Utah Amusement Parks & Places

Thanksgiving Point Utah offers an amazing variety of interesting people to visit, places to see and things to do. Venture to Brigham City and soak in pools full of naturally hot mineral water, or ride the Alpine Slide at Park City Mountain Resort, sweeping 3,000 feet down the mountainside. Visitors to Utah are never at a loss for fun and adventure. Take your pick of the many activities listed blow. For even more suggestions, visit our page about Family Adventures.

Hot air balloon rides are offered at many locations around the state.

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City Creek CenterPhoto TourmoreSalt Lake City
TuacahnmoreSt. George
Best Friends Animal SanctuarymoreKanab
Mystery Escape RoommoreSalt Lake City
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium  moreDraper 
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre  moreLogan 
Bar-M Chuckwagon  moreMoab 
Classic Fun Center - Orem  more 
Extreme Fun Center  more 
Utah Jazz  more 
San Juan Theater   moreBlanding 
Bar G. Wranglers  moreBryce Canyon City 
Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo  moreBryce Canyon City 
Ruby's Ice Skating  moreBryce Canyon City 
Emery County Aquatic Center   moreCastle Dale 
Cedar Bowling Center  moreCedar City 
Cedar City Aquatic Center  moreCedar City 
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry  moreCleveland 
Boondocks Fun Center   moreDraper 
Lagoon Amusement Park  moreFarmington 
Grand Canyon Skywalk  moreGrand Canyon, AZ 
Daniels Summit  moreHeber City 
Deer Creek Island Resort  moreHeber City 
Heber Valley Railroad  moreHeber City 
Rio Theatre community  moreHelper 
Crystal Hot Springs Waterpark and Campground  moreHoneyville 
Ultimate Sports Arena  moreHyde Park 
Kayenta Art Village  moreIvins 
Tuacahn Amphitheatre and Center for the Arts  moreIvins 
Frontier Movie Town  moreKanab 
Moqui Cave  moreKanab 
Boondocks Fun Center Kaysville  moreKaysville 
Cherry Hill Resort & Waterpark  moreKaysville 
Olympic Venue - Utah Olympic Oval  moreKearns 
Classic Fun Center- Layton  moreLayton 
Swan Lakes Golf Course  moreLayton 
Cabela's  moreLehi 
Thanksgiving Point  moreLehi 
Trafalga Family Fun Center -Lehi  moreLehi 
Jump On It  moreLindon 
Noah's  moreLindon 
Cache Valley Fun Park  moreLogan 
Club NVO  moreLogan 
George S Eccles Ice Center  moreLogan 
Hardware Ranch  moreLogan 
Logan Aquatic Center  moreLogan 
Logan Lanes  moreLogan 
Logan Skate Park  moreLogan 
Big Rock Candy Mountain  moreMarysvale 
Jungle Jim's Playland   moreMidvale 
Laser Quest Salt Lake City  moreMidvale 
Midway Ice Rink  moreMidway 
Soldier Hollow  moreMidway 
Adventure Land Family Fun Center  moreMoab 
Adventure Park Moab  moreMoab 
Gravel Pit Lanes  moreMoab 
Hole N" The Rock  moreMoab 
Skateboard Park  moreMoab 
Bull Hollow Raceway   moreMonticello 
County Ice Center  moreMurray 
Rock Haus Indoor Climbing  moreNorth Logan 
fatCats  moreOgden 
Flowrider  moreOgden 
ifly Utah  moreOgden 
iROCK Utah  moreOgden 
Mulligan's Golf & Games Ogden  moreOgden 
Salomon Center  moreOgden 
Trafalga Family Fun Center  moreOrem 
Panguitch City Pool  morePanguitch 
Triple C Arena - Canyon Country Complex  morePanguitch 
"The Quicksilver" Alpine Slide   morePark City 
Alpine Coaster  morePark City 
Alpine Disk Golf  morePark City 
Alpine Slide  morePark City 
Artstravaganza  morePark City 
Bobsled Rides   morePark City 
Deer Valley Outdoor Amphitheater  morePark City 
Gorgoza Park   morePark City 
Hot Air Balloon Rides  morePark City 
Human Maze  morePark City 
Legacy Launcher  morePark City 
Lift Served Hiking and Scenic Rides  morePark City 
Little Miner's Park  morePark City 
Miniature Golf  morePark City 
Newpark Town Center - Activities  morePark City 
Park City Ice Arena  morePark City 
Park City Mountain Resort Biking and Hiking  morePark City 
Park City Mountain Resort Climbing Wall  morePark City 
Scenic Gondola Rides  morePark City 
Scenic Lift Rides at Park City Mountain Resort  morePark City 
Sundance Film Festival  morePark City 
Utah Olympic Park  morePark City 
Zipline  morePark City 
ZipRider  morePark City 
Hee Haw Farms  morePleasant Grove 
Kangaroo Zoo  morePleasant Grove 
Showtime Utah  morePleasant Grove 
Water Gardens Miniature Golf   morePleasant Grove 
Desert Wave Pool  morePrice 
Willows Golf Park  moreProvidence 
Laser Assault  moreProvo 
Progressive Power Tumbling  moreProvo 
Provo Beach  moreProvo 
Seven Peaks  moreProvo 
The Peaks Arena   moreProvo 
The Quarry   moreProvo 
Clark Planetarium  moreSalt Lake City 
Discovery Gateway  moreSalt Lake City 
FastKart  moreSalt Lake City 
Gallivan Center  moreSalt Lake City 
Glow Putt Productions   moreSalt Lake City 
IMAX Theatre at the Clark Planetarium  moreSalt Lake City 
International Peace Gardens  moreSalt Lake City 
Momentum Indoor Climbing  moreSalt Lake City 
Olympic Cauldron PARK   moreSalt Lake City 
Paintball Addicts  moreSalt Lake City 
Raging Waters  moreSalt Lake City 
Red Butte Garden and Arboretum  moreSalt Lake City 
Rockreation  moreSalt Lake City 
Salt Lake Bees  moreSalt Lake City 
The Front Climbing Club  moreSalt Lake City 
This Is The Place Heritage Park  moreSalt Lake City 
Tracy Aviary  moreSalt Lake City 
Tree of Life  moreSalt Lake City 
Utah's Hogle Zoo  moreSalt Lake City 
Classic Fun Center-Sandy  moreSandy 
Dimple Dell Fitness and Recreation  moreSandy 
Schneiter's Night Lighted Range  moreSandy 
Snowbird Activities  moreSnowbird 
Kennecott (Bingham) Copper Mine  moreSouth Jordan 
Mulligan's Golf & Games   moreSouth Jordan 
Springdale Fruit Company  moreSpringdale 
Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater  moreSpringdale 
Fiesta Fun Family Fun Center  moreSt. George 
Green Gate Village Historic Inn  moreSt. George 
Jumpin Jacks   moreSt. George 
Laser Mania  moreSt. George 
Sand Hollow Aquatic Center  moreSt. George 
St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site  moreSt. George 
Wasatch Arena  moreSunset 
Desert Peak  moreTooele 
Miller Motorsports Park  moreTooele 
American West Heritage Center  moreWellsville 
The Hollywood Connection  moreWest Valley City 
Native American Center   moreZion East Entrance 

