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30+ Fun Things to do in Utah With Kids


Utah is known for its scenic drives, great salt lakes, and famous ski slopes. When planning some fun things to do in Utah with kids, the Gowhee App helps find unique spots, recommended by local parents and families who visited the state.

Here is a list of 30+ places that are favorite places for kids amongst our community:

Wagon resort in Zion Park
Wagon kid-friendly resort in Utah. Source: Gowhee App

1. Create your own Genealogy tree at The FamilySearch Center


The Discovery Center section is a family-friendly area with many interactive ways to help people learn more about themselves and their ancestors. 

Info: Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Good to know: There is even a children’s play area in the Discovery Center.


2. Slide down water slides in Cowabunga Water park


Just south of Salt Lake City, you can soak up that Utah sunshine, one of the many things to do in Utah With Kids. Kids can check out all the different attractions like their lazy river or their thrilling water slides.

Info: You will need to make a reservation

Good to know: The Cowabunga Kid’s Cove area has cabanas for rent.


3. Take a dip in natural hot springs

There are 3 natural pools with three different temperature levels, two of which are amazing to swim in and enjoy the scenery. 

Info: Free – Best for kids 2 and older – No bathroom.

Good to know: The first pool might be a little cold for kids but the other two are perfect for a swim.

>>> Find this exact spot and other kid-friendly springs on the Gowhee App

Family taking a dip into a natural spring.
Dipping in a natural spring in Utah. Source: Gowhee App

30+ fun things to do in Utah with kids

5. Grab a scone at the Brooker’s Ice cream shop

The owners are history buffs and they’ve developed
dozens of flavors and delicious treats based on the founders of the United States.

Info: It is stroller-friendly and wheelchair accessible.

Good to know: Service members can get a 10% discount with their ID.


6. Take an educational tour of the Bean life Science Museum.


Public exhibits and educational programs about plants and animals are offered here with the goal of promoting understanding and appreciation of the earth.

Info: FREE + Free parking

Good to know: Check their scheduled events such as Family Nights.


>>> Find kid-friendly museums and culture spots in Utah here.


7. Discover and learn at the Museum of Natural Curiosity


This museum located is one of the must-do things to do in Utah With Kids if you are in Thanksgiving point is beautifully done. There are over 400 unique exhibits and experiences, like climbing the 45ft monkey head.

Info: Wheelchair accessible and they provide sensory sensitive amenities for kids.

Good to know: There is a whole water area so plan extra layers if kids get wet.

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8. Walkthrough a ghost town in Fresco, Utah

See the remnants of a wild mining town whose history will spark a lot of conversations with the kids. 

Info: Frisco, Utah, is just off route 21, 15 miles west of Milford.

Good to know: The charcoal kilns are the most notorious landmark and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


9. Hit the slopes at the Brian Head Ski Resort 

From the ski slopes, you will see the red stone desert and the most unbelievable views. You can even go snow tubing here!

Info: Kids under 10 yo ski for FREE

Good to know: These slopes are easy-to-ski for all levels which makes it the perfect ski resort for families. 

10. Take a great Family shot in Canyonland National Park.

The Green River outlook is accessible by car and offers jaw-dropping scenery, perfect to capture an amazing family picture.

Info: There is a fee at the entrance of the park to drive up.

Good to know: You are on a cliff, so watch out for the little ones.

11. Bring baseball-loving kids to the Patriot park

With many things to do in Utah With Kids, don’t forget to take a break. This whole playground structure is themed after the sport and you can find a baseball field and a pickleball court right beside it. 

Info: Free – Dog friendly and all of the amenities you need such as bathroom and food nearby

Good to know: There are tons of picnic tables and covered spaces.

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Boy enjoying a baseball themed playground.
Packing light makes traveling with kids much easier. Source: Thefamilyfuntour (family travel influencer)

12. Get your thrill on at the Lagoon Amusement Park 

Enjoy the
heart-racing 50 rides and attractions, take a trip through the Wild West in Pioneer Village, or sing along with the best shows in town. 

Info: Save $5 on a regular single-day passport (normally $79.95) by purchasing online.

Good to know: Lagoon’s R.V. Park and Campground offer convenient access to the amusement park, with free park admission to Lagoon when you book your campground reservations.

13. Walk amongst the sharks at the Love and Living Planet Aquarium

Be surrounded by sharks in the 40-foot underwater tunnel, touch stingrays and sea stars, search for the Giant Pacific octopus, and check out different animal habitats.

Info: Online tickets are $21.95. The Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Good to know: Reservations required. Masks are required when indoors or queueing outdoors.

14. Slide in the sand at the Sand Dune Arch Trail

The trail near Sand Dune Arch and Broken Arch, located at the northern end of Arches National Park, has lots of sand to roll in and play with along the way for the little ones. 

Info: The easy hiking trail is only 1.7 miles round trip

Good to know: It can be really hot depending on the time of year so come prepared since there are no concessions or bathrooms around.

Bison herd in Utah National park
Herd of bison in the Antelope Island State Park. Source: Gowhee App

15. Check out a majestic bison

At the Antelope Island State Park, you can hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride the park’s backcountry trails with breathtaking views. But your kids will remember the bison!

Info: Dogs are allowed in most areas, but must be on a leash.

Good to know: Plan on bringing a baby carrier to get around with little ones.

