Lawrence provides breadth of hobbies
- Jun. 4, 2012
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Students staying in Lawrence this summer can take advantage of cooking classes, concerts and treasure hunting, among many other activities.
Josh Fredrick, a senior from Lawrence, said one of his favorite things to do in Lawrence is go to concerts at the Granada, Liberty Hall and the Jackpot. Death Cab for Cutie will be playing Liberty Hall on July 8.
Treasure hunting in Lawrence is also a hobby of Fredrick’s. Players find where transferable treasures are, using GPS on www.geocaching.com, then they hunt. After finding a treasure, they can re-hide it and share their experience on the website.
“It’s really fun and really easy to kill big chunks of time with,” Fredrick said. “The first time I went, I found four or five in a row.”
Another hobby to pick up is cooking. The Merc, 901 Iowa Street, offers cooking classes taught by professional caterers, nutritionists and chefs. Some of their classes are Beer and Food Pairing, A Simple Italian meal to Share with Friends, Late Spring Fruit Desserts and A Mexican Taco Party for the First Day of Summer. For more classes, prices and times, check www.communitymercantile.com.
After a year of academic classes, Simona Dragieva, a senior from Overland Park said she likes to relax at apartment pool parties.
Student apartment complexes, such as the Legends, have pool parties during the summer.
“There is always barbeque, tanning and new people to meet,” Dragieva said.
The Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, has a waterslide and a wheel-chair-accessible entrance into the heated pool. Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Kentucky Street, features lawn chairs for tanning, two water slides and a diving board.
Lawrence Parks and Recreation offers many outdoor activities, like skateboarding and two types of golfing. Centennial Park, 600 Rockledge Road, and River Front Park, Highway 24, both have 18-hole disc golf courses. Eagle Bend, 1250 E. 902 Road, has a public 18-hole golf course.
Clinton Lake also offers many outdoor activities.
Macy Migchelbrink, a senior from Atwood, Kan., said she enjoyed hiking, tanning and fishing at Clinton Lake last summer. When her friend’s boat was available, they went tubing and wakeboarding.
“I had a blast; it’s better than going home,” Migchelbrink said. “There’s always a lot to do in Lawrence. There are no worries about school and no studying for finals.”
—Edited by Megan Hinman