Fall Break getaway opportunities abound

By on October 7, 2013
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The combined Fall/Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 25-29. With less than two months away, it’s time to start planning that much-needed vacation or at-home getaway. Check out these trips and events for your break that range from $0-$500.

UAB Campus Rec Fall Break Trips
Adventure Recreation of the UAB Campus Recreation Center (CRCT) has organized over 15 trips in its Fall Trips Series, 2 of which take place over the break. Outdoor Pursuits is taking students camping at Disney World Nov. 22-26. Students can relive their childhood during a 5 day vacation for $500.

Adventure Recreation is also offering a trip to Everglades National Park Nov 22-26. Students may explore numerous rare and endangered species, bike, and canoe in the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. for $275.

“It’s important to us at Campus Recreation to ensure that our students, faculty and staff have an outlet for recreational activities, even over break periods. We will continue to offer our standard programs and services even though there are no classes,” said Bob Holub, Associate Director of the CRCT. Participants can register at the CRCT Welcome Desk, Outdoor Pursuits, or at http://www.uab.edu/campusrecreation/programs/outdoor-pursuits/2013-fall-trips.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Live
Most everyone has experienced at least one Thanksgiving gathering around the T.V. for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year, experience the magic of the second-oldest U.S. Thanksgiving Parade right in the heart of New York City. Low-cost flight and housing options are available for students to plan the trip for under $500.

Take advantage of the low-cost options on Airbnb, a trusted online marketplace for users to list or rent a room, shared housing or entire housing. Accommodations in New York start are starting as low as $49. The options are mundane to unique from artsy chic apartments and Victorian-style townhouses to boathouses and library suites. Users who list rooms must go through a verification and credential building process. Book a reservation at https://www.airbnb.com.

Discount travel deals are also available through other online travel sites such as CheapOair, Star Travel, and Student Universe using a valid student I.D. Roundtrip flights start at $295 to travel from Atlanta and $335 from Birmingham.

Skip the cab rides and subway crowds by renting bikes on Spinlister, a user-based bike rental website. Bike rentals in New York City start at $10 daily.

Explore Birmingham
Cahaba River
Canoe or hike along the Cahaba River, Alabama’s last free flowing river, to explore the river’s rich wildlife and discover species found nowhere else in the world. Alabama is ranked #1 for its biodiversity of freshwater mussels, fish, snails, crayfish and turtles–all found in the Cahaba River. Over 35 aquatic snail species inhabit the Cahaba and 10 of these snail species are unique to the Cahaba. Snails serve as an important food source for the Cahaba’s ducks, fishes, and turtles. According to the Cahaba River Society, snails help maintain the water quality by controlling algae growth and cleaning substrates for bottom-dwelling animals.

Birmingham Museum of Art, Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project
The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is showing Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project during Fall Break. Dawoud Bey’s photography symbolically commemorates the four little girls who lost their lives in the 16th Street Church bombing. The BMA offers free entry and is a participant in the 50th Year Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.

Barking at the Moon Festival
Can’t leave your dog at home for Fall Break? Take the pups out to the Second Annual Barking at the Moon Festival on Oct. 27, at Fultondale Children’s and Bark Park. A dog queen and king will be crowned as dog royalty this year. The Flying Frizbee Houndz Trick Dog Show from Kentucky, as seen on NBC’s Today Show, ABC News and CBS News, will appear at the festival.

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