Spring is here and I can not wait to get back outside to enjoy Georgia with Brandon again! We have been brainstorming so many date ideas and are so excited to finally sit down and get to scheduling our off-work time together. Last night we planned our spring dates for March and April and he agreed to put a couple of baseball games on the calendar so I’m already considering this season a win.
Side note: Brandon is an NBA fan and trying to get him to embrace the MLB has been a challenge to say the least. This year he’s agreed to try to understand why I love baseball so much and the effort alone is worth a celebration IMO.
“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby
I feel like on the first day of every season I claim that it’s my favorite season but if I’m being honest with myself (and with you) my favorite season is spring. It’s perfect. The weather is gorgeous, the food is juicy and fresh, everything is in bloom (unlike fall when everything is dying), bright colors are everywhere, and baseball is back. Really, spring is made of nothing but WIN.
If you’re ready to enjoy this season like we are, here are some of our favorite spring date ideas:
Go to a Baseball Game
Obvi, this was going to be #1 because it is the reason I look forward to spring. A day at the ballpark is basically perfection because you are able to spend time together, cheer for a common goal, eat nachos, and soak in some sun.
We started looking at this a few weeks ago as a great activity to work out together and help us get summer-body ready. There are some fantastic indoor rock climbing facilities here and they are surprisingly reasonable in cost.
Go Bird Watching
Not your thing? It wasn’t ours either until we did it for the first time. Go to the library and check out a book about bird species that are native to your area then explore your local parks, beaches, mountains, etc and spot as many species as possible. Take it up a notch by making a friendly wager ahead of time over who can spot the most birds.
Attend a Gardening Class
Spring is the perfect time to start a garden but if you don’t have the outdoor space for one (like us) then you’re missing out. Resolve that little issue by taking a community gardening class together and look into container gardening, rooftop gardening, or other urban options.
Get Pedicures and Go Shoe Shopping
Growing up in Florida, we lived in sandals and open-toed shoes so adjusting to actual shoes (sneakers, boots, etc) was a pretty major adjustment for us. A favorite spring date of ours is going for pedicures and then shoe shopping for spring / summer options.
Plan a Picnic
I know that spring picnics are kind of played out but they don’t have to be. Bring this classic date back to life by packing your favorite cocktail mixers instead of a bottle of wine, picnicking in a busy park so it doubles as people-watching, or by going at night and stargazing at the same time.
Pack Up and Go Hiking
If you haven’t already mastered all of the hiking trails in your area then pack up and plan an outing for spring. Check online for waterfall trails or cavernous trails to visit and be sure to take along your camera so you can capture the adventure.
Go Horseback Riding
My husband kind of hates horseback riding but I’ll occasionally convince him to go with me. I love horseback riding, especially in the spring. The weather is warm but not overly hot so it’s perfect for a good run and you just know they’re loving it too. Try to find a place that lets you free ride off the standard trails.
Take a Bike Tour
Check around your area for guided tours or for suggested neighborhoods. You can usually find biking groups online that will give you tips for beautiful historic neighborhoods or downtown areas with great urban art. Sometimes guided tours will take you through tourist areas and give you insight into your local culture.
Make it Through an Escape Room
We have so much fun in escape rooms and there are quite a few of them here in Atlanta for us to try to solve. They are usually reasonably priced and they take about an hour. Combine your mystery-solving skills and see if you can solve the riddles to get out of the room in time (or do a home version like this).
The only time I really have any interest in baking or making desserts is in the spring because of all of the berries and fresh fruits. I try to squeeze in at least 1 – 2 berry picking dates so I can stock my freezer for cobblers and crumbles and other desserts. It’s a great way to be outside, get a little sunshine, and get ahead of home responsibilities.
There are often a lot of community workshops about gardening and sometimes those will include a workshop or class about pressing and preserving flowers. I love to attend those classes then go out on a hike or picnic with Brandon to find flowers to press and save.
Hit up the Dog Park
If you have dogs (like we do) then take the pups out for a day trip to the dog park. They will appreciate being outdoors and you can always stop by a place like Brusters for ice cream afterward. If you ask, Brusters offers dog-friendly ice cream so your furry pals can indulge too.
Go For a Round of Mini-Golf
I love playing mini-golf because I suck at regular golf despite my dad and my brother being excellent on the course. I’ve always stuck to the mini courses where I can actually hit a hole in one and pretend like I’ve got skills. 😉 A lot of places have obstacle courses, black light courses, or other alternative courses which can be a lot of fun.
Visit the Botanical Gardens
The local botanical gardens are always popular during the spring so there are usually tons of available tours, classes, workshops, and events. The botanical gardens here have a lot of evening events like cocktails after dark, light shows, or events where people carve the topiaries into different animals or shapes. It’s a lot of fun if you’re even remotely into gardening or nature.
Attend Outdoor Concerts or Movies
These seems to be everywhere during the spring and summer (at least they are here in Atlanta) so take advantage of them and head outside. A lot of the time the outdoor concerts feature local musicians and you never know who you might discover locally to support. The movies are usually older movies but it’s still fun to take blankets and just lay out under the stars together for a classic romcom.
Go to a Local Art Festival
I like to update my home with the seasons and one of the simplest things you can do is add a new piece of artwork to spruce your space. Local art festivals are so much fun because you can meet local artists and hear the stories behind their pieces which I always find fascinating. Just be wary because some of the people selling their work are selling mass produced pieces they bought in bulk so take the time to scope out the artists.
Visit the Zoo
I love zoos and I drag Brandon to them as often as I can. I love watching the animals and attending the zookeeper demonstrations where you can see them up close and personal. Spring is one of the best times to go to the zoo because the animals are usually out and visible unlike the summer or winter when at least some of them are hiding due to the weather.
Last weekend Brandon and I went shopping and hit up a local bar to check out their spring signature cocktail (it turned out to be peaches and bourbon which I loved). I also stumbled upon a 50% off everything in the store sale at one of my favorite shops so I splurged a little which felt great since it’s been a while since I’ve actually done any real shopping for myself. Next weekend we are hoping to get away for a few days on a little mini-vacay but right now it’s just a fingers crossed and wait and see if it works out kind of thing. 🙂