The houses on our route to preschool are thickly bearded with azaleas. This year I have four people in the car madly pointing at the windows and exclaiming “Pink!” “Lellow!” “Purpur!” That means it’s time for the National Arboretum Azalea Walk.
Try this outing info at the bottom.
Peppers is doing his best to destroy the family shot a friendly fellow snapped. Also, if you check out our pictures from last year you’ll see that I am wearing the exact same shirt. Oops.
If you’re planning your Mother’s Day activities for this weekend, I highly recommend the arboretum. The timing is PRIME!
We were even better suited to the trip this year since the boys didn’t need a stroller.
Our nature walk eventually devolved into a nature run, nature chase, and more than once, a nature fall. We carried out every person we brought in, though, so all is well.
When our nature walk became a nature remove-Peppers-from-the-foilage, we knew it was time to head home.
The Arboretum is open Friday to Monday (yes, that’s right) this weekend and the azaleas should be in even better bloom than they were last weekend when we were there. The arboretum itself in north east DC is well worth the trip, but never moreso than when the azaleas are in bloom.
There a manicured garden with brick walks and walls and some trimmed hedges, but even there, the azaleas are allowed to burst out in all their natural shapes and sizes. The wooded walk through the forest a-riot with color is even more impressive in my opinion though.
Try this outing:
- 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!”