You can’t make this up—though we wish we had. There is actually a National Take a Walk in the Park Day. Mark your calendar for March 30—a glorious time to get out and stretch your legs in Balboa Park after a long year of staying close to home.

Early spring is the perfect season to discover scenic vistas off the beaten path. Balboa Park boasts trails across 1,200 acres of urban forest, native canyons, lush gardens, historic architecture, and other majestic landscapes in the heart of San Diego. Unless you are a regular park hiker, biker, or jogger, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen it all. And even if you have, you have yet to see what’s blooming this spring. Here are five recommended walks to get you started:

1. Harness the Bridle Path

Running parallel to the 163 from Marston Point to the Pine Grove picnic area, the Bridle Path offers views you’ve probably only ever zoomed past. Immerse yourself in dense groves of pine, redwood, and eucalyptus trees; get a new perspective on the historic Cabrillo Bridge; and snap tree-framed views of the downtown skyline worthy of your Instagram feed.

2. Do the Golden Hill Park Loop

Anchoring Balboa Park’s opposite corner, Golden Hill Park is one of the first developed sections of the park, evidenced by the remnants of a 100-year-old stone fountain grotto. A paved road loops around a wide expanse of lawn dotted with palm, Moreton Bay fig, and other tree varieties. Branching from the “loop” are several hiking trails awaiting your discovery.

3. Enrich Yourself in Gold Gulch

The Central Mesa is not without its hidden treasures. If you’ve ever wondered what lies beyond that picturesque tiered garden next to the Fleet Science Center, it’s a shady tree-lined ravine known as Gold Gulch. After offering up-close access to the Japanese Friendship Garden’s cherry trees during peak blooming season, it takes you all the way down (under) to the Australian Garden. This area is prime bird-watching territory!

4. Beat a Path to Palm Canyon

Spring is also a great time to see what’s blooming in the recently restored Alcazar Garden. After taking in the sights and maybe a picnic amid ornate tiled fountains, start walking in the direction of the Organ Pavilion until you encounter a long wooden staircase that leads down into the aptly named Palm Canyon. Your lungs and your quads will thank you.

5. Get Your Just Deserts

Though the Rose Garden attracts the most attention for seasonal bursts of color, its water-friendly neighbor, the Desert Garden, is also full of surprises this time of year. Stroll through its rich variety of exotic desert flora, and then extend your trek to check out more native plants in bloom by following the trail down into Florida Canyon.