Top 10 family activities in Utah (she: Allison)

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  1. Happy Fall Printable with Honey Popcorn from Thirty Handmade Days
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  5. DIY Honeycomb Dish Towel from Little Miss Momma
  6. Triple Honeycomb Crunch from Capturing Joy
  7. Honey Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub from Six Sisters
  8. Utah’s Top 10 Family Activities ~ The Beehive State! from Or So She Says
  9. Honeycomb Patterned Pumpkin from Lolly Jane
  10. Honey Nut Pie from Simply Kierste

Utah is known as the Beehive State because when Mormon pioneers settled the state, they strived to emulate the industry and perseverance of the honey bee. The state was originally named Deseret, which means “honey bee.” When Brigham Young pulled his wagon over the hill and declared “This is the right place,” he was probably not thinking about family entertainment. Over 160 years later, however, The Beehive State is one of the best places to find high-quality, family destinations.

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Here are my top 10 family activities in Utah (that you can only find in the Beehive State):

Arts, Culture and History

Family Activities in Utah

1. Temple Square                   

Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City is a symbol of Utah’s history and culture. It’s a must-see for most tourists. For families, Temple Square offers young children lots of room to explore in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Older children and teens will likely enjoy exhibits in the visitor centers on Temple Square, and the museums surrounding it.

2. This is the Place Heritage Park

This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City is an opportunity to experience what it would have been like to live in Utah in the late 1800’s. Families can visit historic buildings, learn about the people who lived there, and try their hands at pioneer chores and crafts.

3. Utah Shakespeare Festival

At the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, families with older children can see a variety of great plays, by Shakespeare and modern playwrights, each summer and fall. For families with younger children, the free Green Show features songs, dances and comedy from Shakespeare’s time on an outdoor stage.

Family Activities in Utah

4. Golden Spike National Historic Site

Golden Spike National Historic Site, located west of Brigham City, is the place where the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869. Today, families can see replicas of historic steam engines and see them run. Reenactments of the Last Spike ceremony are performed on weekends, and the Junior Ranger program is especially good here.

Sports and Outdoors

Family Activities in Utah

5. Hike to Delicate Arch

No matter how many pictures you’ve seen of Delicate Arch, nothing compares with the feeling of seeing it in person. The 3-mile round trip hike in Arches National Park is strenuous at times, especially in hot weather, but it is family-friendly. My children (ages 8 and 5) hiked to Delicate Arch with no problems and they ask when we can do it again.

6. Visit the Great Salt Lake

Yes, the “lake stink” and insects near the Great Salt Lake are uninviting, but the unique experience of floating or kayaking in the Great Salt Lake is worth it.

At Antelope Island State Park in Davis County, visitors can also play on a sandy beach, appreciate a gorgeous sunset from Buffalo Point, see a herd of bison, fly a kite, hike, bike, or enjoy the best stargazing along the Wasatch Front.

Family activities in Utah

7. Utah Olympic Park

No list of Utah attractions would be complete without mentioning skiing and other winter sports. It’s hard to pick just one winter resort.

The Utah Olympic Park is the venue where the ski jumping, bobsled, and other events were held during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. It is open year-round and has an Olympic museum, tours, aerial shows, and adventure activities such as aerial clinics, zip lines and bobsled rides.


8. Fry sauce

Fry sauce is so addictive that some Utahns make their own when they leave the state. Most local burger joints have their own secret recipe for this ketchup-and-mayonnaise mixture. Arctic Circle claims to have invented it, and this local chain is one of the best places to try it.

Family Activities in Utah

9. Pastrami burgers

According to the New York Times, the pastrami burger was not invented in Utah, but nobody else loves it like we do. Crown Burger popularized the sandwich and it has been copied by a number of other local burger chains – many Greek-owned – throughout the state.

10. Chuck-a-rama

“The choice is yours…” Yeah, you know the rest. Chuck-a-rama is a Utah chain buffet restaurant and it is popular among Utah families for good reason. Everyone gets exactly what they want – and lots of it – for a reasonable price. Personally, I like that I can put some fresh fruit and veggies on my kids’ plates before they can head for the all-you-can-eat french fries, mac-n-cheese and dessert.

Which uniquely Utah experience is your family’s favorite?

allison l.

allison l.

Allison Laypath is a family travel writer at Tips for Family Trips, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She and her husband took their first child on a two-week road trip at four-weeks-old and they have been traveling as a family ever since. Allison loves all types of travel, but especially road trips, national parks and travel within her home state of Utah.
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11 Comments On This Topic
  1. dawn
    2 years ago

    I love Dairy Keen in Heber. If it is your favorite you should mention it in your blog.

  2. Leigh
    2 years ago

    Must admit that fry sauce is one of my favorite things about Utah!!
    Just recently attended Swiss Days in Midway on my last visit and that was so fun!

  3. capturing joy with kristen duke
    2 years ago

    Will have to remember this next time I travel to Utah!

  4. Lolly Jane
    2 years ago

    Reeeeeally wishing I was in UT right now! Great ideas!!
    ps: Why don’t they have fry sauce in AZ???

    • Mariel
      2 years ago

      Ya, weird! Y’all are close enough that Fry Sauce should have rubbed off by now. :)

  5. Rebecca
    2 years ago

    What a great list! I always head to Utah to visit family, and I forget about all the awesome things to do there! Oh, I did remember to buy a bottle of fry sauce to bring home to my husband on our last Utah visit though. It’s good stuff!

  6. Simply Kierste
    2 years ago

    yep–we make our own fry sauce! we were SO excited to visit utah this summer, and actually go to a restaurant and have it served to us! love your list–great idea!

  7. allison l.
    2 years ago

    Thanks all! I had no idea there were so many other Dairy Keen fans out there. It’s one of many great local burger restaurants in Utah, but the only one that is “Home of the Train.”

  8. Landee
    2 years ago

    Love all these ideas and your take on the “honeycomb” theme! We love visiting Utah and will be adding a hike to Delicate Arch next time! Thanks for the ideas!

  9. wanderingeducators
    2 years ago

    what great ideas! i think i need to figure out the fry sauce…

  10. Colleen Lanin
    2 years ago

    I visited Salt Lake City with my daughter last summer and I’d love to go back to Utah with the whole family to explore some more!

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