100 fun things to do in Salt Lake City with kids

Posted By Allison on May 2, 2018


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Hello!

If you live near Salt Lake City or are planning a visit, this is the ULTIMATE list of ways to fill your summer vacation – and most other months of the year too! I’ve collected every fun activity I can think of between Ogden and Provo to keep your family busy, happy and off their screens.

Many of the paid attractions on this list offer deals on Groupon and other deals sites, so check for discount vouchers before you go! If you’re a Groupon newbie, find my tips for getting the most from Groupon HERE.

I also have a list of 25 Free Things to Do in Salt Lake City. They’re all included in this list, but you can get it organized in a week-by-week format to fill your entire summer. It’s my Salt Lake City Summer Fun Plan. You can get it free when you sign up for my email newsletter. Click the button to learn more.

There is no way I’ve thought of EVERY fun thing there is to do in Salt Lake City. If one of your favorites is missing, please recommend it in the comments.

Amusement Parks

Salt Lake County and Park City

Cowabunga Bay, Draper

Snowbird Summer Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon – Read my full review HERE!

Park City Mountain Resort, Park City – Read my full review HERE!

Utah Olympic Park, Park City

Davis/Weber Counties

Lagoon Amusement Park, Farmington – Read my full review HERE!

The Rush Funplex, Syracuse

Salomon Center, Ogden

Utah County

Provo Beach – Provo

Multiple Locations

Seven Peaks Water ParksCLICK HERE for information about the Pass of All Passes.

  • Salt Lake City
  • Provo

Boondocks

  • Draper
  • Kaysville

Classic Fun Center

  • Sandy
  • Layton
  • Riverdale
  • Orem

Kangaroo Zoo

  • Ogden
  • North Salt Lake
  • Pleasant Grove

Trampoline Parks – Read my tips for trampoline parks HERE!

Parks and Gardens

Salt Lake County

Liberty Park, Salt Lake City – FREE!

Sugar House Park, Salt Lake City – FREE!

Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City – Read my full review Red Butte Garden!

Wheeler Historic Farm, Salt Lake City – FREE!

International Peace Gardens, Salt Lake City – FREE!

Gilgal Garden, Salt Lake City – Read my full review HEREFREE!

Davis/Weber Counties

Antelope Island State Park, Syracuse

Utah County

Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi – Read my full review HERE!

Pools and Splash Pads

Splash Pads – Nearly every city on the Wasatch Front now has a FREE splash pad. Hooray! Link to a big list of splash pads HERE.

Public Pools – Gone are the days when the city pool was just a big concrete swimming hole. Now we have tube slides, water playgrounds, wave pools and so much more, for a really reasonable price! Here are a few favorites:

Zoos and Museums

Salt Lake County

Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City – Read my full review HERE!

Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City – Read my full review HERE!

Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City – Read my full review HERE!

The Leonardo, Salt Lake City – Read my full review HERE!

This is the Place Heritage Park, Salt Lake City

Utah State Capitol Building, Salt Lake City FREE!

Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, Salt Lake City FREE!

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City

Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City FREE!

Tour the Governor’s Mansion, Salt Lake City FREE!

Davis/Weber Counties

Hill Aerospace Museum, Roy – Read my full review HERE! FREE!

Eccles Dinosaur Park, Ogden – Read my full review HERE!

Ogden Nature Center, Ogden

Treehouse Museum, Ogden

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Draper

Utah County

Museum of Ancient Life, Lehi

Museum of Natural Curiosity, Lehi – Read my full review HERE!

Trails

Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Idaho border to Nephi – hike portions of this trail all along the Wasatch Front FREE!

Salt Lake County

Ensign Peak, Salt Lake City FREE!

Temple Quarry Trail, Little Cottonwood Canyon – Read my full review HERE! FREE!

Utah County

Timpanogos Cave National Monument, American Fork Canyon – Read my full review HERE!

LDS

Temple Square, Salt Lake City – Read my full review HERE! FREE!

Church History Museum, Salt Lake City FREE!

Family History Library, Salt Lake City – Read my full review HEREFREE!

Conference Center, Salt Lake City FREE!

Historic Beehive House, Salt Lake City FREE!

Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake City FREE!

Libraries

City Library Events, Salt Lake City – Read my full review of the magnificent downtown branch HERE! FREE!

Davis County Library Summer Programs FREE!

Weber County Library Summer Programs FREE!

Provo City Library Summer Programs FREE!

Movies

Summer Movie Clubs

Drive-In Movies

Free Outdoor Movies

College Campuses

There are a lot of fun things to do on college campuses, and they are usually uncrowded in the summer. Look for museums, bowling, libraries, book stores and lots of interesting things to see.

University of Utah – See the Olympic torch! FREE!

Brigham Young University – They have a fun dinosaur museum! FREE!

Weber State University – We love bowling here!

Sports

Pro Baseball

Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns

Bowling – Kids can bowl two FREE games every day of the summer at these locations. Learn more at www.kidsbowlfree.com.

  • Orchard Lanes, North Salt Lake
  • Delton Bowling Lanes, West Valley City

Shopping Centers

Farmers Markets – Find a current list of Utah farmers markets HERE. Read my tips for visiting a market with kids HERE. FREE!

City Creek Center – This mall in downtown Salt Lake City has a splash pad, fountains, a creek with real fish and a food court with a play area for little kids. FREE!

Station Park – Watch the dancing fountain, play on the playground, go to a movie or see a free summer concert at Station Park, Farmington FREE!

IKEA – This Draper store has a tasty cafeteria and a fun supervised play area where potty-trained kids can hang out while you shop (or enjoy an hour to yourself in the cafeteria?).

Color Me Mine

  • Salt Lake City
  • Draper
  • Ogden
  • Provo
  • Park City

Miscellaneous

Star Gazing Parties – Read my post about star gazing in Utah HERE! FREE!

Ride TRAX or FrontRunner – Use them to get to your destinations, or just ride for fun! Kids under age 6 ride FREE. Get an all-day group pass for $15. Read my tips HERE.

Here’s hoping that your calendar is now full of fun ways to make memories with your family in the Salt Lake City area. I update and add to this list regularly, so if you use Pinterest, be sure to pin this post for future reference.

Happy travels!

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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.

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