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Cheap spring break ideas

Wildlife Safari keepers walk the cheetah, allowing visitors to observe up close.
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Wildlife Safari keepers walk the cheetah, allowing visitors to observe up close.

Staycation, a new idea of staying home while vacationing in the vicinity is a popular and affordable option for UCC students. Local staycation ideas include the following:

Duck Pond and Stewart Park:

Park at the duck pond next to Fred Meyers and feed the ducks, then bike with a packed picnic on the path leading to Stewart Park. Enjoy the play area, or enjoy the sprawling lawns for Frisbee or a little soccer. For picnic recipes see www.picnic-basket.com/picnic-recipies.html.

Wildlife Safari Village:

Even though the drive through is ideal, if it is out of your budget you’ll be able to benefit from the village for free and still observe numerous animals. Ride the train for a small fee, and see additional animals of the park such as the lions or the rhinos up on the adjoining hills. Enjoy an animal encounter with the local cheetah that lives in the village with her best friend an Anatolian shepherd dog. The latest addition to the village is a section dedicated to Australia.¬† Summer hours of operation begin March 16, open from 9-5 p.m.

Susan Creek Falls is a popular local waterfall.
Photo provided by snowpeak / Flickr
Susan Creek Falls is a popular local waterfall.

Umpqua National forest falls:

 Susan Creek Falls is child friendly and the path is handicap accessible. Checking the local weather is recommended.


For students who may not want to leave their house but still need some down time, then a series catch up party for a favorite program like Downton Abby is an option through Netflix or Hulu. For Zombie enthusiast Walking Dead, on Demand through cable or satellite networks.


Students who still have a few bucks left in their account and want to leave town might enjoy a few quick day trips in the state that won’t break the piggy bank.


The famous Face Rock is 85 miles away with a great beach and has extraordinary shaped rocks.


Shore Acres Gardens in Charleston is 109 miles from Roseburg. Spring flowers are coming to bloom. The price of admission is $5 per car for day use.


The Art Museum at University of Oregon costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. A couple blocks away is the Museum of Natural and Cultural History which costs $3 for general admission. Wednesdays is “pay what you wish” day. They both provide education as well as family activities.


Cinemark 12 movies only $1.50 then head over to happy hour at Applebee’s for half price appetizers from 3-5 p.m. and after 9 p.m.