Spring is finally upon us! While there is still a bit of snow on the ground, warmer temperatures are coming our way. This means it is time to go through the best of what UNH and the surrounding areas have to offer as the days get nicer.
Spring Events at UNH…
If you’ve been around UNH long enough, you know that the lakes of Durham and the muddy slopes of Library Hill are all too real, especially when we’ve had a winter like this. But once we get a few days on uninterrupted sunshine, there is nothing better than chilling just about anywhere around campus. Spring also means time for lots of outdoor events! So, what are some of the best of UNH in the springtime?
After an undefeated conference season, the UNH Wildcats are going to be back at it on May 2nd for the spring football game! While it seems that this event doesn’t usually get much hype around it, why not go and enjoy some of that May sun before heading over to the carnival and Lee Brice! May 2nd truly has an event for every student on campus!
May Day and the Spring Outdoor Movie
May Day is, arguably, one of the best events of the spring! This year it does fall on the same day as Lee Brice and the spring Football game but that won’t stop the fun! For those who haven’t had the chance yet, May Day is one of the last hurrahs before the end of the semester. CAB brings a carnival to campus, along with some great food and live music out in C-Lot. Later that day is the outdoor movie on T-Hall Lawn. Rain or shine, this is a great event so make sure to mark May 2nd down in your calendar!
Recommendation: Avoid The Zipper on a full stomach. Actually, avoid most of the rides on a full stomach.
This is UNH’s solar powered music and arts festival put on by the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC). Most of campus would agree that this is one of the great spring events on campus, although it is reminiscent of a small hippie festival that your parents talk about. If you’re interested in going, this year’s festival will be on April 26! You can find out more info here.
Prescott Park in Portsmouth
Personally, this is my favorite place in all of Portsmouth in the spring. Or any time of year, really. Sure, it’s great to window shop downtown but going to chill by the river is extremely relaxing. Plan a picnic with some friends and make a day of hanging out in the park. I guarantee you won’t regret it!
Lamprey River Walk in Newmarket
After heading to one of Newmarket’s many little eateries, why not take a stroll down by the Lamprey River. There’s lots to do at this recreational area that many students aren’t aware of. Check out this guide and plan your day! Plus you don’t have to drive, just hop on Wildcat Transit heading towards Newmarket!
Boston Common and Public Garden
One of my favorite activities to do when I’m in Boston is to head over to the Common and Public Garden. While you’re in the city, it’s nice to take in some nature and, most likely, some type of entertainment. All of the flowers will be blooming soon and the Garden will just be beautiful. Walking from the Park Street stop, through the Common, and all the way to the end of the Garden is a great starting point for our next Best Of in Boston…
Crossing the street from the Garden over to Newbury Street, you can begin your tour of the beautiful shops and boutiques that line the way. Take some time on a nice day to peer in the windows and check out what Newbury Street has to offer. If you want, stop by Georgetown Cupcake or Newbury Comics. Once you’ve reached the end, just hop on the T at Hynes and find your next springtime Boston adventure.
Watch the Boston Marathon
Even if you don’t know someone running in the Marathon, there is something about just being there that is inspiring. I got to watch the Marathon last year (read all about it here) and it was one of the best days I’ve had in the city. You get to see Boston in a whole new way. I was watching with students from Emmanuel College and we walked everywhere that day to get the most of the experience. All I can say is that everyone should go at least once, even just to watch!
This is my favorite spot in the entire city Boston on a spring day. It isn’t too hot or too cold. There’s the faint hum of planes taking off from Logan and the occasional excitement of tourists on the boats heading out into the harbor. Sitting out on Long Wharf is just the perfect beginning, middle, and end to any day in Boston.
What are your favorite events on campus or off campus in the spring? Tell us: @UNHStudents!