The weather is finally getting warmer and spring is in full swing here in Oxford, Ohio! From area attractions to festivals and farmers' markets, our charming town isn't lacking in fun things to do for the whole family. We've compiled a list of some of our favorites below. We hope that these suggestions inspire you to leave your winter hibernation, get outside, and enjoy the start of sunny days and warmer temperatures. Once you start looking you'll find that there are endless fun things to do around the community.
Find it here: Conrad Formal Gardens
The Conrad Formal Gardens are a favorite for those seeking a beautiful and relaxing place to enjoy nature and, of course, spring flowers. Tucked back in the northeastern area of Miami University, the gardens are a staple among students and community members alike. Complete with brick walking paths and rows of flower arrangements, you're bound to feel rejuvenated after a visit to these picturesque gardens. Once you're done frolicking through the flowers, walk through the neighboring Dogwood Grove which boasts a sparkling pond and ample green space perfect for laying down a blanket and staying a while.
Find it here: Peffer Park
We can't think of a better way to ring in the coming of spring than with our town's Wildflower Walks, led by professional botanists from Miami University. These colorful and educational walks take place at the Silvoor Biological Sanctuary at 1:00 PM on seven consecutive Sundays, from March 27th to May 8th (Mother's Day). To participate, all you need to do is meet your guide and fellow walkers at the pavilion located in Peffer Park (off of US 27). Wear comfortable walking shoes, and make sure your camera batteries are charged. You won't be able to resist taking a few photos of the gorgeous flowers lining the trail. Just minutes from Miami University's campus, the Silvoor Biological Sanctuary has been a staple in the Oxford community ever since it was donated to the university by Dr. Robert A. Hefner in 1978. Bring the little ones along to enjoy activities based on the Pollinator Lesson Plan created by Kelli Scarpa, an Art Education major at Miami University. Activities will include bingo, birding days (bring your own binoculars!) and a special Mother's Day activity called Mommy Mammals, where kids can create little gifts with the materials provided.
Find it here: 4 N Main St.
Nothing says Saturday morning in Oxford quite like the uptown farmers market. A town favorite, the market includes homemade goodies, breakfast sandwiches, freshly-grown produce, flowers, and more. Stop by the farmers' market every Saturday now through May from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Oxford's Uptown Park. (In May they'll transition to their summer schedule, which will be every Saturday from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.) A perfect way to support local farmers and artisans, the farmers' market is our favorite way to kick off the weekend.
Find it here: 4 N Main St.
When the weather's nice there's almost always something going on in our Uptown Park. This spring we have quite a few festivals coming up — ones that are not only fun but that also celebrate diversity and provide important learning experiences. A festival to look forward to is EarthFest (Saturday, April 16th).
To find more outdoor events going on this spring, please visit Enjoy Oxford's calendar.
Find it here: 119 E High St.
With over 20 locally-owned restaurants to choose from, Oxford's Uptown district has anything and everything you could want in a meal. Indian, Chinese, American pub grub, Italian, Mexican — you name it and uptown's got it. Many of the restaurants include some outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying the spring weather. Plus, you'll always find friendly service and a charming ambiance. For a full list of Oxford's locally-owned restaurants, please click here.
Having a blast with these fun events and want to share some pictures with us? Post them to Enjoy Oxford's Facebook or tag us on Instagram (@EnjoyOxford). And from all of us at Enjoy Oxford, happy spring!