Now that the weather is starting to warm up a bit, students may be looking for more ways to spend time outdoors. There are a ton of things to do for fun at on campus, and a lot of those things could be done outside. If you are like me, then you like to find any excuse to be outside when it is really nice outside. By trying new activities, you are expanding your college experience and building long lasting memories. Here is a short list of five things that students can do now that the weather is nice.
1. ARC Outdoor Pool
The ARC Outdoor pool is the perfect way to cool down after class. This facility is free to students. All you need to do is bring your I-Card and your swimsuit for a great time. The ARC pool is not open year-round and is closed somedays depending on the weather. This year the outdoor pool will open on April 24th with the following hours of operation: Monday – Thursday from 6-7:45am and 11-10pm; Friday from 6-7:45am and 11-9pm; Saturday from 11-9pm; and Sunday from 11-10pm.
2. Spring Jam Concert
Every year the Illini Union Board, along with other organizations, throw a free concert on the quad for students. It is a great opportunity for students to be outside and enjoy the nice weather as well as the good music. Past acts included B.O.B., Travis Porter, and Hoodie Allen. The date for this year’s Spring Jam Concert has not been announced yet, but students can keep watch and check out the Illini Union website for updates.
3. Food Trucks
Trying out all the different food trucks is a perfect task to do during the spring and the perfect way to experience what Champaign-Urbana has to offer outside of campus. Food trucks are a big deal within C-U, and there are more than twenty food trucks that circulate the area. They are at different locations depending on the time of day it is, but finding each truck should not be too hard. Some of the more popular food trucks around the area include Cracked Egg, Caribbean Grill, and Burrito King.
4. The Japanese Garden/the James and Lorene Bier Gardens
The Japanese Garden or formally known as the James and Lorene Bier Gardens is very fitting in the springtime because of all the flowers blooming. It’s a beautiful sight to see and something that I would definitely recommend. The garden is a part of the Japanese House, which is just south of Kirby/Florida Avenue on Lincoln Avenue, and opened from dusk to dawn.
5. Chilling on the Quad
This option might be the most obvious, but it does not change the fact that it is a really good and convenient idea. The University of Illinois has such a distinctive and spacious quad and not everyone takes advantage of that. Upon graduation, when students return to the quad many will get the nostalgic feeling of various activities done there. Reading a book, watching a movie, or doing homework are all excellent options to do on the quad when it is a really nice outside. Why go inside, when you can stay outside and relax on our beautiful quad?