Last-minute spring break destinations for those scrambling to make plans


Mckenzie Kerrigan, Managing Editor

Spring break is here and during all the cramming for midterms, you forgot to plan your break. Hotels are booked, everyone has plans and you’re out of ideas, where do you go? 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – 181 miles from Statesboro

Where better to spend spring break than at the beach! After a few dips in the water and a stroll down the boardwalk, venture into town to see some unnatural attractions. With so many unusual sites like the Hollywood wax museum, Ripley’s 5-D Theater or Radical Ropes Adventure Park, you’ll be busy. If that isn’t your speed, Myrtle Beach continues to offer more, with Grand Stand hosting events all spring break long. Then at night, continue the party at the various nightclubs offered such as Senor Frogs, Bourbon Street or Crocodile Rocks.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee – 248 miles

Maybe sand isn’t your favorite? Then check out the Smoky Mountains. Replace scenic beaches with mountainscapes, forestry and more! Home to a national park, it is the perfect spot for hikers. For those of us who aren’t keen on walking steep mountains, don’t worry they have cable cars too. At night, stop by the Gatlinburg Space Needle and get a closer look at the stars. And for food, pick one from the many local eateries such as Split Rail Eats.

Pooler, Georgia – 37 miles

Don’t we go there enough? For those of us working and in dire need of a day trip, there is no place like Pooler. Burn some cash at the Tanger Outlets, and treat yourself to a meal. With many restaurants and stores to browse, you’ll be kept busy all day. Scope out H&M and Levi’s for shopping, and the Metro Diner for when you’re feeling hungry!  If this isn’t enough, stop by Savannah, which is only 20 minutes away and venture some more! 

Atlanta, Georgia – 177 miles

Hit up all the classic tourist attractions like the Atlanta Zoo, Botanical Garden and World of Coke. Then venture off to explore some more. Once you find that perfect parking spot, stroll around Five Points and check out the local shops. Browse around Criminal Records for some of your favorite music, find your next outfit at The Pink Zebra Boutique and then catch a show at Variety Playhouse. Once you’re done, find a themed pop-up restaurant, like the Eat Me Speak Me at the SOS Tiki Bar, where they serve a modern take on Polynesian food.

Tybee, Georgia – 62 miles

There is more to see here than just the beach! Tybee offers a rich variety of excursions to spice up your break. There’s options from Sundial Charters fossil hunting to historic Fort Screven, accompanied by a lighthouse and theater. After these festivities, head to Sting Ray’s Seafood for a bite to eat, who also happened to be voted best margarita on Tybee Island.

A few tips to keep in mind

Check the prices, vacations can get expensive! When choosing your next activity, check local vendors for discounts/deals, the vendor’s website and for larger group activities, check Groupon.

Hotels are gonna be booked, and many may have age restrictions. A great place to start to escape the high prices and overbooking is Airbnb. This app can help you find cheaper prices, large rooms/houses and can help you get closer to the action.

Have a fun and safe spring break!