The 5 Best Ways to Keep Fun Close to Home

The 5 Best Ways to Keep Fun Close to Home


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There’s a reason why we love summer so much—no schoolwork, endless sunny days and never-ending adventures with our friends. It’s the perfect recipe for an unforgettable summer! But as we venture out to capture the good times, the gas prices are on a seemingly unstoppable climb to the top. Nowadays, it seems a little more appealing to stay somewhat close to home. Fortunately, you don’t need to go far to experience these great activities; we’re giving you all the best places within a 50 mile radius from Pomona!

My friends and I pose after finishing our Trapped in a Room with a Zombie game

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie | 27.3 miles

Experience a post-apocalyptic simulation, created by Room Escape Adventures, that is sure to give you an adrenaline rush you’ll remember several summers from now! In the LA based game, you and eleven other people are locked into a room and with a zombie that is chained to the wall. Your objective? Escape! Easy enough… Wrong, your zombie’s chain is released a foot every five minutes… and you only have an hour to get out. Still too easy? We didn’t think so. With a 37 percent success rate, getting out of this contaminated room will be the challenge of your summer!

The Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere | 27. 4 miles

More of the outdoorsy type? Well, with a 900-feet elevation and a 10-mile round trip, the Bridge to Nowhere is definitely the hike to conquer. The hike consists of rugged terrain and will require a bit of wading through water to finish. Yup, your work is definitely cut out for you, but the ending will make it all worth it. Waiting for you at hike’s end is the amazing bridge! Here, you can take a dip in the numerous swimming holes below or if you’re feeling daring, take a bungee jump off the bridge! Not only will you have the experience of a lifetime, but with the amazing incline your body will thank you (or hate you, whatever) for the awesome work out!

The Los Angeles Philharmonic

Los Angeles Philharmonic | 29.6 miles

If you’re a frequent LA-goer, then you’ve definitely seen the beautifully designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the LA Philharmonic. Did you know that this year will be their 10th anniversary? In celebration, the LA Philharmonic is offering tickets at a discounted price of $10 for select concerts from now until October! In addition to that, discounted tickets are also offered to full-time college students with a valid school ID. A classy night out on the town with the best classical music has to offer? I’m in!

The Santa Monica pier

Santa Monica Twilight Concerts | 43.2 miles

Every summer, the Santa Monica Pier hosts the Twilight Concert Series. Various up-and-coming artists play at the pier every Thursday night, giving the crowd a great and memorable show. Did I mention it was free? With the twinkling pier lights, the rolling waves and the talented performances, what’s not to love about the Twilight Concerts? And will you look at that! It’s Thursday! Who’s the performer tonight? Why don’t you take a guess…

A woman shooting a bow and arrow

Woodley Park Archery Classes | 48.3 miles

Big fan of The Hunger Games? Wish you could wield a bow and arrow just as well as Katniss does? Just your luck! The Woodley Park Archery Range offers free beginners’ classes every Saturday, from 9-11 a.m., and Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m. All you need is sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and a willingness to learn! With just a few of these classes, you’re sure to be the next victor of Panem!

This list is just the start of the countless things you can do within 50 miles of Pomona!
Do you have a summer getaway you want to share with us? Tell us all about it and share your pictures with us using the hashtag, #CampusCropChat.

Have a fun, adventurous and safe summer vacation, Broncos!