By Anna Valdez
Web Content Contributor
With spring break just around the corner, it can seem a little daunting seeing people post photos of their luxurious getaway trips. If you haven’t made plans for the week, are balling on a budget or don’t think you’ll have any time for fun and relaxation, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the simplest and cheapest ways to enjoy your spring break without breaking the bank and giving yourself the down time you deserve.
1. Enjoy a picnic at Sewell Park
What better way to spend a warm, sunny day than at Sewell Park? Having a picnic by the river is a simple way to enjoy the park’s gorgeous scenery and the company of others, all while saving you some extra dollars. You can even take a dip in the river, play frisbee or soak up some sunshine. All you need is a picnic blanket, snacks, beverages and some sweet tunes for a lovely afternoon under the sun.
2. Visit the Light & Sound Exhibit in Austin
Ticket Cost – $23
Total Cost – ≈ $23
Light & Sound is an interactive art exhibit in Austin that features 13 unique installations and showpieces by a variety of Austin-based artists and beyond. According to the website, the art activations are housed within a 10,000 square foot warehouse for guests to participate and interact with surroundings. The exhibit runs from now until March 31 so make sure you visit before the end of the month if you want to witness the many stunning installations for guests to enjoy. Every ticket purchased will help support the HOPE campaign, Light & Sound’s official non-profit partner. Tickets must be purchased online and in advance. For more information, visit their website.
3. Carpool to Canyon Lake
Outdoor Chair – $6.99
Snacks/Beverages – $1 to $7
Total Cost = ≈ $14
Canyon Lake is a scenic locale west of San Marcos. It is about an hour drive but with some good music and company, it’ll feel like less time. What I love about Canyon Lake is how it makes me feel like I’m in another place outside of Texas, like a beach in Europe. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some boats sailing around the lake. I do recommend taking chairs because the area around the lake is rocky and not very comfortable to lay on. However, the scenery is breathtaking and makes for a perfect mini road trip outside San Marcos.
4. Have a raspa from Mambo Freeze in Kyle
Cost varies depending on snack items
Total Cost = < $10
One of my favorite treats from back home is a strawberry piccadilly raspa, which is basically a strawberry snow cone topped with diced pickles and Kool-Aid. It’s a perfect mix of sweet and sour, and I highly recommend it to anyone that hasn’t tried it already. Moving to San Marcos, it was a little challenging to find a decent snack place that sold raspas like the ones in the Rio Grande Valley. Luckily, my friends and I found Mambo Freeze in Kyle. Even though it is about a 15-minute drive, the raspas are totally worth the trip. There are over 200 shaved ice flavors to choose from. From classic flavors like grape and orange to root beer float and lemon meringue pie, you’re sure to find your snow cone match. They even sell corn in a cup, crazy hot Cheetos, vegan tamales, hot dogs and more. Do yourself a favor and complete your spring break with a raspa or other snack from Mambo Freeze. You’ll thank me later.
5. Bike ride around San Marcos
Bike rental – ≈ $0.50 for 15 minutes or $6.99 for day pass
Total Cost = ≈ $0.50 to $6.99
With San Marcos having signed on to a bike share program back in September, there are now dozens available dockless bikes throughout the city for people to use. VeoRide, a micro-mobility share company, offers rental rates starting at 50 cents for 15 minutes or day passes for $6.99. The process of renting a bike is simple: all you have to do is download the VeoRide app, locate a bike and then scan the QR code on the bike. A timer will appear and then you’re good to go. The City of San Marcos offers a bike map for residents to use, with highlighted bike trails ranging from high comfort to low comfort. I think it’s important to implement a form of outside physical activity into our schedules, especially with the amount of technology we surround ourselves on a daily basis. This spring break, make it a point to connect with nature and put down your phone for a while to take part in something different and fun like bike riding around beautiful San Marcos.
Featured image by Anna Valdez.