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Seattle's Top Spring Activities

What is that...sunshine after 6pm!?

By Seattle Met Staff

Image: Jordan Kay

At long last, sunsets after 7pm—aided in no small part by Daylight Saving Time. If that's not enough to signal the arrival of spring in Seattle, the region's seasonal offerings, from the floral to the sporting, ought to do it.

Peep some flowers

Spring means it's time to replenish a depleted Claritin stockpile. Might as well soak in the fleeting beauty of those pollen-makers while you're at it: at Pike Place Market (March 20 this year) for Daffodil Day; in the University of Washington quad, where cherry blossoms proliferate; on a botanical garden road trip; or in the Skagit Valley for April's tulip showcase.

Gear up (again) for sports

Football won't be back until fall (unless you count the XFL), but who'd even notice with the return of the Mariners, Sounders, Reign, and Storm? Dress for fan-gear success—in the case of the M's, guess that means Birkenstocks this season—or just bring on the broccoli. And, hey, if you're still clinging to winter, there's always the chance the Kraken play well into spring with a playoff run.

Embrace the rain

Light from that blazing ball in the sky is nice and all, but this is Seattle. The rain and cloud cover will return, probably the day you forget to wear a jacket with a hood. To that we say, rain it up. True Pacific Northwesterners know how to dress for the season (rain suits and boots are part of the uniform) and how to make the most of it on a rainy hike day. If that's just not your thing, though, we got you. May we suggest a nice big reading list by Seattle authors and local bookstores in which to get wonderfully lost?

Savor the season

Farmers market-goers can sense the shift to spring as hale and hearty winter fare gets swapped for ingredients more befitting of the new season. These fine recipes can help you harness the flavors of the time: Brandon Pettit's vegetarian noodle bowl, anchovy asparagus with poached eggs, and nettle sauce. But not all of us enjoy cooking. For those among us, there's always Washington rose (typically thought of as a summer pour, but this is your life) and our 100 best restaurants in Seattle, some perhaps with a patio to your liking.
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