The clocks have sprung forward again, flowers are beginning to bloom, and – barring the occasional lapse into snowfall – the weather is looking that little bit sunnier. It can only mean one thing: that Spring has finally sprung. But exactly what can we do to make the most of the season? Let’s take a look at a few choice activities you might indulge in with friends.
Go to a Petting Zoo
A petting zoo has the advantage of allowing you to get up-close and personal with the animals, and perhaps even feed them. Sure, the animals themselves aren’t quite as exotic as those you might find at a ‘proper’ zoo: but the experience is something that’s a perfect match for the weather. If you’ve got friends with kids to entertain, then this might be an ideal way to spend an afternoon.
Have a Picnic at the Beach
A trip to the seaside is vastly different in warm weather than it is in the middle of winter. If you pick the right day in Spring, then you’ll get the benefit of the sunshine without having to contend with the crowds. Do your research and find a beach that’s nicely secluded while still being spectacular.
During spring, you’ll be able to stay up after sunset and watch the stars without risk of freezing your toes off. You’ll find clear-sky resorts, far from any source of light pollution, that’ll help you to do exactly this. If you go to the right place, then you might have a worthwhile experience without the aid of a telescope. If you want to get serious about surveying the night sky, on the other hand, some magnification is certainly worthwhile. This is a peaceful activity that you can use to bond with like-minded stargazers.
If you’re going to be spending more time in the garden, investing in some solar lights will help to lend the place a little bit more of a welcoming atmosphere.
Go to a Flower Farm
One of the defining features of Spring is that you’ll get flowers blooming – and what better place could there be to appreciate this than at a flower farm. Unlike a botanical garden, a flower farm might actually sell you some flowers to take home with you. But obviously, this is something you should check before you start helping yourself.
Try Horseback Riding
Horseback riding can present just the right balance between novelty, danger and safety. It’s not an adrenaline rush – at least not when you’re a total beginner, but if you’re a fan of animals and you want to get closer to them, there are few better ways to get around. Look for a place that’ll cater to total beginners. Horseback riding is a skill that takes time to build up – so make this an ongoing project rather than a way to spend a single day out.