Not everyone hits up Miami Beach for spring break, especially Boston-based students on a tight budget. Luckily, there are great destinations within a few hours drive from any of Boston’s accredited institutes of learning to fit anyone’s tastes or hobbies. Here are just a few great ideas the next time spring break fever hits the city.
(credit: Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland)

(credit: Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland)


Portland, Maine

Talk about a city whose reputation has grown exponentially over recent years. The population of Portland, Maine is varied, intelligent and cultured, with a youthful and energetic vibe that encompasses everything from delicious, forward-thinking restaurants, cult ephemera thrift stores and homegrown craft beer brewers. There’s a heavy focus on everything that’s locally sourced and uniquely “Maine,” while at the same time hip, cool and up to date. Truly, this is a metropolitan area with a young soul, with tons to offer visitors of all ages, but particularly college age kids looking to really have a great time.

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North Conway, NH (Image: iStockphoto)

North Conway, NH (Image: iStockphoto)


North Conway, New Hampshire

North Conway, New Hampshire is a popular getaway destination for hundreds of New England families every year, while also being a great spot for college age travelers looking to have a fun spring break. New Hampshire isn’t just known for its winter fun, as this classic New England spot offers tons of local charm and flavor within its multitudes of shops, restaurants and bars, all of which are proud to be New Hampshire born and raised. It’s a Northeastern cultural destination which provides fun at all times of the year, from spring to winter and every time in between.

Brattleboro, Vermont (Image: iStockphoto)

Brattleboro, Vermont (Image: iStockphoto)


Brattleboro, Vermont

Brattleboro, Vermont is another town that shouts out New England cultural charm and history from its tree tops, as any visit will immediately resonate with travelers from the very first instant. This is another very young town, similar to Portland, Maine, with tons of creative energy to drawn in visitors from across New England. Spring breakers with an interest in music, film and the arts will find Brattleboro to be a particularly great place to visit, as there are independent record shops and concert halls that will cater to anyone with a drive to celebrate creativity on a daily basis.

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Ogunquit, Maine (Image: iStockphoto)

Ogunquit, Maine (Image: iStockphoto)


Ogunquit, Maine

Ogunquit, Maine is, simply stated, a lovely little town. A bevy of bed and breakfasts line this big time summer vacation destination every year, many of which are within walking distance of the town’s gorgeous, impeccably maintained beach. College age couples will find Ogunquit to be a particularly romantic destination, as there are countless date night spots to enjoy dinner and drinks, while the nightlife is equally classy yet approachable, with so much so close that this will likely be a return destination spot again and again for spring break years to come.

Mystic, CT (Image: iStockphoto)

Mystic, CT (Image: iStockphoto)


Mystic, Connecticut

Granted, older readers may associate the Connecticut town of Mystic to be forever associated with the Julia Roberts film “Mystic Pizza,” but this classic New England town also offers plenty of vacation options for the college age spring break crowd, particularly those with a born-and-bred love of food. Foodies will find a lot to love here in Mystic, whether it be the aforementioned kitsch value of visiting Mystic Pizza or any of the city’s delicious seafood restaurants, and marine life enthusiasts that will love visiting the Mystic Aquarium.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.