Budget-Friendly Spring Break Outings

By Deidre Carrillo
Pulse Staff Reporter


Photo by  JId3 Photography

After a stressful week of studying for and taking midterms, a vacation is the perfect remedy for unwinding and feeling refreshed.

Students are continuously working long hours to pay for tuition and other necessities, and they are often left with little to no money to treat themselves over Spring Break.

According to usatoday.com, Austin and South Padre Island are among the top 10 most popular destinations for Spring Break.

Daneja Delgado, a sophomore English major, said, “I’m trying to make plans to go with friends for a day trip to Corpus.”

Some students opt out of these activities and choose to take on more hours at work or catch up on classwork.

“I’m probably going to work, do homework or something. A bunch of people go to like the beach and stuff, but I doubt that I’ll go. That’s like the week I can make money,” said Joel Ibarra, a freshman Early Childhood Education major.

The Alamo City offers many activities this Spring Break that won’t break the bank.

Don’t wait for the weekend to come around.  Head downtown Tuesday night for Downtown Tuesday, San Antonio’s new Friday night. Downtown Tuesday offers free parking at Houston Street Garage, 240 E. Houston, and other areas located around downtown San Antonio. Partnering restaurants like Mad Hatter’s Tea House & Cafe offer happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m. as well as a cozy environment for studying.

If nightlife isn’t your cup of tea, the San Antonio Museum of Art at 200 W. Jones Ave. offers free admission to students with a student ID. Alamo College students are also able to visit the McNay Art Museum at 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. and the Institute of Texan Culture at 801 E. César E. Chavez Blvd. for free with their ID.

You can also check out a short film about the history of San Antonio at the San Fernando Cathedral at 115 Main Plaza. Shows start at 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly.

Slab Cinema is bringing back the idea of outdoor movies to the San Antonio community by providing pop up screenings at local parks and museums. Saturday, March 11, Slab Cinema will screen “Back to the Future” at Hemisfair Park’s Yanaguana Garden at 434 S. Alamo St. Showtime starts at sundown and is free to the public.

Take a trip to one of the San Antonio’s four missions to bicycle or walk along the Mission Reach and sightsee the historic missions along the San Antonio River.

Tabitha Torres, a freshman Psychology major, said she enjoys visiting the parks around San Antonio and how well they are maintained.

Instead of heading to Austin to kayak on Lady Bird Lake, head to Espada Park at 1750 S.E. Military Dr., where you can rent from Mission Kayak every weekend from noon to 5 p.m.

Lose track of time and float the Comal River with Texas Tubes at 250 Meusebach St. in New Braunfels.  Starting March 11, Texas Tubes will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rates start at $18. Discounts are available for large groups.

Whether students explore the city, catch a local film or spend a day tubing the river, San Antonio and the surrounding region provide options that won’t break the bank.

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