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Spring Break

Spring Break
Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000...
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Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000 and the drinking and partying became too excessive.

Panama City Beach in Florida, South Padre Island in Texas, and Cancun, Mexico have since become other popular Spring Break destinations. Spring Break in Daytona Beach persists as a small, quieter event.
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  • Taking the Kids -- on a last-minute spring break

    Taking the Kids -- on a last-minute spring break
    Are you ready to trade snow boots for flip-flops? Ah, sunshine! You've never needed a little fun in the sun more than now after a winter that's repeatedly buried us in snow and ice -- even in the South -- and given us school snow days that have...
  • Summer camp signups: Yeah, it's barely March, but it's time

    Summer camp signups: Yeah, it's barely March, but it's time
    If you're like me, you may still be dealing with plans for Spring Break and spring sports and spring schedules. But pick up the pace (that's my advice to myself) because it's summer camp sign-up time, never mind if actual summer is months away. Some...
  • Classic Spring Break: Spring Break in Central Florida through the years

    Classic Spring Break: Spring Break in Central Florida through the years
    The fashions have certainly changed. You won't be seeing big hair, jean shorts and puka shell necklaces on Daytona Beach this spring, but college students from around the country still flock to Central Florida this time of year for the annual party that...
  • Man dies after falling from 12th floor of Panama City Beach hotel

    Man dies after falling from 12th floor of Panama City Beach hotel
    A 62-year-old Texas man who was chaperoning his 18-year-old daughter on Spring Break died Wednesday after falling from a 12th floor balcony at a Panama City Beach hotel. Thomas H. Saunders, 62, of Southlake, Texas, was chaperoning his daughter and a...
  • Spring break with a twist

    Spring break with a twist
    With the dreadful weather that's spread across much of the country this winter, even into the usually balmy South, thoughts of spring might seem like a fantasy. But spring break really is on the horizon. It's a nebulous term, though, with getaways...
  • Be sure to pack these Spring Break essentials

    Winter is fast receding and for many young people, Spring Break is here! I only wish I still had Spring Break to look forward to, but with my kids "almost" grown, it's no longer on my agenda. For those of you lucky enough to be traveling to warm climes,...
  • What to pack and where to put it

    What to pack and where to put it
    For many families, Spring Break marks the start of road trip season, also known as, “Are we there yet?” Before you send your spouse and kids packing, consider some strategies and gear designed to keep that question from ringing in your...
  • Bjugstad reminisces about Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament

    For all that comes with playing in the NHL, there's still some things that make the professionals feel like little kids. Mention the Minnesota High School State Hockey Tournament to Panthers center Nick Bjugstad. All of a sudden, the 6-6 giant instantly...
  • 'Frozen' soundtrack, first million-seller of 2014, returns to No. 1

    'Frozen' soundtrack, first million-seller of 2014, returns to No. 1
    "Frozen" is back at No. 1. After two weeks in which rap albums by first Schoolboy Q and then Rick Ross dominated the Billboard 200, the soundtrack to Disney's smash-hit animated feature returned to the top spot Wednesday, reflecting sales of 99,000...
  • District 230 OKs renovations at Sandburg, Stagg

    District 230 OKs renovations at Sandburg, Stagg
    Consolidated High School District 230's school board approved $942,000 in renovations at Sandburg High School and Stagg High School during a meeting at Stagg in Palos Hills Thursday. Sandburg will get a new, more secure main entrance with a vestibule...
  • CPS issues new school calendar

    CPS issues new school calendar
    Chicago Public Schools is again changing its school calendar, with classes beginning after Labor Day next school year. Last year, CPS moved to a single calendar for all schools and classes started Aug. 26. On Wednesday the school board approved a new...
  • FloriDUH: Watch this (parking) space, but not for too long

    FloriDUH: Watch this (parking) space, but not for too long
    Spot a sweet parking spot during Spring Break at a Florida beach? Better curb your enthusiasm. A man, identified as Carmen James Torockio, 72, of Pittsburgh, was hauled to the slammer after blocking all traffic into Bonita Beach Park while he waited...