Our Summer Bucket List

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Sometimes it seems like winter in Utah lasts FOREVER,  so when summer finally arrives, we want to be ready, with a fully-loaded arsenal of fun, warm-weather activities for the whole family. We’ve compiled this list of summer activites and venues destined to bring ‘buckets’ of smiles to your family’s faces!

Kid-Friendly Hikes & Sights Parks & Gardens
Historic & Educational | Water Fun | Action & Adventure.

And don’t forget to post a comment below to share your favorite summer hot-spots with our readers too!

Kid-friendly Hikes & Sights

Fifth Water Trail / Diamond Fork Hot Springs (2.5 – 4 miles)
Fifth Water / Diamond Fork Hot SpringsHot springs and three scenic waterfalls spilling into family-size pools create a delightful setting for an afternoon hike.
Location: Spanish Fork, UT
More Info: (801) 798-33571 | http://ow.ly/y3Ogx

Foreman Hollow Nature Trail (4.3 miles)
Foreman Hollow
Signs along the trail identify plants, trees, and wildlife habitat. This well-maintained loop trail climbs through conifer and aspen forest and offers scenic views across Daniels Canyon as far as Strawberry Reservoir.
Location: Heber City, UT
More Info: (435) 654-0470 | http://ow.ly/y3OFD

Cascade Springs Interpretive Trail (0.6 miles)
Cascade Springs
This interpreted oasis loops around a series of springs, streams and waterfalls that cascade and pool along paved pathways and raised boardwalks. The ponds contain abundant fish, and otters may also be seen occasionally.
Location: Provo, UT
More Info: (801) 785-3363 | http://ow.ly/y3VU8

Cecret Lake (1.5 miles)
Cecret Lake
A popular hike that runs through meadows full of wildflowers to a beautiful alpine lake. Along the way there are interpretive signs with information about the basin, its plants, animals and geology.
Location: Little Cottonwood Canyon, Granite, UT
More Info: (801) 733-2660 | http://ow.ly/y3ZZ8

Twin Lakes & Lake Solitude (2.5 – 3 miles)
Twin Lakes
From Silver Lake at Brighton Ski Resort, trails lead to Twin Lakes and beautiful snow-cap surrounded Lake Solitude. Both trails wind through scenic forests and up moderately steep ridges. You can also do a loop hike past all those lakes.
Location: Brighton, UT
More Info: (801) 733-2660 | http://ow.ly/y42Ay

Stewart Falls (3.5 miles)
Stewart FallsThis is one of the most scenic, and photogenic, waterfalls in northern Utah. It falls in two tiers, and is over 200 feet tall. It’s a moderate hike through a beautiful forest that is great in the summer but even better with fall colors.
Location: Uinta National Forest, Sundance, UT
More Info: (801) 785-3563 | http://ow.ly/y42Ys

Ensign Peak (1 mile)
Ensign Peak
An easy hike up to the point where Brigham Young and other pioneer leaders stood to lay out in their minds, the city they intended to build. From the top, enjoy a breathtaking view of Salt Lake City and on across the valley.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
More Info: (801) 466-6411 | http://ow.ly/y44SU

See Also: Timpanogos Cave (Below)

Parks & Gardens

Thanksgiving Point Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Gardens
Stroll through 15 themed gardens to enjoy the cascading fountains in the Italian Gardens, get a bird’s eye view of the gardens from the Vista Garden, feed the fish at Koi View Pier, and discover the Secret Garden. You can even rent golf carts or Segways for another way to “stroll” through the gardens.
Location: Lehi, UT
More Info: (801) 768-4999 | www.thanksgivingpoint.org

Red Butte Gardens
Red Butte Gardens
Wander through over 100 acres including display and natural gardens, walking paths and natural areas with hiking trails. Also hosts concerts from May to September that typically begin around 7 PM.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
More Info: (801) 585-0556 | www.redbuttegarden.org

Highland Glen Park
Highland Glen Park
Let the kids play on the playground, fish on the pier or enjoy a picnic dinner in the great outdoors. Highland Glen is close enough for a quick break from routine or a relaxing day in the sun.
Location: Highland, UT
More Info: (801) 756-5751 | http://ow.ly/y4g2x

Historic & Educational

Old Deseret Village
Old Deseret Village
A living history museum where you can discover what life was like in mid-1800s Utah. Watch a blacksmith at work, take a carriage ride, pan for gold and experience pioneer life first hand.
Location: This is the Place Heritage Park
                    Salt Lake City, UT
More Info: (801) 582-1847 | www.thisistheplace.org

Cops & Robbers on the Heber Valley Railroad
Heber Valley Cowboys
Ride in vintage and restored train coaches through beautiful Heber Valley. Themed rides include Western-style Sunset BBQ, Cops & Robbers (partially horseback), Freedom Train (July 4) and even a Princess Train with Elsa & Anna from Disney’s hit movie, Frozen (July 8).
Location: Heber City, UT
More Info: (435) 654-5601 | www.hebervalleyrr.org

Union Station
Union Station
Home to 4 museums, an art gallery, restaurant and unique shop, there’s something for everyone at this historic spot. Museums topics include trains, firearms, classic cars and western Utah cowboy heritage.
Location: Ogden, UT
More Info: (801) 393-9886 | www.theunionstation.org

