Sandy beaches are packed with college students, clad in bikinis and swim trunks. Individuals are frolicking in warm water while soaking up the sun, enjoying the relief of no classes, assignments or exams for a week.
This may be the scene that one sees while enjoying a spring break vacation in Texas, Florida, California or other destinations.
It’s a Friday night. People are walking in heels and dresses, khaki shorts and polos, all stumbling a bit because of pregaming. Lines of people eagerly wait to walk into their favorite bar, ID’s in hand.
This may be the scene that one sees standing in line to go to The Hawk, The Wheel, Bullwinkle’s or The Cave.
As one can see, these two environments are different; however, they can collide when Jayhawks travel to exotic locations over spring break.
This year’s spring break, which lasted from March 17 to March 26, allowed students to visit beaches across the country, mountains and national parks, and even their respective hometowns.
Payten Ferneau, a sophomore from Overland Park, visited South Padre Island, Texas, over spring break this year.
“We spent most of the time at the beach,” she said.
Ferneau said she drove the 16-hour ride to South Padre with her roommate and other friends.
Ferneau said that South Padre provides a fun atmosphere to go out and have fun with friends.
Ferneau said she thinks that while many individuals believe South Padre is dirty and rowdy, she was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the beaches.
“Everyone says that South Padre is dirty, and it’s trashy and gross,” she said. “But when we went, it wasn’t dirty, like, everyone was pretty decent.”
Although she didn’t feel safe walking by herself, overall the groups of people she met were friendly.
“It’s definitely a place to have fun, but not anywhere I would go without people that I don’t know,” she said. “But it’s a trip I would take again because we had so much fun. We got up early, and always went to the beach early, took our coolers, just spent the whole day there. Then we took a nap and then we went out. It was just so much fun.”
Overall, Ferneau said she would recommend people to go to South Padre over spring break.
“It was beautiful there,” Ferneau said.
Brandon Dittmar, a senior from Austin, Texas, visited another location in Texas. He visited his hometown of Austin and showed his friends around the city.
“At night, we went out and checked out the city,” he said, “and we checked out UT [University of Texas].”
“It was great, we had a good time,” he said.
Back in Lawrence, there are a lot of things to see and do, whether one ventures out to a bar on Massachusetts Street, or visits a house party, according to students.
“I definitely tell people to check out Mass Street, because of all the restaurants, like Burger Stand,” said Dittmar.
Dittmar said he thinks that although there are house parties on occasion, there are not as many as what used to occur within Lawrence.
Dittmar also said that he believes that the house party scene varies on the sport of each season. For example, the University with basketball, whereas other schools may have more house parties during football season.
If one does not favor going to a house party, there are several bars that individuals can visit.
Bars like Replay Lounge and Brothers are staples of Massachusetts Street, with a long history of being in the Lawrence social scene.
“The Replay Lounge has been a local venue for over 20 years,” Sheridan James, booking manager of Replay Lounge, said in an email. “The impact we’ve had on the community and social atmosphere is unmeasurable. We are not only a local venue but also a diverse bar/gathering area for our community. LFK wouldn’t be the same without The Replay, and we wouldn’t be the same without our amazing community.”
While March Madness occurred over break, several bars offered students specials. Some of these bars were The Hawk, Brothers, Bullwinkle’s and others.
Junior Harden, the general manager at Brothers, said the bar wants to provide a fun atmosphere for college students.
“We strive to just bring a fun atmosphere to students, townies, anyone that wants to come in and have a good time, we try to provide that,” Harden said.
In addition, Dittmar said that he thinks the culture within Lawrence is unique because of it being a college town.
“We are not like in a huge city, or in a small town either, so it’s like a community thing,” he said.
Overall, Jayhawks know how to have a good time, whether it is during spring break, or back in Lawrence watching a basketball game while enjoying a cold drink on Massachusetts street.