16. Have some indoor water fun at the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center

There is a competition and diving pool, lap pool, a leisure pool with a zero-depth entry area, interactive children’s water toys, a water walk, and a water slide.  

Info: Youth (17 & Under) $5.00, Adults (18 – 61) $6.00, Toddlers (3 & Under) are FREE

Good to know:  Also offered are Water Aerobics, Paddle-board Yoga, and Swim Lessons.

17. Check out real Dinosaur bones in Vernal UT

Utah Field House is comparable to a natural history museum, with hands-on exhibits and activities like digging for fossils and exploring the dinosaur garden.

Info: Day-use fee: $8 adults, seniors, and children (6 – 12 years): $4.00, Age five and under are free

Good to know: There is a Vernal, UT area visitor center conveniently located inside the museum.


18. Check out an abandoned cowboy camp 

When you start hiking on the Cave Spring Trail with the kids, you will stumble upon an old cowboy camp. 

Info: The trail is free and parking can be found on site. Adapted for kids of all ages.

Good to know: Climb the wooden ladder and be rewarded with amazing views of the Canyonlands. 

Boy climbing a woden ladder over a cliff in Utah park
Wooden Ladder to access to the breathtaking view of the Cave Spring Trail. Source: Gowhee App

19. Stay the night in an old wagon at the Zion Wildflower resort

This is glamping at its best! From the cozy wagons with comfy bunk beds for kids and gorgeous sunset views, the whole family will leave with memories that will last a lifetime. 

Info: Playground onsite, Resort fee is 25$

Good to know: The resort fee includes a s’mores bag but you need to bring your marshmallows.

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20. Dive into art with the kids at Kayenta Art Village.

Enjoy a hands-on pottery or painting class and participate in special events and performances year-round

.Info: The village is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Good to know: At Xetava Gardens Café, you can grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat after a long day of hiking.

21. Take a Mandatory pit stop in Hole N’ the Rock

While on the road, Hole N’ the Rock offers great 
things to do in Utah with kids. Take a 12 minute guided tour of this unique home carved out of a huge rock in Utah’s Canyonlands Country.

Info: The home, unusual gift shop, and trading post are open all year.

Good to know: The kids will love the petting zoo on site.

22. Go lunch with a zookeeper at the Hogle zoo in Salt Lake City

Learn about the animals and how they are cared for at the
“Lunch with a Keeper” program.

Info: Wheelchair accessible. The Zoo is open 7 days a week.

Good to know: They provide a full-service party planning with the caterer.

Scenery of the cecret lake in Utah
Hike around the Cecret Lake. Source Gowhee App

23. Try to take a pic of a Moose at the Cecret Lake

Although not a swimming lake, the hike to Cecret Lake is a great family-friendly experience.  If you are lucky enough to see a moose, pause and capture the memory. 

Info: 1,7 miles long. The bathroom is available at the parking lot.

Good to know: There are signs giving details about the wildlife, plants, and geology so you can make this an educational hike. It can be crowded depending on the season.


24. Take a Caribbean beach day at the Rendez-vous beach


Enjoy a day on the sandy beach located in Bear lake state park, nicknamed “the Caribbean of the Rockies”. With amazing colors from the calcium carbonates suspended in the water.

Info: The beach access is open from May 1st to late October. – Dog-friendly – Bathroom on site.

Good to know: In the summer you can enjoy all the fun water activities with water sports equipment rental and concession stand.


25. Go Snow Tubing in Soldier Hollow Nordic Center

Each time slot gives you 2 hours of fun snow tubing. With pretty fast hills, you are sure to make older kids happy.

Info: Kids 3 years old + 

Good to know: Book online in advance! It gets pretty crowded.


26. Spend the day in an Ice Castle

Enter a magic winter wonderland, filled with ice walls, and slides. This Ice Castle is particularly large.

Info: Book a time slot in advance and stay as long as you like.

Good to know: It is a really fun place to visit with kids during the day of course, but going at night, with glowing lights all around, offers another dimension to it.

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27. Hike Zion national park with a kid-friendly hike.

The 1.2 mile round trip trail called Lower Emerald Pool Trail, in Zion park makes for an amazing hike for kids of all ages.

Info: 7 days pass per vehicle is $35. Lots of shaded spots.

Good to know: There is no parking for the park, so you will have to use the free shuttle system so make sure to look at the calendar and plan accordingly.

28. Stay in for the day at the Cliff Lodge Resort

This mountain lodge offers ski-in and ski-out amenities, a heated pool, a eucalyptus steam room, or their daily yoga class with views of the mountains. To keep the luxurious experience going, grab a bite at any of the seven fine dining options.

Info: Connecting rooms available – Tub in the room – Crib on demand and high chairs available.

Good to know: Enjoy all the adults’ amenities while kids are at the KIDS CLUB having fun!

29. Ride a real bobsled at the Utah Olympic park

Enjoy a Wintery
Bobsled experience while a professional pilot takes you on a thrilling ride down the 2002 Olympic track.

Info: $195 per person

Good to know: 16+ years of age and 100+ lbs. to ride

30. Mine your gem at the Topaz Mountain

Hands-on mining experiences
looking for Utah Topaz, Bixbyite, and other minerals. Keep everything you find!

Info: Hours of operation are generally from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Good to know: All sites are in the desert, so be sure to bring plenty of water and plan for a day in the sun.

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