Break Away from the Traditional Spring Break Destinations

As the early days of spring arrive, one of the first thoughts to enter the mind of a college student is the chance for them to temporarily escape the stresses of academics and indulge in leisure time during their spring break. This vacation period is normally synonymous with beach resorts, drinking and wild parties, but some students may prefer to travel to different types of destinations and enjoy alternative activities. Here are some of the more unusual spring break destinations:

New York City Color

New York City

This vibrant metropolis can offer a variety of different things for students to enjoy. Interesting sites, such as Times Square and the Statue of Liberty, are perfect places for students to visit and enjoy the splendor of the city. Students can also visit Central Park to see beautiful scenery and historical sites while partaking in outdoor physical activities. There are plenty of museums in the city for art and culture enthusiasts. Students can also catch a Broadway musical to see some world-class performance art.

Texas Capitol during SXSW Interactive 2009 - Austin TX


Students who visit this Texas capital can enjoy a show at one of the city’s music venues. Austin is also a city known for its expanse of green space areas, providing the ideal location for visitors to enjoy the wondrous outdoor setting of the city. Travelers to the city can also take a dip in Zilker Park’s Barton Springs Pool and relish in a refreshing afternoon swim.

For a particularly unusual sight, students can gather with locals along the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch a giant colony of live bats take flight.

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A trip just across the Canadian border and into British Columbia can bring students to this prestigious city. The picturesque waterfront of the city allows students to witness breathtaking views of the city’s impressive skyscrapers and spectacular nearby mountain ranges. Students can also enjoy the friendliness of the Canadian people by taking a stroll through the downtown region. Much of the artwork displayed throughout the city has been influenced by Vancouver’s different ethnic groups. The weather here can be unpredictable during the spring, so it is best to take an umbrella along for the trip.

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico 3

Puerto Rico

This tiny island offers worldly experiences with exotic flare while still being not too distant from the shores of the United States. Students can learn about the history of the island by exploring sites like the Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center. Students can also marvel at the pristine condition of many of Puerto Rico’s scenic towns. Of course, students can also visit one of the beaches and enjoy some of the island’s nightlife if they need a little bit of a traditional spring break experience.

Students who choose to experience their spring breaks in an alternative setting can acquire deeper knowledge and greater appreciation of a location off the beaten spring break path. Traveling to an unusual spring break destination may very well provide the most fulfilling vacation.

About the author

Travel lover and student Adam Miller is earning his public relations masters degree online from the comfort of home.