Summer in Ames?
How many of you are spending summer in Ames? I will be as of June 10th! I’m pretty sure I told you that before…but hey! Never hurts to reiterate, just in case :). So many people tell me mixed things about spending summer in Ames… Some people tell me it’s nice if you have friends around, others tell me it’s relaxing to have almost all campus to yourself, others tell me it’s just plain BORING. Okay, okay! Calm down! Lol. I’m a believer in that there’s ALWAYS something fun to find around places like Ames. So yeah, it’s low-key and not many people stick around. But that can actually have its assets. Lucky for you I already did my research on what to do around Ames this summer I’ll do a little bit of all of this!
1. Furman Aquatic Center
Say what!? So you didn’t think there was some pool fun in Ames? Wrong! Ok, so maybe that was me who thought there wasn’t any. But some of my friends who stayed last summer went and they told we it was actually pretty fun! It has a lazy river, water slides, waterfalls, basketball hoops, floatables and stuff! All for around $5. Sounds fun! I’m going to actually love the weather in Iowa during the summer. I’ve never spent one in Ames before! But they tell me it gets pretty warm (80 degrees most of the time, and sometimes even in the 90’s)! Yikes! Sounds beautiful ;). Perfect for a summer fun date with friends. Check out Furman Aquatic Center website here for hours and more information.
2. Outdoor Recreation Programs
So you know I’m pretty in love with that rock-climbing wall and everything, right? I was so happy to find out that it doesn’t end there! Here at Iowa State there’s Outdoor Recreation Programs year-round, where students get to sign up and join professionals and other students in weekend trips and even extended trips to places like the San Juan River in Utah, Boone River, Minnesota, etc. What’s best is that you don’t have to be a professional to engage in these fun activities because usually they’re tailored for all kinds of expertise. I’m planning on trying the “Rock climbing in Minnesota” program which will be on July 6th. If work allows me to, I’m also interested in the “Backpacking Superior Trail in Minnesota” program, which begins July 21st. For program dates and more information, visit here.
3. Live Music
If you’re one of those people who is more of an introvert, and less into sports and such, this one’s for you. This semester I discovered Cafe Baudelaire, which is located on Lincoln Way, by Welch Ave, right next to Copyworks. A friend of mine introduced me to the place, since another of our friends was singing for a band called the B Band, and they play Latin Live Music every Tuesday from 8:30pm onwards :). I went for the first time a week before classes ended and I loved it! The place is super tiny but it has the most charming live music feel, and people move the tables, create a small dancing area, and order appetizers all night. Be sure to check it out this summer!
4. Sand volleyball tournaments and such…
Back to the physical activity. Lol. I’m just too much of an outdoors girl. If you enjoy volleyball and other sports, check out the website here to register teams and stuff. It’s always fun to engage in some co-ed sports during the summer. It allows you to get to know more people too! What’s good is that they have different divisions and everything so you don’t have to worry about not being very good at it, OR being TOO good at it.
Alright, so that’s that for my concrete list of things to do and websites to check out :). But, of course, it doesn’t end there. There’s ALWAYS more to find and do around Ames in the summer. My suggestions would be to just get out of your room! Join a couple of these activities and meet people along the way. If you already have those friends to do all of these things with, then make dinner parties, visit Des Moines one weekend, pick up a hobby for the summer, etc. I hope you have fun doing whatever you do! As for me, this is where I’ll be. Care to join me?
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