Our favorite spring break destinations

The only thing that makes midterms better is knowing that spring break is at the end of everything. It is our ray of sunshine on arrival. Whether you’re jet-setting at the beach or relaxing at home, spring break is a time to get up and relax. You know you deserve it!

As spring break approaches, it’s time to reflect on some of our best moments. Here are our favorite spring break memories and destinations:

1. Destin, Florida

Last year, I was lucky enough to go on spring break with all my friends and their families, and it was one of the most memorable and hilarious vacations I’ve ever had! I had never been to Destin before, but the weather was actually okay and I managed not to get too many sunburns. Whenever I think of Destin, I just remember staying up late at night, running on the beach and crying with laughter with all my best friends. It was a great addition to my senior year of high school, and I will always wish to step back in time to this week. -Grace Koennecke

2. Clearwater, Florida

I know Florida is a cliché destination for spring break, but Clearwater is the perfect place to relax while participating in activities. My mom and I have a tradition of going together almost every spring break since I was in college, and things never get old. We spend our time at the hotel across the bridge on the busy tourist side of Clearwater, and relax by the pool. The beach is also less than a 10 minute walk from our regular hotel, and we always make it a point to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant with the best churros. -Mimi Calhoun

3. Sarasota, Florida

Over the years, my mother and I have traveled to Florida to visit my grandparents. My mom was a teacher in our local school district, so we always had the same week of spring break. Sarasota’s main attraction is Siesta Key Beach, with beautiful white sand and plenty of water activities. My grandfather always took me here, and we went hunting for shark teeth. You can rent a sifting basket on the beach and use it to dig through the sand in the shallow waters to find shark teeth. I thought that was the coolest thing ever! The memories of these trips will remain etched in my memory forever. -Anna Porten

4. Hocking Hills, Ohio

Ohio isn’t just corn and soybeans. Hocking Hills, just 40 minutes from Athens, is a true hiking paradise for Ohioans and hiking enthusiasts. Although I spent most of my spring break at home in Cincinnati, Hocking Hills is a place my friends and family have enjoyed visiting. Endless trails, camping, the old man’s cave, and the sheer history of the place make it memorable on every visit. -William Troyer

5. Anywhere in Florida

I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout the state of Florida throughout my life. Each town in the beautiful “Sunshine State” provides my family, friends and I with the perfect break from work and winter. From one of the Keys to Marco Island and even Fort Lauderdale, I have made great memories at these places. The beaches are beautiful, the food is amazing and everyone seems more satisfied overall. Although I haven’t been to every city in Florida, I hope to continue vacationing on the beautiful beaches of this paradise of a state. – Grace Brezine

6. Ft. Myers, Florida

After the hit of COVID-19, my junior class was worried that we wouldn’t be able to have a senior spring break the following year, as was the class of 2020. Luckily, virtually my entire class packed up their things and went headed to Ft. Myers for the week during our senior year. My district had two high schools, and everyone knew each other, so we expected it to be great. I went in the middle of the week, however, as my group had planned to visit our other friends at another beach over the weekend. We enjoyed house parties and relaxed by the beach – the perfect spring vacation for seniors. The funny thing is that since most people were already hanging out all the time, no one got sick! -Kendall Wright

7. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

This Florida destination is essentially the Las Vegas of the East Coast. Quite rightly, what happens to Laudy stays in Laudy. When I was a sophomore in 2019, I was beyond excited to travel to the Florida spring break hot spot for the first time. It was heaven on earth with impeccable weather, all my friends staying in the same hotel, lying on the beach and going to the clubs. We thought it wouldn’t get much better until my birthday, March 10, which turned out to be the same day the whole world shut down due to COVID-19. Young and naive to the true reality of the situation, we celebrated not having to go back to school for another week on the day and pushed back our flights for a whole week. Of course, we realized the unfortunate events afterwards when we were never able to return to campus. Although it ended on an emotional note, this trip to Ft. Lauderdale was a key memory of my college experience and something I will always be grateful for (but will never return to). -Madyson Lewellyn

8. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (again)

Same for Madyson, I’d be lying to myself if I said Laudy wasn’t my favorite spring break destination considering I’m going there in a few days for the third time in the past three years. Yes, that’s right: My freshman, sophomore, and now freshman spring break will all have been spent in what Madyson called the Las Vegas of the East Coast. The memories I have with the girls I didn’t know so well in first grade, who are now my roommates and people I consider my family, are endless. From obsessing over an overpriced drink called an Ibiza Cafe Pineapple Crush, to complaints of noise left and right in our Airbnb located in what we didn’t know was a high rich retreat place to sing karaoke at a beach dive bar and make friends with anyone who strikes up a conversation with us – Laudy keeps calling us despite our promise to venture out and try somewhere new . Maybe next year, girls, but for now, let’s absorb the college foray cliche one last time. -Emma Dollenmayer

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