Spring Has Sprung! What to do with the Warmer Weather

Virginia has officially decided that Spring has arrived. The trees are budding, flowers are blooming, birds chirping, and the days are getting longer. As the weather becomes progressively warmer, many of us are looking for activities which will allow us to enjoy everything the season has to offer.

Thankfully for the Regent community, Hampton Roads has a myriad of exciting things to do. Research can take some time, so allow me to get some of those creative juices flowing by suggesting a few warm weather activities to get you started.

If you are a homebody who likes to stay on campus, outdoor study sessions are a great way to enjoy the weather while still meeting your deadlines. Sitting out on the Regent quad or Cafe 77 patio are wonderful options. Once you have gotten your assignments done, try out the new frisbee golf course next to the student center, organize a field day on Robertson Field, or get some volleyball games started by the Commons. 

Walks always help to clear the head and get the blood pumping. With winter fading away, gone are the days of having to bundle up in layer upon layer just to walk to classes, making this activity all the more enjoyable. On top of walking Regent’s beautiful campus, there are a number of trails that are less than 10 minutes from campus. Indian River Park and Stumpy Lake Nature Trail are both great options, and better yet, they are completely free to explore. 

For those who want to get outside but would prefer something more laid-back than a hike, here come picnics to the rescue. Pull together some friends or that special someone and get your baskets and blankets ready. To limit costs, consider having everyone bring something so the bill does not fall on only one person. There is no shortage of parks under 10 minutes from campus, such as Woodstock Park.

If you are looking to travel a little further for something really special, Red Wing Park, which is about 25 minutes away, is a fantastic option. Red Wing has plenty of open spaces to set up as well as a Japanese garden which is breathtaking when everything is in full bloom.

Say you are in the mood for shopping, or maybe you are on the hunt for some affordable baskets for the extraordinary picnic you are planning, enter thrifting. Given that the weather is warmer and the days are longer, shopping has become much more enjoyable now that you do not have to lug a coat with you or carry your purchases inside in the dark. Hampton Roads has tons of options. Of course, there is the tried and true Salvation Army and Goodwill, but on top of these, there are a plethora of other choices.

Vintage Vibe Home and Garden on Centerville Turnpike has really affordable pricing for some cute decor and accessories. CHKD and DAV thrift stores have multiple locations all over the area and sell just about everything. If you are up for a real thrifting adventure head to the Virginia Beach Antique Mall on Bonney Road. With two massive floors filled with stuff, this place is akin to falling into a thrifting wonderland.

Whether you are a campus homebody or an adventurer, spring offers opportunities to get outside and soak in the sunshine at every turn. Outdoor campus activities, hiking, picnicking, and thrifting are just the tip of the iceberg. Let your imagination run wild, and you can likely come up with even more ways to take advantage of the warm weather. 

Get out there! Enjoy the warmth. Fling open the windows, and take every ounce of spring in.