It’s officially spring, and we can’t help but dream of places we’d love to be right now to celebrate! We’re sharing some of the most beautiful parks for spring colors, and all the happy vibes of the season. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, these places are sure to please!
San Diego, California
Known as the “Jewel of San Diego,” Balboa Park is a 1,200+ acre historic urban cultural park, with immaculate gardens, tons of open space to walk around and admire nature, and of course, the famous San Diego Zoo! Balboa Park is more than just a park; it houses 17 museums, numerous hiking trails and gorgeous Spanish architecture among its structures.
But, it’s their gardens that truly steal the show — with nearly 20 on-site grounds to explore, it’s a premiere destination to see spring in all its glory. Truthfully, you could dedicate an entire San Diego trip just to exploring the gardens! But if you don’t have that much time, we recommend at least strolling through the Japanese Friendship Garden to see the cherry blossoms — especially during their peak bloom week, when Balboa Park hosts Japanese cultural activities to celebrate these beautiful trees!
When you’re named after a historical territory in what is now the Netherlands, you might have some big shoes to fill. Luckily, Holland, Michigan meets the challenge head on, especially in the spring! Each year, the city celebrates the beauty of their spring tulips with the annual Tulip Time Festival. This weeklong celebration in Holland’s local parks features parades, carnivals, windmill tours and more. And of course, the main attraction… millions of bright, budding tulips!
While COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, Holland has already announced some modifications for residents to enjoy this year’s festival. While strolling through the tulip fields at Veldheer Tulip Garden, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase your own potted tulips to bring the fun back home!
New Orleans, Louisiana
City Park in New Orleans provides a quiet escape from the bustling environment that the surrounding city brings. With over 2,000 plants from around the world and a whopping1,300 acres, this family-friendly destination is one of the most beautiful parks for spring greenery in the country. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale with deep lagoons, picturesque forests and, if you’re lucky, some wildlife sightings!
Enjoy pathways full of flowers, but if you’ve got kids who need to burn some energy, be sure to take them to Carousel Gardens, City Park’s own amusement park! Also, here’s a random bit of trivia: City Park is known for having the world’s largest collection of mature live oak trees (there’s a tree that’s almost 800 years old!).
San Francisco, California
With a city as vast and varied as San Francisco, there’s certainly no shortage of beautiful parks for spring lovers to explore! San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is the third most-visited in the country for a reason — with lush gardens, cultural celebrations, and the state’s consistent sunshine, the gardens stay in pristine condition all year-long.
Sitting at over 1,000 acres, the park was created on top of sand dunes in the 1870s, and today has over 11 gardens for visitors to enjoy. The Conservatory of Flowers is the oldest building in the park, home to over 1,000 types of plants and a quaint butterfly nursery. At the CommUNITY Garden, you can try your hand at sustainable gardening, while the Shakespeare Garden is a perfect spot to picnic. Beyond the flowers, Golden Gate park also has a plethora of wildlife. In fact, you might just see a group of park Bison on your trip!
If you’re especially interested in eco-friendliness and sustainability, this gem in southeastern Virginia is for you! In 2019, The Norfolk Botanical Gardens switched to 100% renewable energy. And with over 60 gardens to enjoy, you’re guaranteed to spot something new with each visit.
To help guests prepare for their visits, their website maintains a “what’s in bloom” page every month, highlighting which gardens are in peak bloom during each season. Every March, the garden hosts their “Daffodil Daze” festival all month long. Throughout the spring, the Bicentennial Rose Garden shares its astounding bounty of blooms, hosting more than 300 types of roses. In fact, it’s accredited as one of only 130 All-American Rose Selections Display Gardens in the country.
In the park’s center, the exceptional Flowering Arboretum holds 300 varieties of trees. But there’s more than just gardens to see here — scattered through the grounds are art pieces and sculptures, opportunities to take educational classes and even special events that include your furry friends. To cap off your visit, the Butterfly House features an interactive exhibit with over 50 butterfly species to enjoy! Can you spot them all?
Did your favorite park make our list, or do you have a budding spring city you think we need to see? Let us know below, and be sure to use Homes.com to find your perfect spring home. Happy hunting!