Comfort Suites UC Davis
1640 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618
Phone: (530) 297-1500
Fax: (530) 297-1600
Learn to rock climb at this 8,000 square feet gym Rocknasium, located just 10 miles outside of Sacramento, in Davis. Dangling from ropes hooked to the arched ceiling, rock climbers of all ages can maneuver their way to the top using hand and footholds. The wall made of undulated rocks and artificial stone that form arches to emulate surfaces climbers find in natural settings. Once you take a beginner's course you are ready to sign up for a day pass and climb. Equipment (harness and climbing shoes) can be rented.
The Davis Bike Club is a club for passionate cyclists. It is a non-profit organization, formed to support and encourage all kinds of riders. Its members comprise commuters, racers and touring cyclists. Moreover, it also has its own race team called the DCB Race Team. The riders meet regularly to race, tour, train or simply take fun rides. Popular cycling races like the Davis Criterium Classic take place each year in downtown Davis. For race schedules, bicycle rentals, shops, sponsors, events and more, just log on to the website.
If it's science that interests you, walk right into the Explorit Science Center. This non-profit organization is for kids, teachers, adults, families, students and teens. The Center holds programs, lectures, field trips, assemblies, nature labs and safaris for schools. It also arranges vacation classes for students and for all those who would like to know more about the world they live in. Come and enjoy the experience! Check the website for more details.
Thousands of school children come here to learn about the native plants on this unique 80-acre preserve. During day camps in July and August, children get an up-close-and-personal look at nature. Other year-round activities for children include guided tours through the redwoods and occasionally the staff offers stargazing sessions. The Arboretum is not just for children. The staff offers gardening and landscaping workshops for adults.
Situated between F Street and Oak Avenue, the Community Park sits pretty. It has a community pool, a tennis court, two play areas, a public skate park and a dog park. The 28 acres of lush greenery and fun is open during the day. The skating park, which has a concrete ramp, is open for skateboarding. It also features many soccer fields and softball backstops.
The Yolo Basin Foundation is dedicated to the appreciation of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative methods. Bucks for Ducks is an annual fund raiser event organized by this foundation. It features wildlife art exhibits, field trips and workshops, and the ever-popular ducklings! All the proceeds go to the Foundation for Conservation and other education programs.
Vultures, screech owls and bald eagles are among the birds displayed in living-room-sized cages along tree-shaded pathways. The volunteers and professional veterinarians affiliated with California Raptor Center release about 65 percent of their patients after successful treatments ranging from surgery to physical therapy. The staff leads Hawk Walks to view recently released birds in the surrounding habitat. Visitors can view demonstrations of techniques such as "on the fist." During monthly events, staff lectures and presentations focus on the fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology. Admission is free.
With rolling hills, nooks and crannies along the very long fairways, the Wildhorse Golf Club really penalizes golfers who are not able to hit straight. On the extreme northern edge of Davis among the new Wildhorse development (no affiliation), this course is no less than a work of art. There is a wide range of practice facilities on site, including driving ranges and variously configured greens. Greens fees include a cart, and range balls. The Wildhorse Bar & Grill is an amazing place and serves great quality chicken and pasta. Visit website for more information.
Yolo Basin Foundation was established in 1990 to conserve the Yolo Wildlife Area. It focuses on environmental education and restoration of the Yolo Bypass Region, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish & Game. The organization introduces people to wildlife, and teaches them to live harmoniously alongside; it is also a sponsor for non-profit events, such as California Duck Days. Check out the website for more details.
Davis Municipal Golf Course is affordable and pleasantly landscaped. This public course opened in 1964 and par for 18-holes is 66. Carts, clubs, and range balls are available to rent. Lessons by PGA professionals are available as well. The pro-shop offers a large range of equipment. The driving range is open from dawn until dusk and there are several putting greens beside the snack bar/pro-shop complex. The greens fees vary on weekdays and weekends, there are also Cart rental per rider. Visit website for more details.
If the excitement of riding a roller coaster leaves you wanting more, try jumping out of a plane at 3,000 feet. This company offers a variety of programs with certified instructors and supervision. It can accommodate skydivers from beginning to advance skill levels. There are programs for everybody from one-time thrill seekers to skyboarders scudding about the sky on an actual board while free falling. This place also provides mementos in the form of an airborne video or still photos.
The Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 400 animals, including the snow leopard, red panda, eagles and reptiles. In addition to the animals, the zoo has lakes, gardens, an educational amphitheater, and a train that runs through the premises. Service and amenities also include picnic areas, concessions, gift store, stroller rentals and complimentary wheelchairs.