Things to Do In Utah

Activity, Event, and Field Trip Ideas

Utah road map

Utah road map

This is certainly not a complete list and I would appreciate hearing other ideas or corrections for this list.

Find gardens and arboretums in Utah and around the world. 

Find Farmer’s Markets, Pick Your Own, etc

Davis County area
Utah State University Botanical Gardens, Kaysville 627-3270
LeConte Stewart Art Museum (Kaysville City Library)
Layton Heritage Museum 546-3524
Antelope Island – visitors center, ranch/museum, camping, bison roundup 773-2941 or 625-1630
Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area 451-7386
Rouche home – West Kaysville, you can drive by, not open to the public, where John Taylor spent his last days
Bison Roundup – Antelope Island
Bountiful/Davis Arts Center, Bountiful 292-0367 (temporarily moved due to reconstruction)
Smith’s Ice Cream Plant 552-6377
Charles Penrose Cabin Museum, by appointment, Farmington 451-2357
Daughters of Utah Pioneers Log House, Centerville 295-6457, by appointment
Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Woods Cross 295-1782
Kaysville Theater and Lisa’s Popcorn, Kaysville

Ogden area
Eccles Community Art Center 392-6935
Treehouse Children’s Museum 394-9663
Ogden Nature Center 621-7595
Ogden River Parkway 627-3270
Roy Historical Museum 776-3626
Hill Aerospace Museum 777-6818
Fort Buenaventura State Park 621-4808
George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park 393-3466
Ogden Union Station — several museums — 629-8444
Layton Ott Planetarium at Weber State University 626-6653
Museum of Natural Science, Weber State 626-6653
Art Gallery, Weber State
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum 393-4460
Miles Goodyear Cabin 393-4460
Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity (monastery near Huntsville) 745-3784
Tuckett Farm (call ahead) – several types of animals but not necessarily farm animals. some have been in movies 731-0170
Millstream Classic Car Collection 394-9425 Call ahead (in the Millstream Motel)
Ice Sheet, Weber State
Cold Springs Trout Farm 782-7282 or 782-1886
Fossil Hunting – ¼ mile road between Camp Keisel and Camp Browning UTA
287-4636 or 621-4636
Terrace Plaza Playhouse 293-0072
Ben Lomond Climbing Center 737-7274
Propulsion Climbing Gym 393-4126

Cache Valley area
Jensen Living Historical Farm 245-4064
Festival of the American West (July and August) 1-800-225-3378
Hyrum City Museum 245-6033
Hardware Ranch 435-753-6206
Powder Ridge Back Country Yurts
Jardine Juniper (very old juniper)
Old Ephriams grave (famous grizzly)
Bear Lake
Raspberry picking
Logan Tabernacle
Utah Festival Opera Company 750-0300 or 1-800-830-6088
Stokes Nature Center 435-755-3239
AVA Art Center, Logan 753-2970
Cache County Daughters of Utah Pioneers 752-5139
Wellsville Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum 245-3686 by appt.
Intermountain Herbarium, Dept of Biology, Utah State University, 750-1586
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, U. S. U., 797-0163
Willow Park Zoo, Logan some native animals 750-9893
Utah Festival Opera Company 750-0300 or 1-800-830-6088
Gossner Cheese Factory 435-752-9365
Pepperidge Farm 435-258-2491
Stokes Nature Center 435-755-3239

Northern Utah
Brigham City Museum-Gallery 723-6769
Brigham City Tabernacle 723-5376
Brigham City Train Depot 723-2989
Promontory Point/Golden Spike Historical Site 471-2209
Spiral Jetty sculpture (ask at the Golden Spike Historical Site)
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 723-5887
Thiokol– a wonderful “Rocket Garden,” where they have displays of
several motors and rockets that they have either invented or tested—from 5” diameter to larger than several people stacked end to end. In front of each rocket and/or motor, there is a small plaque, describing the rocket.
Belmont Hot Springs 458-3200
Crystal Hot Springs 297-8104
Golden Spike Fruitway (produce stands) 734-3387
Baron Woolen Mills 723-1087
North Box Elder County Museum, Tremonton 257-3371

Northeastern Utah
Sheep Creek Geological Area
Ute Tower (first fire lookout in Utah ) 784-3445
Swett Ranch
Flaming Gorge
Dinosaur National Monument
John Jarvie Historical Property 885-3307
Jone’s Hole Fish Hatchery
Utah Field House of Natural History 789-3799
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge 789-0351
Western Mining and Railroad Museum 472-3009
Spring Canyon (ghost towns)
Prehistoric Museum 637-5060
Carbon County International Folkfest
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry 637-4584
Museum of the San Rafael
Western Heritage Museum, Vernal 789-7399
Ute Tribal Museum, Fort Duchesne 722-4992

