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The Best Free or Almost Free Spring Things to Do in Ohio

A woman in the midst of a Cherry Bloosom treen enjoying the spring day

Adventure Awaits

I’m so excited that spring is just around the corner! How about you? 

There’s something magical about this time of year, especially here in Ohio. The weather is changing, and the birds are chirping. These early days of spring harken to so nature’s reawakening. And in turn, my reawakening to longer days, the smell of the earth as she warms to the spring sun, and the renewed sense of adventure that stirs my heart. 

Come along with me as I share some of the things on my list of my favorite spring things to do in Ohio this year. 

Ohio’s beautiful botanical gardens offer relief during the chilly, damp days. I’m looking forward to strolling through Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. Seeing the first signs of spring as flowers bloom and trees bud is fantastic.

I’m particularly anxious to see the cherry blossoms in Cleveland this year. The cherry trees, with their origins in Japan, add elegance and serenity to the urban landscape. I can’t wait to visit the Wade Lagoon by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The blossoms create such a breathtaking scene against the museum’s backdrop. I hope the weather will be suitable to see the cherry blossoms in all their glory, typically between late March and early May.

Hiking in Hocking Hills State Park and biking along the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are definitely on my list. There’s nothing like the fresh, crisp air and the emerging greenery to invigorate the senses.

Gardening is another passion of mine. Spring is the perfect time to start prepping my garden. Early-season favorites to plant include spinach, assorted greens, and peas. It’s incredibly satisfying to watch your garden come to life.

Bird-watching is another activity I enjoy in the spring. To be honest, I love this all year long. But as migratory species return, places like the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area become hotspots for all of us birding enthusiasts. I’m especially excited about the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival in May.

There are also some great spring festivals in Ohio that I’m looking forward to. The Columbus Asian Festival and the Cincinnati Flower Show are just a couple of events that I hope to attend. 

And, of course, with baseball season kicking off, I’m eager to grab some peanuts and a beer and catch a Cleveland Guardians game. It’s okay if you are a Cincinnati fan. They are fun to watch, too, but the Guardians will always have my heart. 

So, that’s a glimpse into my springtime plans! I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to this season. Are there any particular activities or adventures on your agenda? Please share the spring things you are doing in Ohio this year.

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