5 activities off of the Hilltop to enjoy during spring break

This was a photo of a flower I took when I was on a walk in the neighborhood that I live in.

Spring break is in a few weeks which means that many students will be heading home for the anticipated break. However, it’s important to note that some students are not able to go on extravagant vacations like other college students experience. While you may not be able to vacation over the break, you can still find interesting activities to do during spring break even when you’re stuck at home.

1. Going on a Picnic
Sometimes there is nothing more enjoyable than visiting your local park and having a picnic. Since the weather is becoming a lot warmer, more people are finding more opportunities to enjoy their time outdoors. Instead of being cooped up inside all day, it is nice to pack a picnic lunch and head to your local park. Many parks such as Oglebay Park and Wheeling Park have picnic areas where people can go to enjoy a picnic lunch. Some people even prefer to bring a blanket from home so they can sit in the grass while they enjoy their picnic. Picnic lunches are fairly simple to pack and only require sandwiches, chips, granola bars, yogurt, bottled water and snack cakes. Since most of these items are prepackaged foods, they are fairly easy to pack for a picnic lunch.

2. Hiking
Hiking can be an interesting activity to experience for anyone while they are on spring break. Sometimes there is nothing more fulfilling than hiking on a nature trail. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an outdoorsy person, sometimes it’s fun to get out and experience the sights and sounds of nature. If you’re someone who likes photography, sometimes it’s a great idea to bring your camera or phone while out on a nature hike because you’ll get the opportunity to take a lot of cool photos while you’re walking through nature.

3. Enjoy a Movie Marathon with Family and Friends
Sometimes it’s nice to pop some popcorn, sit back and watch a movie. Since the launch of streaming platforms like Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Paramount+, the number of movies you can watch from the comfort of your home is endless. Some people enjoy choosing themes for their movie marathons which makes the experience more memorable for everyone that is involved. These movie marathons will consist of having everyone dress up in costumes and serving snacks inspired by the movies you’re watching. Since Disney+ launched back in 2019, a lot more people are taking the time to rewatch some of their favorite Disney classics that they grew up watching when they were younger. When you’re an adult, there is nothing more fulfilling than rewatching favorite films from your childhood.

4. Go Exploring
It is interesting at times to go on a drive through the town that you live in because you never know what you’ll find. By exploring your city, you may find things like new shopping destinations, restaurants, small businesses, historical landmarks or museums. Sometimes it’s great to go out and explore your community because you might end up being able to visit somewhere you’ve heard about or somewhere you didn’t even know existed. Get Lost Blog stated, “When we visit somewhere new, we’re forced to pay attention to what is around us, which is how we make the best discoveries. Your home town is no different, so go for a walk in a new area and see what you can find that you’ve been missing all this time.”

5. Visit Your Local Library or Read A Book
When you’re not doing anything very productive, sometimes it’s nice to take the time to read a book. By visiting your local library, you can go and check out as many books as you want to read. Visiting your local library could be fun because you never know what types of books you might find there and sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than sitting and reading something intriguing that you can’t put down. If you have a personal library of your favorite books, reread a book you’ve already read because then you might get something different out of it than you did from the initial read.