Spring break is a ritual and a chance to take a much-deserved sunny break after the long post-holiday winter period. Spring breaks don’t have to be all about bikinis and bar hopping, and they don’t have to break the bank account. There are plenty of great spots to choose from with budget accommodations. Take a look at these top spring break destinations and make plans to play, rest, and rejuvenate.

Destin, Florida

Located on a section of Florida’s Atlantic shores called the Emerald Coast, Destin has unbeatable beaches nearby. The sand is soft, the water is warm, and the area offers lots of water sports from kayaking to parasailing. For family fun, there’s the popular

Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park featuring a huge wave pool, lazy river, and miniature golf. Visit nearby Okaloosa Island to see all the interesting aquatic animals at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Lodging ranges from RV campsites to vacation rentals.

Park City, Utah

Utah’s Park City is the perfect alternative to a beach vacation and features fun activities to suit everyone from college students to families with kids. Stroll the charming downtown area with its old silver mining town atmosphere. It’s also the perfect place to get in one more chance to hit the slopes at Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. Families with kids will appreciate Park City Mountain Kids Activities’ kid-only zip line. College kids and young professionals will find plenty of nightlife spots around town.

New Orleans

Spring break comes at different times for everyone, but rest assured the rowdy crowds of Mardi Gras will be long gone. It’s a chance to visit this timeless city before the summer heat hits. New Orlean’s traditional cajun and creole cooking makes it a foodie’s paradise, and it’s always party time on the city’s famous Bourbon Street. There’s also plenty of non-alcohol-related fun to have in New Orleans too. Visit the zoo, the aquarium, the Old U.S. Mint, and the Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium. Find the cheapest hotel rates on the outskirts of the city.

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Wrightsville was voted one of America’s best beach towns for some good reasons. It’s filled with water sports, local history, shopping, and nightlife. Scuba divers can explore the area’s sunken ships, reefs, and ocean habitats. If the weather is too chilly for swimming, there are several cruises to take from sunset cruises to fishing tours. The downtown area is pedestrian friendly and filled with restaurants for sampling fresh seafood and plenty of nightspots.