Wednesday, March 20, 2013

10 Ways to Get Outside This Spring

Written by Meaghan Maess, Buffalo State College student and communications intern at Catholic Health

After a long, cold winter, most Western New Yorkers welcome the warm weather of spring. Here are 10 activities to help you get outdoors and enjoy the new season. 

1. Plant a Garden

Give your yard a make-over by planting colorful flowers or save money by growing your own herbs and vegetables. You can get inspired and learn more about gardening through organizations such as The Botanical Gardens and Urban Roots.

2. Take a Walk on the Beach (Blasdell)

Walk along the water at Woodlawn Beach off Route 5. Write your name in the sand, collect seashells and driftwood or skip rocks along the lake.

3. Bike or Rollerblade (Tonawanda)

Bring your bike or rollerblades to Niawanda Park. The park has nearly 7 miles of paths along the Niagara River, stretching from North Tonawanda to the Grand Island bridge.

4. Have a Cookout (Orchard Park)

Take advantage of the family picnic grills at Chestnut Ridge, then explore the many trails throughout the park. If you're feeling adventurous, check out the Eternal Flame, a natural gas spring below a waterfall in the southwestern section of Chestnut Ridge.

5. Experience Nature (Buffalo)

Observe local wildlife in their natural habitat at Tifft Nature Preserve. Nature trails take you through 5 miles of woodlands, ponds and marshes. 

6. Have a Picnic (Akron)

Pack some sandwiches and have a picnic at Akron Falls. Check out the rock garden and hike along the trails throughout the park.

7. Go Shopping (Allentown)

Walk along Elmwood Avenue and shop at the many stores in the Allentown District. Check out unique shops such as Second Chic, Lexington Co-Op and Penzey's Spices.

8. Read a Book Outside (Buffalo)

Grab a good book and a blanket and head to Delaware Park. Read beside the Rose Garden or take a walk around Hoyt Lake.

9. Volunteer

Enjoy the outdoors and help your community. Help plant vegetables to feed Buffalo families through Queen City Farm or plant trees with Re-Tree WNY. Check out Volunteer Buffalo for more volunteer opportunities in Western New York.

10. Explore Niagara Falls

Walk through Three Sisters Island and get a great view of the rapids of the Niagara River or check out the whirlpool rapids at Devil's Hole.

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