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Spring has sprung in the DMV, and it’s time to get back outside! Here are five fun activities that will help you enjoy sunny days and warmer temperatures. 

  1. Picnic in Rock Creek Park

This 1,754-acre park stretches from downtown DC up to Derwood, Maryland. In addition to being filled with paved walking paths and hiking trails, there are numerous picnic areas that feature tables and grills for public use. Head out to the section of the park nearest to your apartment and enjoy a spring feast in the warm air. 

  1. Celebrate The National Cherry Blossom Festival 

Even though we’ve passed peak bloom for DC’s beloved cherry blossoms, the festival runs until April 17. Watch the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 9 or visit Petalpalooza on April 16, a full day of live music, interactive art installations, family-friendly activities, a beer garden, etc. 

  1. Visit The National Zoo

Warmer days are upon us, which means all the animals at The National Zoo are ready to play! Completely free to visit, spend a day strolling through the Zoo with your family and friends. The Zoo is currently celebrating 50 years of hosting giant pandas, so be sure to check them out (or attend the free Pandaversary party on April 16 and 17) along with fan favorites like the gorilla’s, orangutans, and elephants. 

  1. Shop a Farmer’s Market

Spring brings plenty of fresh, healthy, and delicious spring produce—which is even tastier when you buy it from a local farmer. Fortunately, there are tons of farmer’s markets around the DMV where you can pick up some fruits and veggies. Some of our favorites include FRESHFARM and Eastern Market in DC, the Chevy Chase and Bethesda Farmers Markets in Maryland, and the Old Town Farmers Market in Alexandria. 

  1. Stroll on the C&O Canal Towpath

For days when you’re in the mood to walk (or bike) for miles enjoying the sounds and smells of spring in the DMV, the C&O can’t be beaten. Beginning in Georgetown and running 184.5 miles to Cumberland, Maryland, you can stay on the dirt and stone path or detour off onto hiking trails and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Potomac River. 

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