The Ultimate Spring To-Do List: 50 Activities for Friends and Family

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Spring is my favorite season; you want to know why? It’s because our Arizona weather is perfect this time of year! From January to March, Arizonians experience what spring is like for other states. We get to completely skip the snow of winter (if you live in the valley or southern Arizona) and enjoy zero roadblocks, zero giant bruises from slipping on icy sidewalks, and zero giant puffy jackets! It’s the perfect temperature to do outdoor activities before it gets scorching hot around April or May. Here are my top 50 spring activities for you to enjoy with your friends and family!


  1. Go Hiking: this is my favorite spring activity. The mountains are so quiet and calm, and the fresh air is invigorating. My dog and I both get exercise, and she makes it more fun to do because she gets so excited when we say the H word (hike). She also makes it easier on me by pulling me up the mountain😉. With school, work, and sometimes gym activities all being confined to my house, this is the perfect, most freeing activity to do to get out of the house.
  2. Go Mud Bogging: another one of my favorite spring activities when I was a kid. I haven’t done this in years, but I remember having the time of my life with my dad and sister on our quad as we drove through the muddy empty lots behind our neighborhood after it rained! The best place to do this is in a state park where quads are allowed.
  3. Have a Picnic
  4. Enjoy your patio furniture and swings
  5. Pick citrus if you have citrus trees, or go to a U-PICK garden!
  6. If you have little kids: have a water day! Get in your swimsuits and play in the sprinklers, slip n slide, and break out the water balloons and squirt guns! This is tons of fun for kids. It’s the perfect substitute if you don’t have a pool and don’t trust public pools like me!
  7. Take a road trip in your state
  8. Plant a flower garden or a vegetable garden, or both!
  9. Visit a farmers market
  10. Visit a flower farm! Tulip and lavender farms are both beautiful, but I’m not sure if they grow them in Arizona. We definitely do have some beautiful sunflower farms here though that are so much fun to visit and take pictures at!
  11. Do some spring cleaning
  12. Do a DIY project
  13. Try out some new recipes
  14. Go fishing
  15. Go rock climbing
  16. Plant an herb garden is small pots in your kitchen
  17. Press flowers and leaves in a notebook
  18. Use a telescope and go stargazing in your backyard
  19. Maybe even camp out under the stars in your sleeping bags! (again, in your backyard)
  20. Actually go camping! There are tons of good campsites in Arizona.
  21. Start a campfire in a safe spot and make smores
  22. Make a fringe blanket
  23. Make a sidewalk chalk masterpiece
  24. Read a book
  25. Make homemade lemonade
  26. Make homemade popsicles
  27. Look into indoor/outdoor skydiving
  28. Look into hot air balloon rides
  29. Visit the zoo
  30. Go on a walk (bring your dogs if you have some)
  31. Do some hula hooping, hopscotch, jump rope
  32. Try out a pogo stick or unicycle
  33. Ride your bikes to a friends house or restaurant that’s close by
  34. Plan an actual tea party with cute decorations (fun for adults)
  35. Go to the dunes and rent some quads, or bring your own motorcycles/quads/sand rails
  36. Float down the Colorado river in tubes
  37. Get a bubble machine, let your kids play in it on your water activities day, and take some cool pictures!
  38. Have a neighborhood kids talent show
  39. Go to an indoor or outdoor sport court: this could be for volleyball, soccer, football, pickleball, tennis, basketball, etc.
  40. Get a hammock
  41. Write letters to your friends in other states – the snail mail way! Decorate them with stickers and washi tape if you’re crafty.
  42. Print out some photos at Walmart: You heard me! This is a major throwback, considering this is how we even had photos in our possession back in the day before digital cameras, storage on our computers, and ultimately, smart phones with quality cameras and storage. Put them in your letters to your friends, make a photo banner, put them on your fridge, add a new framed collage to your walls, etc. Look on Pinterest for great ideas of what to do with printed photos.
  43. Go paddle boarding
  44. Go swimming
  45. Go hot tubbing
  46. Get a pet
  47. Join a recreation league sports team at your local gym or club sports locations. This can be a team for swim, dive, volleyball, softball, basketball, baseball, etc.
  48. Try some new restaurants
  49. Visit some tourist attractions in Arizona
  50. Play some board games with family and/or friends!


Find more ideas for activities on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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