Is there really nothing to do in Fresno?

Story By: Lauren Baker, Arts & Entertainment, Art Director

If you’re one of the countless young Fresnans consistently complaining that there is nothing to do that you haven’t done before, get ready to think again.

While I certainly find those “Fresno memes” on Facebook amusing because there’s a certain ring of truth to them, I do not think our city is all that bad at all, it just depends on what you’re looking for.

The range of interests and hobbies amongst your average group of college students can be more than broad, so to speak.

So many of us have so little time for leisure as it is from committing ourselves to the books and dreams that can only come as a result of a higher education.

So when we do have time, most of us revert to our own tried-and-true activities due to a lack of a desire to “think outside of the box” because it’s the easier thing to do. So why not challenge yourself to try something new?

I’m willing to bet that if it were Friday night and a friend wanted to hang out with you, you’re either going to go to Riverpark or Tower District.

Granted, both are excellent for entertainment purposes, as both offer a variety of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Why not try places you haven’t been to before?

Instead of going to Edwards Cinema 22 and Me-N-Ed’s Coney Island Grill this weekend, try a picnic outing at Millerton Lake!

Since this has been one of the warmest winter seasons in Fresno County, having a lakeside picnic isn’t all that unorthodox.

On Feb. 22, the Old Town Clovis Farmers Market will be going on, and what could be better than having some of the finest locally-grown produce our valley has to offer for a picnic?

Sometimes in our age of modern technology and overdriven work ethics, we forget to slow down and invest in wholesome quality time among friends and family, and this can be a wonderful opportunity to do so.

Most people think  of two things when they hear the name “Tower District”: bars and the music scene.

While these are definitely elements of this neighborhood, there is certainly more to it than meets the eye.

Tower is also well known for its art scene and unique shops. But more often than not, most young people overlook and take for granted the very landmark that gave the district its namesake: the Tower Theater.

There is always a live show or a film of some kind being shown there, and you could be missing out on an experience that’s hard to find elsewhere.

While it is not your typical theater that shows new-age  films like “Iron Man” or “Twilight,” it does show live plays, musicals and documentaries.

Tower Theater often houses the Fresno Filmworks events as well. They will be screening “The Invisible Woman” March 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Part of the fun of trying something new is going out and discovering it!

Fresno is a breadbasket of unique people and places to see, and we’re lucky to be in the comfortable center of big-name cities in California with everything at our disposal.

Take advantage of it!

And don’t forget, if Obama thought we were worth visiting, we must be pretty special.