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Spring Break

Spring Break
Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000...
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Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000 and the drinking and partying became too excessive.

Panama City Beach in Florida, South Padre Island in Texas, and Cancun, Mexico have since become other popular Spring Break destinations. Spring Break in Daytona Beach persists as a small, quieter event.
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  • Spring break with a twist

    Spring break with a twist
    With the dreadful weather that's spread across much of the country this winter, even into the usually balmy South, thoughts of spring might seem like a fantasy. But spring break really is on the horizon. It's a nebulous term, though, with getaways...
  • Those temporary tattoos may not be

     
    From the better-late-than-never crew at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration comes a warning about temporary tattoos. As a warning to college and high school students given to experimenting over Spring Break, it's a great idea. It would have been more...
  • Theme parks gear up for spring

    Theme parks gear up for spring
    It's spring break for many students, and area amusement parks are ready to take visitors for a ride — up, down, sideways and backwards. Marylanders can take a day or weekend trip to one of these six theme parks, all within a few hours' drive of...
  • The 1930s: Tourists arrive and the population doubles, despite hardships

    The busted land boom gave Fort Lauderdale an early taste of the Great Depression years before the rest of the country experienced it. But the city's main draw, its waterways, proved an economic lifeline. While not yet a regular port of call for passenger...
  • The 1960s: Swinging Sixties bring Spring Breakers and broken barriers

    The beach loomed strong in the '60s on two very different fronts: desegration and debauchery. But Fort Lauderdale continued to build and expand. It also felt the pull of history and the sting of civic unrest. One unusual, and controversial,...
  • The 1980s: Rowdy students chased away, but well-heeled visitors welcomed

    Spring Break helped define Fort Lauderdale, bringing it national attention as well as profit. But by mid-decade it had overstayed its welcome. It had to be crushed. In 1985, Spring Break's peak year, more than 300,000 students mobbed the beach and what...
  • The story of Fort Lauderdale

    The story of Fort Lauderdale
    In the beginning, it was sanitation, or the lack of it, that inspired pioneers to found the city of Fort Lauderdale. The approximately 400 residents of the mosquito-ridden outpost at the swamp's edge craved basic services, particularly clean streets and...
  • Adventure Bay Spring Break & Summer Camp

    Adventure Bay Spring Break & Summer Camp
  • Party Places

    ADOLPH & ROSE LEVIS JCC PARTIES 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton Laurah@levisjcc.org or    561-852-3225 a latte fun10120 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington¿www.alattefun.com    561-793-0280 baby stars 3565 NE 207th St., Suite A9, Aventurawww.baby-stars....
  • Volunteers clear Everglades trails

    Volunteers clear Everglades trails
    Fourteen volunteers braved the hardships of the southern Everglades last Saturday to clear overgrown trails at Everglades National Park, reports Cerisa Swanberg, the park’s assistant volunteer coordinator. “Undaunted by the heat and mosquitos...
  • Taking the Kids: Where to go for spring break

    Taking the Kids: Where to go for spring break
    Let's not kid ourselves. None of us want to wait until summer for some fun in the sun. We all could use some rest and relaxation right about now, whether your family's idea of vacation heaven is a bluebird sunny day on a ski slope, a blue-sky sunny day...