By Tania Renteria

To me, Davis is a hidden treasure. You may think you know everything that Davis has to offer; one day you can get the calm and comfort of a college town, but the next day, you find a city of adventures waiting for you. If you have attended UC Davis even for just one year, you know how amazing this place is and the many hidden secrets this town has to offer. Even though the summer months may seem quieter, the rising temperatures can still offer a lot of fun experiences and adventures around Davis.

On Campus:

A local and fun activity is hitting up the Recreation Pool, and cooling off after a long Davis summer day. The Recreation pool is free to students who are attending Summer Sessions. A day pass, which gives you access to the pool all day, is also available for just $2 (for continuing students) even if you are not enrolled in any summer classes. The Recreation Pool for me is part of the staycation at UC Davis over the summer. I can always go to class and end my day cooling off by the pool that is right across from campus. Not only does it give me a break from pressure of school or work, but it gives me an opportunity to socialize and even meet new people who are here over the Summer.

15-Minute Bike Ride:

A more nature-filled activity to cool off during the summer is visiting Putah Creek. Putah Creek actually runs through campus but what many students don’t know is that it runs all the way past the neighboring town of Winters and into Lake Berryessa (which we will talk about soon). Putah Creek offers many recreational activities, such as: fishing, swimming, and kayaking. Although the lake does not provide the equipment, people are allowed to bring their own and enjoy themselves!

20-minute Car Ride:

Lake Berryessa is definitely my favorite place to visit over the summer. Going early in the morning while the sun is still coming out is the most beautiful thing you can ever experience. The hike in and of itself is a work out, but when you reach the top, you can get the most amazing view of the lake.

There are also great places where you can go swimming in Lake Berryessa, and if you are also more on the adventurous type, there are some awesome rocks you can jump off of to take a dip in the lake! Lake Berryessa is a great get-away without the cost of a much deserved fun time. Every time I leave, I always want to return as soon as possible because I know how close this nature paradise is to Davis.

New! On Campus:

For the first time, Summer Sessions at UC Davis is holding fun summer events - like movie nights, bowling, and ice cream socials - that go on during both sessions. They’re all free for students, making it easy to come and enjoy the company of old and new friends on campus. These events for me create a way to make new friends over the summer and enjoy the great things that campus has to offer me over the summer. As I help run some of the events, I can’t help but get really happy when I see new friendships forming and people return to events with their new friends.

Don’t be turned off by taking some classes over the summer; you don’t have to be stuck studying all the time. Staying in Davis over the summer can also be a time to discover new places and ways to study. I’ve never been so open to finding new ways to study and enjoy our college town. Summer in Davis is the perfect place to try new things, so dive in, check out some of the links below for more information about these fun activities, and plan the adventure you’ve been waiting to have all summer. I know you’ll enjoy it!

More information:
REC Pool
Putah Creek
Lake Berryessa
Summer Sessions Events