San Marcos offers spring break opportunities for students

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Lifestyle Reporter
Margo Reitz, psychology junior, kayaks March 9 at Sewell Park.

Envisioning the perfect vacation may not include staying in town, but San Marcos offers entertainment for all interests.

Officials with The Outdoor Center, Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium and The Marc aim to provide entertainment for those staying in San Marcos during spring break.

Adam Berglund, student manager for outdoor recreation, said The Outdoor Center at Sewell Park offers special rates for people wanting to get away for spring break.

“For spring break we have a pro deal for our camping equipment, which means you can rent it from the first Saturday of spring break until the last Sunday of spring break for the price of four days,” Berglund said.

Makenna Seymour, front desk attendant, said The Outdoor Center has a range of camping supplies available for anyone with a valid Texas State ID.

“We rent outdoor equipment such as sleeping bags, sleeping pads, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and tandem kayaks to all faculty, alumni and students,” Seymour said.

Berglund said this special allows students to save money and experience something fun whether it’s for a couple of days or the entire break.

“It depends on what people want, but for the basics like a tent, (a) sleeping bag and a trail pad, you’re looking at about $12 to $15 a day in rentals,” Berglund said. “That cuts your costs for a trip from maybe $120 to just $60.”

The Outdoor Center will be closed March 15-22, so all rentals for spring break must be reserved ahead of time, Seymour said.

“We run this special and close down because we understand that our staff wants to go do things over spring break,” Berglund said. “We also recognize that students want to get out and camp, so we’ve been doing this for at least the last four years.”

Renters often use the equipment at University Camp, Berglund said. University Camp is a 126-acre property located in Wimberley featuring campsites, lodges and trails.

San Marcos has some indoor options for those spending spring break in town.

Lance Garza, sales associate at Superfly’s, said Superfly’s features in-house performances for music lovers, showcasing local talent.

Garza said Superfly’s will host Austin indie band The Lonesome Heroes March 13 at 6 p.m.

“It should be pretty good,” Garza said. “We are already selling a couple of their CDs in the store, so it should be a good turnout.”

Garza said artists play a few songs to promote themselves at the performances. Occasionally they play entire albums.

“We clear out the middle of the store and have the artists set up,” Garza said. “We also serve free beer whenever we have in-store performances, so that’s always a plus.”

The Marc, a San Marcos venue, will host electronic music concerts throughout the break.

Landon Bullard, bartender, said The Marc will host two big events for those staying in San Marcos.

“On Saturday March 21, Doctor P will be here along with other local DJs,” Bullard said. “Doctor P is a heavy bass dubstep DJ. The other artists that will be here range from house to trap to EDM.”

Travis Scott and Young Thug will be at The Marc March 22 as part of their Rodeo Tour, Bullard said.

“Both of the shows during spring break will be 18 and up,” Bullard said. “I’m not sure what the drink specials will be yet, but they will probably average around four dollars.”

The Marc offers entertainment for those who may not be able to attend regularly scheduled concerts, said Bullard.

“Even if people can’t make it to the shows on the weekend, they can come hang out with us during spring break,” Bullard said. “We have drink specials every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It’s always a good time.”