The pandemic may have put a damper on things as of recently, but just because many activities are not available, it doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy this beautiful season. California is full of gorgeous forests, gardens, mountains, and valleys, all of which are waiting to be explored during a pandemic. In fact, what better time to visit these areas than now?
Spring is also considered to be a time of new beginnings, hope, and improved weather as flowers bloom and temperatures rise. While Californians may not notice much of a difference, there is more color this time of year compared to winter.
Whether you are a local or just visiting, here are some spring activities to check out if you’re looking to get out an explore.
- Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
One of the finest and largest research libraries in the world, the Huntington Library contains over 11 million items, but with only a few displayed at a time. Some of the most valuable items include some earlier editions of Shakespeare’s original work, one of the 12 copies of the Gutenberg Bible printed in vellum, and an Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
But the best time to visit the Huntington is during the spring because of its beautiful botanical gardens. It has over 120 acres and 16 themed gardens with various plants and flowers on display for visitors.
- The Beaches
Of course, California is always known for its beautiful beaches, especially the Southern California coastline. If you’re particularly adventurous, you can take a dive into the 60-degree Pacific Ocean water during the spring. But even if not, what better way to relax than to hang out on the sand and take in the ocean air?
From the Malibu shores down to Imperial Beach close to the Mexican border, you have numerous options whether you’re near Los Angeles or San Diego. There are also plenty of things going on along the shores, including kayaking, surfing, checking out the piers, and watching the sunset.
- Balboa Park
Balboa Park is considered the country’s largest “urban cultural park” and is San Diego’s center of family activities that include pavilions, gardens, museums, and theaters, including the famous San Diego Zoo. It’s best visit to during this time because of it’s beautiful gardens.
One particularly gorgeous garden is the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG). It stretches across 12 acres and aims to inspire and educate visitors about Japanese culture. There are water features like koi ponds, bonsai trees, and cherry blossoms. You’ll definitely want to check it out!
- Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
While this park is located about one and a half hours from San Diego, it’s well worth the drive to see some beautiful flowers in the springtime. The park showcases over 92 different plant families and hundreds of flower species.
Like other areas, the plant life is highly dependent on the winter’s rainy season to produce a full bloom. The past few years have contributed to a “Superbloom”, with an abundance of colors and long lasting wildflowers.
- Whale Watching
The springtime is a great time to go see whales as the blue whales migrate from Southern California from May to November and finback, humpback and minke whales can be seen all year. But the best way to see them up close is to hop on a whale watching boat tour from one of many cities.
Cruises are available in San Diego, Oceanside, Newport Beach and Dana Point and most of the cruise companies guarantee to see a sighting of a whale or dolphin or you’ll get a voucher for free trip. In addition, you may also see sea lions, sharks, and birds.
- Go on a Hike
California is full of beautiful terrain to hike and sightsee, especially at the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Just in this area, you can choose between five islands that take you into a whole different world of nature. Many recommend first visiting either Anacapa or Santa Cruz.
- Attend a Festival
You’ll have to check each website to see the activities going on and their restrictions, but one popular festivity is Earth Day, one of which Southern California residents celebrate all week, hosting various programs and activities. You’ll be sure to find events in San Diego that are family-friendly and include live music, education, vendor booths and activities for kids to inspire them to recycle.
- Joshua Tree National Park
Another amazing National Park in California, you’ll find some Dr. Seuss-like trees, lots of boulders and plenty of hiking trails. Although the park is about 140 miles east of Los Angeles, so if that’s where you’re staying, plan to take a few days to visit this place. It is well worth the planning.
- Renaissance Pleasure Faire
There are a ton of Renaissance fairs all over the county, but the original Renaissance Pleasure Fair in the LA region still has them all beat. It has been a spring tradition for LA residents since the 1960s, educating visitors, honoring this period of time, and spreading out over 20 acres.
- Pick Fruit
Even during the dry season, there is no shortage of fruit in Southern California. Several orchards include strawberries, cherries, and blueberries, all of which are the most popular. Some great destination sites include Carlsbad Strawberry Company (strawberries) in north San Diego, Temecula Berry Company (blueberries), and Villa del Sol (cherries).
Exploring the Rest of Southern California
Whether you’re here visiting or are a longtime resident looking for a new adventure, you can find it all in Southern California. You’ll never want to waste time in the spring looking for things to keep you busy since there is plenty going on! It’s also one of the cooler times to be outside since the summers can reach 90 to 100 degrees.
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