Lariat Picks: What to do during your Waco staycation

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Thomas Moran | Arts and Life Editor

With spring break just around the corner, students are solidifying their plans for the cherished week with no classes. Some go on cruises, head home or work throughout the break. However, some students stay in Waco, which might be seen as uneventful or boring. But the Lariat staff members have plenty of ideas of things to do in Waco to make this spring break a “staycation” worth remembering.

The Lariat Editor-in-Chief, Phoenix senior Molly Atchison recommends taking ,advantage of the free local resources like Cameron Park.

“I love hiking, and Cameron Park has some awesome trails,” Atchison said. “So I’d say pack a picnic and hike to Lovers’ Leap.”

If you’re looking for an activity that will revamp your wardrobe, one lariat staff writer, Anaheim Calif., sophomore Madalyn Watson, suggests visiting a hidden gem down I-35 that not many know about.

“I really like going to Style Station, which is a vintage clothing store, because it allows me to explore my style, try on new clothing items,” Watson said. “It also takes up a lot of time because the owners talk to you about the history of Waco and other fun things every time you visit. They have clothing from all sorts of eras. All those kind of styles are in now so it all works with modern fashion.”

Glendale, Calif. senior McKenna Middleton is the Lariat opinion editor, and she suggested using spring break explore Waco’s artistic side.

“There are so many talented artists and cultural arts centers in Waco like Cultivate 7twelve and the Waco Art Forum that always have unique, local shows that I wish I had more time to visit,” Middleton said. “A staycation would be the perfect time to support local artists while also having a fun day.”

For the more athletically inclined students participating in a Waco staycation for spring break, lariat sports editor, Monroe, La., senior Ben Everett, suggested enjoying some of Baylor’s upcoming games.

“It’s March, so that means non-stop basketball on TV,” Everett said. “The Baylor men’s and women’s teams play in their respective Big 12 Tournament over spring break as each try to cement their NCAA Tournament seeding. If you want to enjoy some nice Waco weather, Baylor baseball embarks on a seven-game home stand at Baylor Ballpark, so go out and cheer on a Top 25 baseball team.”

Rockland, Mass., senior Cameron Stuart, the Lariat’s radio director, recommends taking advantage of the upcoming live filming of “The Price is Right Live” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Waco Hall.

“‘The Price is Right’ is one of the longest-running game shows in TV history,” Stuart said. “It’s not often you get the opportunity to be a part of something like that.”

Denver, sophomore Sarah Asinof is the news editor at that Lariat, and she has a simple recommendation that, if all other plans fail, will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of the semester — sleep.

“After this week, I think I want to go into a year-long coma,” Asinof said. “So take some time to sleep off the stress of midterms and come back from break looking and feeling your best.”

Waco has countless activities to make this spring break a memorable staycation. For more ideas, check out this week’s ‘What to do in Waco’ on the arts and life page.