Warm Up with These Returning Spring Activities in Your City
BY SAACHI SAWLANI
With warmer days sneaking up on us, a range of urban activities that were closed for the dark, gloomy winter months will be re-opening their doors this spring. Here are some of our favorite outdoor attractions that are sunny must-visits during these blooming months.
Lawn On D: Boston, MA
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Lawn on D is Boston’s first interactive outdoor space that functions as both a public and private venue. This 2.7-acre space is located at the heart of south Boston’s waterfront area, offering a lively space with planted trees, lawn furniture, and games like cornhole. The annual reappearance of Lawn on D every May signals to the people of Boston that winter is over. The Lawn is most famously known for its interactive, lit-up circle swings designed by architects Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon. Bringing in visitors of all generations, the signature playground pieces have become one of Boston’s major Instagram-worthy spots.
Smorgasburg: Brooklyn, NY
With 20,000-30,000 visitors each weekend, and around 100 vendors selling some of the most mouth-watering snacks, Smorgasburg is the largest open-air food market in America. Its Williamsburg location has made it a hub for the contemporary art scene, lively nightlife, and plenty of culture. The outdoor Brooklyn Markets return on March 31/April 1, giving New York’s foodies a chance to indulge in a variety of notable nibbles, from ramen burgers to chicken ‘n’ waffles.
Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington, DC
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Washington, DC is home to one of the nation’s largest springtime celebrations: the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which commemorates the 3,000 cherry trees that were gifted by the Mayor of Tokyo, Japan in 1912, and represents the start of spring. The fest includes an opening ceremony on March 24th featuring world-renowned performers, plus a parade on April 14 with celebrity performances and ongoing events. Want to catch the most picturesque moments? Current info suggests that peak bloom date—when the buds will open—is between March 27 and 31. Can’t make it in person? Get your floral fix with the live Blossom Cam!
Schuylkill River Park Farmers Market: Philadelphia, PA
The Schuylkill River Park in Philadelphia city has a whole lot more to it than a swing set and open field, especially during the spring months. On May 15, the Park’s Farmers Market will set the scene for their opening day, giving citizens and parks visitors the chance to grab some fresh produce, meats, and cheeses on the go. Make the most of it by exploring the park’s other perks, like the paved trail along the scenic river, various sporting areas and courts, a pool, the dog park, or just some relaxing downtime on the grass.
Colorado Fresh Markets: Boulder, CO
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Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be an indoor activity. Embrace the great outdoors at the Colorado Fresh Markets, whose local vendors are making their spring debut in May. Not only does the market boast an abundance of fresh agricultural products and baked goods, the accompanying activities will build up your appetite—and your love of sunshine. From chef demonstrations to gardening tips to live music, it’s the perfect place to take in a breath of fresh air, feast on fulfilling foods, and support small locally-owned businesses.