An Ed Board approved Davis bucket list
Activities Students Can Try While Attending UC Davis
There is no doubt that Davis is full of amazing activities and places to explore. Sometimes, yes, this little town of cows can seem dull, but after spending a few years here, the members of the editorial board have realized just how much it has to offer.
As third and fourth year students, we know a thing or two about the best activities in Davis, so we decided to pass on some of our wisdom. Lucky you! Whether you have six weeks or six years until you graduate from UC Davis, here is a compilation (a Davis bucket list, if you will) of activities and traditions that all students must try:
Tercero cows: First, we recommend petting the Tercero cows. Probably one of the most well-known places on campus, the Dairy is a perfect place to bring friends and take selfies. With their sweet presence, sweet faces, and adorable moos, there’s a reason some students want to make a cow the new mascot.
Egg heads: Probably also known as cows are the egg heads, five painted bronze statues scattered around campus with awkward and exaggerated expressions. We recommend snapping photos mimicking their classic faces, like the studious Bookhead, whose nose is tucked into a book outside the library.
Views from Hutchison: For reasons beyond the current scientific understanding of the editorial board, Davis has some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets we have ever seen. Atop what most people call “Hutch” (its official name is West Entry Parking Structure), students can watch beautiful pinks, purples, oranges, and yellows dance across the sky.
Farmers Market: A well-known activity for Davis residents on Saturday mornings and early Wednesday evenings is the Farmer’s Market. A perfect place to shop for local produce, catch up with friends, and have a picnic, this is a quintessential Davis activity and one every student should try before they graduate. The editorial board highly recommends apple juice, dumpling house and challah.
Putah Stream: For those who love nature, exploring Putah Creek is a great way to spend time outdoors, get some fresh air, and get some exercise. During the sweltering months of late spring, summer and early fall, cooling off or swimming in the cool green water is ideal for cooling off. Just watch out for sharp branches downriver and don’t tie your car keys to an inner tube (a member of the editorial board can personally recommend that you take these precautions).
The Arboretum: The Arb is another Davis staple, and is especially pleasant in the spring and fall. With flowers blooming in the spring and leaves changing color in the fall, taking a walk or settling on a picnic blanket to eat cheese, bread and fruit is a necessary part of getting the ultimate Davis experience.
Quad hammocks: If you see an open hammock on the Quad, sprint into it as fast as you can. Don’t look back to see how many other people are running there too. If you don’t seize the opportunity, you may never have it again – but if you do, you can bask in the sun and enjoy one of the most luxurious experiences UC Davis has to offer.
Shopping in small businesses: Davis is loved for his charming local businesses, including Treehouse Vintage, Armadillo Music, The Avid Reader, Logos Books, All Things Right & Relevant and more. Whether you’re looking to buy holiday gifts or just looking to treat yourself, there are a variety of amazing businesses to browse.
Dinner at local restaurants: In addition to local shopping, Davis’ delicious restaurants are also something to celebrate. While it’s impossible to include all of our favorites, some of the editorial board’s notable picks include Sweet and Shavery, Mishka’s Café, Guads, Good Friends, Thai Canteen, Burma Eat and Ali Baba. If you’re looking for a quick on-campus snack, we highly recommend the curried coconut pho served at CoHo.
The Trinity: For anyone looking to explore the 21+ activities downtown Davis has to offer, the editorial board members (all of whom are of drinking age) highly recommend local Davis bars and breweries. If you’re looking for the epitome of Davis bar, you can try Trinity, which offers three drinks at three bars in one night. To complete Trinity, you start with Wicky Wacky Woo at Cafe Bernardo’s Wiki Bar, then drink Thaibreaker at Sophia’s (we think) and finish with FML at Red 88 Noodle Bar. Considered one of the strongest drinks in downtown Davis, the editorial board strongly recommends drinking plenty of water and taking your time to accomplish this infamous feat. For non-drinkers, try the Davis Dessert Trinity.
Trivia nights: We strongly recommend that you consult a weekly quiz night. With Sophia’s Thai Kitchen on Tuesdays, University of Beer on Wednesdays and Woodstock’s Pizza on Thursdays in downtown Davis; no matter what someone’s schedule is halfway through, chances are there’s a quiz night you can make it to. While most of these parties are held in bars for more than 21 people, anyone under the age of 21 can attend Woodstocks Thursday trivia nights.
While it’s impossible to include everything that makes this school and city special, the Editorial Board hopes that this brief compilation of popular Davis activities will help everyone get the most out of this city and its college experience.
Written by: Editorial Board