Where You Can See Cherry Blossoms in Seattle With Your Dog

Every spring, I fall in love with Seattle again. The city is so pretty when all of the trees, flowers, and cherry blossoms are blooming.

It’s one of the one most magical times to grab your pooch and tour the City.

Here are some of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Seattle with your dog.

None of these require an entry fee but they do require that your dog be on leash and that you pick up after them.

Jefferson Park

With the miles of walking trails and views of the Olympic Mountains, Jefferson Park is a great place to visit year-round.

However, in the spring, the 25+ cherry trees are a sight to see.

This park is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle and is approximately 15 minutes away from Kuboda Garden to the south or the Arboretum to the North (in light traffic of course).

The Quad at the University of Washington

I literally had no idea how popular The UW Quad was for viewing cherry blossoms the first time I went.

There was nowhere to park and people everywhere. It was like a huge festival.

Once I got to the Quad, I realized why.

The 30 Yoshino cherry trees are quite spectacular and make for great photo opportunities (everyone else thinks so too so it may be hard to get a shot without other people in it).

Tip: Check @uwcherryblossom on Twitter for bloom status.

Green Lake Park

There are a lot of different flowers that bloom in Green Lake Park during the spring including tulips, cherry trees, andΒ hundreds of species of trees and plants.

Look along the west shore after the path and Highway 99 separate again and you may also catch a glimpse of the resident turtles sunning themselves.

Washington Park Arboretum

In early spring, in early spring cherries, dogwoods, and other trees put on a show at the Washington Park Arboretum.

I especially like the Arboretum because there are a lot of different trails and the scenery varies.

After you get tired of checking out all of the blooming trees and flowers, you can cross the main entrance road for views across Lake Washington and of ducks, herons, and other wildlife.

Kuboda Garden

Kuboda Garden is a 20-acre Japanese garden in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

While there are few cherry trees at the garden, the garden is alive with red and purple flowers, including large magnolia blossoms, in the spring.

The Luxy Dachshund fleece Coat with cute ruffles from Teckelklub

Various Seattle Neighborhoods

It’s true that some of the best places are “inΒ  your back yard”.

If you live in one of the Seattle neighborhood with plentiful gardens and trees, you may only need to walk out your door to enjoy the best of spring time.

Spring is also a great time to check out new neighborhoods or places in the City you have never been.

I think one of the best neighborhoods to view blooming cherry trees – but I may be biased because I lived there – is the Phinney Ridge and Green Lake neighborhoods on the west side of Highway 99.

The best this neighborhood it that is a quiet residential area with a lot of beautiful yards and gardens.

Some yards are very manicured, some are full of flowers, some are laced with growing vegetables.

If you visit the Phinney Ridge neighborhood on the west side of Greenwood avenue on a sunny day, you’ll also get to enjoy and amazing view of the Olympic Mountains.

Final Thoughts

One of my favorite spring activities is to find Instagram-worthy cherry blossoms and take photos of my dog.

You can find blooming cherry trees in some Seattle parks, lining Seattle neighborhood streets, and at one of the premier flowering cherry tree attractions in the US – the University of Washington quad.

About the Author

Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.


  1. LOVELY! I have 2 doxies myself. I love cherry blossom trees, such a lovely mix of two things I love! Wonderful pictures, definitely frame worthy!

    Stopping by from the blog hop!

  2. Don’t you just love Seattle!? Awesome pictures as usual…makes me want to go out and adopt a weiner pup!

  3. Those trees are beautiful and those are such great pictures of Gretel and Chester. Are they really as easy to photograph together as it appears? They are just sitting/standing there perfectly next to each other with the same looks on their face! They are so cute.

    1. Thanks. It is pretty easy to photograph them together….in that pose. What I am finding is that the scenery changes but the look on their face doesn’t πŸ™‚ After a while it feels pretty booring to me. I am having a hard time getting spontaneous shots of them that aren’t butts or just a blur. Ha, ha. All I am using is a standard-range lens though. I think I might have some more flexibility if I get a telephoto and wide-angle lens too.

      1. I guess I can understand that. Since I am new to seeing Gretel and Chester, all I see is “cute” not boring πŸ˜›

        Lenses can definitely change up your photos. My every day walk around lens is my 50mm 1.4. It has a fixed focal length so no wide angle or zoom for me, but when the aperture is stopped down, it creates such great bokeh, which really helps make for some more interesting portraits. Also if you got a telephoto that would give you more space to do their thing at times when they are off leash, so you can catch different moments, instead of them just being in front of you posing. The problem when you start buying different lenses is that you never want to stop and they are just as expensive as camera bodies in many cases. I was ignorantly happy with my crappy kit lens for like 3 years. I bought myself my 50 for Christmas and realized the different (and better) photos I could get and have been in lens lust ever since lol. Photography is bad for the back account.

        1. Thanks for the tips. I spend so much money on all my other toys I don’t know how I will fit camera stuff in too πŸ™‚ I am not sure if I should go with a wide angle or telephoto for my first purchase but most of my shots are outdoor active shots so I think your points about a telephoto make the most sense. I think my photography would get a good jump start if I just had a different lens. I know what I am looking for as far as composition and such….the lens is just not capable of capturing what I want.

  4. What beautiful pictures! And you’ve got the cutest pair of Doxies I have ever seen. Our dogs LOVE Dachshunds … I’m not exactly sure why, but they’re pretty convinced that the next member of our pack should be a wiener πŸ™‚

  5. Ooooohhhh…beautiful photos! I love all the cherry blossoms on the ground – it made for a fantastic backdrop.

    Hope you had a great weekend!

    1. I hope your weekend was good too and that you are getting closer to selling your house.

      I wasn’t ok with chopping off branches of the tree for a backdrop (ha, ha) so I had to settle for petals on the ground πŸ™‚

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