Opened in 1892 as the state's agriculture school, Washington State University today sprawls almost all the way to the Idaho state line. To park on campus, pick up a parking pass in the Security Building on Wilson Road.
Ferdinand's. On weekdays between 9:30 and 4:30, you can pop into Ferdinand's, a soda fountain-cheese shop in the food-science building, to buy Aged Cougar Gold, a cheddar-type cheese in a can. 2035 N.E. Ferdinand's La., 99163. 509/335–2141. creamery.wsu.edu/. Closed weekends, holidays, school breaks.
Museum of Art. The small Museum of Art has lectures, as well as exhibitions that might include turned-wood art, Native American art, or landscaping displays. WSU Fine Arts Center, Wilson Rd. and Stadium Way, 99163.
509/335–1910. museum.wsu.edu. Free. School year, Mon.–Wed., Fri., and Sat. 10–4, Thurs. 10–7; summer Tues.–Fri. 12–4.
Charles R. Conner Museum of Zoology. This museum has the finest collection of stuffed birds and mammals and preserved invertebrates in the Pacific Northwest; more than 700 are on display. Abelson Hall, Library Rd. and College Ave., 99164. 509/335–3515. sbs.wsu.edu/connermuseum. Free. Daily 8–5.