There’s nothing quite like the spring season to make everyone flock outside. The flowers are starting to bloom, the breeze is nice and cool, and the temperatures are still mild enough to enjoy before the scorching heat of summer kicks in.
Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy in the springtime in SoCal — are any of your favorites on the list?
Keys Creek Lavender Farm: 12460 Keys Road in Valley Center.
The sweet fragrance of lavender will put a smile on your face at this heavenly lavender farm in SoCal. Explore the fields, browse the gift shop, and stop for a bite to eat at the snack shop that serves up some pretty tasty lavender-infused eats and drinks.
Whitewater Preserve: 9160 Whitewater Canyon Rd, White Water, CA 92282.
There's nothing quite like springtime in the desert. Before the summer heatwave spikes in SoCal, trek out to this desert oasis with the most beautiful pool of clear blue desert water you've ever seen.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: 1 Tram Way Palm Springs, CA 92262.
Although the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a delight to experience any time of year, it's especially refreshing to take this rotating tramway in the spring when the air outside is nice and cool and breezy. Plus, you might even see some springtime desert wildflowers on your way up.
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch: 5704 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad.
One of the most beautiful things to see in SoCal this time of year is the burst of colorful flowers at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Stroll through the farm or take a guided tractor ride for a relaxing experience.
The Farm at Fairplex: Located on McKinley Avenue in Pomona.
How about a springtime dinner on a SoCal farm?! At the Farm at Fairplex you can dine outside under the stars on an actual farm while you eat a delicious farm-to-table meal prepared with fruits and veggies grown on their very own land. It doesn't get much fresher than this.
Lake Shrine: 17190 W Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades.
Lake Shrine is one of the most tranquil and peaceful spots to visit in all of Southern California. And although it's a heavenly place to be every time of year, there is something magical about being here in the springtime as it's the season of renewal.
Melrose Trading Post: 7850 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
If it's springtime then it's outdoor shopping time. And one of the best places to shop in the fresh air is at one of SoCal's many flea markets. Melrose Trading Post is a favorite in the Los Angeles area, but there are other spots throughout the state with flea markets that should not be missed.
Cedar Creek Falls: 15519 Thornbush Road in Ramona.
Springtime is the best time to take a hike to one of SoCal's waterfalls while the falls are still flowing freely from the winter rainfall. Cedar Creek Falls in Ramona is one of our favorites, as it's also a good spot for a swim...although it might still be a little too chilly to take a dip.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, And Botanical Gardens: 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino.
This picturesque garden tucked inside San Marino is the perfect spot to go when you have a case of spring fever. The gardens are gorgeous this time of year and will leave you feeling inspired.
Sherman Library and Gardens: 2647 E Coast Hwy in Corona Del Mar.
Strolling through a blooming garden and dining outdoors are two things to savor in spring. You can do both at this hidden garden in Corona Del Mar that is also home to an award-winning restaurant with outdoor seating.
Angeles Crest Highway
When Sunday rolls around and you have a few hours to spare, take some time out to soak up the SoCal scenery and take a nice and leisurely Sunday drive. Angeles Crest Highway is a beautiful and scenic choice.
Before you know it, summer will be right around the corner. So let’s soak up the spring season while it’s still here. What are your favorite springtime activities to enjoy in Southern California?