Seen and Heard — The Get Outside this Spring Season Edition

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Seen and Heard — The Get Outside this Spring Season Edition

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Something about the spring season has us raring to get outside. It’s officially primavera on Sunday, March 20th but there are so many upcoming reasons to enjoy the sun, fresh air and blooming blossoms. So wander out—whether it’s down the street or down the coast—and see what events are coming this season.

Easter Egg Hunt Under the Sea in Key Largo, Florida

Seen and Heard — The Get Outside this Spring Season Edition

Photo: Diverwire.com

Most Easter egg hunts take place in a park, but not in Key Largo. Every year, hundreds come out to celebrate Easter the way the locals do… underwater! The festivities start after Captain Spencer Slate dons a bunny suit and scuba gear to dive into the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, a popular snorkeling area. He hides over 100 non-toxic eggs amongst the Grecian rocks and eel grass located off the coast of Florida. For the next two hours, locals brave the waters with diving gear to uncover unique prizes. This year for a chance at the “Golden Egg”, sign up for the egg hunt on Sunday, March 27th. —Mateo

Check out Captain Slate online for details on the holiday dive.

Run of the Charles River Race in Boston, Massachusetts

Seen and Heard — The Get Outside this Spring Season Edition

Photo: Volunteer-boston.blogspot.com

New England’s largest canoe and kayak race event is on the docket for April—and I am super excited to see it. Kayaks and canoes fill up the Charles River to celebrate the arrival of spring on race day, Sunday, April 24th. There are several races, ranging in distances for all skill levels. If you’re not up for competing, grab a view from any of the bridges spanning the river. That’s where I’ll be, cheering from the sidelines while enjoying a nice cup of coffee. —Vee

To participate in the Run of the Charles, check out the Charles River Watershed for entry forms and volunteer information.

Enjoy 100,000+ Flowers at a Historic Mansion in Asheville, North Carolina

What’s more “spring” than enjoying the arrival of flowers after the blahs of winter? Nothing…except maybe enjoying those flowers on a famous and sprawling North Carolina estate. Starting on the first day of spring and lasting through the end of May, guests of the Biltmore Estate can walk through almost 100,000 flowers on the grounds. Orchids in the conservatory, tulips and roses in the garden, arbors of wisteria and more transform this already gorgeous mansion into something really impressive. Along with the beauty of the season, guests can also attend grape stomps the winery, meet the farm animals (including spring newborns like baby lambs and bunnies), and enjoy live music. I’m officially considering this place the Center of the Spring Universe. —Lauren

See spring evolve at Biltmore Estate’s festival of flowers March 19 through May 26 and check out their website for weekly bloom reports.

Springtime Reads at Grand Park in Los Angeles, California

Seen and Heard — The Get Outside this Spring Season Edition

Photo: Grandparkla.org

I love reading. From lighthearted comedies to biographies to dark and twisted stories, I’ll take it all! Books serve as our escape from our day to day life while simultaneously allowing us into the lives of how other people live and perceive things. Over the course of the winter I have been slacking on my book game, and can’t wait for the warm weather to get me back on the literary path! Springtime Reads is a series of events that happens in Los Angeles’ Grand Park. From outdoor lunchtime meet-ups to creative writing exercises—these community events have something to offer from the youngest readers to the oldest. One that I’m particularly excited about is the Downtown Bookfest. The theme of this year’s festival is “Literary LA: Places, Spaces and Faces”. At the event you’ll be able to listen to some storytelling, learn the craft of bookmaking, swap some books and shop for some books (there will be over 30 local, independent publishers there selling!). Get together in the beautiful sunshine in the park and celebrate LA’s local authors, publishers and readers! —Chrissy

Downtown Bookfest takes place on Saturday, May 7th at Grand Park. And be sure to check out other Springtime Read events on the calendar!

What are you looking forward to this spring? Let us know in the comments!