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Spring Break Activities

Emilie Heston and Cicely Nguyen

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Spring break is just around the corner and students are anxious to have a whole week of freedom from their university duties. We have compiled a list of some great places to go and things to do, we have included something for everyone. Whether you are wanting to stay home and explore some of the great things Kansas City has to offer, take a short road trip with friends or even go on a popular destination vacation. There is something for a wide variety of interests and for people with a range of budgets.

Out of Town

Daytona Beach, Florida

This is home to attractions such as Daytona Beach, the Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona Lagoon, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. All of these places are great for enjoying the sun, expanding your mind, and letting loose.

Daytona hotels are also very cost effective for students who are trying to save money while enjoying their spring break. Hotels can be as cheap as $114 per night and are less than 5 miles from the beach.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A hotspot for college students trying to get out for Spring Break. The beach itself is great for snorkeling and scuba diving. It is also home to the Ripley’s Aquarium. Here, guests can observe some of the most dangerous sea creatures in one of the most popular aquariums in the United States.

Hotels in Myrtle Beach average at about $115 per night. Some include in-room spa treatments and locations right on the beach so transportation fees would be low.

South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island is a very well-known vacation spot for college spring breakers. It is known for its poolside and beach parties throughout the week and performances including artists like 2 Chainz and Cash Cash.

Most years, South Padre Island resorts offer all-inclusive packages that can start as low as $300 per person and are perfect for money-saving college students.

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis is home to the famous 630-foot Gateway Arch. The arch hosts events, tours, and workshops for visitors to attend. Tourists can also check out the Missouri History Museum or see the St. Louis Symphony orchestra.

The drive is approximately four hours from campus, depending on where the destination is. Splitting the gas cost can cost nearly nothing for college students road tripping together, leaving most money spent on hotel costs and fun events.

Branson, Missouri

Another hot spot in Missouri for college students is Branson. Branson is filled with attractions and entertainment. Silver Dollar City is an amusement park near the Branson strip, fun for everyone and reasonably priced. Branson is also home to the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Branson Scenic Railway, and Table Rock Lake. Like St. Louis, Branson is also a quick four hour drive from Kansas City.

Devil’s Den State Park, Arkansas 

Located just 25 miles south of Fayetteville, Devil’s Den is a great place for someone who loves the outdoors. Opportunities to explore the beauty of nature are endless at this state park. Hike the Ozarks Mountains or one of the many trails around the area. Popular sites are the Devil’s Den Cave and Twin Falls. Pitch a tent and camp or rent a cozy cabin for the perfect weekend getaway. Being close to Fayetteville is also a plus. Go into to town for food or other necessities or just to explore the cool college town.


In Kansas City

Distillery Tour at Tom’s Town Distilling Company 

Take a tour through Kansas City’s first legal distillery since prohibition. The Gatsby-inspired distillery offers tours weekly for groups up to 20 people for just $10.

Recurring daily, book online

1701 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Nick Cave: Property at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nick Cave is a Missouri mixed media artist. His Property exhibit, transforms found objects into meaning with slavery and racial stereotyping representations behind them.

The contemporary exhibit is in the L8 Gallery, admission is free

Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Through June 11

4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64111

KC Auto Show at Bartle Hall

Come see over 500 cars, trucks and SUVs at the Kansas City Convention Center. Grab a bite to eat from local food trucks and listen to live music from a DJ while exploring all the automobile mania.

$30 weekly pass and $11 single day tickets available at

March 8-12

301 West 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

Pompeii: The Exhibition at Union Station

Travel back in time to the disastrous eruption in Pompeii. Learn about the history of the catastrophe and see over 200 artifacts from the Lost City.

Tickets available online at

Through April 5

30 West Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108

Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center

Kansas City is hosting the NCAA Big 12 Tournament once again this year. This tournament consistently brings large crowds to Sprint Center and the Power and Light District, making an experience unlike any other. Come out and support your favorite Big 12 team!

Tickets available at

March 8-11

1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106

Snake Saturday in North Kansas City 

The annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival returns to NKC. The fun filled day full of Irish spirit includes a festival and parade in historic downtown North Kansas City. A carnival, car show and barbecue cook off are all going on, as well as the parade.

March 11, starting at 11 a.m.

East 16th Ave and Swift Ave – Parade start location

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Spring Break Activities