• Hannah Grenda, Guest Blogger

Student Series: How to Spend a Weekend in Murray on a Budget


We understand the pain of being a student, being bored and being broke. We also understand how many students like to stay in Murray over the weekends, so they don’t have to pay for gas to go back home…trust us, we’ve been there. So, today on the blog, we’re making your life easier by listing how you can spend your weekends in Murray while on a budget! We have broken the list down into three groups: least expensive (or free), moderately expensive ($10 range), and most expensive ($20 range). Our goal is to give you new and fun ideas for your next weekend adventure in Murray!

Least Expensive (or Free)

Support the Racers at any Home Sporting Event (Free)

Shoes up! We love to see our Murray State students supporting MSU athletics. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or just a viewer, nothing beats the atmosphere and experience of any racer event. For example, have you ever been to a volleyball game in Racer Arena? All we can say is: it is intense!

Take a stroll through the Murray State Arboretum (Free)

Since the cooler weather is approaching, now is the best time to get some fresh air by walking through the Arboretum. You can find a .8-mile walking trail, a pond with a fountain, and beautiful scenery!

Location: 300 Hickory Dr, Murray, Kentucky 42071

Visit the Dog Park (Free)

Not only will this make you happy, but your pup will be happy, too! This fenced in park includes agility equipment, a doggie drinking fountain, and a shaded gazebo for you to sit and watch your pup play.

Location: Gil Hopson Dr, Murray, KY 42071

Experience the Downtown Farmers Market ($0-?)

Come shop with up to 40 local vendors at the market. Even if you decide not to make a purchase, the experience is what it’s all about! Shop anything from pumpkins, kettle corn, handmade crafts, fruits, and so much more. If you decide to shop around, make sure to bring cash.

Location: Murray Downtown Court Square

View the Art Exhibits on Campus (Free)

Did you know that there are multiple art galleries on campus, with art featuring your very own classmates? Each gallery hosts different events throughout the semester, such as art auctions! Make sure to stop by and visit Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, or the Curris Gallery to view some amazing artwork.

Have a Picnic in the Park ($0-?)

Central Park has many beautiful locations to host a picnic. The only thing that costs money is the food you decide to bring, but if you use your flex, then it’s totally free! With the fall weather coming, there’s no better time to explore Central Park, while enjoying some food with friends.

Location: Gil Hopson Dr, Murray, KY 42071

Get Moving with Wellness Center Classes (Free)

Although the Wellness Center Classes are only offered at the end of your weekend, they are still a good way to decompress before the school week begins! Classes offered every weekend of the Fall 2018 semester include “Pound” with Keisha at 4 p.m., and “Zumba” with Maria at 5 p.m.

Location: Racer Dr, Murray, KY 42071

Moderately Expensive

Have a Movie Night at Cheri Theatre ($6-$8)

Who doesn’t love to have a movie night outside of your dorm? Try and make it to a matinee showing for $6 tickets, or pay $8 for a night showing. Either way, be sure you grab some buttered popcorn, a cherry slushy, and enjoy a great movie! Be sure to check out their website to find different showtimes and current movies.

Location: 1008 Chestnut St, Murray, KY 42071

Catch a Live Performance at Playhouse in the Park ($12 per ticket)

Come watch Murray’s most talented actors/actresses perform in any upcoming shows! The last two plays of 2018 include “Agatha Christie’s: Murder on the Nile,” and “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” Visit their website to see showtimes! Location: 701 Gil Hopson Dr, Murray, KY 42071 Glow Bowling at Corvette Lanes ($4.75 per game, $2.75 for shoes)
Grab some friends and spend your Wednesday evening glow bowling! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro, you just need to have fun! While you’re there, make sure to grab snacks from the bar. Location: 1415 Main St, Murray, KY 42071 Most Expensive Golfing at Miller Memorial Golf Course ($10-?)
Practice your golfing skills and have a great time! The price can vary to how much you want to do. Green Fee is $10 for students with an I.D., and golf carts and buckets of golf balls are available to rent. Take some friends if you want a competition, or go alone to relax. Location: 2814 Pottertown Road, Murray, Kentucky 42071 Spend the Day Shopping at Murray's Local Boutiques ($ However much you want to spend!)
The price range is really what you make of it. But, we placed this under the “most expensive” category, because we know you won’t be able to resist all the cute pieces from each boutique! You can find things from clothing and shoes, to home décor and furniture. Be sure to check out our website to see a full list of all the boutiques Murray has to offer. Plan a Camping Trip to LBL with the Wellness Center ($ Depending on materials chosen) This can be as extravagant, or as simple as you want. The Wellness Center allows you to rent out camping supplies through their “Healthy Horse Outfitters” service. You can rent sleeping bags, kayaks, tents, life jackets, and so much more! Be sure to check out their website to explore all their rental options.