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.
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, and 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 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.
Various Seattle Neighborhoods
It’s true that some of the best places are “in 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.
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.