Around Pomona: The great outdoors

Around Pomona: The great outdoors

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*This is Part One in an ongoing series on things to do around Cal Poly Pomona (CPP).

The best things in life are free.

You may have heard that phrase many times and wondered how it could apply to you. Well, to start with there are many fun and free or low cost things to do around CPP and since campus slows down during summer, there is even more reason to check out cool places in the surrounding area.

1. Head to the county fair

County fairs are known for fried food, carnival games and rides. It’s summer, so live a little and take part. The OC Fair in Costa Mesa and the L.A. County Fair in Pomona both offer free admission on certain days. Although a day at the fair is never truly free once food and attractions are taken into account, it is still worthwhile to go.

At the OC Fair, which runs until August 12, one free admission and one carnival ride is available per person on We Care Wednesdays. The L.A. County Fair, which runs from August 31 – September 30 not only offers free admission to Cal Poly Pomona students on September 22 as part of its College Days deal, but also has many other promotions. Free admission is available with donation on Give Back Thursdays and Food Drive Fridays from noon to 6 p.m.

2. Take a hike

There are many parks that are good for a hike, run, bike ride and depending on the place, even horseback riding. Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas, Marshall Canyon in La Verne, Claremont Wilderness Park in Claremont and Sturtevant Falls in Pasadena are each good for a variety of activities.

3. Take your favorite hobby outdoors

Whether your favorite hobby is street photography, playing an instrument, writing or making model airplanes, chances are you can do it outside. There are some beautiful spots on campus to relax and practice, including the Japanese Garden and the Bronco Commons, or you can take your hobbies to a local park. See the parks listed above for a start.

4. See a beach match

Living in California is reason enough to head to the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Top surfers will compete July 28- August 5 in North America’s top rated qualifying event. Catch live performances such as Best Coast, Grouplove and TV on The Radio take turns as headliners on the Music Stage for three nights.

After the London 2012 Summer Olympics end, be sure to catch a live volleyball game or two. Watch top beach volleyball players compete at the Manhattan Beach Open, which takes place from August 24 – 26. Manhattan Beach is only about an hour from campus. While watching the free event that is part of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, enjoy the music, games and contests of the sponsor village.

5. Do a double day

One of the great things about Southern California is that it’s entirely possible to go to the beach and the mountains in one day. That’s a day of double the adventure and double the fun.  Although that would be a bit of a drive, it’s worth a shot. Extra points if you actually go snowboarding and surfing within 24 hours. Visit Mt. Baldy and then head over to Long Beach, Laguna Beach, or Seal Beach.

Until fall quarter . . .

Take some time to explore Pomona and the surrounding cities before classes begin and big campus events such as BroncoFusion and Cal Poly Pomona Day at the Fair take place.

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