Seven Things to Do Off Campus


Lindsay Ravetz ’25
Staff Writer

If you’re like me and you’re itching to get off campus, but excessive amounts of homework prevent you from doing anything but stare at your computer screen, you’re in luck! I’ve done the dirty work of venturing off campus to find something to do, so give your brain a break from the 5Cs for a bit. Here is a collection of activities in the area that are accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!

The Claremont Wilderness Trail is located only 15 minutes from campus in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. During the five mile loop, you can take in the natural beauty of the vast mountainscape.

If a five mile loop is not enough to get your endorphins flowing, Potato Mountain from Claremont Wilderness Park may be more desirable. It is a nine mile trail that will present you with even more gorgeous mountain views.

Angeles National Forest also has a wide range of trails to choose from. From easy walks to strenuous hikes, there is an option for every style of hiker. Gather some friends, bring sandwiches and a picnic blanket, and bask in the sun during your day outside of the library.

The California Botanic Garden right in Claremont can provide you with the touch of nature, without all the trouble of ascending a mountain. Tickets are only $6.00 if you arrive with a student ID, but they must be purchased in advance online.

The Claremont Museum of Art is within walking distance from campus, making for the perfect quick day trip. It features local artists and its exhibits change regularly, so you can rely on this small museum to continue to bring a fresh pop of creativity to Claremont.

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre is perfect for a chill night out with friends. Unlike your typical drive-in experience, Mission Tiki shows newly released movies — so if you’re dying to see Timothée Chalamet on the big screen, get your tickets to see “Dune” now. It is cheaper than the local theater in the village, but the obvious caveat is that you need a car to attend.

Last but not least, check out Venegas Family Farms if you are craving a taste of fall. This is a quaint pumpkin patch where you can pick the perfect head for your jack-o’-lantern or a gourd to decorate your desk in the halloween spirit. Bring some markers, and your goodies from the farm will make great canvases to doodle on.

Happy adventuring!

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