Now that winter is officially behind us, we can start enjoying the outdoors again, which is just one of the many reasons to love this transitional time. Finally, allergy season is the upon us. And while that means you can expect a trip to the pharmacy to relieve your pollen-induced tears, it's also the best time of year for new beginnings (move over, January). It's time for clean slates and new attitudes.
Ready to put your boots away and whip out those floral prints and open-toed shoes? Allow us to usher you into April with our comprehensive list of things to do in the spring. Scroll through to decide which of the 28 things you want to add to your spring activity bucket list. Sunnier skies and daffodils are ahead.
If You Have an Hour or Less
If you're going out to grab a coffee or a bite to eat, choose a place with outdoor seating so you can soak up the nice weather and do some people watching.
Plant something… anything. Whether you get a plot at a local community garden or you have your own at home, get outside and put your hands in the dirt. Can't plant something? Purchase an indoor plant or make a beautiful floral arrangement. If you don't have a green thumb, hopefully the increase in sunshine in the coming weeks will make plant parenthood a little easier for you.
Spring isn't all sunshine and butterflies, but rainy weather can be just as fun and seasonally festive. Go puddle jumping!
Have you been wearing boots all winter? It's time for open-toed shoes, which means it's also time for a pedicure.
Go for a bike ride, whether it's for scenic purposes only, you need some exercise, or you just need to get from one place to another.
Read a book in a park and feed ducks by the pond.
Go for a quick stroll and soak in the beauty of the blooming cherry blossoms instead of staring at your phone. Explore a new part of the city on foot, or go for a scenic hike.
Make a playlist with songs that remind you of spring. Play it during your commute or while you do household chores.
If You Have All Day
Do you live by the water? Even if you can't lay out in the sun just yet, you can still enjoy the waterfront by taking a walk, going oyster shucking, or just looking out at the horizon.
Plan a brunch with your friends at one of your homes and get supplies for everyone to make their own terrariums.
Spend the day getting lost in a flower shop or market.
Look into local U-pick farms and plan a day of strawberry picking.
Have you been wanting to paint your room another color? Now you have an activity and incentive to get the job done. Get it ready for spring with a new color/mini makeover at home.
Give your wardrobe a spring refresh by hitting up a flea market or thrift store–hopping.
Have a bake-a-thon and decorate your desserts with spring motifs and pastel toppings.
While this may not be the most fun idea on our list of things to this season, they do call it spring-cleaning for reason. Now is a good time to declutter and reset with a clean slate at home.
If You Have All Night
Find some last-minute concert tickets and make a night of it.
Sign up for a cooking class that incorporates fresh ingredients or find a spring recipe you want to try and make at home.
Go for a night hike with your significant other, pet, or a group of friends. It's a great way to get outside, and sometimes an expansive view can look even more beautiful at night. If you're in a city without any hiking options, check out a scenic view from a lookout point or skyrise building.
Take a mini spring break for the weekend.
Ask your friends if they want to chip in for a staycation. Rent a cool Airbnb or splurge on a hotel room for the night. Don't forget to go hot-tubbing and order room service.
Plan a low-key dinner soirée at your home and invite some friends. You could also turn it into a fun singles' mixer to meet and introduce others to new people. Dine alfresco, if possible.
Host a house party and make the theme spring awakening. Bonus points if you have a rooftop. And if that sounds way too ambitious, round up some friends to help plan a bonfire or sunset potluck picnic at a park.
And finally, rosé season is up next, so go wine tasting at a local wine bar or an actual winery.