San Maximum: Texas State University Wonders

By Brittney Hemmands
Blog Content Contributor

When visiting Texas State University, there are some sights that every guide shows you right away; Old Main, Albert B. Alkek library, and the Quad are a couple of the common ones. Although each sight is beautiful, the vastness of this college campus may keep many of us from seeing other gems that are tucked away or not as talked about. This is why I have chosen to give you several hidden wonderlands that are located on campus and activities that you can do at these areas. You can go explore these alone, with some friends, or even with your significant other. So grab your pen and map, you are going to want to write these down.

Go on a Tropical Getaway at the Agriculture Building

Tucked away beside the Hines building, the Agriculture building holds a leafy paradise that is quite shocking to stumble upon. The array of palm trees and other vibrant plants welcome guests down a set of stairs that leads to areas that house seats and fountains. If you are looking for a new place to study or relax at, this is it.

See the Stars at the Observatory

Located on the 4th floor of the Jerome and Supple Science building, the Texas State observatory provides opportunities for the public to see stars up close through telescopes. The observatory is open to the public every Wednesday from 7 to 9, but will not be re-opening until August 15th due to renovation. When the telescope is back in business, you do not want to skip out on this starry activity.

Bring a hammock to JCM

Looking to avoid the crowd at Sewell Park, but still want to enjoy a day out in the sun? Try the nature spot behind the Joann Cole Mitte building. Bring a hammock and hang on the trees nearby or bring a blanket and use the wide grassy area for a perfect picnic.

Visit the Art Galleries at JCM

During the fall and spring semesters, make sure to take advantage of the beautiful artwork shown at the Joann Cole Mitte building. The second floor is a home to two University galleries and the changing displays make it impossible to not be intrigued. Not only do you get to see this artwork for free, but you also get a chance to support some of the local artists around campus.

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The Texas State Performing Arts Center houses many music, theater, and dance shows. Photo by Brittney Hemmands.

See a Show at the Performing Arts Center

This one is not so hidden, but it is often forgotten about. The Performing Arts Center offers discounted tickets for Texas State students and has a variety of different programs available in the fall and spring semesters. These programs include theater shows, dance performances, and music showcases. No matter what your viewing preferences might be, the center will accommodate and leave you with a remarkable experience.

Each one of these wonderlands is unique and will give you a genuine Texas State experience. Are there any places that I listed that you’ve been to? If so, leave a comment below!

Featured image by Brittney Hemmands.

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