Where to dive, dine on campus this summer

A view of the University Center Pool and Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables Campus. Photo: Mike Montero/University of Miami
By Jenny Hudak

A view of the University Center Pool and Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables Campus. Photo: Mike Montero/University of Miami

Where to dive, dine on campus this summer

By Jenny Hudak
Whether you want to sign up for an outdoor adventure, do some indoor rock climbing, take a fitness class, or just relax by the pool, there are a few ways to spend the next couple of months at the University.

For many in the university community, the summer months offer the opportunity to rest and recharge between academic years. While some are leaving South Florida for a while, a number of students and faculty and staff members will linger in Miami to enjoy everything the season has to offer.

So, if you’re braving the tropical weather to stick around through the summer, here are a few things you can check out on the Coral Gables Campus during the next few months.

Go for a swim in the UC Pool.

Starting May 13, the University Center Pool will be open to students and faculty and staff members from 12 to 5 p.m. daily. While you're there, be sure to lather on sunscreen and take advantage of the Olympic-sized outdoor pool to swim some laps. This summer, the UC Pool will also be offering lifeguard certification courses on May 14-16 and June 4-6. Classes are open to the community. Get more information on how to register.

Plan your next outdoor adventure.

The new Outdoor Adventures center, located in Lakeside Village, can help plan your next excursion in South Florida. There is undoubtedly no shortage of escapades, with trails, dive sites, and parks just a few miles away from the Coral Gables Campus. Need gear? Not a problem. Students can schedule and pick up gear rentals every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. this summer. Everything from stand-up paddle boards to tents, pillows, and sleeping bags are available for rent. Visit the Outdoor Adventures website for the complete listing of rental gear and rates.

Grab a bite to eat with a friend.

The Market, adjacent to the Hurricane Food Court, has everything you need for an afternoon picnic. Swing by any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to pick up your favorite snacks before heading to the nearest beach or lounging on the Foote University Green. For a complete list of dining options available this summer, visit UM Dining’s website.

Learn how to rock climb like a pro.

Also located at Outdoor Adventures, the climbing wall is one of only three indoor options available in South Florida. Standing at 14 feet tall and 60 feet long, the Outdoor Adventures team works to ensure high-quality wall routes for all experience and skill levels. Students can put their climbing aptitude to the test every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., no appointment necessary.

Take a class at the Herbert Wellness Center.

Does your fitness get sidelined during a busy semester? Starting May 17, the Herbert Wellness Center reopens to all University students, faculty, staff, and alumni at a limited capacity. The Wellness Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends through the summer. Wearing a facial covering is required at all times, even while working out. What's more, the Wellness Center will offer a full schedule of yoga, cardio, and cycling classes for gym-goers. Anyone interested can register for classes online or contact the Wellness Center's sales office at 305-284-5433.

Stay safe.

While on campus this summer, be sure to continue adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Wash your hands frequently, wear a mask at all times, and keep a safe distance. And if you haven’t received the vaccine yet, you can get more information and then schedule an appointment.