27 Cheap Spring Break Destinations for Students and Families
By the time spring break rolls around, lots of people are ready for a serious change of pace. Many popular spring break destinations may be off limits for frugal vacationers, but there are deals to be found for families and students willing to look beyond the usual options. With appealing destinations across the country, there's bound to be a fun spring break trip within driving distance.
Biloxi, on the Gulf Coast, offers sun, sand, and plenty of gambling. Visitors can enjoy some history at the 1848 Biloxi Lighthouse (tours are $5 for adults and $2 for students). Culture awaits at the Pleasant Reed House and Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, where an emancipated slave craftsman and famed potter are honored in a complex designed by architect Frank Gehry. Admission is $10 for adults, with discounts for seniors, service members, and AAA members.
The National Park Service offers free entrance April 15-16 and 22-23 for National Park Week, and Yosemite is one of its crown jewels, with epic views of granite cliffs and breathtaking waterfalls. Adventure-seeking families can camp, hike, and climb before the summer crowds descend and take advantage of free shuttle service in Yosemite Valley.
The Alamo museum is free to visit, and audio tours cost just $7. Nearby and also free of charge are the 11-acre Japanese Tea Garden, with a waterfall and elaborate koi ponds, and the city's famed River Walk with its shops and restaurants.
The U.S. and Canadian sides offer different perspectives on the breathtaking falls, which spectators can take in for free from dry land on either side of the border. For visitors with passports, Canada offers a glitzier tourist experience and a direct view of the most spectacular falls.