By Kaylee Johnson
With spring break approaching in March I cannot walk through the halls of my college without hearing students murmur about their trips to places like the Caribbean. White sand and sparkling turquoise waves are a sight to see, but there is also a lot to explore in their backyard. Here are some places in the Northeast to scratch off your bucket list during spring break:
Montauk. This popular beach town is nicknamed “the end” because it is at the very end of Long Island. Although it will be too cold to swim during spring break you can still enjoy the view. Rates for hotels will a lot cheaper during spring break than they will be in the summer when the tourists start rolling in. You will fall in love with Montauk’s salty sea air and charm; there is no spring break destination quite like it.
Saratoga Springs is a town nestled in Upstate New York, best known for horse racing. This is the perfect getaway for college students on a budget. Hotels on the outskirt are usually under $100 a night, and they are only minutes from downtown Saratoga. I personally recommend the harness track; you will save money but you will also have a better view of the horses. Plus the legal age to gamble at the casino and horse tracks is 18. There’s also a famous Revolutionary War battlefield.
Howe’s Caverns. This gem is located in central Upstate New York. Here you can walk through beautiful underground caves, and even ride in a boat underground. The tour costs $25 dollars a person, and it makes the perfect day trip. Be sure to bring a jacket because the caves are very chilly!
Smuggler’s Notch. This cozy ski resort is in Jeffersonville, Vermont, is perfect for skiers and hot chocolate sippers alike. This resort has something for everyone; it would make a perfect destination for a family vacation or a weekend trip with friends. You do not have to be an expert skier to participate, as they offer lessons for beginners. This would be the perfect way to end winter and transition into spring.
Kennebunkport, Maine. This adorable beach town has a whole lot of charm. Here you will be sure to find antique shops, museums, and great views of the beach. This is a small town so you could definitely do it in a weekend.
American Falls. The American side of Niagara Falls is beautiful, and majestic. There are plenty of things to enjoy without a passport. Some of those things include Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, and Niagara Jet Adventures. American Falls will be sure to impress you during spring break.
New York City. How can you go wrong with New York City? It is a place on everyone’s bucket list, and with all the hustle and bustle you will never be bored. Some of my favorite things to when I visit New York City include walking through Times Square, seeing a Broadway show, strolling through Central Park and visiting the zoo, and going to The Museum of Natural History. If you are going for the first time it may be inspiring to see the Statue of Liberty or visit the 9/11 memorial. New York City is the perfect fit for anyone. Whether you are going for a week or a day you will make memories that will last a lifetime.
Martha’s Vineyard. This preppy beach destination was where the famous movie “Jaws” was filmed. You can visit Jaws Beach and look for sharks, or enjoy fresh seafood. If you are a “Jaws” fan, Martha’s Vineyard should be at the top of your bucket list.
Boston. History buffs will fall in love with Boston. Some of the most popular things to do include the Freedom Trail, Paul Revere’s house and Fenway Park. There are also countless museums for all interests. You will feel completely immersed in history when you visit Boston.
Atlantic City has a bad rap, but if done correctly it can make a wonderful trip. The ocean is beautiful, and the boardwalk is always lively. Whether you love to shop, gamble, or party you will enjoy Atlantic City this spring break.