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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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  • 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...
  • Spring break trips with a difference

    Spring break trips with a difference
    Spring into service with a "voluntourism" vacation. You can mix with the locals, living and working in communities on a variety of projects and activities, from teaching English to caring for youngsters in orphanages, taking part in community...
  • Taking the Kids -- to L.A. museums

    Taking the Kids -- to L.A. museums
    Meet megamouth. He's the world's rarest shark. Maybe your kids would rather reach out and touch tires that flew in space on the space shuttle Endeavour. The artists in your family can create their own masterpieces while young scientists can watch...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Break gives Broward teams a chance to spring into action

    Break gives Broward teams a chance to spring into action
    Ah yes. Tournament time is here. No. Not the tournament where you lost that "billion dollars" you had no shot at. No. Not the state tournament. But that will be here soon enough. Spring break in Broward County means tournaments for several area...
  • Nicole by OPI creates Carrie Underwood-inspired nail lacquers

    Nicole by OPI creates Carrie Underwood-inspired nail lacquers
    Nicole by OPI on Monday announced a partnership with six-time Grammy winner and country music star Carrie Underwood that will bring 14 shades of limited-edition Underwood-inspired nail lacquers to market in January. Described as "a colorful mosaic of...
  • Luke Bryan enters Jay Z territory with 'Crash My Party'

    Luke Bryan enters Jay Z territory with 'Crash My Party'
    Luke Bryan made the invite, and fans responded. The country star's "Crash My Party" landed at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts this week and caused quite the celebration in doing so.  "Crash My Party" sold 528,000 copies for the week ending Aug. 18,...
  • Review: "Ghost Shark, Swindle"

    Oh sure, we could have ignored two TV movies being trotted out in late August -- "Ghost Shark," on Syfy; and "Swindle," from Nickelodeon -- but in terms of content, the Web is as hungry as a made-for-TV, poorly animated shark. And since both involve...
  • 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,...