Try this outing:
Difficulty level: Moderate. Lots of walking and many longs stretches of trails that are not stroller accessible.
- Go! The azaleas at the National Arboretum are easily as impressive as and much more varied than the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.
- There are loads of blooms throughout the year, but the high azalea season is generally late April into early May.
- Take a picnic to the picnic grounds.
- Drive around before or after the azalea walk. This place is huge, so consider taking the tram tour.
- Off road stroller and/or carrier suggested.
Fluffy Fun Factor (Preschooler rating): Super Fun! “That was super, duper, duper, luper fun!”
Fluffy’s pronouncement on leaving: “Well, I had a little bit of fun until I started to get grumpy like this.”
Janelle told us years ago we ought to check this place out during the azalea bloom, and we finally got around to it. Whoa! The woodland paths full of varicolored blooms were absolutely breathtaking. The boys (and apparently Fluffy) only have so much happy time between eating and napping, so we confined ourselves to the azalea garden. We will have to go back again and again until we’ve seen the whole park.