It’s that special time of year in The Land where we crawl out from underneath our warm, cozy blankets, open up the front door and, blinking, step into a world of green and sunlight. Spring in Cleveland isn’t just about grabbing a drink on a patio for the first time in months or getting out to your first Guardians game of the season – though those are both essential components.
It’s also about all the pretty flowers.
Here are some of the best places in The Land to catch all those gorgeous cherry blossoms and spring blooms popping up all over. And hey, when you grab that spring selfie, remember to tag it with #thisiscle.
Please note: Cherry Blossoms bloom in Cleveland anytime between late March and early May, depending on the weather.
The heart of Downtown Cleveland is absolutely buzzing this time of year. Whether it’s folks stretching their legs and taking their lunch breaks outside or families taking in the city sights, every activity is complemented by gorgeous cherry blossoms and other flowers among Public Square’s urban green spaces.
Head down to North Coast Harbor and the Great Lakes Science Center with the family to engage in some seriously amazing science experiments, then, find yourself underneath cherry blossoms with an amazing view of the city skyline and Lake Erie. While you’re there, scope yourself the perfect spot for the total solar eclipse that will pass over Cleveland on April 8, 2024.
Home to the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Orchestra, Wade Oval boasts some of the most beautiful masterpieces and music performances anywhere around. It also happens to boast an eye-popping display of cherry blossoms throughout, with some of the more striking views surrounding Wade Lagoon.
You smell that? Sure there’s the faintest hint of the nearby Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in the air, but I’m talking about the sweet smell of dozens of cherry blossom trees lining one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhood parks. Range across its 132 acres and admire all the beauty surrounding you in Old Brooklyn.
Towpath Trail, Akron
The 101-mile Towpath Trail runs from Lake Erie down through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, downtown Akron and beyond, to New Philadelphia. Bike your way along the path of the historic Ohio & Erie Canal as you pass through a wonderland of wildlife and marvel at the pink and white cherry blossom trees, particularly in and around downtown Akron.
No, we know it isn’t spooky szn yet, but this isn’t your everyday cemetery. It’s a historic landmark in and of itself, lined with the resting places of President James. A. Garfield, legendary law man Elliot Ness and CLE patron John D. Rockefeller, to name a few. It also hosts Daffodil Hill, one of the most gorgeous spring flower spots you’ll find in The Land.
A haven of natural beauty all year-round, you’ve got to get to Holden Arboretum to see spring in full bloom, literally. With walking paths that wind through towering trees, attractions like the Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower, and multiple gardens full of wildflowers, butterflies and flowers still, it’s a one-stop bonanza for all things spring beauty.