While on your Cal Poly parents getaway, check out the hidden gems that lie right on California Polytechnic State University’s campus. The Leaning Pine Arboretum is a unique find, tucked in the north end of campus. Perfect for a picnic or for studying, this five-acre landscape boasts beautiful lawns and unique gardens. Right across from the arboretum is the Equine Center, primarily used by the Animal Science Department. It is home to a breeding lab, a 40-stall barn, two sand arenas, and the students’ happy horses. Keep your eye out for the Rodeo Team events including the Poly Royal Rodeo that takes place in April.
Circling back into the heart of campus, explore the state-of-the-art Recreation Center. Completely renovated in 2012, the stunning complex offers everything from leisure activities, outdoor rental equipment, and personal training. Just across the street in the Graphic Arts building, lies the Shakespeare Press Museum, home to one of the two working printing museums west of the Rocky Mountains. The museum began as a private collection of Mr. Charles L. Palmer, known as “Shakespeare” to his friends, featuring typefaces, printing presses and equipment used by printers of the American West during the late 1800s.
For some outdoor adventuring on campus, your family can hike to Architecture Graveyard or the iconic “P.” Explore the Architecture Graveyard, located in the hills behind Poly Canyon Village, to see the intriguing designs and projects of past and current Architecture students. Continually decorated to spread messages campus wide, the “P” hike takes 20 minutes to reach the top for a gorgeous view of the city’s skyline and a great family photo op. The trail head entrance is located behind the “red-brick” dorms’ parking lot.
Finally, check out Cal Poly SLO Athletics’ upcoming events and experience the action of a Mustang soccer game at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, a thrilling volleyball match at Mott Gym, or a baseball game at Baggett Stadium, widely considered one of America’s finest collegiate baseball complexes. Be sure to wear your green and gold attire and prepare to cheer for your Cal Poly Mustangs!