Ways to Celebrate the Beginning of Spring

Shake off winter and check out what spring has to offer in Coastal Virginia! It’s a great time to view the beautiful scenery of the region or spend the day strawberry picking.

Here are 5 ways to celebrate spring in COVA:

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Virginia Beach

The beginning of the spring season marks the start of one of our favorite times of year here in Virginia Beach, as it also marks the start of strawberry season! Grab a bucket and head down to our rural farming community of Pungo, for a delicious adventure at one of the many you-pick farms. You’ve never tasted a sweeter berry than one pulled directly from the vine! LEARN MORE

Ways to Celebrate Spring_Lee Hall Easter Egg Hunt

Newport News

There are many ways to get outside and enjoy the spring splendor in Newport News! On April 15, you can experience the Antebellum South on the grounds of Richard D. Lee’s mid-nineteenth century plantation home at the Lee Hall Plantation annual Easter Egg Hunt. This special event is great for the entire family to enjoy, with photo ops before and after the hunt with the Easter Bunny! For gardening lovers, The Virginia Living Museum will host their annual Spring Native Plant Sale that will be held the weekend of April 22-23 and April 29-30. This event is free to the public and provides an incredible array of native plants that are easy to maintain and good for your garden. With gardens in bloom, Newport News will be celebrating Historic Garden Week on April 26th. This tour will take guests through six neighborhoods with homes that will open their first floor to share their beautiful gardens, heirlooms and artwork with patrons. LEARN MORE

Fort Boykin

Smithfield

Put a spring in your step with a hike at Fort Boykin! You’ve been cooped up all winter. What better way to celebrate the first of Spring than a brisk walk along the scenic James River at Historic Fort Boykin’s beach in Isle of Wight County? The journey to this secluded river beach is half the fun. Be sure to get good directions to the fort (available on HistoricIsleOfWight.com or by calling the visitor center at 757.357.5182). Hike through the historic fort with its scenic overlooks of the river and see if you can find Virginia’s second oldest black walnut tree (Over 200 years old and named on the Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project). Then head down to the beach along an unspoiled, natural trail. Just when you wonder if you’re lost you will emerge onto the gorgeous beach. And if you’re lucky – you’ll have it all to yourself, or share it with a few other folks who’ve found this hidden gem. LEARN MORE

International Children's Festival

Hampton

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the 17th annual International Children’s Festival, a veritable palette of color, cultural pride, and camaraderie. The event, taking place Saturday, April 15 at downtown Hampton’s Mill Point Park and Queens Way, will allow children of all ages the unique opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of over 40 countries. A wealth of activities are planned for this year’s program, including a costumed Parade of Nations showcasing a breathtaking array of exquisite fabrics, bold colors, and exciting designs. Entertainment for this year’s festival includes the popular Dragon Head Dance, native folk dancers, and musicians. LEARN MORE

Spring Flowers

Williamsburg

Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to welcome the warmer weather than strolling through luscious gardens? Coming up in April, take a tour hosted by The Williamsburg Garden Club for Virginia Garden Week. As a bonus, tour proceeds fund the restoration of historic Virginia gardens, provide graduate level research fellowships, and help support Virginia State Parks!
If you rather welcome the spring with adventure and have a love for thrills, Vikings will be taking over New France at Busch Gardens as the InvadR ™ is added to its collection of world-class rollercoasters! Busch Gardens Williamsburg re-opens for the season on March 25th, so be sure to check out their new ride with a 74-foot plunge! LEARN MORE

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