Spring has sprung in Central Minnesota! The temps are warming, the sun is shining more, and we are so ready to welcome in a new season. Ring in spring with these fun ideas around Greater St. Cloud.
Earth Day is on April 22nd, but you can celebrate the fundamentals of Earth Day all spring long. The point of Earth Day, as you know, is to raise awareness for the importance of environmental sustainability. We have some tips for traveling green that can help make sure your visit here is as sustainable as possible. For example, bring your own water bottle, plan to travel by bike, and try shopping local. Check out our blog for even more ideas of how to travel green. There is also the Earth Day Run that takes place on April 15th and 16th. This 1k/5k/half marathon does as much as possible to make the event green, including virtual swag bags, prominent recycling at the grounds, and they even compost the drink cups from the water stations along the route right on the spot! Check out the Wellness Expo at the River’s Edge Convention Center on Friday to be a part of the experience.
Celebrate spring by spending it in the great outdoors! Grab your boots and head out for a hike at Quarry Park & Nature Preserve. Bring the helmet and rent a bike at River’s Edge Park to take for a spin on the Lake Wobegon Trail. Or check out one of these other great trails for hiking, biking and more. Welcome in lake season by packing up the fishing poles and heading out for fishing opener on May 14th, the Mississippi River is a great bass fishery! Schedule time with Leena Lures or another local guide for some assistance in reeling in the big one, give kayak fishing a try at Clear Waters Outfitting, or check this out for even more tips for fishing in Greater St. Cloud Plus, keep an eye on opening dates for are golf courses, spring is the perfect time to get outside for some fun on the green! Or you can even try your hand at disc golf, at one of the area’s many courses.
Spring is synonymous with new growth, and fortunately there are many ways to grow green in Greater St. Cloud. Visit a local greenhouse or garden center to shop for already assembled baskets and plants, or to search for the perfect arrangement to make your yard shine all summer long. Also, while the blooms aren’t quite at peak beauty yet, a stroll through Munsinger and Clemens Gardens is the perfect way to spend an afternoon and check out some early season bulbs.
Refresh your wardrobe, your body, and even your home! Spring is the time to start anew, and we’ve got you covered. Freshen up your closet with spring styles from one of these great area boutiques. Refresh your body with a salt cave session at Bella Vita Salt Caves or a morning stretch and reflection with Apples and Asana Yoga at Milk & Honey Ciders, every Saturday morning in the spring and summer. Refresh your home with a unique new piece from one of these vintage stores. And even freshen up your mind with a trip to Books Revisited for some new-to-you reading material, or by viewing some intriguing artwork at The Whit Gallery.
If there’s one thing about spring that makes a Minnesotan truly happy, its the chance to dine on a patio again. Tis the season, people! Find the perfect patio to soak up the sun (and some great cuisine) in Greater St. Cloud. Or shop for the best flavors of the season at a local farmers market. Plus, April 7 is National Beer Day, so sip on some seasonal flavors at these area breweries. And since spring is all about bright and sweet, enjoy the best dessert at one of these area shops to put a little spring in your step.
Spring is home to many different holidays for all people, from honoring mom to religious celebrations. Ramadan kicked off on April 2nd, and Eid al-Fitr is on May 2nd. Celebrate the end of the fast at these area halal restaurants – perfect for a feast! Easter is on April 17th, and there are a ton of Easter events in Greater St. Cloud to get your hop on. Cinco de Mayo is on, of course, May 5th, and you can get a taste for the holiday at these area Mexican restaurants for authentic, delicious cuisine. Mother’s Day is on May 15th, and there are many great ways to honor mom on this special day, for example a brunch at Coyote Moon Grille, a beautiful arrangement from St. Cloud Floral, or some super special sweet treats from Christine’s Cheesecakes. Plus, spring always goes out with a bang on Memorial Weekend, with Memorial Day on May 30th. Start planning your St. Cloud themed BBQ to celebrate now!