Northern Utah

Brigham City Area

  • Crystal Hot Springs offers naturally hot water and is a year-round favorite for swimming and soaking. 8215 N Hwy 38, Honeyville, UT 84314; 435-279-8104.


  • Cherry Hill Recreation Park, Kaysville, has camping, batting cages, a water park and a miniature golf course; (801) 451-5379.
  • Lagoon, I-15 exit 325 or 326 in Farmington, has long been the amusement park in Utah with wild and mild rides, entertainment, food, and a Pioneer Village. It is open daily in summer, and weekends in fall and spring. The adjacent waterpark, Lagoon-A Beach offers acres of water slides and swimming pools; (801) 451-8000.


  • The Historic Heber Valley Railroad, 450 S. 600 West, has a turn-of-the-century steam engine which departs from Heber City and Vivian Park in Provo Canyon on regularly scheduled tours year-round; (435) 654-5601.

Pleasant Grove

  • Hee Haw Farms, one of Utah County's favorite fall and Halloween destinations (and the home of Leroy). Activities rang from pumpkin patches to haunted hayrides; there is no better place for some good farmin´┐Ż fun. Hee Haw Farms has done it again this year with an all new Corn Maze. Whether your group is small or large, old or young, there's an adventure waiting for you at Hee Haw Farms.


  • Adjacent to I-15 at Lehi, one of the features of Thanksgiving Point, a community gathering place, is an agricultural learning center with an animal park and expansive vegetable, flower gardens on display throughout the growing season, restaurants and golf course; (801) 768-4940.


