Winter has officially ended. Wait, did it ever really begin this year in Lehigh Valley? The region definitely had a very mild winter which was a blessing for some and a curse for others. The curse came to the ski areas located to the north and south of Lehigh Valley. Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton was able to remain open through this past weekend which was pretty amazing and goes to show that you really don’t need the natural stuff to fall in order to ski, tube or board. Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie was able to stay open to the week prior, which again made those winter sport enthusiasts happy campers.

I, on the other hand, do not really enjoy the cold winters. Sure, I love to see the snow fall, but I’d be happy doing that from my front bow window at home. I’m definitely excited that today is the first day of spring and temperatures this week in Lehigh Valley are going to be amazing.

There are so many things to do in the area during spring. Here’s a list of my Top 5 in no particular order:

1. Go for a walk, hike or bike along many of the groomed trails. This past weekend I actually managed to go for a three-mile walk along the Little Lehigh River. We started at the Fish Hatchery, made it past the Museum of Indian Culture and could have walked the entire Lehigh Parkway enjoying the sights and sounds of the fly fisherman, plein air artists and happy families along the way. There are so many trails to choose from around the region, which is your favorite?

2. Take in a round of golf at one of Lehigh Valley’s many beautiful golf courses. This is my sport of choice and with so many different styles and layouts to choose from, you’re bound to have a great time enjoying the outdoors during your round. And, don’t forget about mini golf too! Putt U has got to be one of my favorites.

3. Head to an outdoor farmer’s market. They’re located in just about every one of our cities in the area and it’s a great way to support Buy Fresh, Buy Local. And, it’s much healthier for you too.

4. Take a drive to see the seven remaining covered bridges in Lehigh Valley with a self-guided tour brochure. And, don’t be afraid to stop along the way, have a picnic and play a little Frisbee or just soak up the sunshine.

5. Go feed the animals … at the Lehigh Valley Zoo that is. There’s something magical about watching the quirkiness of so many of the animals that are there. My absolute favorites are the river otters and the penguins. And, you can also check out the Trexler Nature Preserve which lends itself to spectacular scenery amidst 1,100 acres.

So, now that it’s spring, what are your favorite outdoor activities?