Earlier this week I wrote about how fun and easy it is for families to ride Utah’s Frontrunner commuter train and Trax light rail system. For further inspiration, here are three fun Frontrunner day trips for families:
Ogden was once a major railroad hub, so riding Frontrunner is a good way to begin a day of train-themed fun. The Frontrunner station is located next to historic Union Station where train enthusiasts are allowed to climb on the vintage engines and train cars on display outside. Union Station is home to the Utah State Railroad Museum, the John M. Browning Firearms Museum and the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum. Union Grill is a delicious option for lunch or dinner.
Historic 25th Street and The Junction are within walking distance of the Frontrunner station. Historic 25th Street is lined with an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. The Ogden Farmer’s Market (July-Oct) and the Christmas Village are held here each year. A public playground can be found near the top of Historic 25th Street.
The Junction is Ogden’s newest place to play. Sure, it’s a fun place to find movies, dining, shopping and Fat Cats arcade, but how about indoor sky diving, rock climbing or surfing? For extreme fun, try iFly, iRock, or Flowrider in the Junction’s Salomon Center. The Treehouse Museum is a fun and educational place to spend a few hours with younger children.
Farmington has long been known as the home of Lagoon, Utah’s biggest amusement park. Shuttles run every 30 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays from the Frontrunner stop at Farmington Station to Lagoon, making public transportation a good alternative.
Lagoon isn’t the only fun place to visit in Farmington anymore. Station Park, just a short walk from Farmington Station, is Davis County’s new gathering place. This shopping, dining and entertainment center has a movie theater, playground, ice skating rink (in winter), and a fountain designed by the creator of the Fountains at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Station Park’s fountain isn’t nearly as large, but with shows every hour, it is still impressive.
We visited Station Park with my dad in July and didn’t mind at all when we had to wait 30 minutes for a table at Johnny Rocket’s. We visited at one of the patio tables while our children enjoyed the playground. My dad ran into some friends of his, and a few minutes later we also had a chance meeting with friends. The evening weather was perfect and the fountain was lovely backdrop.
Salt Lake City
Downtown Salt Lake City is our most frequent Frontrunner destination because there are so many things to do there. Our most recent trip took us to the Salt Lake City’s beautiful library, where we spent most of the day reading. Other favorite family destinations include:
- Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum
- Clark Planetarium
- Gateway Mall
- Energy Solutions Arena
- Temple Square
- LDS Church History Museum
- Joseph Smith Memorial Building
- City Creek Mall
- The Leonardo Museum
- Gallivan Center
We ride the train to Salt Lake City each December to enjoy the holiday spirit and decorations downtown. Seeing the Christmas lights on Temple Square is one of our holiday traditions. Riding the train makes the day that much better because we avoid holiday traffic and parking hassles.
Where will Frontrunner take you?