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Fun Ideas to Do & Places to Go For Winter Break

With winter break right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to do with your time off, a whole month leaves a lot of room for fun.

Here are some ideas and suggestions of what to do and where to go before the spring semester starts:

• New York City- The city is one of the most popular places to visit, especially around this time of year. If you’re ready to face the large crowds of people and want to cross something off your bucket list, then going to Time Square to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve is the perfect trip for you. Even if you don’t want to go on New Year’s Eve, any trip planned to NYC will always lead to fun things to do.

Jamie Sayegh, a senior health studies student said, “You can see a show on Broadway and then get something to eat. Some good places to go to are Shake Shack and Max Brenner.”

There are also tons of stores for shopping or you can just walk around Central Park and find many things to do like visiting the zoo or going ice skating.

• Skiing- Another popular activity to do during this time of year is to head up to the mountains to ski and snowboard.

“I’m from upstate New York so a lot of people like to go on ski trips during winter break. Popular places to go are Jiminy Peak or to go to Mount Snow in Vermont,” said Tricia Race, a senior psychology student.

Another popular area for skiing is the Poconos in Pennsylvania. There are many different mountains and places to go up there. Some include Camelback Mountain that has 34 trails, and Alpine Mountain Resort which also has an ice skating rink.

• Philadelphia- From museums to eating cheesesteaks, Philadelphia offers a lot of fun activities that would make for the perfect day trip.

Dr. Jennifer McGovern, Assistant Professor of Sociology said, “A cool place to go with friends is the Waterfront Winterfest. It’s just over the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philly.

This festival has an ice-skating rink, fire pits, food, hot chocolate, and a huge heated tent that is set up like a ski lodge. Also, a portion of the tent has a beer garden in it.”

If you want to see some of America’s history, then the Constitution Center is the place for you. McGovern also shares this website, which shows exhibits being offered at there for a limited time.

You can also experience a Philadelphia tradition by heading to the city on New Year’s Day to watch the Mummer’s Parade. The Mummer’s Parade is a celebration to bring in the New Year, which features different groups of entertainers who dress up in unique costumes, play instruments, and strut down Broad Street.

•Atlantic City- There is the Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City that has many popular outlet stores and restaurants nearby if you want to plan a day trip to go shopping.

If you are 21, you can go down to Atlantic City with your friends and stay at one of the casinos. In each casino, there are clubs you can go to like Haven in the Golden Nugget or The Pool at Harrah’s.

Whether it’s with your friends or with your family, planning a day trip to the city or a weekend trip to the mountains will be a great way to spend some of your winter break.

For the days, that you don’t want to travel into the city, or spend too much money, you can never go wrong with doing different things in your area.

Activities like going to see a movie, shopping at the local mall, or going bowling, are also a great way to spend the day. These are just some of the many different things you can do to have a fun and memorable winter break.