Spring is my absolute favorite time of year. Have I said that already? I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that in every post I’ve written the past 3 weeks. Spring is the best time of year to get outside and soak up the sunshine before it gets too hot. I was thinking about some things to do on these beautiful spring weekends coming up, and I came up with this list.
It includes a ton of outdoor activities to do with friends, family, or by yourself, as well as some indoor activities for those rainy spring afternoons. And because I’m cheap, I wanted to include only things that are either free or relatively inexpensive. Without further ado, check out 20 spring adventures to have this season:
1. Go fruit picking. Spring is a great time of year for you-pick fruit and veggies. It’s a great activity and you end up with a ton of cheap produce. In my area right now, you can find local farms offering you-pick on strawberries, blueberries, peaches, herbs, tomatoes and so much more.
2. Relax with outdoor yoga. There are several free yoga classes held in parks in my city each week. Check online to see if you can find anything similar near you.
3. Pack a picnic lunch. Get the sandwiches and plastic silverware and head to the neighborhood park (or your backyard) and have a picnic lunch. Try my awesome dill pickle recipe for an easy snack to take along.
4. Treasure hunt at flea markets, yard sales and antique stores. You never know what you might find there. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Sometimes you can find really cool antique pieces for your home or wardrobe.
5. Take a hike. If you’re lucky enough to live near mountains, those trails can be so fun (and a good workout.) If not, there should be trails all around you through forests and and nature that can be just as beautiful and fun to explore.
6. Visit the museum. On a rainy day, check out some of the museums in your city. Keep an eye out for discount days and specials. Even if you’ve been before, museums often have rotating exhibits that will give you something new and exciting to look at.
7. Check out an art festival. Spring is the primetime for art festivals. Check out events in your city online and support your local artists and pick up some cool and unique pieces at the same time.
8. Go to a lake/river. Swimming, kayaking and tubing are just a few of the things you can do in these spots. If it’s still too cold for these activities, you can stay in the boat and admire the scenery.
9. Ride bikes. You could ride around your neighborhood or on a nearby trail. Whatever suits you, this can be a fun activity for the whole family. Make sure you bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
10. Explore the botanical gardens. Or any garden near you. There should be plenty of beautiful flowers in bloom this time of year.
11. Get local produce at a farmer’s market. Not only will you support local growers in your area, you’ll also end up with great quality produce at a great price. They also oftentimes have potted plants and herbs that you can grow yourself.
12. Take a pottery class. Another activity for a rainy day. These can get a little pricier, but look out for discount days. Nothing beats making your own vase for your fresh flowers or painting your own coffee mug.
13. Go foraging. This is something I’m very excited to try this season. I know it sounds like something ancient homo sapiens did, and it kind of is. The concept is to search for edible foods growing in nature around your community. Depending on where you live, you could find anything from apple trees to wild mint. There are a ton of websites that tell you things that are safe to eat and where to find them. Just don’t eat anything you’re not 100% sure about!
14. Take your pup to the dog park. If you have a dog, I’m sure he/she would be excited to spend the afternoon in the sunshine playing with other dogs. It’s always great to let your dog run around after being cooped up all winter.
15. Plant a garden. This could be in your own backyard, or at a rented plot in a community garden. Either way, you can grow flowers or vegetables or herbs and create something beautiful to look at it.
16. Go geocaching. It’s like a digital treasure hunt. Geocaching is popular all over the world. You can download an app that will guide you to locations where the caches can be found, and then you just search for them. It’s a really fun activity to do with friends.
17. Visit an outdoor market. From produce to flowers to art to homemade soap, outdoor markets have everything. It’s always fun to explore and check out what the different vendors have to sell.
18. Go to a baseball game. For some of the less important match-ups, you can enjoy this classic American pastime for less than $20 a ticket. It’s a really fun atmosphere and very enjoyable before it gets too hot.
19. Camp in the great outdoors. Or your backyard, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling. Build a campfire and cook all your food on it. And of course you have to have the iconic smores!
20. Attend an outdoor concert. There are a ton of free spring concerts in my town and they can still be fun even if you’ve never heard of the bands. A spring concert can be a fun night time activity.
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