Water Play

BASIN RECREATION

https://www.basinrecreation.org/the-fieldhouse/aquatics/schedule/

Basin Recreation offers two exciting types of water play: a four-lane, 25-yard outdoor lap swimming pool and a 3,300 square foot outdoor splash pad, complete with 11 interactive features!  The heated pool is available year-round and SplashPad from is open from Memorial Day through September.

 

BEAR LAKE STATE PARK

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/bear-lake/

Brilliantly blue waters combined with sandy beaches are what call park visitors to play, fish, boat, and camp here at Bear Lake State Park. Minerals (calcium carbonate) suspended in the lake’s waters are what help create its spectacular aqua-blue color.

 

DEER CREEK STATE PARK

https://utah.com/deer-creek-state-park

Windsurf, boat, zip line, swim and fish on the cool waters of Deer Creek Reservoir.  After a day on the water, camp under the night sky at one of several campgrounds, all with spectacular views of nearby Mount Timpanogos.  The reservoir also plays host to a floating obstacle course known as Island Aqua Park.

ECHO STATE PARK

http://www.coalvillecity.org/echo-reservoir.htm

Echo Reservoir is located in Coalville.  It contains rainbow and brown trout; channel catfish, picnicking, boating, fishing, water skiing and more.  Good fishing can also be found nearby in Coalville on the Weber River and Chalk Creek.  Please note:  camping will not be available for the 2019 year while the park expands their camping facilities. 

ECKER MIDDLE SCHOOL

http://www.pcschools.us/woad-local/media/pcac_summer_2013.pdf

The indoor aquatic center at Ecker Middle School houses a large lap pool, smaller, warmer pool for swimming lessons/play time, hot tub and water slides.  The aquatic center offers splash camps, diving lessons, swimming lessons and an open swim.

THE GATEWAY

This cool splash pad, located across from the Apple store at The Gateway in SLC, has water shows timed with music (think mini-version of The Bellagio).  Kids love running through the water spouts on hot days.  

THE HOMESTEAD CRATER

www.homesteadresort.com       

Located in nearby Midway (a cute little town to visit itself), the Homestead Crater boasts a year around temperature of 95 degrees and provides a great way to try scuba and scuba certification.  Less adventurous folks can soak on the surface in the silky smooth water that feels like a bath.  Encased in a 55 ft high dome of beehive shaped rock, the crater is the site of a go-thermal hot spring (the first mining pioneers used to soak there!). You enter the tunnel carved in rock that opens onto a small dock from which you can submerge into the mineral-rich water.  

JORDANELLE STATE PARK

https://utah.com/jordanelle-state-park

Located above the beautiful Heber Valley in Wasatch County, the Jordanelle Reservoir offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Whether you plan on spending a day, weekend or more, Jordanelle offers some of the best picnicking, camping, boating, fishing, or hiking that you will find in the great state of Utah.  Elevated boardwalks and interpretive trails guide visitors across wetlands and rivers.  On any given day, visitors may see majestic golden eagles, red tail hawks, hummingbirds, mule deer, elk, or moose.  In the evenings, fall asleep listening to the sounds of rushing water, playful raccoons, or the hooting of a great horned owl.  Bird watchers, photographers, and other nature enthusiasts come from around the nation to view the more than 200 different forms of bird and mammal life, which call Rock Cliff home. The Rock Cliff Nature Center is a one of a kind experience that teaches about the wildlife, plants, animals, and ecosystem of Jordanelle.

PC MARC

https://www.parkcity.org/departments/park-city-marc-recreation/pc-marc/aquatics
The MARC features two outdoor pools that are open spring through late summer. The Lap Pool is a six lane, 25 yard pool used for open lap swim, master's swim, and swim team workout. The Leisure Pool is a family friendly pool that goes from 1 foot depth to 6 feet. This pool also has a water slide, water play feature, and lazy river.  

ROCKPORT STATE PARK

https://utah.com/rockport-reservoir-state-park

This reservoir is popular for fishing, boating, and water sports.

During the winter, ice fishing is plentiful and the park is close to popular snowmobile trails.  This resort boasts a  3-D Archery Range with full size deer, boars, beavers, zombies, etc , a fully-stocked Marina Store and Restaurant, cabin, yurt and glamping-tent rentals and so much more!

SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/sand-hollow/events/

With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, one of Utah’s newer state parks is also one of its most popular. Boat, fish, and dive at Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain on an off-highway vehicle.  A favorite destination for local off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes. The red sand is an incredible backdrop for Sand Hollow reservoir. At nearly twice the size of nearby Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow offers boating and other water recreation in a spectacular setting.

SILVER MOUNTAIN SPORTS CLUB
http://silvermountainsportsclub.com

At Silver Mountain Sports Club you and your family can enjoy the convenience of year-round heated pools in a breath taking mountain setting. They have scheduled lifeguards on duty, a water slide and lazy river.  Kids 6 and under are free with a paid adult.  

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR 
www.utah.com/fish/strawberry_resevoir 

This free wildlife spectacle typically draws crowds from late August through early October when the salmon churn the waters.  In mid-May through June, the trout put on a show.  Any time of year this is a great, educational outing for everyone in the family (angler and non-angler alike).  Stroll the boardwalk adjacent to the Strawberry Visitors Center and be sure to stop by the Trap House where biologists may be at work sizing up the passing fish and possibly harvesting their eggs.  
 

7 PEAKS WATER PARK
http://www.sevenpeaks.com

The grand-daddy of water parks is just a short drive down the canyon.  Attractions include a multitude of water slides, wave pool, rapids, rope swings over pools, spas and lazy rivers.
 

SOUTH SUMMIT AQUATIC CENTER
http://www.ssummit.k12.ut.us/ssafc.cfm?subpage=291393   

This fabulous indoor water playground is located about 15 minutes outside of Park City in Kamas.  Water slides, water features & rock climbing wall are only a few of the fabulous features of this amazing community pool. 

Outdoor Exploration

CORAL PINK SAND DUNES STATE PARK

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/coral-pink/discover/

Venture onto a shifting sea of red sand. Changed by winds, these mountains and hills of sand can move as much as 50 feet per year. With areas for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts and those with non-motorized pursuits, the dunes offer adventures for all.

FANTASY CANYON

https://geology.utah.gov/map-pub/survey-notes/geosights/fantasy-canyon/

Fantasy Canyon is crowded with intricate and peculiar stone figures that are a unique expression of rock weathering and erosion. Covering only a few acres, this miniature canyon can be viewed up-close on a short 0.6-mile loop trail.

GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/goblin-valley/

Journey to this strange and colorful valley, which is unlike any other in Utah. The landscape, covered with sandstone goblins and formations, is often compared to Mars (the movie, Galaxy Quest, was filmed here). Explore the geology, and camp among the nooks and gnomes.  In 2015, Goblin Valley State Park unveiled the Wild Horse Mountain Biking Trail System and the National Park Service’s Night Sky Team determined that Goblin Valley has one of the darkest night skies on earth!  Virtually free of any light pollution from populated areas, Goblin Valley State Park offers unparallelled views of the Milky Way. Hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering, star gazing and so much more, this park is truly one of the crown jewels of Utah.

HISTORIC UNION PACIFIC RAIL STATE PARK

https://utah.com/union-pacific-state-park

The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail is runs for 28-miles. From Park City, it follows Interstate 80 through Wanship and Coalville to Echo Reservoir. It is open for various kinds of non-motorized recreation. Popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, jogging, Nordic skiing and wildlife watching. The Rail Trail is managed by the Mountain Trails Foundation.  This multi-use trail follows the old Union Pacific right-of-way. It parallels I-80 and cuts through scenic mountains and agricultural valleys. This trail system runs from Park City to Echo Reservoir, which is adjacent to the town of Coalville.

KODACHROME STATE PARK

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/kodachrome-basin/

The color and beauty found here prompted a National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome, after the popular color film, in 1948. As soon as you see it, you will know that the name fits perfectly.  Kodachrome Basin State Park, with its red tinged rock formations and incredible blue skies, just begs to be photographed.  Towering monolithic spires or chimneys jut up from the valley floor or protrude from the sandstone rocks that surround the campground and inspire an infinite array of subjects limited only by one’s imagination.    In addition to hiking, visitors can enjoy horseback rides and mountain biking in the park.

