Spring Fever: Where to Get Out and Play

posted: 04/12/17
by: Katie Morton
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When spring fever strikes at the end of a long, chilly winter, there's only one cure: Get outside! This spring, there are festivals, flower fields, and baby animals galore to help satiate your spring fever fix. Here are some of our favorites this season.

Washington D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms

Date: March 15th - April 16th 2017
Where: Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.

There are few things more quintessentially spring than flowers blooming. D.C.'s annual Cherry Blossom Festival centers on the blossoming Japanese cherry trees that line the tidal basin. Family activities, concerts, parades, and galas are part of the multi-week celebration.

If you're local to the area, then you can still soak in the stunning blooms without hitting the festivals. Try to avoid crowds by seeing the trees at sunrise and during the middle of the week. Not convinced it's worth getting out of bed for? Check out this breathtaking photo of the blossoms and monument at sunrise.

Baltimore's Light City

Date: March 31st - April 8th
Where: Baltimore, MD

Baltimore's family-friendly Light City Festival is the first of its kind in the United States. Originally starting in 2016, the second-annual Light City will host dozens of interactive light displays and sculptures around Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Musical groups, dance performances, and food vendors add to the festival fun. This weeklong festival is free for all.

2017 Major League Baseball Opening Day

Date: Sunday, April 2nd (limited games); Monday, April 3rd (13 games)
Where: Nationwide

Swing, batter batter, swing... Baseball is still the American pastime! And there's no better way to get into the springtime mood than by hitting up your local ballpark. Sporting News has complied the full roster of game dates and times, so you can root your team on. For tickets to the game, check out virtual ticket depots like StubHub.com.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Festival

Date: March 24th - April 30th 2017
Where: Woodburn, OR

Shake off the winter doldrums by tiptoeing through acres of gorgeous tulips. The scenic backdrop of Mt. Hood adds to the breathtaking landscape. This annual festival boasts "fresh flowers, food, and fun for the entire family, including well behaved dogs on leashes!"

If you're not on the West Coast, many local farms host Spring flower festivals. Search for a local flower event in your state, and spend the day surrounded by nature's beauty.

Visiting Animals at Zoos or Petting Farms

Date: Spring
Where: Nationwide

For local farms, spring means lamb, chick, and baby goat season. Zoos also experience a new resurgence of life in the spring. The nation has been spellbound watching the video feed for signs that April the Giraffe is in labor at New York's Animal Adventure Park. Local zoos and petting farms are fun ways to spend a spring day with your family.

Winter is over--and spring fever has hit hard. Time to shake off the winter hibernation to enjoy the warm weather and longer sunny days by spending some time outside!