For my birthday this year we took a trip to Descanso Gardens. Although I am sure it's beautiful in different ways throughout the year, we happened to make the trip while the cherry blossoms were still blooming. It was an enjoyable way to spend the day wandering around outside and enjoying some variety in nature. They have all sorts of paths and little places to sit and relax in the shade. For only $9 a person, it's also a relatively cheap way entertain yourself for an afternoon on an early spring day.