The sun is shining, the air is warm, and you’ve got final papers to procrastinate on. Here’s our list of the best ways to embrace the season of sunshine, flowers, and allergies at Harvard:

Explore Boston

Head to the North End for some delicious Italian food and a great neighborhood walk. Grab a mozzarella, tomato, and basil sandwich at Bricco’s or a cappuccino at Caffe Vittoria and enjoy Boston’s very own little Italy.

Also, try downtown Boston — home of the Boston Common and many historic buildings. If you are looking for affordable produce, the Haymarket open-air market springs up every Saturday. Or check out the Museum of Fine Arts, which is free for all Harvard students.

If you’re looking for something closer to home, Cambridge hosts its own hidden gems. Harvard Square’s very own Black Sheep Bagel Cafe is perfect for a quick bagel and coffee. Central Square also hosts monthly festivals: Up and coming is the Mexican Street Food Festival on April 28, 2019.

Get Active

Head on a relaxing run or walk along the Charles River. Try the scenic route down John F. Kennedy Street to the Charles, then along Memorial Drive until MIT, then head back on Massachusetts Avenue. You can even stop at the Clover or Flour along the way to treat yourself to a post-run snack.

If running is not your cup of tea, rent a Bluebike right on Mass. Ave. for $2.50 for every 30 minutes and go for a ride. Going along the Charles is always a great option, or if you’re feeling adventurous check out the Jamaicaway Trail in Boston, running between Leverett and Jamaica Pond.

Host A Picnic

The bank of the Charles is a great spot to enjoy a gorgeous scenic view of the river, and it is also convenient if you’re located in a river house. Grab a blanket and food and camp out with your friends. If the river is too far, the Quad is always a good option too. Perks include bench seating in the courtyard and Cabot Cafe!

However you choose to celebrate the warm weather, be sure to enjoy it while it lasts, and don’t let finals season get you down!