Salt Lake City area
Utah Museum of Fine Arts 581-7332
Gallivan Center 532-0459
Old Deseret Village/This Is the Place 582-1847
The Living Planet Aquarium
Cathedral of the Madeleine 328-8941
Cathedral of St. Mark 322-3400
Holy Trinity Cathedral 359-4163
International Peace Gardens 974-2411
Temple Square 240-3318
Joseph Smith Memorial Building 240-4400
LDS Church Office Building and Gardens 240-1000
LDS Conference Center
State Capital 538-3000
Church Museum of History and Art 240-3310
Temple Square Concert Series
Family History Library
The Beehive House/The Lion House 240-2671
The Governor’s Mansion 538-1005
Salt Lake City and County Building 533-0858
Memory Grove 533-0858
Tracy Aviary/Liberty Park 322-2473
Children’s Garden in Liberty Park 972-7800
Great Salt Lake State Park 250-1898
Wheeler Historic Farm 264-2212
Clarke Planetarium
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum
Red Butte Gardens 581-4747 or 582-5322
Bingham Copper Mine 569-6287
Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum 538-1050
Magna Ethnic and Mining Museum 250-5656
Sandy Museum, Sandy 566-08
Utah State Historical Society Museum 533-3500
Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art 533-5760
Finch Lane Gallery/Art Barn 596-5000
Glendinning Gallery 533-5895
Fort Douglas Military Museum 588-5188
Hellenic Cultural Museum 359-4163
Pioneer Craft House 481-7131
Salt Lake Art Center 328-4201
Salt Lake City Public Library-Permanent Art Collection 524-8200
Utah Veterans Memorial State Park 254-9036
Midvale Historical Society Museum 255-4959
Daughters of Utah Pioneers, West Jordan 561-7965 by appt.
Gardner Museum, West Jordan 566-8903
Alf Engen Ski Museum 272-4334
Devereauz House
Reagan Outdoor Signs – billboard company
Salt Lake City Children’s Book Festival
National Weather Service
Point of the Mountain – Hang gliders and parasailors
Welfare Square 579-1332
Cream of Weber Dairy
Russell Ice Cream
Meadow Gold Milk Plant
Jordan River Parkway
Frito Lay
Cecret Lake Ballet West Theatres – Capitol, City Rep, Pioneer
Utah Geological Survey

The following have free days a few times per year:
Hogle Zoo 582-1631
Utah Natural History Museum, University of Utah 581-4303
Children’s Museum 328-3383 or 322-5268
Sandy Museum 566-0878

Utah County area
Thanksgiving Point — zoo, gardens, Dinosaur Museum, Imax theatre
Timpanogos Cave 756-5238
Peppermint Place candy factory
BYU: Art Gallery 378-2881, Museum of Art 378-8256, Life Science 378-5051, Museum of Peoples and Cultures 378-6112, Earth Science Museum 378-3680, dairy, planetarium
Printing Museum in Provo (reservations required)
Bridal Veil Falls
McCurdy Historical Doll Museum 377-9935
Springville Museum of Art 489-2727
Springville World Folkfest July 489-3657
Young Living Farm – Lavender Days, exotic animals
Sundance Theatre
Lehi Roller Mills
Daughters of Utah Pioneers and Pioneer Village, Provo 377-7078
Historic Pioneer Relic Hall, Alpine 756-5490 by appt.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers and Relic Hall, American Fork 756-2135
Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Spanish Fork
Mapleton Historical Museum 489-5850
Scera Heritage Center, Orem 225-2569
City Center Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Payson 465-9017
Peteetneet Daughters of Utah Pioneers 465-9017
John Hutchings Museum of Natural History, Lehi 768-7180
Clasropes – rope climbing, rock wall to climb? 373-8897
Cascade Springs (can be accessed from the Heber City area but there are better roads from American Fork canyon)

Central Utah
Tabernacle Hill – geological site
Beaver County Court House
Old State House in Fillmore 743-5316
Cove Fort
Topaz internment camp
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab 644-2001
Lehman Caves
Great Basin National Park
Old State House/Museum in Fillmore 743-5316

