Every spring, I fall in love with my neighborhood, and 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 is a list of some of the best places in Seattle to view cherry blossoms, and other spring flowers, with your dog.
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 Highway 99 is again adjacent to the lake path 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 varies scenery.
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.
Around the Neighborhood
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.
One of the best neighborhoods I think – but I may be biased because I live here – is the Phinney Ridge neighborhood and Green Lake neighborhood on the west side of Highway 99.
The best part about our 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.
We also have a lot of trees in my neighborhood. Several of them are blossoming Cherry trees – one of my favorites.
My favorite set of them is these three that we walk past on our way down the hill to Green Lake.
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.
Have you found any other special places to view the spring flowers with your dog in Seattle?