One of our favorite things to do in Utah County is visit new parks! We have visited quite a few, but our boys seem to request the same favorites every time. We have complied our Top 5 Utah County parks to make it easier on you when choosing where to visit and play. Just click on the link to get full information and many pictures of each location of what we consider the Best Parks in Utah County.
Neptune Park is most famous for the amazing climbing pyramid that towers over the playground. The pyramid is equipped with ropes for children (and adults) to climb up and down. The playground has lots of toys and is divided into larger equipment and a more toddler sized section. There is a pavilion, bathrooms, drinking fountains, soccer fields, basketball courts, but not much shade other than in the pavilion. This is a great all around park for all ages. Neptune Park is located in Saratoga Springs at 473 W 400 N near Westlake High School.
Discovery Park (“The Wood Park”)
We have been playing at Discovery Park since we were both in college. This park is truly fun for everyone! It is BIG! There are lots of places to explore and the fun is working your way through the huge wooden castle. Some parents don’t like this park because they can’t see their children at all times, so beware of that with your little ones. We love to play hide and seek here; we just keep our under 3 children with us. There are also lots of swings, music exploration, little beehives, and much more. Outside of the wooden park you will find bathrooms, picnic tables, tennis courts, and baseball fields. Discovery Park is definitely a Utah classic! It’s located at 1550 N 100 E in Pleasant Grove .
North Park is unique because it has an awesome new playground with shade sails AND a splash pad. This park has a smaller playground for your younger children and tons of climbing toys for the older children. We have to drag our children out of this park. A few steps away is a splash pad that shoots a ton of water. It has lots of sprayers that change height and amount of water sprayed. There are bathrooms, pavilions, and a grassy field. It’s located right behind Costco in Spanish Fork if you want to grab lunch after visiting. You can visit the park all year, but the splash pad runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. North Park is located at 1185 N 400 E in Spanish Fork.
Highland Glen Park is more like a recreation area than a park. There is a playground to play on, but it’s nothing fancy. The appeal of this park is a beautiful pond that you can fish, boat, or swim in. It has a beach for sand castles and other digging adventures. There are biking trails all through the park, which can also be used for hiking—they are paved so it’s stroller friendly. We always walk the loop around the pond and there are little platforms that jut out onto the pond that our children love. There is a pavilion, bathrooms, a sand volleyball court, and a good amount of shade. Highland Glen Park is located at 4800 W Knight Avenue in Highland just west of Lone Peak High School.
Nielsen’s Grove Park is a beautiful park filled with rich history. Some people think that this park was the first one established in Utah (1880). There is a beautiful pond with a fountain that is always filled with ducks, so make sure to bring healthy snacks for the birds. There is a huge grassy field, a playground, picnic tables, bathrooms, and little gardens. The little gardens have paths for enjoying the flowers. There is also a HUGE carousel swing. All children want to have a chance to swing on “the swing,” but it’s across the park from the duck pond so make sure to walk over and check it out. There are lots of paved pathways throughout the park so take time to explore, as well as a self-guided small museum about the history of Nielsen’s Grove. This park is located in Orem at Sandhill Road 2000 South, just south of UVU.
There are so many fun parks in Utah County, we had a hard time choosing just five. Some of our other favorite runner-ups were:
Wines Park (Lehi)
Bandwagon Park (Lehi)
Heritage Park (Cedar Hills)
Bicentennial Park (Provo)
Dry Creek Trail Park (Lehi)
Paul Ream Wilderness Park (Provo)
Shay Park (Saratoga Springs)
You can search all our Utah parks here!