In the late winter and early spring, my kids and I go a little stir-crazy. We long to go hiking, but the weather is still drippy and our favorite hiking trails in the mountains are snow-laden. It’s time to get creative and explore trails closer to home.
We especially like places that offer indoor nature centers where we can duck out of the rain and keep learning and exploring. While many of the visitor centers and indoor facilities mentioned remain closed, they're likely to be opening up in the coming months — if we continue wearing our masks and following public health guidelines. Check open status before you go, if you want to know for sure.
Use the arrows above the image to read about 10 of our favorite spring hikes, including one longer road trip for when the wanderlust bug bites.