15 Must Do Family Activities in Salt Lake City, Utah
In my opinion, Salt Lake City is one of the most underrated family travel destinations. I found so many interesting things to do within various degrees of budget. Below I’ve gathered a list of the 15 must do family activities in Salt Lake City.
One of our favorite family activities was walking around Park City. Park City is located about 35 minutes from Downtown Salt Lake City but trust me, it’s worth it. Traditionally known as a winter escape among snowboarders and skiers, Park City has recently grown to be a year round travel destination. Stroll along Main Street where you’ll find restaurants, a plethora of shopping and art galleries. Join in on the abundance of outdoor activities to do year round or check out the Utah Olympic Park that was built for the 2002 Olympics hosted in Utah. Want to see some beautiful scenery? Take a scenic drive through the mountains and discover unbeatable views the higher you climb. For a great deal on winter car rentals check out Fox Rent A Car
SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium
Just outside of Salt Lake City in the Layton Hills Mall sits an underwater world waiting to be discovered. SeaQuest Aquarium is an interactive water wonderland. With more than 1,200 different animals to discover, mermaids to encounter and unique experiences to be had (such as snorkeling with the stingrays) kids will have an experience they’ll never forget. To read a more detailed review of SeaQuest Aquarium click here SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium Review.
Opened in 1931 Hogle Zoo sits on 42 acres of land and is home to over 800 different animals. Explore the Asian Highlands exhibit to discover Amur leopards, Siberian lynx and Snow leopards. Encounter giraffes, zebras and ostriches in the African Savanna exhibit. Not to mention all the fun things you’ll experience such as being able to ride a camel, take a ride on the Zoofari Express train, playing in the splash zone or playing traditional musical instruments from different cultures. Interested in enjoying Salt Lake City at a discount? Take a look at the Living Social deals on sale now
Natural History Museum
Since 1969 The Natural History Museum of Utah has been serving the Salt Lake area. Learn about dinosaurs, Native American art & culture, weather, astronomy and more! If you’re a big dinosaur buff this is the place to be as Utah is rich in fossil history and much of it is displayed here.
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Wheeler Historic Farm
This is one of those places that I seemed to enjoy as much as the kids did! Established in 1887 the farm is rich in history and fun activities for all ages. There’s over 75 acres of landscape to enjoy, parks and a playground. Experience a variety of animals, walking trails, ponds and creeks. What makes Wheeler Historic Farm the perfect place for families is the vast amount of things to discover! How about seeing a cow milking demonstration, being drawn by a tractor in a wagon for a ride around the farm or taking a farm house tour to see artifacts that date back to the 1890’s. Don’t forget to stop off at the Rosebud Country store for some snacks and toys!
The Loveland Aquarium is one of the most epic aquariums we’ve ever stepped foot in. Plan to spend the better half of a day here as there is much to explore. It is a maze of climates from around the world featuring different animals, plants and hands-on activities in each room. My favorite part of the aquarium is the Penguin Encounter. In this room there is a bench where you can sit and watch the penguins swim, huddle together and play for as long as you want. When you exit to the right of the tank you will walk down a ramp that leads to a room where you can view the penguins from below. Don’t forget to check out upcoming events for a more in-depth experience Loveland Events.
The Great Salt Lake
What would a trip to Salt Lake City be without a trip to the Great Salt Lake? Take a dip in the water, sail a boat or sit on the beach to admire the beauty. It is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere and covers an area of about 1,700 square miles. Be aware it is called the Great Salt Lake for a reason, the water is very salty (at it’s record height of 27%). This saltiness makes for the unique experience of floating with ease. Hiking, biking and bird watching are among the list of favorite activities to do. I’ve heard the sunsets over the lake are some of the most alluring in the world. I wish I could vouch for this but unfortunately we were unable to experience a sunset over the lake while there. If you have, please post your pics below in the comments!
Thanksgiving Point is a nonprofit farm, garden and museum complex. There are two campuses, about five minutes apart, that make up Thanksgiving Point. The two museums are the Museum of Natural Curiosity and the Museum of Ancient Life, both with plenty of hands on activities and up close and personal experiences. The Farm Country area is a real working farm where you can meet and feed the animals (some of which include llamas, cows and horses), where you can learn how milk goes from cow to table and you can enjoy pony rides. You will also find Ashton Gardens that provides over 55 acres of lush themed gardens and a man-made waterfall. Feed the Koi fish or hop on a golf cart to cruise through the gardens while there. Lastly, you’ll find a golf course, a few places to grab a bite to eat and a variety of events held throughout the year. For a current calendar of events click here Thanksgiving Point Calendar
This amusement park will keep the entire family happy all day long! With rides for all ages, live entertainment, plenty of food options and a water park – what’s not to love? From intense roller coasters to spinning teacups you will find something for the thrill-seeker and the first timer. There’s also a campground and R.V. park close by for you to stay at, really does it get any better?
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Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum
Discovery Gateway is a 60,000 SF facility where hands-on entertainment, learning and fun are endless! Let children indulge in an array of exhibits while growing their mind through play. Experience an authentic Life Flight helicopter, a sensory room and an oversized water table in the water play room. Discovery Gateway also offers different labs for kids to experiment in and a variety of programs for more in depth discovery.
Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle
Steeped in rich history, Temple Square presents a modern experience for all to enjoy. Visit the Temple grounds, where construction began in 1853, and walk the outside to admire it’s beauty. See the Beehive House which was once home to Brigham Young but now houses a museum. Pop into Legacy Theater to enjoy family-friendly movies all week long with the exception of Sunday. Most interesting to me is the Family History Library which houses the largest genealogical library in the world where you can dive in and find gathered information on your ancestors. You will also find plenty of dining options, a flower shop and elegant buildings intricate in detail and filled with art and history while exploring the Temple grounds.
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Sugar House Park
This is always a Perry household favorite while in Salt Lake City. With gorgeous views of the mountains this park sits on 110 acres of lush landscape. This massive park is home to regulation soccer and baseball fields, a basketball court, an amphitheater, two playgrounds, plenty of trails and a big pond in the middle of it all to sit and enjoy a picnic. Fun fact: Sugar House Park was once home to the Utah State Prison. Talk about a turn around!
Take children to Capitol Hill where they can learn about our government and experience some of Utah’s interesting history. There are free tours every hour, on the hour. During the tour you will learn about Utah’s three branches of government while taking in the views of incredible artifacts and art. The building in and of itself is a work of art. You can also stroll through Memory Grove Park and enjoy trails, picnic areas and a river.
Located Downtown, the Clark Planetarium offers a 3 story adventure of hands-on activities where you learn about the earth, the atmosphere and outer space. It will keep you busy for at least a couple of hours as you discover your weight on different planets, figure out just how a tornado works and drive a rover on the moon of Jupiter.
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A 42 square mile island full of history, wildlife and beautiful land to roam this island is something not to be missed! Drive out over the causeway from the city and have your breath taken away instantly by the views. Antelope Island is the perfect outdoor family destination in the area. Hiking, biking, horse riding and camping are just some of the activities to be enjoyed. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll see some of the wildlife on the island such as deer, sheep or antelope. My kid’s favorite part was being able to see bison up close. Take a boat or ATV out for a little exploring. Don’t forget to stop off and see one of the many heritage areas or museums. Gypsy tip: pack a lunch or eat before hand as there is nowhere to eat on the island.
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