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FREE Summer Fun in Utah

Free Summer Fun in Utah

There is so much to do in Utah in the summer! And when all the kids are home, you want to spend time as a family. We have put together a list of some of the best FREE Summer Adventures in Utah. These are all tested by us to be family friendly: indoors and outdoors. We hope you have a wonderful summer exploring Utah!

City Festivals 

City Festivals

Many cities in Utah have an annual city festival where the community can come together and celebrate. There are usually tons of FREE activities: movies in the park, parades, fireworks, and lots more. We have some favorites that we visit every year in our community, and neighboring communities. We have compiled the ultimate list of city festivals throughout Utah so you can find out what’s happening near you.

City Festivals 2017

The sunrise was beautiful behind the balloons.

The Provo Balloon Festival is one of our favorite city festival events to attend.

Summer Reading Programs

Utah has really great FREE reading programs to encourage your children to keep reading through the summer. We share our favorite programs that we participate in every year.

Parks

There is nothing better than a picnic in the park during the summer. We love playing at the park as a family! Here are some of our favorite parks in Utah, but there are more parks in Utah than we could ever share, so find one that you love near you. For our list of parks: Parks in Utah

Shay Park 6

Shay Park in Saratoga Springs has a train theme!

Jacob Hamblin Park: Kanab

Thunder Junction: St. George

Bicentennial Park: Provo

All Together Playground: Orem

Discovery Park: Pleasant Grove

Neptune Park: Saratoga Springs

Shay Park: Saratoga Springs

Wild West Park: West Jordan

Liberty Park: Salt Lake City

Lodestone Park: West Jordan

Firefighters Park: Bountiful

Nicholls Park: Fruit Heights

Ryan’s Place Park: Logan

Ryan's Place Park

Ryan’s Place Park is definitely a great stop in Logan, or on your way to Bear Lake.

Pioneers

Utah is filled with Pioneer museums and memorabilia. Many of these museums are only open during the summer, so take the chance to visit one of Utah’s amazing Pioneer museums and learn a little bit about our state’s history with your family.

The village is set up to look like pioneer times.

Provo Pioneer Village has tons of hands-on activities for kids.

Here are our Top 5 favorite FREE pioneer spots! For our complete list, click here:  Pioneer Adventures.

Cove Fort: Fillmore

Springville DUP: Springville

Provo Pioneer Village: Provo

Church History Museum: Salt Lake City

Benson Grist Mill: Tooele

 

Splash Pads

One of our favorite ways to cool off in the summer is at the splash pad. There are splash pads all over Utah and they provide lots of water without having to worry about kids getting in over their heads at the pool. And they are FREE! Here are our favorites:

Spanish Fork Splash Pad

The Spanish Fork Splash Pad has a lot of water spraying!

Highland Splash Pad

Provo Splash Pad

Springville Plash Pad

Spanish Fork Splash Pad

Alpine Creekside Park Splash Pad

Seven Canyons Fountain (Liberty Park)–closed in 2017

Legacy Splash Pad: North Salt Lake

Highland Splash pad

We love the little river at the Highland Splash Pad.

Museums

Sometimes it’s too hot to be outside, so we love the FREE museums that Utah has to offer. These are our five favorites, but check out all of our free museums in Utah: Free Museums in Utah.

Hill Aerospace Museum 1

Hill Aerospace Museum has these large planes outside, but there are two HUGE buildings filled with aircraft so you can be avoid the heat.

BYU Bean Museum: Provo

BYU Museum of Paleontology: Provo

Clark Planetarium: Salt Lake City

Fort Douglas Museum: Salt Lake City

Hill Air Force Aerospace Museum: Roy

 

Hikes

We have a a HUGE list of hikes on our site. We love hiking. Summer is definitely a great time to hit the trail. Here are some simple, easy hikes that most anyone can do. For our complete list of hikes: Hikes!

The river is beautiful.

AF Canyon’s Nature Trail (Swinging Bridge) is paved and walks along the river part of the way.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon: Near Zion National Park

Swinging Bridge: American Fork Canyon (Alpine)

Snowbird Barrier Free Trail: Salt Lake’s Little Cottonwood Canyon

Silver Lake: Salt Lake’s Big Cottonwood Canyon

Tony Grove: Logan

Stroller Friendly Hikes

Easy Waterfall Hikes–list of waterfall hikes that are easy and fun!

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls is only a 3 minute “hike” to the waterfall

Unique Stuff

Here are some unique activities that that are guaranteed kid pleasers!

Ledgemere Cave

This small cave is a great starting place for exploring caves. Bring a flashlight.

Gardner Village Historic Scavenger Hunt: Located in West Jordan, this little shopping area is also a historic part of Utah. This free scavenger hunt leads you through the shops and along the river that winds through the village as you look for different items.

South Weber Model Railroad Club: During the summer, on the 3rd Saturdays from 11-3, you can ride the train at the park in South Weber for FREE.

Ledgemere Cave: This is the perfect cave to get your family started on caving. It’s located in a picnic ground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Star Parties: The Salt Lake Astronomy Association hosts public star parties all year, but the summer is a good time to let the kids stay up late and see the stars, planets, and other objects in the night sky.

Wheeler Farm: This historic farm has a lot of fun animals. For a fee you can hop on a wagon ride.

Scipio Petting Zoo: This is a FREE petting zoo located right off the 1-15, and they are only open during the summer. We love stopping here on our travels.

R.A.M.P. in Weber County: This program provides free entry to places throughout Weber County on Saturdays. Check the schedule to find something near you.

Temple Square in Salt Lake has tons of activities for FREE! It’s a great place to spend a day in the summer. Most are inside!

Scipio Petting Zoo

The Scipio Petting Zoo has a lot of fun animals, like this camel named Wednesday!

Here we are on KSL’s Studio 5 sharing about all these fun, FREE adventures!