Spring Break on a budget

By Tara Rinas
Pulse Staff Reporter

Many students begin thinking about their Spring Break plans before the Fall semester is even over. The week-long break of no classes or work, just fun, provides relief from the grind.

Teen watches a movie happily with their grandmother.

This can be a costly week, though. Not many college students have a few thousand dollars just laying around to blow on a big trip, but low-cost options that are fun, cheap and memorable can be found all around the city of San Antonio.

Terri Cavazos, a mother and employee at the PAC bookstore, said her college-aged kids enjoy spending time together.

“My kids just usually went over to grandma’s house, and she had all kinds of stuff for them to do. I mean they have a blast every time. Family is everything!” Cavazos said.

At home, you can create your own activities, such as going to one of the many free museums in SA, playing board games or planning your own city walking tour.

The Witte Museum and The Briscoe Western Art Museum both have free entry on Tuesday nights. In addition, you will enjoy free entry every day to The Alamo, the San Antonio Missions, Ft. Sam Houston Museum and Quadrangle and The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio. With a student ID, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay are free every day along with riding on all VIA buses.

“We went to the dollar store and got a ton of blankets and went to make a campfire and had a movie,” said Jasmine Rivera, a freshman Nursing major at PAC. 

The dollar stores have a wide variety of games, crafts and activities for low prices. San Antonio has plenty of thrift stores to enjoy, as well. The Vaulti, Thrift City and Second Chances Thrift Shop offer cool, vintage clothes and accessories for super low prices.

A day-long road trip to one of the cities around San Antonio, such as Fredericksburg, Gruene or Austin, will be like a mini-vacation. These cities are great for quiet, low-key days and for parties that last all night. Spring Break can be enjoyed by anyone if you have the right tips and tools.  San Antonio is a great city for adventures that will not empty the bank account.

Even with the amount of fun, interesting activities that can be found in San Antonio, some people aren’t fond of being away from home for too long. For the more homebodied people, fun and relaxing things inside the home are always options. A break is meant for relaxation as well as fun.

Jacquelyn Urias, a sophomore Biology major, said, “I binged movies with my mom. Sounds boring, but it was real relaxing.”

Making plans to hang out with family and/or friends is a free and relaxing way to take your break.

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