Timpanogos Cave (Steep 1.5 mile hike to cave entrance)
Timpanogos Cave
Hike your way past stunning vistas to explore a hidden underground world. Taste the thrill of caving as you twist and bend to enter beautifully decorated rooms. Learn the science behind formations and hear stories of cave exploration.
Location: American Fork Canyon, American Fork, UT
More Info: (801) 756-5238 | www.nps.gov/tica

Utah’s Hoagle Zoo
Utah’s Hoagle Zoo
If you haven’t been to the zoo since last year, it’s time to go again. There’s a whole new section dedicated to the animals of the African Savanna that kids and adults will delight in!
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
More Info: (801) 584-1700 | www.hoaglezoo.org

The All-new Living Planet Aquarium
Living Planet Aquarium
The newly moved/reopened aquarium highlights animal habitats in Utah waters, Earth’s oceans and South American species with entertaining, interactive educational exhibits.
Location: Draper, UT
More Info: (801) 355-3474 | www.thelivingplanet.com

Water Fun

See Also: Fifth Water Trail & Hot Springs (Above)

Weber River Rapids
Weber River Rapids
Guided trips down these rapids last from an hour to an hour and a half depending on water levels and some outfitters offer multi-activity packages that include a mountain bike adventure. The rapids aren’t big but there a re a lot of them and many very close to each other making it an exhilarating and unique excursion.
Location: Henefer, UT
More Info: (866) 867-8824 | http://ow.ly/y4cZr

Cowabunga Bay
Cowabunga Bay
This super-local water park sells 4-hour tickets and all-day admission, letting you choose the right experience for your family. Enjoy slides, beaches, trampolines and bungee rides.
Location: Draper, UT
More Info: (801) 553-1000 | www.cowabungabay.com

Fishing at Willow Pond Park
Willow Pond Park
This 4-acre pond is a great place to take beginning fishers and groups of little ones. The pond is stocked so there’s a good chance of catching a fish and enough space to keep lines from getting intertwined. There is a 2-bag limit and special piers for handicap and stroller access.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
More Info: (801) 264-2614 | http://ow.ly/y4dZH

Fishing/Swimming at Manila Creek Park Pond
Manila Creek ParkThis nearby park features a mix of activities including fishing, and swimming (within designated area). Site features restrooms and benches and is handicap and stroller accessible.
Location: Pleasant Grove, UT
More Info: (801) 785-6172 | http://ow.ly/y4fAG

Crystal Hot Springs
Crystal Hot Springs
For a modest fee, enjoy pools and tubs of varying temperature thanks to both hot and cold springs. This family-friendly venue frowns upon roughhousing and nude bathing (which I consider a requirement when out with my kids).
Location: Honeyville, UT
More Info: (435) 279-8104 | www.crystalhotsprings.net

Great Salt Lake State Park
Great Salt Lake State Park
Enjoy camping, boating, water sports and nature watching at this historic namesake. There are picnic areas, grills, pavilions, docks and more.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
More Info: (801) 250-1898 | http://ow.ly/y4cpt

Bear Lake
Bear Lake
Bear Lake is a large scenic lake, situated across the Utah-Idaho border, is often called “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its intense turquoise blue water. Enjoy swimming, fishing, water sports, camping and much more at this well-known destination.
Location: Visitors Bureau located in Garden City, UT
More Info: (435) 946-2197 | http://ow.ly/y4cpt

Action & Adventure

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry
This quarry contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found. Includes a museum, picnic area and family-friendly learning trails.
Location: Elmo, UT (~30 miles south of Price)
More Info: (435) 636-3600 | http://ow.ly/y3Nk2

Dinosaur Land
Dinosaur Land
The only place in the world where you can view and even touch over 1,500 dinosaur bones all in their original resting place. While here, enjoy camping, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, rafting, petroglyphs, and museums.
Location: Vernal, UT
More Info: (800) 477-5558 | www.visitdinosaurland.com

Park City Mountain Resort’s Alpine Slide, Alpine Coaster & Zip Rider
Park City Mountain Resort’s Alpine Slide
This Alpine Slide is one of the longest slides in the world, with over 3,000 feet of track and four lanes to choose. The Alpine Coaster, takes you down a mountain track with over a mile of curves and bends and hills, and the ZipRider, is a zip line that lets you soar 100 feet in the air over the tops of trees at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.
Location: Park City, UT
More Info: (435) 649-8111 | www.parkcitymountain.com

Raft n’ Zipline on Provo River
Raft n’ Zipline on Provo River
High Country Adventure hosts this 4-hour excursion perfect for families with older kids or parents who enjoy an adventurous day on their own. Following a Six-mile guided raft adventure, enjoy a box lunch on the river’s edge followed by a thrilling zipline ride through Bear Canyon. Cost Is $99 per person.
Location: Provo, UT
More Info: (801) 224-2500 | www.highcountryrafting.com

Lagoon
Lagoon
No list would be complete without this Utah favorite. Enjoy thrilling rides (wet and dry) for adults and older kids, slower rides for little ones, a beach and pioneer village.
Location: Farmington, UT
More Info: (801) 451-8000 | www.lagoonpark.com

Seven Peaks Water Parks & Fun Centers
Seven Peaks Water Parks & Fun CentersPick your own adventure at any one of Seven Peaks’ parks and fun centers. Choose from wet or dry ac
tivities, indoors or out.
Location: Provo, Salt Lake City, Lehi, Orem and Sandy, UT
More Info: (801) 373-4386 | www.sevenpeaks.com

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