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This Spring Break, Get Outta Town

by on March 03, 2010 3:00 PM

Find out about more Spring Break goings-on at our Spring Break page.


Spring Break used to mean tropical vacations or days on the slopes, and it still does for some Penn State students.

But for many more students, Spring Break means days at Mom and Dad's house, going back to work at the local supermarket and spending evenings with the old high school gang at the movies or mall.

This year can be different, though. Take a day off from the supermarket and grab the keys. It's time for a day trip.

Winter Water Park -- You read that right; we're talking water slides, hot tubs, the works. Yes, in March. The H2000hh! Indoor Waterpark in Lake Harmony is closed only Tuesday-Thursday of Spring Break, and it's discounted on Sunday and Monday. So grab your swimsuit and towel (they don't supply these) and send Mom the link, so she knows you're not losing your mind:

St. Patty's in Scranton -- The Office told us that there "ain't no party like a Scranton party," and the St. Patrick's Day parade is no exception. One of the largest of its kind in the nation, the Scranton parade gets the whole city's attention and brings in visitors from near and far. Find out more at

Go Directly To Jail -- Think the dorms make for crowded living space? Check out Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary and see how bad prisoners like Slick Willie and Al Capone had it (actually, as you'll learn, Al Capone lived in a luxurious cell, compared to everyone else). It's an inexpensive and fascinating look at a different side of Philadelphia's rich history.

Meet the Meat Challenge -- Spring Break tends to be a time for students to pig out, but this is ridiculous. Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield makes burgers that weigh everywhere from two to 100 pounds! Find 50-plus of your closest friends, and make a day of it. Or take the Pub Challenger (eating the two-pound burger in an hour) or the Pub Super Challenger (three pounds in 90 minutes). Learn more at

Fallingwater -- Master architect Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous building is located in Mill Run, not far from Pittsburgh. Smithsonian Magazine called it one of 28 places to see before it's too late. Sagging concrete in the building means it won't be around forever, so take some time (and a camera) to check it out for yourself. More information is available at

For more activities in nearby cities, check out these good sites: 




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Terry Casey is a staff writer covering Penn State football for He can be reached at
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