11 tips for making the most of your day at Lagoon

Posted By Allison on Jun 22, 2018

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Hey there!

Are you planning a trip to Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah? It’s lots of fun for families.

Lagoon has been a happening Utah destination since 1886! Lagoon’s carousel is nearly 120 years old and the wooden roller coaster dates back to the 1920’s. In the 50’s and 60’s Ella Fitzgerald, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and dozens of other top acts played at Lagoon.

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.

You’ll spot Cannibal, Lagoon’s newest coaster well before you pull into the parking lot. Its first terrifying drop is like nothing you’ve ever seen.

My family lives near Lagoon and its one of our favorite summer traditions. We usually go with extended family, and cousins always make it more fun.

Here are tips for getting the most from your visit.

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1. Don’t pay full price

Lagoon discounts can be found everywhere in Utah, 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.

If you live near enough, consider a season pass. It will pay for itself in 2-3 visits. Black Friday is an especially good time to buy, when season passes are about $99 each. My family purchased season passes for the first time this year, and have visited Lagoon half a dozen times so far – usually for just a few hours. My kids (now ages 11 and 14) love going with friends who have passes, and are excited to experience Lagoon-A-Beach and Frightmares this year.

2. 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.

We usually bring in our 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.

Our favorite picnic lawn is shady and just far enough from the rides that a mid-day nap would be possible if we were so inclined.


3. 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 and 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, cameras and tickets from getting drenched.

4. Pack Light

Do not carry purses or backpacks with you, unless someone in your group will not be riding coasters like Wicked, Spider, Colossus and even the family-friendly Bombora. Bags are not allowed on these rides. Lockers are available at the front of the park and near these rides, but it’s easier to travel light.

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. On a recent visit, I wore my neck wallet under my shirt on Wicked. The first vertical hill lifted it into the air and out of my reach. Lagoon employees collect all the lost items under Wicked every few hours and send them to Lost and Found. I got my bag back, but my phone screen was smashed and unusable.

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5. 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.

6. Arrive early

Lagoon opens at 11:00 a.m 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 a.m, in case of an early opening.

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7. Validate for Bounce Back

Stop just inside the gates to validate your passes for Bounce Back, if it’s an option the day you are there. Lagoon’s Bounce Back allows you to return to the park within the next ten days for a deeply discounted price. It takes a couple of minutes to validate and there is nothing to lose if you don’t return.

8. Save Lagoon-A-Beach for another day

We visit Lagoon nearly every year, but my kids haven’t yet 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. Lagoon-A-Beach is included with admission, so consider visiting on a Bounce Back day.

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9. Get in line for these rides first

These are the popular rides at Lagoon. Visit them early in the day to avoid long lines:

South End: Wicked, Spider, Colossus

North End: CannibalThe Rocket

Pioneer Village: Rattlesnake Rapids, Log Flume

Family Rides: Bombora, Dinosaur Drop/Ladybug Bop, Odysea, The Bat

10. 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.

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11. See a show

Every time I see one of Lagoon’s musical productions, I remember Simon Cowell insulting American Idol contestants by comparing them to theme park performers. Nevertheless, I think that Lagoon’s productions are fun. We are usually ready for a break in the afternoon and watching a show in the shade with an icy soda in hand is a pleasant way to spend half an hour.

Lagoon may not be as big as the well-known parks in Southern California or Florida, but it has fun attractions and local flavor that can’t be found anywhere else. Lagoon will be tradition in our family for years to come.

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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: $59 for adults. Check current pricing and details at www.lagoonpark.com/tickets.

How Long: One full day, plus a Bounce Back if you can. 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.

Website: www.lagoonpark.com

Photo credit: Featured photos courtesy of Lagoon.

How else can I help?

Need a place to stay? Lagoon has an onsite campground. If that’s not your thing, look for hotels in Farmington, Layton, Bountiful or Salt Lake City. Click the button to check prices and availability of local hotels on TripAdvisor.

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Hi there! I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. I am a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 12, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. We took our first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and we have been traveling as a family ever since. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood.


  1. Never thought of a ziploc bag for R.R. Great “tip”.

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    • Thanks for all your tips, this is great. We are thinking of going on 7/30, am I crazy? A few friends in the area said it is WAY too HOT!!

