With Spring Break less than a month away, a lot of people have exotic trips planned. But if you’re going to be spending the break in Palo Alto, don’t worry—there are plenty of fun things to do locally to make each day feel like a vacation.
- Farmer’s market + Brunch
Gather a group of friends and head to the California Avenue farmer’s market for fresh produce, cheese, baked goods and other tasty concoctions. Then, everyone can use the things you buy to make a delicious brunch which you can enjoy outside in the sunny spring weather, or inside if it’s raining. As a bonus, you can buy some flowers from the farmer’s market to make your table more aesthetically appealing.
2. Watch an old movie – or a critically-acclaimed new one
Head to the Stanford Theatre in Downtown to immerse yourself in a beautiful theater reminiscent of an era of the past. You can watch an old favorite at a price much lower than regular movie theaters, and let the ambience take you away for a few hours. Conversely, if you want a more modern theater-going experience, opt for the Aquarius Theater right down the street, where award-winning movies are featured on a slightly smaller screen, but a more modern environment.
3. Take in world-renowned artwork
Surprisingly, Stanford University is home to some gorgeous artwork that you can immerse yourself in without having to book a plane ticket. Visit the Cantor Arts Center, Rodin Sculpture Garden, and Anderson Collection to look at both temporary and permanent art exhibits encompassing a variety of art styles. You can then grab coffee or a bite to eat at one of Stanford’s many cafes, including Coupa Cafe, a local Palo Alto business.
4. Go hiking
One of the things spring weather is best for is hiking, since it’s not too cold or too warm. Take advantage of the numerous trails in and around Palo Alto and grab a couple of friends to accompany you on your adventure! Some of my favorite hiking spots are the Stanford Dish, Adobe Creek, Foothills Park, the Baylands, and Shoreline. If you end up at Shoreline, you can also rent a pedal boat, go stand-up-paddleboarding, or canoe in the lake.
5. Have an at-home technology-free day
In true staycation fashion, spend the day at home—but without using your phone or computer! Treat yourself to a day of rest and relaxation to recuperate from what can be a really hectic spring season. Some of my favorite things to do when I’m at home are: light candles, make tea, use a bath bomb, give myself a mani-pedi and read books. Spend the day doing whatever you find interesting, fun and relaxing, whether that be doing puzzles, playing the piano, or anything else.
Do you enjoy doing any of these activities when you have free time? I’d love to hear in the comments below. Or, if you have any suggestions about other things I can do, let me know!