Southern Utah

Bryce Canyon - Utah

Bryce Canyon – Utah

Brigham Young’s Winter Home
Jacob Hamblin home 673-2171
Mountain Meadows Massacre Historic Site
Joshua Tree Forest
Wells Fargo Bank (restored)
Worthington Gallery and Pottery 772-3446
Johnson Canyon Movie Set 644-3187
Pahreah town site and movie set
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
John Wesley Powell Museum
Sego Canyon rock art (Thompson, UT)
Dewey Bridge
Dan O’Laurie Museum 259-7985
Hole ‘N the Rock (5,000 sq ft house carved in a cliff) 686-2250
Cedar Mesa Pottery 678-2241
Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cedar City 586-7878
Fairview Museum of History and Art 427-9216
Fremont Indian State Park – cliff drawings
Bryce Canyon – hiking, camping, visitor’s center
Heritage House Museum, Kanab
Lake Powell
Cedar Mountain lava flows
Cedar Mountain ice caves
Smoky Mountain smoke pots
Moqui Cave Pipe Spring National Monument
Marysvale Working Loom Museum and Factory 326-4213
Miner’s Park Historical Trail 438-2436
Butch Cassidy’s boyhood home (Circleville)

Park City/Heber/Morgan areas
Heber Valley Historical Railroad (Heber Creeper)
Park City Museum of History and Territorial Jail 649-6104
Images of Nature gallery of nature photography 649-7579
Alpine Slide
Sundance Film Festival 328-3456
Edelweiss Gallery in Midway 654-1335
Swiss Days (September) Midway 654-3223
Devil’s Slide, Morgan 627-8289
Wasatch County Daughters of Utah Pioneers 654-4920 by appt.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Kamas 783-4638 by appt.
Kimball Art Center, Park City 649-8882

Western Utah
Bonneville Sea Base
Bonneville Sky Base
Tooele Pioneer Hall and Log Cabin 882-4742
Tooele County Railroad Museum 882-2836
Benson Grist Mill 882-7678
Donner-Reed Pioneer Museum (by appt. only) 884-3348
“Tree of Utah” sculpture
Simpson Springs Station (pony express)
Geode beds (past Simpson Springs)
Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway (call BLM)
Bonneville Speedway Museum 665-7721
Camp Floyd and Stagecoach Inn State Park
Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge 831-5353
Tintic Mining District Museum (by appt only) 433-6915
Fassio Egg Farm

Various Places and Events
Universities — sometimes free or inexpensive cultural events or museums
Visit people with various occupations (with permission)
Bee Keeper
Watch a cake decorator, seamstress, etc
Ceramic shops
Bus terminals/Bus or Trax ride or Frontrunner
Airports/Hill Air Force Base—watch planes takeoff and land
Taxi ride
Free Fishing Day in June
Visit various counties in the state
Rental Centers
Sporting Goods Store
Flea markets and antique shops
Shops that sell products of a particular culture
Find places using maps
Radio and TV stations
Messiah Sing In
Christmas Carol Sing –Alongs
Festival of Trees
State and County Fairs
Shows—Home, Auto, RV, Garden
Trout Farm
Recycling centers and businesses
Music store to see various instruments
Hardware store – learn what different things are for (also electrical supply, plumbing supply, etc) – sometimes free classes/clinics
Eat at an ethnic restaurant
Model homes/Parade of Homes
Driving or walking tour of older architecture and buildings
Star Parties sponsored by planetariums
National Parks, Monuments and Historical Sites
State Parks and Historical Sites
City council meetings
Legislative sessions
Cultural Fairs and Festivals: Tongan, German, Greek, Asian, etc.
Wildlife Events and Festivals in Utah:
Parks in other cities or counties
Scenic driving tours — byways and loops
Hot air ballooning
River rafting
Horseback riding
Small plane rides
Glider rides
Skiing – downhill and cross-country
Golfing/Miniature golfing
Recording studio
Volunteer opportunities
Professional, college and high school sporting events
Amusement parks
Farmers markets
Theatres and concerts – Professional, community, high school
Rock shops (Rockpick Legend 355-7952 in Salt Lake – they have gold mining supplies, rock hounding equipment, expeditions, etc
Craft stores (free or inexpensive classes for children and adults also ideas)
Evening community education classes
Bird watching:
Rock hounding
Nature walks
Bike trails
Many errands can be interesting learning experiences
Some businesses will do field trips for small groups

For other ideas and more info check newspapers (especially Sunday’s and local papers), brochures for the county (at city offices and libraries), city and county websites, websites for State and National Parks, libraries, and the front section of your phonebook.  These events may include: author visits, free or inexpensive cultural events, new or not well known places, places in other states or counties (helpful when travelling), classes, star parties, fairs, festivals, shows


State Park Reservations: 1-800-322-3770
Utah Parks and Recreation: 538-7221
Utah Travel Council: 1-800-200-1160
Intermountain Region: Recreation, Travel, and Forest information 625-5306
Visitor Information Center of Salt Lake 521-2868
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Southeastern Regional Office 636-0266
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 977-4300