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16 things to do in Berkeley now that it's spring

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MARCH 18, 2014

The birds are chirping, the cherry blossoms are blooming and you’re trading in your sweater for a tank top. Springtime is finally here! How will you be enjoying this newfound warmth and sunshine? We at the Clog have a few suggestions for you.

1. Have a picnic in the botanical gardens.


Pack a lunch with a few friends and enjoy the cool, shady recesses of the redwood forest. Then take a walk through the gardens, and soak up the vitamin D.

2. Take a nap on Memorial Glade.

Don’t be afraid to join your classmates in catching up on some Z’s.

3. Go for a swim.


Choose from Hearst, Spieker, Strawberry Canyon or Golden Bear. Every UC Berkeley student should take advantage of the great weather and open rec times.

4. Indulge in even more CREAM and Yogurtland.

Frozen desserts are always tempting, but more so in spring. Don’t resist the urge to snack on some ice cream or fro-yo.

5. Have a photo shoot by the cherry blossoms.

It’s hard to miss these beautiful trees scattered all over campus. While the rest of the country was still buried under mounds of snow, UC Berkeley’s cherry trees were blooming. They’ve been flourishing since February, so make sure to enjoy them before it’s too late.

6. Take a hike to the Big C or up the Fire Trails.


Put on your hiking shoes, and persuade your friends to go on a morning walk with you. It sure beats running on a treadmill in the RSF.

7. Instagram it.

OK, so you probably already did. Don’t deny that you love showing off the amazing weather to all your non-Californian friends.

8. Visit the Berkeley Marina.


Treat yo’self to some fine dining and beautiful panoramic views of the bay.

9. Sit outside a cafe.

Instead of hunching over your homework in the dark corner of a café or restaurant, ask for outdoor seating.

10. Read a book outside.

For most of the school year, you’re holed up in a corner of your room, miserable and bored. Whether it’s for a class or leisure, reading outdoors is an entirely unique experience. Find a comfy spot on the grass, and snuggle up with a book.

11. Go to the top of the Campanile again.


When was the last time you went up the Campanile? The view is greener now!

12. Stroll down Telegraph Avenue.

You may think that you know Telegraph Avenue like the back of your hand, but the truth is there’s always a new vendor or event to catch your interest.

13. Run errands.

Under a cloudless blue sky with the sun shining down on your shoulders, it’s no longer a chore to go to CVS or clean out your room.

14. Stop by the farmer’s market.


Get some fresh seasonal fruits and the rest of your groceries at the farmer’s market or Berkeley Bowl.

15. Break out your summer wardrobe early.

Berkeley’s weather is unpredictable enough that you can switch from Uggs to sandals in one afternoon. Prepare yourself by switching out winter wear with plenty of summer clothes.

16. Go shopping for more clothes.

Let’s be honest; what you really want to do is buy a whole new spring wardrobe.

Image Source: artnoose, Rachael Tomster, Michaela Swensen/Staff, Wayne Hsieh, Carli Baker/Staff, Cyrus Fariver, Garin Fons

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