National Walking Day is coming up next week on Wednesday, April 3rd! Why not celebrate by taking a short walk around UCLA’s beautiful campus? Here’s our top four sweet spots for a stroll:
Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden
Spanning over five acres, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden is home to more than 70 sculptures from artists all over the world, including Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Isamu Noguchi, Auguste Rodin and more. It’s a perfect spot for a peaceful, reflective stroll.
Feeling extra ambitious? Walk the 87 steps that were the original entrance to the UCLA campus–and no, there’s no need to skip the 6th step (no one is buried there, despite what you may have heard). The bottom of the steps will land you in Wilson Plaza, home to many Beat ‘SC bonfires and rallies.
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
Enter the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden and wind your way through native Hawaiian plants, a bird and butterfly garden and exotic desert plants. Use this map of the garden or follow this handy self-guided tour during your walk. You can also join a drop-in tour on the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. (no reservations necessary).
Depending on what time of day you stop by, Bruin Walk can either be a quiet haven or a bustling center of student activity. In the morning, start your stroll from Election Walk and head west toward the Bruin Bear (make sure to rub its paw for good luck). In just a couple short hours, the space will be filled with students advertising upcoming events and rallying for change.
Where are your favorite places to walk on campus?