Nine Things to Do Over Spring Break


A day trip to the beach can be a quick escape from Portland.

Maya Smith, Assistant Editor

With spring break coming up, if you’re not going on a vacation, then you’re probably staying home and looking for fun things to do. Living in Oregon, there are many outdoor activities you can take advantage of, but if the outdoors aren’t for you, then there also plenty of entertaining activities for you to do inside.

In case you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 9 different activities to try over spring break.


Wildlife, trees, and waterfalls. With Oregon’s appealing outdoors, hiking can be a great way to experience all the wonders of nature. Getting out into the fresh air, and seeing wildlife is an enjoyable and beautiful way to spend your spring break. To find a good hike, check out The Falconer’s list of several nearby hiking spots.

Day Trips

If you’re looking for different scenery than what you’re used to, going on a day trip can be a fun way to change it up. There are countless locations that can be reached within just a few hours, such as mountains, beaches, and nearby cities.


Mt. Hood

Mt. Bachelor

Mt. St. Helens



Cannon Beach

Lincoln City


Bend, OR

Hood River, OR

Seattle, WA


Stargazing is a great way to spend your night if you don’t have a lot of cash. Grab some friends, blankets, and head outside on a clear night away from the city lights to see what the sky has to offer.

Stargazing Spots:

Mt. Tabor: SE 60th and Hawthorne

Timberline Lodge: 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, OR 97028

Rooster Rock State  Park: Corbett, OR 97019

Movie Marathon

If you’re not really up to doing anything with your day, and just want to lounge around, having a movie marathon is the way to go. You can binge watch a movie series, visit the past, watching all the oldies but goodies, or just watch your favorite movies of all time. Grab a bowl of popcorn, and ready for your spring break movie marathon

Indoor Rock Climbing

When living in a state that has unpredictable weather, a fun way to get the outdoor experience inside is indoor rock climbing. Even if you have never rock climbed before, over spring break is the right time for trying new and fun things.

Rock Gyms:

Portland Rock Gym: 21 NE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Stoneworks Climbing Gym: 6775 SW 111th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97008

The Circuit Bouldering Gym: 410 NE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

The Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo is an inexpensive and amusing way to spend your day with animals from all over the world. The zoo has many different exhibits based on the origin of the animal, and offers several places where you can interact with the animals.

Skiing and Snowboarding

There are many mountains around Oregon, making a prime activity skiing or snowboarding, if the weather permits. Going into spring break, snow will be on the mountains, giving you a good opportunity to get out on those slopes.

Ski and Snowboard Resorts:

Timberline Lodge: 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, OR 97028

Mt. Hood Meadows: 14040 Oregon 35, Mt Hood, OR 97041

Mt. Hood Skibowl: 87000 US-26, Government Camp, OR 97028

Mt. Bachelor: 13000 SW Century Drive, Bend, OR 97702

Self-care Day

Being a high school student, there are many things that can make you feel stressed out and exhausted. Taking a day for yourself to relax and pamper yourself can be the perfect way to become rejuvenated and spend a day of your break.

Seeing What Portland Has to Offer

When living in Oregon, spending a day or night in Portland can be an easy way to have fun. Portland has an abundance of  things to offer, including restaurants, stores, museums, and markets, making Portland an excellent city for a spontaneous adventure.


Oven and Shaker: 1134 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209

Rimsky’s Coffee House: 707 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

¿Por Qué  No?: 3524 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227


Powells Books: 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

New Renaissance: 1338 NW 23rd Ave. Portland OR 97210

House of Vintage: 3315 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

OMSI: 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Portland Art Museum: 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium and Museum: 2234 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210


Portland Night Market: 100 SE Alder St, Portland, OR 97214

Portland Saturday Market: 2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

Portland Farmers Market: 1799 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201


What are your favorite things to do over spring break? Let us know in the comments below!

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