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College Student Summer Trips

6 Summer Trips for a College Student Budget

June 27, 2016

It’s the moment all college students have been waiting for: summer! The word itself implies so much: freedom, no stress, sunshine, and vacations. Only one problem—how to choose a travel destination that’s inexpensive, yet not a typical beach or amusement park?

When people think about Pennsylvania, most think Hershey Park or the Pocono Mountains. When people think about New Jersey, they think about the Jersey Shore, Mountain Creek, Atlantic City, and New York. While all these destinations are great, they can get pricey, but don’t worry! Even between a budget, jobs, and internships, there’s still plenty of free time for you to take a couple of days and explore these amazing vacation spots.

Pennsylvania Destinations:

1. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

These gardens are absolutely amazing. Originally home to the Native American Lenni Lenape tribe and Quaker farmers, they've been converted into public gardens that are home to an incredibly diverse amount of plants and flowers (over 10,000 taxa!) At an admissions price of $20 (and $10 for students with ID) this would be a great summer escape!

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2. Worlds End State Park, Loyalsock Creek, Pennsylvania

This 780-acre state park is ADA accessible and offers an amazing hiking trail and overnight camping. It’s surrounded by Loyalsock State Forest and offers swimming, whitewater boating, fishing, hunting, and more. Information about prices can be found here, but with great views and affordable prices, Worlds End State Park is definitely worth the trip.


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3. Philadelphia Historic District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

If you want to discover a piece of history, visit the Philadelphia Historic District. Viewing the architecture of the buildings alone could take up half the day, let alone going to see the liberty bell, Independence Hall, or Girard Fountain Park. When done, you could tour the rest of Philadelphia, but be prepared to spend more than a day there!


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New Jersey Destinations:

4. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

One of the oldest colleges in America (Princeton was established in 1746...just a few years after Moravian!) and a top Ivy League school, Princeton University is definitely worth a visit. The buildings look like castles that belong in a Harry Potter movie and the school itself has exceptional historic value. In addition, the town surrounding the school is beautiful, quaint, and historic, with museums, chapels, arboretums, and even a battlefield. Best of all, there’s no admissions fee!


5. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Atlantic City, New Jersey

This isn’t your typical museum—it’s odditorium features “a collection of strange and bizarre exhibits from around the world”. Not sure what that means, but a fun museum complete with a vault laser maze challenge sure sounds enticing. Throw in a cover fee of only $16.99 (and who knows, maybe they offer student discounts!) and this place is a definite must-see for the summer 0f 2016.

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6.  Cape May, Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May is one of, if not the most, beautiful town in New Jersey. It doesn’t just have beaches, but also trolley tours, a zoo, a theater company, ghost tours, and the Historic Cold Spring Village. The town contains beautiful, old, Victorian houses and there’s plenty of wildlife, nature, and art to see in this southern NJ town.



What travel destinations are on your list this summer?


What a great post, Brianna! You've got some of my favorite places here--my family and I spent a lovely week in Cape May earlier this month.

Joyce Hinnefeld (not verified) | Mon, 08/15/2016 - 17:38