Seven Things to do Over Spring Break on a Budget

Make your week memorable by trying these top activities in Greater Morgantown!


It seems that 2017 has only just begun, but WVU students are already wrapping up their mid-semester and entering into Spring Break week. Though many students may venture back home to visit family or go on a vacation with their friends, some students will still be in town until the semester starts back up again. If you happen to be one of these students, don’t get discouraged – Greater Morgantown has plenty for you to enjoy instead of just sitting at home binge-watching Netflix. So put down your books and close your laptop; it’s time to have a great Spring Break!

Go Outdoors

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Start off you week by exploring the hiking trails of Greater Morgantown. Visit the overlooks of Cooper’s Rock to see the Cheat Canyon River and be on the watch for eco-sculptures. Bike the Monongalia River Trail and trek its wooded terrain. Take a relaxing walk at the WVU Arboretum near the Coliseum and view the hundreds of plant and tree species. Pack a snack and a good book for the ultimate outdoor experience.

Looking for more adventure? Go ziplining with the WVU Zipline Canopy Tour, where student discounts are offered. Cross an aerial bridge and rappel down the final platform to get your adrenaline pumping.

Try Something New

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Spring Break is the perfect time to try something you’ve never done before – You may just find  a new hobby in the process! Create a work of art at the Wow Factory by attending one of its pottery, glass fusing, mosaic, or clay sessions. Impress your friends by learning to whip up a signature dish at My Kitchen for a “Hands on Cooking” course.

Many gyms around town offer discounts for students to try fitness classes, but if you are a WVU student, you probably have a membership at the WVU Student Rec Center. There are multiple classes during Spring Break for you to try – Ease your mind by taking a power yoga class, dance it out in a Zumba class, or burn extra calories in a kickboxing or cycling class.

Tour Exhibitions

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Observe visual art at the Art Museum of WVU that is free and open to the public. Diverse cultural backgrounds are seen throughout the museum’s painting, print, folk, paper, sculpture, and ceramic art. Monongalia Arts Center also has art exhibitions titled “Inside Looking Out,” featuring photographs, paintings, and sculptures, as well as “Rebel Rebel,” inspired by artists like Prince and David Bowie.

If you enjoy the outdoors, you must attend the WV Fishing, Hunting & Outdoor Sports Show where over 150 vendors will sell multiple products and services. Prize tables, seminars, and demonstrations will occur throughout the weekend featuring the “Wild World of Animals Show.”

Take Advantage of Weekly Events

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Test your trivia knowledge at Morgantown Brewing Company on Sunday or at Iron Horse Tavern on Monday night. Head over to Table 9 on Tuesday for “One Burger, One Bourbon, One Beer” featuring a new burger each week for only $15.

Wednesday is for wine tastings at Sargasso for a casual evening out. Sing to your heart’s content at Applebee’s for karaoke night on Thursday, and end the week by attending a live show while eating great food at Black Bear Burritos on Friday.

Work off all of that yummy food by attending a free community workout at CrossFit Morgantown on Saturday, then visit the Morgantown Farmer’s Market held at Wesley United Methodist Church to find the freshest, local ingredients.

Cheap Eats Around Town

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Greater Morgantown is no stranger to delicious restaurants, but did you know that you can eat high-quality food around town for a decent price?

Eat at Dirty Bird for the ultimate soul food experience. Try a gourmet burger and shake at Tailpipes that offers variety for a good price. Pizza Al’s is sure to be one of your favorite pizza joints once you’ve tried a slice of its quality pizza.

Visit Yama for an authentic Japanese meal for a lower cost. Try something new at Saffron during its buffet hours for all-you-can-eat Indian cuisine. If you’re in need of a home-cooked meal, stop by Ruby & Ketchy’s where daily specials are cooked “old-fashioned at old-fashioned prices.”

Dinner and a Show

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After you eat at one of Greater Morgantown’s many restaurants, treat yourself by attending a show. Mainstage Morgantown presents “Thunderstruck: The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute” priced at $10 for a general admission ticket. Watch “Silly Soup,” at the M.T. Pockets Theatre for a collection of short comedy plays that will surely make you laugh.

Be part of the show by attending “Murder Mystery Dinner” at Hotel Morgan, or grab some friends and break out of Xscape!, a live escape room located in the Wharf District. Be sure to call ahead before attending either of these events.

Stay Relaxed

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If you are feeling stressed about entering into the second half of spring semester, visit one of Morgantown’s many spas for a relaxing massage or facial. If you are trying to stay on a budget, Morgantown Beauty College offers services such as nail, hair, massage, and more at discounted rates. Afterwards, grab a good book and enjoy the spring weather.

Return to school feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the rest of your semester with these seven ideas to make your Spring Break memorable in Greater Morgantown!

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