Family Activities in Salt Lake City, UT
Right in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Temple Square is a place where you and your family can easily spend an entire day without getting bored. One of the number one tourist attractions in Utah, Temple Square is home to the famous Salt Lake Temple, the tabernacle where the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs, the Church History museum with a fabulous interactive exhibit for children, the historic Beehive House and much more. Free guided tours are available all throughout Temple Square. Get a feel for Utah's pioneer heritage during your visit, as well as an understanding of Mormon culture. If you visit on a sunny day, pack a picnic to enjoy on the beautifully manicured temple grounds. If you visit during the Christmas season, pack a thermos of hot chocolate and walk among the mesmerizing light and nativity displays. Check the website for musical performances and events to enjoy when planning your visit.
Expose your kids to life with the animals at a real demonstration farm. Feel free to wander from pig pen to rabbit hutch to duck pond throughout the spacious, shady and welcoming atmosphere without spending a dime. Stop in the tractor barn and see 19th century tractors displayed alongside their modern counterparts. If you want to get up close and personal with a cow, you can attend a cow milking demonstration for only 50 cents. For a small fee, you can get a ride around the farm on a tractor drawn wagon or tour the beautiful historic house that sits on the farm. Wheeler Farm has many fun seasonal activities, such as corn mazes in the fall and light displays in the winter, so check the calendar on the website before your visit!
When was the last time you pet a stingray? If your answer is never, then you need to head on over to the Living Planet Aquarium asap. Several active and friendly stingrays happily swim around in an open pool where visitors are encouraged to reach in and touch their backs. But those aren't the only things you can touch. You can also touch starfish and other sea creatures on your visit, giving you and your kids ultimate bragging rights. While there, enjoy watching the active and comical penguins or find yourself mesmerized by the glowing jellyfish. Help your kids find Nemo look-a-likes and even experience the shock of an eel!
Children love the Discovery Gateway Museum for its many different activities. Kids with large imaginations can spend hours in the Kid's Eye View room, where an entire town, from a grocery store to a house to a farm, is set up to a kid's level. In the Story Factory, kids can tell stories on stage or by experimenting with multimedia. In the Media Zone, let your little performer try her hand at being a news anchor on television. And your scientist or engineer will have a blast in The Studio with plenty of interactive, hands-on experiments. When you're finished at the museum, spend some time in The Gateway, the outdoor mall where the museum is located. Get some serious shopping in and let your kids get wet in the outdoor fountains, a free popular summer destination.
Technically outside of Salt Lake City, Thanksgiving Point is still a popular (and extremely close!) destination for Salt Lake City families all year round. Thanksgiving Point is so full of activities and attractions that you could really spend an entire week there. For the nature appreciators, there are 55 acres spread out in two gardens just itching to be explored. Little children will especially enjoy the activities in each different outdoor "room" of the Children's Discovery Garden. Or take your family to visit animals at Farm Country, where your kids can even ride a pony. The Museum of Ancient Life boasts the world's largest display of mounted dinosaurs and each exhibit is incredibly kid friendly with plenty of hands on activities. You can golf at the largest golf club in the state or even shop unique boutiques at Water Tower Plaza. Thanksgiving Point is always beautifully gardened, no matter what time of year.