Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

As the warm weather picks up and the semester dwindles down, sitting in the library has become more and more unbearable. Instead of writing a paper or studying for a test, the urge to grab a Starbucks and sit in the quad or shoot some hoops has become so overwhelming. It is time that you do something about it.

West Chester University is located in the perfect area for just that with so many pleasurable outdoor locations not far from campus at all.

Before final studying picks up, why not treat yourself to a delightful outdoor getaway?

The Brandywine River is very close to campus, full of rich land perfect for a nice walk, or, if it’s really warm, tubing.

If tubing is up your alley, be sure to get a few friends to join in the fun and relax while floating down the river under the very warm sun.

Marsh Creek State Park is another beautiful location which is sure to fulfill your outdoor desires.

There are numerous hiking trails and a beautiful man-made lake, perfect for fishing on.

If you don’t have a way of leaving campus but still want to experience a magnificent hike, South Campus has multiple trails that you should definitely check out.

There is an abundance of trees shading every trail, making it ideal for a cooling run or walk.

If hiking is not really your thing, Longwood Gardens is always a beautiful getaway.

You can stroll through delightful fields of various flowers. Along with the gardens, the grounds host events throughout the year.

As students, you can also get a discount to Longwood. This is sure to be a place for some fantastic photos.

Kennett Square is home to a beautiful sunflower field. The owners of the land never expected their meadow to attract thousands of visitors, but the beauty draws people in, even if you’re just driving and happen to pass it.

Watching the flowers sway brings calmness to visitors. The sunflower field is a great place to take a trip to and stroll around for a half hour.

You’ll forget you’re even in Chester County.

Abigail Wise of the Huffington Post stated, “Spending more time with nature shows a shift toward more positive moods.”

As the temperature rises, be sure that your stress level doesn’t follow suit by spending some much earned time outside.

Aileen Assumma is a second-year student majoring in English literature. Contact them at AA823823@wcupa.edu

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