With the first day of spring right around the corner (March 20), the flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. Spring has sprung! Our friends at Yelp Cleveland are here to let you in on the top spots to immerse yourself in the season. Whether you’re looking for a flowing waterfall, a plentiful greenhouse, or a bloom-filled hike, this list has an option for anyone.
Get energized for spring with some vitamin D! Celebrate warming temperatures and blossoming tulips with these Yelp-approved local spots to enjoy the blooms:
1.) F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm – Akron
Surround yourself with flowers, herbs and wildlife at this impressively preserved park. From paved walkways to hidden trails, there are plenty of ways to explore every amenity throughout the 104-acre spot. You will find a 45-foot-deep ravine, a gorgeous outdoor fireplace and a deck overlooking Seneca Pond.
Tip: Bring along some sunflower seeds and be prepared to feed the chickadees. There are guides throughout the park that’ll tell you exactly where to find them.
2.) Blue Hen Falls – Peninsula
Located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Blue Hen Falls is a small but serene waterfall fed by a creek year-round. A short, half-mile trail will take you to a bridge and cross you over the creek, where you’ll land on the falls. While the path ends there, tree roots create a natural staircase to guide you to the water. Come on a sunny spring day and splash around in the water with the kids!
Tip: If you want to extend your hike, you can find Brandywine Falls about three miles north of Blue Hen, and Buttermilk Falls a mile south.
3.) Miller Nature Preserve and Conservatory – Avon
Miller Nature Preserve and Conservatory is a spring destination during April showers or May flowers. Featuring both indoor and outdoor collections, you can enjoy tropical and seasonal plants, gardens and wooded walking trails. The star of the grounds is the 5,000-square-foot conservatory, the first in Lorain County. Here, you will find collections of orchids, bonsai trees, cacti, palms, and carnivorous plants like Venus flytraps.
Tip: From June to Labor Day, the Butterfly House is free and open to the public. Go to learn about the life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly!
4.) Wade Park Lagoon – Cleveland
In the heart of the University Circle district, Wade Park Lagoon is full of greenery and wonderful views. Whether taking a lunchtime stroll or enjoying an outing with the family, this is the perfect oasis from the hustle and bustle. Take a seat on a park bench to enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms, fish in the water or enjoy beautiful sculptures. A photo-worthy area of Wade Park is Frank Jirouch’s 1928 bronze sculpture, Night Passing the Earth to Day. From behind this work of art, you can look onto the Cleveland Museum of Art and capture both structures in one shot.
Tip: Wade Park Lagoon is on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Art and is just a few blocks from the Natural History Museum — an ideal location for a family outing!
5.) Holden Arboretum – Kirtland
The Holden Arboretum is the perfect place to see the change of seasons. Stroll through the landscaped gardens, ponds and butterfly garden to see spring begin before your eyes. For the adventurer, take on the Murch Canopy Walk, a 500-foot elevated walkway built 65 feet above the forest floor. You will get a new perspective of the forests and the animals that inhabit them. You also can climb the Kalberer Emergent Tower, a treehouse-like tower above the trees at a height of 120 feet. On a clear day, you can see across the forest all the way to Lake Erie.
Tip: The Canopy Walk and the Kalberer Emergent Tower are open starting April 1. Tickets are sold until 4 p.m., so leave plenty of time (we recommend about two hours) to get your tickets and explore the scenery!
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