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National Cherry Blossom Festival, Biking, and Boating by Duane Stillions

March 12, 2011

by Duane Stillions

I have lived in the greater D.C. area for the past several years and each spring I look forward to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. In 2011, the event takes place from March 26 to April 10. The festival features a number of gatherings and ways to get involved. Among them, the Blossoms by Bike tours take participants near renowned sights, such as the Jefferson Memorial and Hains Point. Bike and Roll puts on the tours, charging $42 for the more lengthy Blossoms by Bike River Ride or $35 per adult and $25 per child for the regular tour. The excursions begin in downtown D.C.’s Old Post Office, Union Station, and downtown Alexandria, Virginia. Departures occur throughout the day, depending upon the location. National Park Service rangers will also be leading bike tours for free. Riders start at the Jefferson Memorial parking lot between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. NPS expects participants to bring their own bikes, helmets, and water or sports beverage.

Visitors can also observe the cherry blossoms by paddle boat. From March 15 to April 9, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, boating enthusiasts can rent paddle boats from the station at 1501 Maine Avenue, SW. Prices depend on the size of the craft that one rents: $12 per hour for a 2-person boat or $19 per hour for a vehicle that holds 4. Participants can book rentals online ahead of time and arrive to the station using the Smithsonian stop on the Blue and Orange Metro Lines.

by Duane Stillions

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