What to do in Klamath Falls when school has you feeling stuck
By Mikaela Schuman, staff writer
As Winter term gets further underway, it is easy to hole up in your room and stress about upcoming exams, papers, and assignments. When you need to get out of your academic slump, Klamath Falls has many opportunities for students to get out, get active, and get social.
For the group of friends needing a mid-week break, the Epicenter Family Entertainment Complex offers cosmic bowling Thursday nights for $1 per game and $1 for shoes, starting at 9 p.m. At only 15 minutes from campus, it is a close and cheap option for students to have fun. Bowling not really your thing? The Epicenter also has a full arcade and the Aftershock Nightclub (for those over 21).
When your group wants to get outside and enjoy the winter weather, ice skating at the Bill Collier Community Ice Arena might be your best bet. The ice rink offers multiple open skate sessions throughout the week, but the most popular and convenient time for students is Friday night from 7pm until 9pm. It is a bit more expensive at $12 a person, including skates, but still an affordable option. However, if you are on a tighter budget, they offer After School Skating sessions Wednesdays from 2:50 p.m. until 4:50 p.m. for only $5.
If you are looking for a more enriching activity, the Klamath County Museum is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $4 for students and offers a glimpse into Klamath Basin history. They also host a variety of events, such as the 1860's Days on February 10, which is a historical reenactment.
The Ross Ragland Theatre is another great way to expand your horizons. With a variety of music and shows there is something for everybody. Coming to The Ross Ragland soon is country music star Leann Rimes on January 21. A chamber music group called Lincoln Trio on February 11, and even a murder mystery dinner in April where guests solve the mystery of “who killed the producer?”. Ticket prices vary starting at around $15.
If you are looking for a quick winter hike, the Link River Trail is 2.7 miles round trip along the river at Lakeshore Drive. It is a great spot for a run or easy walk. Also, on Lakeshore Drive, Moore Park boasts picnic and barbecue areas, soccer fields, tennis courts, and several trails ranging in length and difficulty. A full map of Moore Park can be found at www.klamathfalls.city/i-want-to/find/city-hall/support-services/parks/moore-park.
For the adventurers that dislike winter weather, bring outdoor sports inside at the Yeti’s Lair Climbing Gym inside the Ledge Outdoor store on South Sixth St and Oak Ave. It is open Monday through Saturday, with varying hours. Students can pay $12 plus gear rentals for a full day of rock climbing. For more information about hours and gear, visit yetiledge.wordpress.com.
The Outdoor Program at Oregon Tech also offers weekly activities in the Klamath Basin area at extremely discounted prices. For Winter Term, they have planned skiing and snowboarding trips to Bachelor, Ashland, Shasta, Willamette, Warner Canyon, and Moore Park. The Outdoor Program also rents out equipment to students to use, so you can plan your own adventures!