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The Top 9 Spots for Your Spring Break Staycation

It’s finally spring! The sun is shining, it’s 60 degrees in the morning and 80 degrees by noon, the birds are singing, the lovebugs are taking over and for a brief moment, we can pause to smell the roses without worrying about deadlines.

But if you’re anything like me (broke and unable to travel outside of the Orlando area), you may need some ideas on what to do with yourself over the break — when doing nothing may just feel plain wrong. 

Purple Ocean Superfood Bar – Orlando

This is a food truck, found at the Florida Mall and at Waterford Lakes Shopping Center, where you can get açaí bowls. Personally, I’m about ready to drop everything I’m doing and go there.

Jacq & Jack – Orlando

No need for LA when you can get cute angel wing wall photos here for all your social media needs! And to make it even better, you can grab a coffee while you’re there.

The Heavy – Winter Park

This might be the place to go for any coffee, studying, crafting or plant-buying needs. I have yet to hear anyone say that it does not live up to the hype, so that’s gotta say something.

Florida Cactus – Apopka

Going plant shopping with friends is literally some of the most fun you can have. Why are small cacti inherently cute? I’ll never know. But you and your friends can bond over it nonetheless.

Park Ave CDs – Winter Park

It’s a cute CD and record shop, but you can also get books, posters and sometimes even concert tickets! And a perfect opportunity to live any dreams of you being Liv Tyler in Empire Records.

Top Golf – Orlando

Even if your golfing skills are on par (or sub-par like me) this is a great, fun way to pass time with a big group!  You can pay a one-time membership fee, but after that, every game is $5! Plus, there’s a great view of the Orlando Eye.

ICON Park – Orlando

Speaking of the Orlando Eye, you should definitely go to ICON 
Park! There’s a virtual 7D roller coaster, a wax museum, the Starflyer (which I can finally say I gathered up the courage to ride only to shout-sing Katy Perry’s “Firework”) and an aquarium!  Not to mention all the snack stops and shops around!

Lake Eola Park – Orlando

This might be one of the most versatile places you can go! On any given weekend, there’s almost always an event where you can walk around and explore. On Sundays, there’s a farmers’ market nearby. It’s an all-around refreshing place to go; so grab a couple of friends and have a picnic on the lake! Or live out your 10 Things I Hate About You dreams and rent a paddleboat!

This doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the places you can explore with friends or on your own this spring break! So make the most of your time (without breaking the bank)!

Stephanie is a senior studying advertising/public relations and is pursuing a minor in psychology at the University of Central Florida. As a self-proclaimed bookworm and movie enthusiast, she is in search of the perfect book/movie for every occasion. If not studying in a coffee shop, she can be found with friends exploring Orlando and checking places off their bucket list. You can find her on Instagram @steviewigles
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