What to do over spring break besides travel

Things to do on spring break without traveling!

Whether you’re a college student or a family of four, everyone deservers to spend spring break doing something fun–even if taking a trip to a warm destination isn’t in the cards! While you may not be able to get out of town if you have to work or you’re on a tight budget, you can certainly still immerse yourself in culture and entertainment.

Here is a list of fun things to do locally no matter your age or location! And while most of these activities aren’t free, they’ll cost you a lot less money than flight and hotel expenses.

Enjoy many “happy hours”

Oyster happy hour

Photo courtesy of Owen Young

Do some research on Yelp and make a list of restaurants or pubs that have awesome happy hours. You could easily enjoy a drink and an appetizer for about $10 if you choose wisely. Not only is it a fun way to hang out with friends (heck, or go alone and chat up the bartender and the regulars), but it’s an inexpensive way to change your scenery, if even just for an hour or two. And if you have kids in tow, many kid-friendly restaurants host happy hours, too!

Step out of your comfort zone

bungee jumping

Photo courtesy of Carla Lane

One way to make your spring break memorable is to scratch something thrilling off your bucket list. Sky diving, hot air ballooning, downhill skiing, bungee jumping, free diving, white water rafting, and mountain climbing are all popular choices.

For more ideas read 50 ways to be a daredevil >>

Have a Netflix marathon

movie night

Photo courtesy of Kevin Dooley

Yeah, you could spend your days out fishing, camping, hiking … you know, enjoying the sunshine and great outdoors. Or you could just cuddle up on the couch with the family and have a Gilmore Girls or Star Wars marathon with a bucket of popcorn and M&Ms. It’s not that much different than laying on the beach with a margarita, right? Plus, nothing beats good ol’ quality time with the fam.

Get cultured and educated


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No matter where you live there are museums, art galleries, live music venues, theaters, zoos, botanical and sculpture gardens, architectural masterpieces, painting or cooking classes, historic landmarks, jazz clubs–you name it! Simply Google your city and choose places and activities you’d never otherwise do. It’s a smart way to occupy your time, and you may even find a new passion!

Submit to the staycation

playing in hotel pool

Photo courtesy of Phallin Ooli 

Who doesn’t love a day at the spa? Schedule a massage and a mani/pedi and enjoy a day of relaxation. Spring break should be a time to unwind and rejuvenate! If you can afford it, spend one night at a local resort with a friend or partner and indulge in the whirlpool and breakfast in bed. Or if you need a little family fun, get a hotel with an awesome indoor pool or waterpark. You deserve it!