  • South of Logan, Hardware Ranch offers wagon and sleigh rides through herds of Rocky Mountain elk, cookout meals and overnight cowboy adventures; (435) 753-6168.
  • American West Heritage Center features a 1917-era working farm, pioneer site, mountain man encampment, native American village, with seasonal hands-on experiences in farm living and more. It is located 6 miles SW of Logan on U.S. 89/91 (435-245-6050).
  • Utah Festival Opera season runs annually from early July to early August and includes four productions of grand opera, operetta, light opera, and/or seldom-seen Broadway-style musical theater. Productions are held in the stunning Ellen Eccles Theatre and performed in revolving repertory so visitors can enjoy all four shows during a two- or three-day stay. The season also includes orchestral and vocal concerts and a full schedule of audience enrichment activities such as production seminars, literary seminars, pre-performance discussions, and backstage tours.
  • When it's time for a snack, Utah State University's Food Science Building on the eastern side of the Logan campus is famous for its homemade Aggie ice cream. There are also several restaurants in Garden City on the shores of Bear Lake with unforgettable raspberry milkshakes blended fresh with locally grown berries.
  • Willow Park has a small zoo with more than 600 animals,419 W 700 South, Logan; (801) 752-3060.


  • The world's largest man-made excavation and first open-pit copper mine, Kennecott (Bingham) Copper Mine, is located 25 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. An observation deck, accessible via 7800 South, is open April-October, (801) 252-3234.


  • The Childrens' Treehouse Museum in the Ogden City Mall has a focus on literacy. The Treehouse Theater hosts a variety of special events; (801) 394-9663.
  • George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park, 1544 Park Boulevard,(801) 393-3466, outdoor museum contains pre-historic creatures in a realistic environment, including water moat, volcano, and special above and below ground exhibits.
  • Ogden's Municipal Garden at 25th St. and Grant Ave. is five acres of flowering beds, trees, and picnic areas. During the Holiday season, it hosts an elaborate Christmas Village.
  • The Ogden Nature Center, is a wildlife sanctuary with indoor and outdoor interpretive activities. 966 W. 12th St., (801) 621-7595.

Park City

  • Artstravaganza, held every August, features everything from world-renowned arts and music to Sundance Institute film screenings, plays and outdoor symphony concerts. 800-453-1360
  • The Canyons Resort is one of the largest year-round mountain resorts in the country, featuring world-class skiing and riding in the wintertime, and scenic gondola rides, Saturday concerts, miles of hiking and biking trails and much more in the summer. For details call 435-649-5400.
  • Park City Mountain Resort offers visitors world-class recreation and entertainment throughout the year. Wintertime activities include skiing or riding our 3,300 acres of terrain. Summer offers our Alpine Slide, 2,300-foot ZipRider, guided horseback rides, lift served hiking and biking and more. For information, call 800-222-PARK.
  • Famous for pampering its guests, Deer Valley Resort offers perfectly groomed ski trails in the winter and lift-served hiking, mountain bike school, the Deer Valley Music Festival and much more in the summer. For more information, call 800-424-DEER.
  • The Utah Olympic Park is a year-round reminder of Olympic glory, featuring guided tours of all the 2002 Olympic Winter Games venues, a youth adventure camp (featuring 11 Olympic sports), freestyle shows every Saturday (with past and future Olympic athletes) and the Alf Engen Ski Museum. For specifics, call 435-658-4200.
  • The Sundance Film Festival is Robert Redford's annual gathering of the best and brightest new film talents, featuring the independent film competition for the best dramatic and documentary films of the year. Theaters in Park City show films from 8 am to midnight daily during the festival. For scheduling or tickets, call 801-521-2525.


  • McCurdy Doll Museum, has hundreds of dolls on display at 246 North 100 East; (801) 377-9935.
  • Seven Peaks Water Park has thrilling water slides and a giant wave pool, 1334 E. 300 North, (801) 377-4700.

