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What to do during spring break 2021 By: Noah Rubel

One thing that may be creeping into everyone’s mind is that around this time last year something unimaginable occurred right after spring break: a pandemic

While this could make students nervous about the spring break ahead, most students are probably looking forward to this time off because of everything that has been going on during the past year. In this COVID-ridden time, what could someone do over this 2021 spring break?

There are a few options for students at Hardin-Simmons University to choose from, be it in Abilene or traveling. To begin, let us start at home. Some locations around town to visit are places like the Abilene Zoo, Fort Phantom Hill, Jacob’s Dream Sculpture and the Parker Hill Nature Trail. These are just a few locations around Abilene that consist of outdoor activities, but luckily there is a lot more that has not been covered including one or two water parks. There are also plenty of new restaurants and coffee shops around town that are worth trying out, especially if the weather is not fit for outdoor activities.

If you have some time and money to spend, there are a few places I would personally suggest visiting. This trip is what I call the “Big Three” which is Marfa, Marathon and Big Bend National Park. If you drive about four and a half hours southwest from Abilene, all three of these locations are within an hour and a half of each other. You can visit Marathon and the V6 Coffee Bar before visiting Big Bend National Park, or take a detour first and spend some time in Marfa and try to see the Marfa Lights. But, make sure to visit the astonishing Big Bend National Park for all things camping, hiking and fishing.

There are other obvious locations like Galveston, Port Aransas, South Padre, Austin and so on, but wherever you go, be sure to stay safe and follow local guidelines. Fingers crossed, we all come back after the break to in-person classes.


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