By Candice Morris
Spring is in full swing in Tuscaloosa. Flowers and trees are blooming, filling the air with sweet scent. Winter coats are being traded in for shorts and sandals. Spring sports, such as baseball and softball and soccer, are well underway, and Saturdays are spent at the ball field.
There’s a lot to love about this time of year in the Druid City.
What do you love about spring in Tuscaloosa? Not long ago, Druid City Living asked Facebook community members to weigh in on what their favorite parts of spring in Tuscaloosa are. Responses were varied, but everyone seemed excited to enjoy the great outdoors, even if it’s just going outside to stretch your legs a little.
Kristi D. and Vicki J. commented on Facebook that enjoying walks and time with family down by the Riverwalk is what they love best about spring in Tuscaloosa. This trail along the river offers a peaceful place to get out and enjoy nature while getting a little exercise in. There are also great spots along the trail where you can find hidden benches and picnic tables, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful springtime weather.
Many other Tuscaloosa residents were quick to point out their favorite things about this time of year in T-Town as well.
Sheena Gregg of Tuscaloosa notes that she enjoys going to restaurants and being able to sit outside in the warmer weather. Many restaurants around town boast outside seating and springtime is a great time to take advantage of these outside spaces.
If you’re looking for a restaurant downtown, Five Restaurant’s outdoor seating provides a wonderful atmosphere, located next to the sidewalk but away from the busy University Blvd traffic, great for saying hello as people pass by. Cypress Inn offers a beautiful view of the Black Warrior River with its outdoor seating area, perfect for a relaxing experience at one of Tuscaloosa’s favorite restaurants. And Taco Mac downtown is expanding its outside deck, so more customers can take in the fresh air as they enjoy their tacos and margaritas.
If you’re like Jessie Jones of Tuscaloosa, spring is a great time to get outside and garden. Tuscaloosa boasts several great local nurseries, such as Tree House Farm & Nursery (http://thfarm.com/) and Barton’s Nursery & Gifts, where you can pick up a variety of plants and flowers to make your home’s garden the envy of the neighborhood.
Don’t enjoy digging in the dirt? A trip to the University of Alabama’s Arboretum is just the place to enjoy beautiful gardening without getting dirty. You can also head to the University of Alabama campus, which is in full bloom. Stunning, colorful tulips can be found all over campus, and especially around the President’s Mansion.
Photo: Laurie Perrigin