Students looking to stay outside and keep their summer road trips going can visit many locations on an inexpensive budget. The places listed below are great trips to take when summer has turned to fall.
1. Long Island, New York
- Students can get in the car and go to Long Island for the relaxing beaches and nice weather. Even though it has cooled off a little bit, the sun is still shining most days on Long Island. The drive is around three hours for a day trip where students can experience many different villages. People can eat, shop and visit state parks such as Montauk Point State Park on the tip of the island. Montauk is the most well-known part of the peninsula when it comes to sandy beaches, if driving a little further is not a problem. This time of year, people escape to Ditch Plains to keep their tan just a little bit longer.
2. Sea Isle City, New Jersey
- Sea Isle City is a quick two hour drive down to the shore in Cape May County. There are parks where people are able to fish and a boardwalk filled with shops and delicious food. Students can even participate in some yoga right on the beach or watch an upcoming surf contest. The various activities and events going on right now in Sea Isle City can be found on their website.
“I have friends who have a house down there, and we still go down on the weekends to hang this time of year,” Gerald Haftmann, sophomore business management major, said. “There is a really great view of the beach.”
3. Wildwood, New Jersey
- Wildwood is another quick visit to Cape May County. This location is full of shops and places to eat along the boardwalk. When the temperature begins to cool at night, students can come together for a bonfire on the beach. Morey’s Piers remains open in October for people to enjoy some spooky roller-coaster rides and many other attractions. Halloween movie nights are shown outside at Byrne Plaza and include free admission and parking.
“I would say Wildwood is my favorite beach to go to during fall weather,” Carolyn Alcantara, senior accounting major, said. “The sand is really soft and the waves aren’t crazy. The vibe is always really relaxed even as the seasons change.”
4. Newport, Rhode Island
- Newport is located just north of Long Island and can be a great place for students to visit this fall. There are well-known jazz and folk festivals and international boat races taking place for all to see. Ghost tours and pumpkin patches are also booming this time of year in Newport. Newport Gallery Night offers cool art exhibits under $10 for people to go and view unique pieces of artwork. Inexpensive events are catered toward visiting college students and take place all over the island.
5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Myrtle Beach is a long 10 hour drive away for students. However, plenty of people on campus have gone on a road trip to visit one of the most famous attractions on the East Coast. Mini golf, amusement parks and water parks are great ways for people to explore Myrtle Beach. The boardwalk is popular for its unique shops and amazing seafood. Students can hop on an ATV and ride on some hills and trails. Escape rooms and museums are fun for large groups of people.
“I like to go to Myrtle Beach, because of how warm it stays in the fall,” Emily Wargo, sophomore accounting major, said. “We drive down each time we go instead of having to take a flight.”