March 17th, 2015

How to Spend 2015’s First Spring Weekend in the Marina

Image Courtesy of Flickr

Image Courtesy of Flickr

Not only is it St. Patrick’s Day today, but we are also officially only three days away from the first day of spring! Yep, at exactly 3:45 pm on March 20th, the sun crosses the celestial equator on its way to the ecliptic and we have (allegedly have) exactly 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night— and that my friends is what we call the Spring Equinox. That information would be more exciting if the super cool solar eclipse was visible from Marina del Rey, but sadly, we’d have to travel to London to catch a good view in person. However, thanks to the magic of technology, we can still witness the celestial excitement by watching it unfold online at There’s also a nifty Day and Night iPhone App that might come in handy that day.

Now that we’ve had our equinox lesson for the year, let’s think about how we should ring in the first weekend of spring! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Friday, March 20th

Aside from your 3:45 pm online solar eclipse appointment (a MUST!), you definitely want to head to the Ballona Wetlands. There’s nothing better than immersing yourself in the heart of nature to celebrate the start of spring. When you’re sufficiently awestruck by all of the natural wonders of the day, unwind at a harbor side restaurant for some more star gazing and great eats. Café del Rey or Cast & Plow are always fabulous choices with excellent food and beautiful views.

Saturday, March 21st

Of course, a bike ride down the Marvin Braude Bike Trail has to be on the agenda. If you need to rent a bike for the day, Daniel’s Bike Shop in Fisherman’s Village can hook you up at reasonable prices. If you’re feeling like having a lazy Saturday instead, hit Fisherman’s Village for a free outdoor concert in the plaza. Music starts at 1 pm.

Sunday, March 22nd

Nothing says spring like flying a kite — seriously. When was the last time you did? Head to Burton Chace Park and remember how fun it is to let that kite sail in the open skies! FYI: If you’re looking for a seriously neat kite, head to Redondo Beach’s Sunshine Kite Company.

What do you have planned for your first spring weekend of the year? Let us know about your favorite spring activities!