Today marks the official start of spring which means it is time to start planning your outdoor adventures. Stamford has many parks, trails and walking paths to “get your nature on” close to home. If you want to do some daffodil peeping, trail walking or just want the wind in your face, here are four options in Stamford for outdoor fun.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

There is so much to do, check their calendar for seasonal events. The 118-acre property is home to Heckscher Farm, an 18-acre working farm; Overbrook Nature Center; the Bendel Mansion, with changing exhibitions and pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection; an otter pond; Nature’s Playground; the Stamford Observatory; Animal Embassy; and more than 80 acres of hiking trails.

Cove Island Park

Cove Island Park offers a bird sanctuary, walking trails, the beach and open fields. Visit the lovely nature reserve or sit and watch the boats come and go from the marina, or walk the nature trails on the other side. Cove Island has a great hiking/ biking trail and it is a beautiful walk around the entire park.

Fort Stamford Park – Goodbody Garden

Fort Stamford welcomed George Washington during the revolution. What’s left of the fort is interesting to view and sparks the imagination about life in the Revolutionary Days. The park is small, but is a pretty and peaceful spot to get away from it all and de-stress. There are trails down to the Mianus River and the lush gardens are lovingly cared for by volunteers.

Mianus River Park

This beautiful and secluded little park is located between north Greenwich and Stamford. It is a hidden gem for all who love the outdoors with trees, water and walking trails. Take the low trails by the stream, the muddy trails on Swamp Trail, Cave trail, or Deer trail. Friendly dogs are welcome to walk the trails on a leash with their owners. The canopy of leaves overhead will dramatically cut down on the heat in the heat of summer.