hours strolling around and appreciating a respite from the busy city. Near Strawberry Fields you’ll see see azaleas, cherry blossoms and magnolias blooming. If you prefer cultivated European-style gardens, the Conservatory Garden in the park offers traditional English, French and Italian gardens. (Read more about New York City.)

spring flowers in MichiganSee Lilacs in the U.S.

It’s hard to miss the heady scent of lilacs, a sure sign the spring is advancing and summer is around the bend. Rochester, NY and Mackinac Island, Michigan both hold town-wide festivals every year with food, concerts and other events that celebrate the distinctive purple bloom.

Find More Flower Shows in the U.S. 

Spring is hard to resists. Several more cities across the U.S. find ways to celebrate spring with flower festivals and flower shows.

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Flowers make everything look better. Here are destinations that bloom in spring when their quintessential local flowers and trees are at their best #travel #flowers #spring

Jen O’Neal is the founder and CEO of vacation home rental aggregation site


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  2. April 29, 2016 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    … and if you miss the Spring flowers in the northern hemisphere then I can highly recommend Namaqua National Park in South Africa in September. That’s just stunning! #wkendtravelinspiration

  3. April 29, 2016 at 11:04 am — Reply

    Nice photos! Cherry blossoms and tulips are on my radar already 🙂

  4. April 25, 2016 at 1:58 am — Reply

    I love looking at flowers. Of all the places on your list, cherry blossoms in Japan is the only one I’ve experienced. I practically drove myself crazy looking up the bloom forecast in the weeks leading up to our trip. It’s not as if I could have easily (i.e. cheaply) changed my tickets to accommodate a shifting bloom time. Central Texas usually has wonderful wildflowers but it’s been so rainy on the weekends that the roadsides are just a blur of wet grayness.

  5. April 24, 2016 at 10:54 am — Reply

    All good to see, still need to make it to the Netherlands to see the tulips! Although they bloom before Spring (around February), I would also add the snowdrops which are so beautiful throughout the UK and there is a specific Snowdrop Festival in Scotland. I don’t think I’d ever seen these before moving to the UK, and they were so lovely to see at local National Trust and historic sites here.

  6. April 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm — Reply

    What a wonderful blog post! I always love finding flower blossoms and would love to see the cherry blossoms in Japan or Washington D.C., they always look phenomenal in people’s Instagram feeds. I hadn’t thought of Death Valley, and now you’ve got me thinking I should look into it before it gets too hot!

  7. April 23, 2016 at 2:08 am — Reply

    Eileen, The one thing we really want to do is be in Death Valley when its covered with wild flowers….some day!

  8. April 22, 2016 at 10:13 pm — Reply

    You have included a great selection of locations to the best spring has to offer. I’d love to include the Cherry Blossoms in Japan to my travels one day.

  9. April 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm — Reply

    I love the photo of the gorgeous dogs with Lilac collars! It’s autumn where I live too – but I really do love Spring… only 6 months to wait 🙂

  10. April 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    LOL – since we have spent so much time in the Southern hemisphere and live in sub-tropical Australia we have almost forgotten what spring blossoms can look like. For us it’s a little bit of autumn right now – as far as autumn happens in Brazil (some trees in the mountains shed their leaves).

  11. April 21, 2016 at 7:36 pm — Reply

    I would love to go Japan to see the cherry blossoms. Gorgeous!

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