7 Things to do on a Budget During Spring Break

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


It seems that 2018 has only just begun, but West Virginia University students are already wrapping up their mid-semester and looking forward to Spring Break week, which occurs this year on March 9-17.

Though many students may venture back home to visit family or go on a vacation with their friends, some students stay to take adventures throughout Morgantown. If you happen to be one of these students, you’re in for a fun and relaxing week – 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 (and our Mountaineer Deal!). 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 new. You may just find a new hobby in the process! Bring out your creative side and 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 BodyPump or Spinning.

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 an art exhibition of research-based images and science-inspired art, which is on display until March 29.

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! Stop by Forks of Cheat and try a new, local favorite. 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–in Downtown or Evansdale Campus–on Friday.

You can also visit the Morgantown Farmer’s Market held at Wesley United Methodist Church to find the freshest, local ingredients on Saturday morning. 

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 Volcano for an authentic Japanese and sushi. 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 “Saved by the ’90s” priced at $10 for a general admission ticket. Watch “Silly Soup,” at the M.T. Pockets Theatre for a comedy show that will surely make you laugh.

Work together with a team of 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 nails, hair, a massage, and more at discounted rates. Once you’re feeling relaxed, spend the day enjoying a good book and the spring weather.

Return to school feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the rest of your semester with these ideas to make your Spring Break memorable in Greater Morgantown! Show us how you spent your break by using #TourMorgantown!

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