Breaking on a Budget

Avery Smith, Staffer

  Spring Break this year is March 18-22, and there are many possible activities to do with your time off. However, everything nowadays seems to be so expensive. To have a fun spring break you don’t have to spend tons of money. There are lots of free things to do in the Austin area with family or friends.

  1. Walnut Creek Park: Walnut Creek Park is a great place to go hiking, biking or taking a splash in the creek. Take your dog or friends out to Walnut for a fun adventure with great picture opportunities.
  2. The ZIlker Botanical Gardens: This is a great place to have a photoshoot with your friends. Snap some photos with the gardens, waterfalls and ponds. Entry is $2.
  3. SXSW: (March 10-19) this festival offers a bunch of free events such as concerts, outdoor film screens and lot’s more.
  4. Secret Beach and Roy G. Guerrero Park: The free “beach” is a great place to spend your day. Bring a picnic and eat lunch after a long day of swimming and tanning.
  5. Movie Day: Spend the day by yourself or with your friends and watch a bunch of movies. For extra fun, go to the dollar store and get snacks and drinks to make your living room into a movie theater.
  6. The Blanton Museum of Art: The Blanton Museum is quite the attraction for art lovers. It showcases art from across the ages, from ancient Greek pottery, to abstract expressionism. Teens get in for $5.
  7. The Austin Aquarium: The Austin Aquarium is a bit expensive for this list, at $13.95 for adults. However, it is relatively cheap if you spend your whole day there. In the aquarium, you can feed and pet the animals, and look at fish in their tanks.
  8. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: What better place to go in the spring than a botanical garden. You can walk the plant-lined pathways through several gardens. There are structures and art displays in the wildflower center, and there is also a café that serves lunch every day except Monday.
  9. Mount Bonnell: Mount Bonnell is a beautiful park looming 800 ft above Austin. This is a great place to get your outdoor adventures started and see amazing views of the city. You can bring a picnic on your hike and eat at the top with your friends.
  10. Austin Cathedral of Junk: The Cathedral of Junk is located in the backyard of a small house on a suburban street on the south side of Austin. It’s a solid structure compiled of hundreds of bicycles, tires, anything and everything the artist built in his backyard. It’s a great spot for artsy pictures with your friends. The attraction is free however, the owner of the house expects a tip at the end of your stay.