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Things to Do With Kids in Salt Lake City


Salt Lake is a kid-friendly town and offers dozens of fun activities to keep children active and engaged. Here are some of the best.

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Hogle Zoo

Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Utah's Hogle Zoo dates from 1931 and is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon at 2600 E. Sunnyside Avenue. The Zoo is one of the most visited attractions in Utah and the top paid-for tourist attraction in Salt Lake City. It covers 42 acres and includes more than 800 animals.

Hogle Zoo's top exhibits include Rocky Shores, Asian Highlands and Elephant Encounter. Little ones will enjoy the classic Zoo Train and new Conservation Carousel. Don't miss the World of Flight Bird Show during the spring, summer and fall. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve, Hogle Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with the popular Zoolights display.

The Natural History Museum of Utah

Courtesy Utah Museum of Natural History

The Natural History Museum of Utah, near the University of Utah and Red Butte Garden, is an important part of Utah's scientific community but also a great place to visit with kids. Permanent exhibits cover archaeology, geology, paleontoloty, minerology and zoology.

UMNH offers kids' discovery activities every Saturday and a free science movie night every month. The museum offers a few free days each year.

This is the Place Heritage Park

Eric Schramm, Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

This is the Place Monument in Emigration Canyon marks the spot where Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Looking over the Salt Lake Valley, Young declared, "This is the right place." One hundred years later, a heroic bronze sculpture of Young and two of his colleagues was placed atop a 60-foot pedestal to commemorate the pioneers' arrival.

This is the Place Heritage Park includes a restored pioneer village with live demonstrations of pioneer life and a restored Brigham Young farmhouse.

This is the Place Heritage park is directly across from Hogle Zoo at 2601 Sunnyside Ave. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. spring through fall, ll a.m.-4 p.m. in winter. Programs are limited in winter and on Sundays.

Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden is a Botanical Garden and Arboretum near the University of Utah. The Garden offers walking paths through 11 themed gardens and nearly four miles of hiking trails. In addition to the botanical garden and arboretum, Red Butte Garden offers children's activities, seasonal family events and summer camps.

Liberty Park and Tracy Aviary

Photo by Jeremy Hall

Liberty Park is Salt Lake City's second largest public park and includes trails, playgrounds, a pond, paddle boat rentals, tennis courts, picnic facilities, amusement rides and a water play area. Liberty Park includes the Chase Home Museum of Folk Arts and the eight-acre Tracy Aviary, one of two free-standing aviaries in the United States.

The Leonardo

Courtesy The Leonardo

Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, The Leonardo is a first-of-a-kind museum where you can explore the unexpected places and ways that science, technology, art, and creativity connect. It's a hybrid museum that's a blast to visit, with cool interactive exhibits.

The Gateway: Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway and Snowflake Fountain

Photo by Marsha Maxwell

The Gateway in west downtown SLC has plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options for everyone, but kids will especially enjoy the Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway children's museum. The Olympic Snowflake Fountain in the Olympic Plaza is great for water play in hot weather.

Loveland Living Living Planet Aquarium

Courtesy The Living Planet Aquarium

The Living Planet Aquarium in Draper features four main exhibits: Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America and Penguin Encounter. The aquarium is the ninth biggest in the United States and includes a 4D movie theater and space for traveling exhibits.

Thanksgiving Point

Photo by Sam Scholes

Thanksgiving Point is a huge recreation area near the Point of the Mountain that includes spectacular themed gardens, a farm and agriculture center, movie theaters, an IMAX, shops, restaurants, a golf course, party and reception facilities, and the world's largest indoor dinosaur museum. There's so much to see and do at Thanksgiving Point that it's difficult to describe, but Thanksgiving Point definitely offers an escape from the everyday.

Thanksgiving Point is located about halfway between Salt Lake City and Provo just off Interstate 15 at the Point of the Mountain. For detailed driving instructions from your location, call 801-768-2300.


Courtesy Lagoon

Lagoon is a large amusement park about 15 miles north of Salt Lake City near the town of Farmington. Lagoon has been in operation since 1896. Its mix of old and new elements makes it unique. The park's carousel has been in operation since 1906, and the wooden roller coaster has been running since 1921. Park owners put up a new big ride just about every year to keep locals coming back.

Lagoon is fun for all ages and includes kiddie rides and big thrill rides. The replica Pioneer Village is fun for all ages, and so are the musical performances in the pavillions and Lagoon Opera House. Lagoon includes a water park called Lagoon-A-Beach.

Look for Lagoon discount coupons on Coca-Cola cans or at banks, credit unions, supermarkets and Costco.

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