 

LITTLE EGYPT GEOLOGICAL AREA

https://geology.utah.gov/map-pub/survey-notes/geosights/little-egypt/

The Little Egypt Geologic Area features countless sandstone hoodoos in a wild variety of whimsical shapes and sizes. A stroll through this fantastical area will make you feel like you’re on a different planet. With no designated trail hikers are treated to an endless variety of exploration options. The formations here are similar to those found in Goblin Valley State Park but on a smaller scale and does not require an entrance fee.  This hike is suitable for children and adults of all ages and skill levels and children will enjoy playing on the numerous hoodoos in the area. Photographers can spend hours waiting for the right light to obtain the perfect picture. The area is little known and you will most likely have complete solitude while visiting. Little Egypt is often used as a base for hiking and canyoneering in the region. The area is similar to Goblin Valley State Park but does not require an entrance fee. Despite the generally dry, exposed surroundings, the place has a good selection of wildflowers in spring, including a few species endemic to the Colorado Plateau. There are plenty of good, free primitive camping spots in the vicinity.

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/snow-canyon/discover/

Explore the trails and dunes of beautiful Snow Canyon on foot, bike, and horseback. Camp in the peaceful campground surrounded by ancient lava flows and red Navajo sandstone. Discover the secrets of the desert landscape through seasonal nature programs.  Snow Canyon State Park is quietly tucked amid lava flows and soaring sandstone cliffs in a strikingly colorful and fragile desert environment. Majestic views and the subtle interplay of light, shadow, and color dancing across canyon walls evoke strong emotional responses from visitors. SAnasazi Indians inhabited the region from A.D. 200 to 1250, utilizing the canyon for hunting and gathering. Paiute Indians used the canyon from A.D. 1200 to the mid-1800s. Mormon pioneers discovered Snow Canyon in the 1850’s while searching for lost cattle. Modern-day the canyon has been the site of Hollywood films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Electric Horseman, and Jeremiah Johnson and Katie Perry has even used the park as the setting for one of her videos.  

SPIRAL JETTY

https://geology.utah.gov/map-pub/survey-notes/geosights/spiral-jetty/

Seldom-seen Spiral Jetty is visible again!  Great Salt Lake’s setting and the artistic contrast between the pink water, white salt crystals, and black basalt boulders inspired artist Robert Smithson to create the Spiral Jetty in 1970. Smithson’s 1,500 feet x 15 feet creation is only visible when climate conditions cause the level of Great Salt Lake to drop below an elevation of 4,197.8 feet. The water’s pink color is due to a red pigment in the salttolerant bacteria and algae that survive in the north arm’s extreme 27 percent salinity.

TIMPANOGOS CAVES 
http://www.nps.gov/tica/index.htm 

Timpanogos Cave National Monument sits high in the Wasatch Mountains. The cave system consists of three spectacularly decorated caverns. Helictites and anthodites are just a few of the many dazzling formations to be found in the many chambers. As visitors climb to the cave entrance, on a hike gaining over 1,000 ft in elevation, they are offered incredible views of American Fork Canyon.   Cave tours are limited to 20 participants per tour.  Hiking the 1.5 mile trail to the cave is considered moderately strenuous, gaining over 1,000 feet in elevation - the tour and hike takes approximately three hours.

WASATCH MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/wasatch-mountain/discover/

Enjoy the 23,000-acre Wasatch Mountain State Park year-round. Camp in the Pine Creek Campground, reserve a tee time at one of the four popular 18-hole golf courses or hike, bike, ATV or horseback ride on miles of mountain trails. In winter months, ski, snowshoe or snowmobile through the alpine terrain. Wasatch Mountain State Park was proud host of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games at Soldier Hollow. The venue remains open to the public year-round with a variety of activities and events. Soldier Hollow offers cross-country skiing, tubing, summer and winter biathlon, in-line skating facilities, and more. The park offers two historic areas, Historic Tate Barn and Huber Grove. Tate Barn stands as a sentry at the southern end of the park. It is an important architectural landmark and a symbol for the Heber Valley. Visitors may also enjoy the Huber Grove, which features the Huber Farmhouse and Creamery. 

Museums 

DISCOVERY GATEWAY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

http://www.discoverygateway.org/

Discovery Gateway children's museum is located in the Gateway Mall in downtown Salt Lake City. It offers 60,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on fun.  In addition to their regular exhibits, they offer outstanding children's classes and a series of Family Artworks classes.  This is a great place to spend the day with fun, educational exhibits for your children to explore.

