Celebrate Spring at the Home of the Cherry Blossoms

See the Cherry Blossoms at The Wharf

Updated March 25, 2022

Celebrate spring at the Home of the Cherry Blossoms. The Wharf has an incredible front-row seat to the hundreds of cherry blossom trees at East Potomac Park. Admire the blooms as they reflect off the water while you enjoy blossom-inspired treats and gifts from our businesses. Extend your visit and stay at one of our hotels to get the full Bloomaroo experience. The Wharf is also just a short 7-minute walk to the blossoms along the Tidal Basin.

Celebrate with Bloomaroo
Saturday, April 2nd, 1pm-9:30pm

Experience Wharf-wide, free cherry blossom–themed fun with live music, art, games, and water activities—all capped off with a fireworks finale at 8:30pm. Look for beer gardens on Transit Pier and District Pier. Get your skate on at the pop-up roller rink at Transit Pier. Toast some s’mores at our fire pit. And rock out to local bands!

Peep the Petals from a Pink Kayak
March 25th - April 3rd, 10am-6pm

Paddle your way to East Potomac Park for a new view of the cherry blossoms. Boating in DC welcomes beginner and experienced kayakers alike to The Wharf's Boathouse, where you’ll get outfitted with a single or double pink kayak and push off for three hours of peeping the petals around the nearby park. The main loop is ringed with multiple species of cherry blossom trees and offers an awesome option for seeing even more blooms beyond the Tidal Basin!

See the Blooms from a Boat
Set sail on City Cruises. The Water Taxi and boats glide along the Potomac River and offer a serene way to experience the cotton candy–colored shore. During Bloomaroo, the Odyssey is offering cherry blossom–themed dining cruises.

Explore the Cherry Blossoms at Hains Point
Walk, bicycle, or drive over the Case Memorial Bridge to East Potomac Park. As you approach the parkland, you’ll be treated to a view of the island’s gorgeous variety of cherry trees. Travel around the 4.1-mile loop of the Hains Point Trail for in-depth views of the blossoms.

2022 Peak Bloom
This year’s Peak Bloom—meaning 70% of the cherry tree buds are open—fell between March 22nd - March 25th. Experts at the National Park Service closely monitor the trees and will offer any updates as Peak Bloom approaches. You can also follow the Bloom Watch here.  

Think Pink with a Cherry Blossom-themed Getaway
The Wharf’s hotels are a great home base to enjoy Bloomaroo. Book an overnight stay and extend your festival fun!

A number of our bars and restaurants are celebrating the blooms with their own version of cherry blossom-themed drinks and food. Stay tuned for details on their cherry-focused treats!

Getting Here
There are plenty of ways to arrive at The Wharf for some Bloomaroo fun.

Southwest Shuttle

The free Southwest Shuttle makes a loop between The Wharf, L’Enfant Plaza Metro, L’Enfant Plaza, and the National Mall, where you can also see the trees in bloom.

Water Taxi

The Water Taxi offers cherry blossom views coupled with a relaxing ride from Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria, and National Harbor, Maryland. Get a ticket and see the cherry blossoms from a new angle.

Metro

The Wharf is within walking distance of two Metro stops.

The Waterfront Metro (green line) is a five-minute walk from The Wharf. Head southwest on Maine Ave. SW, which will turn into M St. SW. Turn left onto Fourth St. SW and the Metro station will be on your right.

The L’Enfant Plaza Metro (blue, orange, silver, green, and yellow lines) is an eight-minute walk from The Wharf. Head north on Seventh St. SW, turn right onto D St. SW, and the Metro will be on your right. You can also catch the Southwest Shuttle for door-to-door service from L’Enfant Metro to The Wharf.

Parking

There is a parking garage located onsite at The Wharf. Download our app to get real-time parking availability information. There is also an additional parking garage at L’Enfant Plaza. However, during season blossom season when traffic will be especially heavy, visitors are encouraged to make use of public transportation and transportation options via our waterways.

For more information on transportation to The Wharf, visit our Getting Here page.

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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