It may not feel like spring just yet thanks to all those pesky Nor'easters, but the season officially kicks off on Tuesday, March 20. Although it may take a while for all that snow to melt, we promise that April showers and May flowers are right around the corner. From walks in the park to trips down the Charles, here are some of the best things to do in Boston this spring.
Things to do in Boston, spring 2018
Art in Bloom
Nothing says spring quite like this popular tradition at the Museum of Fine Arts. The annual festivities, which return April 28-30, features dozens of colorful, art-inspired arrangements that are set up throughout the museum, as well as guided tours and flower-arranging demos. Guests will also be able to enjoy a new Art in Bloom Market, a pop-up flower truck, plus other fun activities.
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April 28-30, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, mfa.org
Spend Mother's Day (May 13) at this floral celebration at the Arnold Arboretum. Located around Bussey Hill Road, the botanical garden's collection of lilacs are some of the best in all of North America. Guests will be able to enjoy tours and family activities when the annual event returns on her special Sunday, May 13.
May 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Arnold Arboretum, 25 Arborway, Boston, arboretum.harvard.edu
Besides St. Patrick's Day, there's no bigger party in the city than the annual Marathon Monday festivities. The Boston Marathon races back into town on April 16, with the first heat set to kick off in Hopkinton at 8:50 a.m. If you're running in this year's Marathon, make sure to swing by Fenway Park that night for the official post-race after party.
April 16, various locations, baa.org
Boston's Public Garden is one of the most beautiful places in the city to visit during the spring. Take a ride in the iconic Swan Boats starting April 14, and don't forget to celebrate Mother's Day with the adorable Duckling Day on May 13.
4 Charles St., Boston
You know it's finally spring when baseball season arrives, so you'll definitely want to plan a trip to Fenway Park to check out this year's crew. The Red Sox make their return to Boston for Opening Day against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 5.
4 Yawkey Way, Boston, mlb.com/redsox
Run the Charles
Paddling season kicks off on April 29 when the annual Run the Charles race returns for its 36th year. The event features 1,500 racers and thousands of spectators each year, so stop by along the route between Dedham to Brighton to enjoy all the fun.
April 29, various locations, crwa.org