GRAND ART TOUR

http://www.grandamerica.com

Stroll through The Grand America Hotel and enjoy a self-guided tour. View our collection of priceless antiques and works of art. For more information, stop by our concierge desk.  Daily, free tour! 


KIMBALL ART CENTER

http://www.kimballartcenter.org/

The Kimball Art Center is the heart of Park City's historic and vibrant arts community.  The Kimball hosts a variety of activities to serve both artists and art enthusiasts in the Park City area. We also offers a full lineup of workshops and classes to educate artists of all ages in a wide range of mediums.  The Kimball Art Center offers something for art lovers of all ages. Stop in and visit us, and discover for yourself the new Kimball and its wonders inside and out! 


PARK CITY MUSEUM

http://www.parkcityhistory.org/visit/
Hands on exhibits for the entire family, real jail cells from the mining days, an old fire engine, pretend mining play and lots of cool facts about our fair city--everyone should visit this local gem at least once a quarter.  The entire family will love the experience and it is a fun place to take out of town guests. Located at 528 Main Street, the Museum is conveniently located across from the Public Transit Center, so catch a free inbound bus to the Transit Center, cross Swede Alley and enter the Museum from Main Street.  


MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE

http://www.thanksgivingpoint.com/plan/your_trip/location_and_hours.html     
The Museum of Ancient Life offer stimulating and engaging experiences in a safe, family-friendly setting.  It offers a range of hands-on educational opportunities for young and old. From structured instructor-led courses to flexible interactive exhibits, opportunities abound to take home new skills, knowledge, or experiences.  

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF UTAH
http://nhmu.utah.edu/museum/our-new-home   

Utah has the natural history museum that a state rich in natural history and assets deserves.  A visit to the Museum allows visitors to explore nature and science in ten themed galleries, and to also step outdoors to experience nature as it's revealed just outside the building.  The exhibits and the Trailhead to Utah encourage visitors to explore nature and science at other museums, national and state parks, and destinations around the state. And the Museum is passionate about studying science and engaging visitors in current research with a vision toward the future of life in our dynamic and growing region.  From dinosaur exhibits to minerals and gems, ancient life to astronomy, this is a great museum to visit with children of all ages.
 

SUMMIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
http://www.wgparkcity.com/guide/park-city-attractions/summit-county-historical-museum.html  

The Summit County Historical Museum is located in the basement of the Summit County Courthouse at 60 North Main in Coalville, Utah.  A walk through time, allowing visitors to picture what life was like in the area over the past 150 years. Open daily from 8-5 and admission is free of charge.  The drive to the beautiful east side of our county is just one more reason to visit. For more information, please visit

TREEHOUSE MUSEUM 

http://www.treehousemuseum.org/current_exhibits.php    

Treehouse Museum is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to be the magical place where children and families "Step Into a Story."  reehouse Museum Features dozens of award-winning exhibits based on literacy, literature, and the arts.  


UTAH FINE ARTS MUSEUM
http://www.utah.com/attraction/utah-museum-of-fine-arts/

Permanent collection of approximately 15,000 art objects representing world cultures for the past 5,000 years; temporary exhibition program; education programs for school children, university students and adults; publications; musical concerts; lectures; films, gallery talks, fund-raising events, etc.


UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
http://www.utah.com/attraction/salt-lake-art-center/

Award-winning UMOCA exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. Five gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA's exhibitions, films, events, classes, and presentations.


UTAH OLYMPIC PARK
http://utaholympiclegacy.com

There are a number of complimentary activities at the Park including the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum, plus the kid-friendly Discovery Zone, nature hiking trails and Mountain Challenge obstacle course. Utah Olympic Park is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sport and recreation opportunities. Bring your friends and family to Utah Olympic Park! 

Educational Outtings

CLARK PLANETARIUM

http://www.clarkplanetarium.org/  

Clark Planetarium is the perfect place to "See what's out there." Explore 10,000 square feet of exhibits and experience incredible visuals in the ATK 3D IMAX® Theatre or Hansen Dome Theatre. There are also many 'free' exhibits that allow your kids to get up close and personal with the galaxy (including a 'real' Martian and Lunar landscape that your little aliens can scamper through).  The planetarium shows can be a little scary for the younger ones (i.e. The Violent Universe terrified our 4 year old) so choose your show carefully: 

HOGLE ZOO

http://www.hoglezoo.org/events_experiences/events_calendar/   

This zoo is located at the base of Emigration Canyon and spread out over 42 acres of natural hillside terrain and meandering tree-covered pathways.  The zoo offers fabulous activities for kids of all ages:  take a train ride, ride the carousel, play on the play ground, watch the animals or attend one of the many organized activities the zoo offers.

