Planning a trip to Lagoon in Utah? My family lives 15 minutes away from this fun amusement park and we have visited many times.
Lagoon Amusement Park has been a favorite Utah destination since 1886! Today, Lagoon is still one of the best regional amusement parks in the U.S. It is large and clean and has coasters and other attractions that you won't find anywhere else.
Our most recent trip to Lagoon was in August 2021. A neighbor offered us two free tickets on Saturday morning. Our teens were excited to go, so we dropped everything and hurried to the park. We bought two more tickets and had a great end-of-summer day together.
Here are tips for getting the most from your visit.
Don't pay full price
Lagoon discounts are not too hard to find, so don't pay full price. Many local businesses and hotels sell discounted passes. Lagoon lists several deals on its website at www.lagoonpark.com/tickets/deals-packages.
Lagoon charges admission for ALL kids and seniors who will ride. This price is less expensive than most discount passes. Children under age 2 can enter the park for free and individual ride tickets may be purchased if parents just want to buy one or two rides for their youngest children.
A season pass will pay for itself in 2-3 visits. Black Friday is an especially good time to buy, when season passes are about $99 each. Don't forget to buy a season parking pass too!
We bought season passes for Christmas one year, and it was a gift that we used over and over from spring through Halloween. A season pass makes it easy to just go for a few hours, send teens with friends, and make the most of Frightmares in October.
Pack a picnic
Lagoon has hundreds of picnic tables and numerous grassy areas in the back of the park. Officially, Lagoon encourages guests to leave their food in cars until mealtime, but we always bring ours in as soon as we arrive. We don't leave anything of value unattended, and we've never had a problem.
I recommend bringing a big cooler and a large blanket. We finally switched to a cooler with wheels and a telescoping handle last year, and it is so much better than carrying a heavy cooler through the park! The cooler in the photo is not the one we use, but it's similar and available on Amazon.com.
Dress for water rides
Summer temperatures can reach triple digits in Utah and Lagoon has several water rides and a splash pad where visitors can cool off. Wear clothes that will dry quickly. Avoid denim or anything see-through. You may be completely soaked on Rattlesnake Rapids.
Water rides are popular in the summer, so consider riding them early in the day. Bring Ziploc bags to keep your phones and tickets from getting drenched.
Avoid carrying purses or backpacks with you onto coasters like Wicked, Spider, Colossus, and even the family-friendly Bombora. Bags are not allowed on these rides.
Lockers are available at these rides, and they are free for up to one hour.
You can carry a small neck wallet or fanny pack onto all the rides, but make sure it's secure and will not get in the way of safety restraints.
One time, I wore my neck wallet under my shirt on Wicked. The first vertical hill lifted it into the air and out of my reach. I eventually got my bag back through Lost and Found, but my phone was destroyed. When in doubt, use the lockers.
Go on a weekday
Save yourself a lot of time in line and plan your Lagoon Day for a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Lagoon has no Fastpass or Skip-the-Line options, so it pays to arrive early and pick days with lighter crowds if you don't want to wait long for Cannibal and other popular rides.
Cannibal and Wicked have single rider lines, which are great for families with older kids who prefer to ride fast than ride together.
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Lagoon opens at 11:00 AM every day except Saturday. That's hardly the crack of dawn, but lines will be shortest during the first hour. We always aim to be standing at the front gates at 10:30 AM.
Save Lagoon-A-Beach for another day
We visit Lagoon nearly every year, but my kids still haven't done Lagoon-A-Beach, the water park inside the amusement park. The amusement park has enough attractions to fill our day without packing swimsuits and towels.
If Lagoon-a-Beach is your top priority, go there first and have a great time! Bring a change of clothes and enjoy the amusement park in the afternoon or evening.
Get in line for these rides first
These are the popular rides at Lagoon. Visit them early in the day to avoid long lines:
North End: Cannibal, The Rocket
South End: Wicked, Spider
Pioneer Village: Rattlesnake Rapids, Log Flume
Family Rides: Bombora, Dinosaur Drop/Ladybug Bop, Odysea, The Bat
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Stroll through Pioneer Village
Pioneer Village is a reconstruction of a typical 19th-century frontier town. It has 42 buildings filled with period furnishings and one of the best collections of small guns in the United States.
The home of my 3rd great-grandfather, Erastus Bingham, has been relocated to Pioneer Village, so it's fun to wander through this quiet section of Lagoon and show my kids a piece of our family history.
See a show
Lagoon offers high-quality, family-friendly shows on most days. We are usually ready for a break in the afternoon and watching a show in the shade with an icy soda is a pleasant way to spend half an hour.
Where to stay
Lagoon has an onsite campground. If that's not your thing, look for hotels in Farmington, Layton, Bountiful, or Salt Lake City.
The closest hotels are the Hampton Inn or Hyatt Place in Farmington. Both are on the free UTA shuttle line between Farmington Station and Lagoon.
Hampton Inn is closest to Lagoon. But Hyatt Place is located at Station Park, an entertainment district filled with shopping, dining, and a movie theatre.
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Lagoon has fun attractions and local flavor that can't be found anywhere else. Be sure to:
- Look for discount tickets
- Pack a cooler
- Arrive early
to make the most of your day. Lagoon is a fun tradition for my family and I hope that your family will make great memories here too.
Good to Know
Where: Just east of Interstate 15 in Farmington, Utah. You can drive your own car or take a shuttle from Frontrunner.
When: Lagoon is open during warm weather months, from about Easter through Halloween.
How Much: $69 for adults. Check current pricing and details at www.lagoonpark.com/tickets.
How Long: One full day. Lagoon does not sell multi-day passes.
Amenities: Lagoon sells a variety of counter service meals and snacks throughout the park, including Subway and Arby's. Picnic areas and group spaces are abundant. Classic midway games can be found all over the park as well.
Photo credit: Featured photos courtesy of Lagoon.