8 Ways to Celebrate the Arrival of Spring in Rochester


spring flowersAs a Minnesotan, I often feel like I am in the minority when I say that I am not a fan of winter. I like an excuse to stay home in cozy clothes, but I don’t like the cold, the driving, and the messiness of winter. Spring, though, Spring I do like. I love the transition to warmer weather, green grass, trees, flowers, and just the pleasantness of being outside.  Mark Twain knew exactly how I felt when he said: “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” If your family is like mine, your hearts ache to just be outside, and to take in the sights, sounds, smells, and feels of Spring. Not sure where to go or what to do? Let Rochester Mom help!

Hike the Douglas Trail

The Douglas Trail is such a gem in the Rochester area. Explore a small section with littles on foot, or take a longer hike with older kids. Whether you walk, run, bike, or rollerblade, you’ll be surrounded by budding trees, sprouting plants, and the sights and smells of Spring.

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a way to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, but the kids need an activity to provide some direction? Look no further! We’ve got a great Spring Scavenger Hunt to help your kids learn about nature and the changing seasons.

Go on a Mural Hunt

Taking the kids on a mural hunt through Rochester is a great way to spend a morning, plus appreciate the work of local artists.

Visit the Farmers Market (with a Scavenger Hunt)

Taste the freshness of Spring with a visit to the Farmers Market! Included is a fun scavenger hunt printable for the kids.

 Go on a Bike Ride

Rochester has miles and miles of bike trails to explore every part of our city. After the bikes have been put away for the winter, breaking them out in the Spring feels extra-special!

Take a Family Fun Hike

Hiking as a family is a great way to see first-hand spring popping up, all around us. We’ve got 5 family-friendly hikes in and around Rochester, perfect for all ages.

Grow Veggies from Scraps

Gardening together is such a great way to learn about growing and caring for plants, and eating healthy while reducing food waste!

Make May Day Baskets

Making May Day baskets is such a fun family tradition, wrapped in an act of kindness to neighbors and friends.

How are you and your family enjoying Spring in Rochester? Tell us in the comments!

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Heather is a Rochester native but considers herself a "country mouse" meant for small-town livin'. Her hubby has been her rock and anchor since high school, 1998. Her children Murphy (2010) and Delaney (2016) are her biggest blessings and let's be honest, her biggest challenges. On an average day, she wears a variety of hats: wife, mom, furparent, high school English teacher, friend, coach, homebrewer/beer snob, music enthusiast, bookworm, Potterhead, Disnerd, Parrothead, coffee junky and more. She is food-motivated, but nothing brings her peace like listening to the waves lap the North Shore, couch cuddles, or sitting in her PJs playing games with friends.