THE LIVING PLANET AQUARIUM
http://www.thelivingplanet.com/visitor_information.html

Visit The Living Planet Aquarium where you can come nose to beak with Gentoo Penguins, peer into the eye of a Giant Pacific Octopus, and pet a stingray. The Living Planet Aquarium is full of all sorts of things to see and do. Visit us today for an adventure that your whole family will love.  

RED BUTTE GARDEN

http://www.redbuttegarden.org   

Red Butte Garden (right down the road from the Zoo nestled against the foothill) is a scenic paradise that offers acres of beautiful plants and flowers, meandering paths with shaded trees, grassy fields, ponds full of ducks you can feed and an exceptional children's play area with cool sandboxes, a water feature, snake-shaped maze and fairy grotto.  One visit and you will be hooked!  Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.  Red Butte Garden offers lectures, classes, and events both informative and inspiring. From students to nature lovers, kids and families, there's something for everyone at Red Butte Garden. Oh--and don't forget your camera. 

THANKSGIVING POINT

http://www.thanksgivingpoint.com/plan/your_trip/location_and_hours.html   

It is a bit of a drive down to Lehi, but Thanksgiving Point is a large, fun-filled destination that your kids will love.  Offers scenic gardens, educational facilities, quality restaurants, a world class golf course, and other activities at Thanksgiving Point Gardens, the Children's Discovery Garden, Farm Country, and the Museum of Ancient Life offer stimulating and engaging experiences in a safe, family-friendly setting.  At Thanksgiving Point, we offer a range of hands-on educational opportunities for young and old. From structured instructor-led courses to flexible interactive exhibits, opportunities abound to take home new skills, knowledge, or experiences.  This place is pretty big and, for smaller kids, one activity a day is probably all they will be able to handle.  Older kids will want to stay all day, hopping from museum to museum and activity to activity.  
 

TRACY AVIARY

http://www.tracyaviary.org   

Tracy Aviary is located on eight acres of land in the heart of Salt Lake City and maintains a collection of approximately 400 birds representing about 135 species. Many of these birds are considered rare or endangered.  Watch birds in Birds In Flight experience, feed birds in the Amazon Adventure or Pelican Encounter and listen to information about birds during the daily Keeper Talks.  Oh, and the Owl Forest opens this summer for the first time ever!  Located in Liberty Park in SLC (a fun park to play in, complete with water feature, swimming pool and lots of playgrounds), the Aviary is open every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  
 

THIS IS THE PLACE

http://www.thisistheplace.org/what_to_do.shtml   

The West...just as it was! Step back in time with a visit to This Is The Place Heritage Park. Utah's premier living history attraction, come and explore our rugged, fascinating past!  Just like the east coast living history parks but with the Utah's own unique twist.  A visit to the Park is not a tour of historic artifacts behind velvet ropes and glass, but a true experience of life as it was in the early days of the West. The Native American Village offers a window to a world long since gone, where members of Utah's indigenous tribes interpret the history of their native people. You can also enjoy the Park from the comfort of one of our three replica trains and see and hear the history of the settlement, or simply spend the day walking the quiet streets on your own. 

WHEELER HISTORIC FARM

http://www.wheelerfarm.com   

Wheeler Historic Farm is an interactive working farm. Visitors can milk cows, view farm animals, and learn about the buildings and machines that made this 19th century farm run. Plenty of picnic tables are available if you choose to bring lunch or dinner.  Children enjoy checking out the horses, cows, sheep, chickens, and rabbits at the animal pens. The Farm Machinery Exhibit Building showcases the equipment that Henry Wheeler used to run his farm. East of the entrance are many easy trails to wander where you can see ponds, wetlands, and beautiful flowers.  Monday through Saturday at 5pm at the Dairy Barn & Milking Parlor, two cows are ready for milking. Wagon rides leave every 30 minutes from 10am to 5:30pm.