Spring break: live from Sacramento



White water rafting down the American River is just one of the things students can do during their Spring Break. American River Rentals starts out at $60 for a four-person raft.

Stephanie Lee and Stephanie Lee

Fun in the sun without leaving your zip code

Your professor dismisses the class and you are finally feeling that sense of excitement that comes with Spring Break: beaches, parties, bikinis and staying up late. It finally hits you that you’ve got very little income and your dreams of an MTV Spring Break in Las Vegas are dashed.

What can you do on a budget and still have a good week long vacation from the books? With the beach to the west, the snow to the east and even some in between, here are some ideas to make your spring break more enjoyable.

  • Hit the water – Weather permitting, grab a bunch of your friends and take to the water for a day in the sun and float/raft down the river. American River Rentals in Rancho Cordova, located off Sunrise Blvd and Gold Country Blvd charges as little as $60 for a four-person raft ($15 per person.) If you have your own tubes, it’s $5 to park at the Lower Sunrise Recreation Area, and you can launch from there to soak up the rays.
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – Starting March 23 all rides will be open on the Boardwalk. For $31.50 you can get an all day wristband for the rides and the beach is right there to get your tan on. If Santa Cruz is too far for your taste, Folsom Lake is always an option. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
  • Go see a concert – Sacramento venues have shows all week long. Local bands get their starts here. On March 31 Atlanta based rock band Sevendust will be performing. Tickets range in price from $13 to $32 and can be purchased on the Ace of Spades website.
  • Day trips to the snow – Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe is hosting an event that starts on Mach 29 and lasts until April 14 called Spring Loaded which includes gnarly rail slides and loud music together. Or for just $92 (not including gear rental) you can purchase a lift ticket for full days ride in the snow.
  • Catch a Sacramento Kings game – Before the team gets sold off to some millionaire and shipped out of the state capital, why not catch a game? You can get a good seat for up to $75 per ticket, plus fees. The Philadelphia 76ers visit Sacramento on March 24, while the Los Angeles Lakers invade on March 31.