Salt Lake City

  • The Salt Lake area is home to four professional sports teams; the NBA's Utah Jazz Basketball, whose home court is the Delta Center (355-DUNK), the Salt Lake Bees, which play Pacific Coast League - Central Division, Triple A baseball in Franklin Covey Field (485-3800), the Utah Grizzlies, who play hockey in the International Hockey League (325-PUCK), and the new Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer Team.
  • Discovery Gateway, 444 West 100 South, 801-456-KIDS. Discovery Gateway is Utah's premier children's musuem, inviting families in to create, learn, and play together.
  • Clark Planetarium, located in Salt Lake City's Gateway, 110 South 400 West, takes visitors on a 3-dimensional voyage through space and time to witness some of the most provocative wonders of the cosmos. Also star parties, educational programs and computer animated music shows. The facility was formerly know as Hansen Planetarium. Telephone 801-456-STAR (7827).
  • On the eastern edge of Salt Lake City, Hogle Zoo has over 800 animals, a one and half acre entry plaza which features a floating globe fountain, a train depot, an events pavilion and a gift shop, 2600 Sunnyside Ave., SLC, 801-582-1631.
  • The International Peace Gardens, 1060 S. 900 West inside Jordan Park, have botanical displays representing 25 countries.
  • Raging Waters, 1200 W. 1700 South, (801) 972-3300, offers ocean-like waves, thousands of feet of slides, cascading waterfalls and other fun ways to sun, soak, float or dive.
  • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum. 150 acres of trees, shrubs, herbs, wildflowers, and stream-fed pools tucked into a private canyon in the Wasatch foothills. Large area of gardens and features geared to children. A concert series is held each summer. West edge of campus, through Research Park on Wakara Way to the mouth of Red Butte Canyon; (801) 581-4747.
  • The Tracy Aviary, located on seven wooded acres of Liberty Park, is the nation's oldest public aviary. This bird park hosts a collection of 400 birds representing 130 species. During the summer guests can see a free-flying bird show and hand feed colorful parrots at the Lory Walk exhibit. Admission is nominal and all proceeds benefit the birds. Open year-round. 589 East 1300 South. 801-596-8500.
  • Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, a children's farm-like park with a Chore Tour to help feed the farm animals and milk the cows, and horse-drawn hayrides, (801) 264-2241 or (801) 264-2212.
  • Kennecott Copper Mine offers extensive displays showing mining equipment and history. The mine, the world's largest man-made excavation, is 2 ½-miles across and ¾-mile deep - so big it can be seen from outer space. Copper is the primary product but the mine also yields significant quantities of gold, silver and molybdenum.
  • The Living Planet Aquarium is a 43,000 square-foot educational facility consisting of over 1250 animals and 267 species on display in three main exhibits: Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, and Journey to South America. Visitors will encounter some of Utah's threatened and endangered species, saltwater species from all over the world, and freshwater species found in the South American Rainforest. Education programs are held three times per day every Saturday.
  • Snowbird is a year-round resort. Our summer activities include: Aerial Tram Rides, Alpine Slide, Zip Rider, Euro-Bungy, Hiking, Mechanical Bull, Climbing Wall, Fly Fishing, Mountain Biking Trails & Rentals, ATV Tours, Horseback Riding, Mountain Scooters Trails & Rentals, White Water Rafting, And More... We also have several winter activities that you might enjoy.

West Desert

  • Located west of Salt Lake City on I-80, Karl Momen completed the 87-foot-tall "Tree of Life" sculpture in 1981. The abstract "tree" is made of 225 tons of cement, almost 2,000 ceramic tiles, and five tons of welding rod, and tons of minerals and rocks native to Utah. The idea for the tree sculpture came from Momen's desire to have something beautiful rising from the sterile soil of the Great Salt Lake Desert.

West Jordan

  • Gardner Historic Village, 1095 W. 7800 South, (801) 566-8903, consists of many turn-of-the-century retail buildings and shops, including a restaurant located in a mill. Informational displays tell of the area's history and dvelopment.

Central Utah


  • At the Big Rock Candy Mountain, minerals have colored this distinctive landmark green, tan, brown, orange, yellow, and gray. In 1897, "Haywire Mac" MacClintock, a railroad brakeman wrote the song, "In the Big Rock Candy Mountain", later recorded by Burl Ives and Tex Ritter. US 89, in Marysvale Canyon, (888) 560-7625.

Eastern Utah

Castle Dale

  • Hidden secrets abound in the Museum of the San Rafael. The museum features dinosaurs that vanished millions of years ago and unique archaeological finds that reflect the Fremont Indians who disappeared hundreds of years ago. 64 N 100 E location.
  • Emery County Pioneer Museum is a treasure for history buffs and antique lovers. It is filled with beautifully preserved and restored furniture and collector’s items. 96 N 100 E location.

Green River

  • The John Wesley Powell River History Museum will give you an appreciation for the trials and tribulations of the early expeditions of the Green River. 885 E Main location.


  • Visit the HELPER PARKWAY and enjoy a stroll along Price River. Take delight in the trill of song birds along the way, and view shrubs and trees native to the area. Don’t miss the cozy, secluded picnic areas and a bocce court for your athletic talents.
  • Rio Theatre community productions are a "must-see" in a restored historical Greek coffee house of the 1920's era. The building facade is original. But, due to a fire, the inner area of the building had to be reproduced to reflect its original design. The building is said to have housed a brothel in the late 30's time period.
  • The Western Mining & Railroad Museum helps you to step back in time. Enjoy remnants of an era from long ago. The outdoor displays show railroad and mining equipment used from the early 1900's up to present day. 296 S Main Street location.
  • Helper City became a National Historic District in 1978 with 98 sites. Stroll down South Main Street and enjoy the fine brick and stone buildings built primarily by Italian stonemasons between 1896 and 1936.