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      • Thank you! July 30 will probably be crazy hot. However, it’s also a weekday. Between that and the heat, it may keep the crowds down. We visited Lagoon from open to close one day last week when it was nearly 100 degrees F, and it was OK. For most of the day, we enjoyed short lines on every ride.

        I recommend that you bring a cooler full of drinks and snacks. Maybe a blanket or camp chairs too. Park it in a shady spot in the back of the park where you can rest and cool down when needed. Wear clothing that can get wet and take advantage of Rattlesnake Rapids, Log Flume, Cliffhanger, and the splash pad early and often. You could spend part of the day at Lagoon-a-Beach. Finally, you can get a tall cup of ice water from any food stand at Lagoon for 25 cents. If you plan it right, it’s not too tough to beat the heat at Lagoon.

  2. Great article and awesome advice! Just wanted to make a correction. You have the North and South ends of the park mixed up. Wicked, Spider, and Colossus are on the South, while Air Race and The Rocket are on the North. 🙂

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    • You’re right! Sometimes I get my right and left mixed up too. Thanks for the correction! I have fixed this information in the article.

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  3. This looks like a great park for my family. Lots of big attractions for my two daredevils, and plenty to do for the one who hates motion of any kind. Seems like a perfect way for us to spend a day in Utah.

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  4. Can you bring a medium sized cloth wagon with wheels in the park? Is there a stroller to rent there?

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    • Yes, you can bring a wagon to Lagoon. Stroller rentals are also available just inside the front gate.

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  5. Could you tell me where you usually set up your picnic area? We’re looking to see where the best ‘home base’ would be for three separate families going together. Thanks!

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    • Hi Heather. There are lots of good picnic spaces and pavilions. We always put our blankets down on a grassy area behind Bombora, immediately south of the bathrooms. It’s shady and central, with easy access to Kiddie Land and Pioneer Village. Now that I’ve shared, hopefully it will still be there next time we go! 😉

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  6. Thanks for the information! I did a search for reviews and tips for this park and this was by far the most helpful.

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    • Thank you so much for your comment! My goal is to share helpful information and this makes my day. 🙂

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  7. Knowing when these posts are written would be helpful too, to see whether this is current/relevant info! Thanks for the tips!

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    • Hi Jen. The date usually appears below the title, but sometimes loads after the text. If it’s not showing up, please send me an email at [email protected] with details. I agree that it’s important information.

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  8. Thanks for these great tips. I worked at Lagoon twenty years ago and now live on the East Coast. I am taking my family there for the first time this Summer and these tips were great reminders of what to expect.

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    • Thanks Ben! I hope your family has a great time at Lagoon this summer and that you enjoy all the updates since you worked there. We have season passes this year, so perhaps we will be there too!

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  9. So I was wondering what you can do that is on the ground I am afraid of heights and roller coasters but I am going soon

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    • Do you still like rides? Tilt-a-Whirl is a classic, and still one of my favorite rides. There are a couple more grounded rides nearby. Rattlesnake Rapids is a popular raft ride with no heights. There are a few family rides that welcome all ages that you may find fun. You’ll find the spinning dragon ride in the center of the park. A teacup ride like the one at Disneyland is nearby. There are shows near the Carousel that I enjoy. If you bring your swimsuit, you can go to Lagoon-A-Beach and spend the day in the lazy river. You can also spend time exploring the shaded quiet of Pioneer Village. Hope that helps, and that you have a great time!

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  10. This makes me miss SLC so much! My husband and I recently moved from Utah to Wisconsin, and this post brought me back to all the wonderful things Salt Lake has to offer! Beautiful piece <3

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    • Thank you! I’m sure that you’ll find lots about Wisconsin to love, but SLC is certainly a great place to live and visit. I hope you’ll come back and visit soon. 🙂

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  11. Thanks for this informative post, Allison! My friends are planning to visit us within a month’s time and I wanted to take them to someplace new. I have not been to the Lagoon yet so this will be a wonderful experience for all of us.

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  12. Are we crazy to go over fall break? We’re thinking Thursday oct 18th.

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    • Hi! That is a good question. I haven’t visited Lagoon during fall break, but if you plan for crowds, you can still have a great time. I suspect that Thursday will be less crowded than Friday or Saturday. I recommend that you arrive 20-30 minutes before opening time so that you can be among the first on your favorite popular rides before crowds get heavy. The park will be open late that night, and that might be a good time to plan your rides as well. Many visitors may head home early or fill Lagoon’s haunted attractions later in the evening.

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