By Heather Rader
Posted On: Apr 7, 2021
Spring encourages flowers of every color to bloom vividly. One of the most anticipated blooms of the season are the delicate pink or white flowers of the cherry blossom. While some of the most notable cherry blossom displays are located in Japan and Washington, D.C., you don't have to travel far to see the pretty blooms. Thousands of cherry trees can be found throughout the state. Here's some of the best places to admire cherry blossoms in Ohio.
NOTE: Check directly with places before you go to learn about their health guidelines, safety updates and any required reservations.
Towpath Trail in Akron
Take a stroll along the Towpath Trail in downtown Akron to admire more than 400 cherry blossom trees. The flowering trees were planted with support from the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio (JANO) to celebrate the cross-cultural exchange between the Akron community and Japan. You'll find the trees along the Towpath Trail from Lock 3 to Channelwood Village at Thornton Street.
Ohio University in Athens
Ohio University boasts 200 flowering cherry trees which decorate the bike path on this southeastern Ohio campus. The iconic cherry trees were a gift from OU's Japanese sister campus, Chubu University. For nearly fifty years, these beautiful trees have symbolized the arrival of spring with a breathtaking display of delicate blooms!
Ault Park in Cincinnati
You'll find hundreds of flowering trees to admire in Ault Park. 1,000 cherry blossom trees were gifted to then Cincinnati Mayor Russell Wilson in the 1930's. Since then, the yearly tradition of planting new cherry trees has been the mission of the Cincinnati Parks and the Japan America Society. Now, visitors can find two groves of blossoming trees in the park: the Kwanzan Cherry Grove as you enter Ault Park on Observatory Road and the Japanese Cherry Blossom Grove located at the intersection of Observatory Road and Observatory Circle.
Brookside Reservation in Cleveland
More than 100 Yoshino cherry trees can be found at Brookside Reservation. Planted in the 1990's, these flowering gems where gifted to the citizens of Cleveland from the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio (JANO). Stroll down "Blossom Lane" this spring to see the colorful blooms!
Bonus: Cherry blossoms can also be spotted at Wade Oval. And a visit to Wade Lagoon makes for a colorful spring scene!
Various Locations in Columbus
Beautiful cherry blossom trees can be found throughout Columbus. The most notable locations are Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Goodale Park, the Ohio Statehouse and in German Village.
Various Locations in Dayton
Operation 2000 Cherry Tree Project is dedicated to planting cherry trees around the Dayton region. With more than 1,000 cherry trees located throughout Dayton, the colorful blooms are a symbol of friendship between the Japanese, Japanese Americans and Dayton residents. Cherry blossom trees have been planted at Carillon Historical Park, Dayton Art Institute and the Masonic Temple. You'll also find 150 cherry trees at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 100 cherry trees at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and South Patterson Street, and 70 cherry trees along the Interstate 70/75 interchange.
The Dawes Arboretum in Newark
Flowering cherry trees are just one species of the nearly 16,000 living trees and shrubs at The Dawes Arboretum. A serene escape awaits in the Japanese Garden with cherry trees, flowing water, a pond and a steppingstone path that crosses a reflecting pool.
While most cherry trees bloom between late March and mid-April, there's no exact bloom time. Blooms are affected by the weather and once bloomed, can last about a week. Get outside to enjoy the warm spring temperatures and to admire the beautiful cherry blossoms in Ohio!