  • BLM's Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, has a 20-foot Allosaurus skeleton, and other exhibits. The quarry is 30 miles south of Price on state routes 10 & 55, (435) 637-4584.
  • In 1898, a posse had a shoot-out with two outlaws and announced they had killed Butch Cassidy. An inquest was held and many people came to view the body. One man in the back kept chuckling. Later, when a Wyoming lawman positively identified the body as another outlaw, people realized the man who had been snickering was none other than Butch Cassidy himself. The outlaw they thought was Butch Cassidy lies in the Price City Cemetery. The story is printed on the tombstone.
  • The Desert Wave Pool, 240 E. 500 North, has three action waves and calm water for year-round swims, (435) 637-7946.
  • Goblin Valley State Park has intricately eroded rock creatures perfect for hiking and a good game of hide and seek. The park is between Green River and Hanksville off state route 24,(435) 564-3633.
  • Enjoy architecture of the past by taking a walking tour of National Register Historic Sites in Price. Visit seven memorable buildings with distinct facades, features, and histories.
  • Local heritage and history are illustrated in a mural in the foyer of the Price Municipal Building. Lynn Fausett was commissioned in 1938 to paint the famous Price Mural which was finished in 1941. Old photographs, tintypes and personal recollections were used in recreating the characters of the mural.
  • College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum features the Hall of Dinosaurs and the Hall of Man, which focus on discoveries found in the region of Castle Country. 155 E Main location.

Southwestern Utah


  • Twenty minutes south of Zion National Park on U.S. 89, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the nation's largest sanctuary for homeless animals. Tours are offered daily, (435) 644-2001.
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park has a boardwalk trail and acres of fine, pink sand on which to play. It is 11 miles off U.S. 89 near Kanab, (435) 874-2408.

Capitol Reef National Park

  • The Fruita orchards at Capitol Reef National Park allow self-serve picking of several types of fruit in season, and attract deer and other animals each evening, (435) 425-3791.

Springdale- Zion National Park

  • Native American Center - Visit the Village of Many Nations and enjoy drumming, dancing, story telling, rock art explanations, campfire stories and other activities. There are even weddings by a Medicine Man.
  • Bumbleberry Inn Playhouse - New Branson-style show, TWIST the NIGHT AWAY at the Bumbleberry Playhouse! This 1950's Musical Production will send you back to the days of young love, bobby socks, Doo Woppin' melodies and good ol' Rock n' Roll. This era of rich harmonies, classic love songs and unforgettable dances is fun for the whole family. Adjacent to the Bumbleberry Restaurant and one mile short of the entrance to Zion National Park.
  • The Springdale Fruit Company, surrounded by apple orchards,has a small market, and a lovely picnic area. State route 9, (435) 772-3222.
  • At the Springdale entrance to the park, the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater shows lavish scenic IMAX films of the area every day of the year on a screen six-stories high and 80-feet wide, (435) 772-2400.
  • A Junior Ranger Program offered through Zion Nature Center focuses on the geology, flora and fauna of the park with explanations and activities geared to children under 12-years-old, (435) 772-3256.

St. George

  • Tuacahn Amphitheatre and Center for the Arts. Built in the shadow of 1500-foot spectacular red rock cliffs, the Tuacahn Amphitheatre and Center for the Arts was created to awaken the nobility of the human soul and transmit light and hope to people everywhere through the arts and education.
  • Green Gate Village Historic Inn features eight historic homes, including homes belonging to Orson Pratt, Thomas Judd and William Bentley, plus Judd's General Store and Carriage House. Visitors can view the attractive grounds and dine at the restaurant.

Southeastern Utah


  • Arches Vineyard, one of only a handful of commercial wineries in Utah, produces about 80,000 bottles annually. Free 30-minute tours are offered in season. The winery has a tasting room,(435) 259-5397 or 800/797-6702.
  • At Hole 'n the Rock, Albert Christensen spent over 20 years building - or rather chiseling, sculpting and blasting - a 14-room home for his family into a solid sandstone ridge. This curiosity is 15 miles south of Moab on US 191, and tours are available. (435) 686-2250.


  • More than a century ago, cowboys in this area "saw" a horse's head and ears formed by the trees, shadows, and terrain on the east side of the Abajo Mountains. Since then, "Horse Head Peak", has become a southeastern Utah landmark. Locals claim that it can be seen from virtually any place in town, but if you need a little help, find the carefully placed viewing pipes in the City Park at Main and Center Streets.
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