Welcome to Utah, where there are so many families and kids here that everything is designed with the family in mind! In other words, when you’re traveling in Utah, there’s something for any and all ages in your family.
So, the next time you’re here, be sure to check out these 10 kid-friendly places in Utah to visit.
Welcome to the Beehive State: 10 Kid-Friendly Places in Utah to Visit
1. Downtown Salt Lake City is jam-packed full of kid-friendly places to go and things to do! From museums to parks to zoos, there is something for every kid. And there is something downtown for every budget, too. Historic Temple Square, for example, has loads of free, historic, and kid-friendly tours. My kids love visiting the Family History Museum and seeing the cool exhibits. Of course, they also love that afterward we get a family-history-inspired meal, like this Deliciously Easy Traditional Scottish Meat Pies.
2. Ready to see some red rock cliffs and hike to your heart’s content? Head to Southern Utah, where you can pick from several gorgeous national parks. Most people stay in Moab because it’s between two of the most popular parks, Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. Oh, and make sure you check out these 15 Breathtaking Things to Do in Utah with Your Kids.
3. Let’s be honest: you’re probably here for the powder, aren’t you? Utah is home to so many world-class ski and snowboarding facilities it’s unbelievable. Powder Mountain, just one of the resorts, has more than 7,000 skiable acres and not a single fake snowflake.
4. Want to walk with the dinosaurs? Go see real dig sites at Dinosaur National Monument. Or, if you’d rather stay in town, see where they bring the fossils and play in a one-of-a-kind dinosaur park at Ogden’s George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park. My kids love the dino-themed playground.
5. Do you want to see the Olympics? Go see the fully-operational Utah Olympic Park. You can browse the museum, watch athletes train, and even train like the pros do. My kids’ favorite is watching the ski jumpers train – from a safe distance, of course!
6. Ready to see the Cougars play? Head on down to Provo and cheer for your favorite Brigham Young University players. Tour the campus – and be sure to ask about all of the edible plants.
7. Or if pro sports is more your thing, Utah is home to many top-notch teams, including the Utah Jazz, Real Salt Lake, and the Salt Lake Bees. Okay, so the Bees are technically a minor league team, but they’re still the bee’s knees.
8. Kids and airplanes, am I right? Be sure to add the Hill Aerospace Museum to your travel itinerary. Admission is free, and your kids can get up-close-and-personal with real-life, actually-used planes, jets, and rockets on a fully-functional air base. Oh, and did I mention that admission is FREE?
9. If you’re planning a visit in the summer or fall, be sure to visit the Utah State Fair. There you can enjoy rides, events, music, and delicious food – though my favorite is always the BBQ! But if you can’t make it to Salt Lake County, don’t fret. Most counties run their own fairs – and they’re just as awesome though on a much smaller scale!
10. Finally, one of our favorite places to go is Lagoon – an amusement park in Davis County that goes unnoticed despite its world-class roller coasters. And if The Cannibal’s 116 degree beyond vertical free-fall that shoots you into a 140-foot tall inverted loop at 70 miles per hour is too intense for your kids, don’t worry. This is Utah, and there are rides for all ages, heights, and thrill levels.
No matter which part of Utah you’re headed to, there’s plenty of kid-friendly places to go and things to see. What are your favorite fun things to do with kids while in Utah? Be sure to share your suggestions in the comments!
Kimberly is a writer, a ginger, an ER nurse without a night shift, a wife, and a mom to four. She writes about all of the things because humor really is the best medicine. You can find her at her blog, Kimberly C. Starr as well as on several social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.