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Thunder Junction at Tonaquint Park St. George

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Tonaquint Park in St. George added an All Abilities Park called Thunder Junction this Fall. This new park has a lot of fun activities, including a train ride. We spent an afternoon playing at Thunder Junction, and we can’t wait to go back.

Thunder Junction was developed for children of All Abilities, therefore the toys are developed for children who might need more help or support to play on them. The ground is also covered in soft mats instead of bark, and there are wheelchair access ramps to all the areas. We saw children of all ages, and abilities playing at this amazing park.

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Here are the hours and rules regarding Thunder Junction.

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The rubber ground covering is so much nicer than bark.

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They have a bunch of different toys. All are for different ages, sizes, and abilities.

The theme of Thunder Junction revolves around dinosaurs. There is a large volcano in the background and it “erupts” every once in awhile and smoke puffs out the top. Many of the toys are shaped like dinosaurs, and some are slides or teeter-totters. There are lots of other fun toys that aren’t specific to dinosaurs like Ziplines and big slides that my boys loved using. A large climbing wall was a big hit with the older kids at the park.

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The smoking volcano is pretty awesome.

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My boys loved this dinosaur slide.

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This climbing wall was a big hit with the 8-12 year old crowd.

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The Ziplines were fun.

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There is also a Zipline with a seat so that anyone can ride.

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These big slides are really fun. I might have slid down them a few times, too.

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You climb into this treehouse play area to reach the slides.

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There are shade sails over some of the toy areas, which is really nice on those hot summer days.

Thunder Junction has a splash pad. Water drips out of a dinosaur fossils mouth into a small river for the children to wade in. There are also waterfalls cascading off some red rock that you can walk behind. We didn’t play in the water since we stopped by on a road trip, but the splash pad area looked amazing. And it will be wonderful in the St George summers.

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This dinosaur fossil is at the entrance to the Splash Pad.

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My boys really wanted to walk through the waterfalls, so we will have to go back.

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The splash pad takes up one corner of the park.

There is a small area with some musical instruments. This area was very popular and my boys visited here more than once. There were bells and xylophones to play, as well as some simple drums. This area is on a small path away from the play area, so make sure to walk over there.

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The musical instruments were a big hit. There were always people playing them.

The highlight of Thunder Junction is obviously the train! The train runs every 10-15 minutes and it is the only part of the park that costs money. It costs $1/person to ride this small train, but it is definitely worth it. All the proceeds go back into the park, and what child doesn’t want to ride a train? The ride goes around the park and there are tunnels and bridges to make the ride pretty fun.

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The train reminded us of the train at Hogle Zoo.

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You get a fun ticket for your ride on the train.

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The train goes through a few tunnels, around the park, and over a bridge. It’s a great little ride!

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As you cross the bridge, you get a great look at Thunder Mountain park from the train.

There are a few other awesome things about this park. The huge volcano actually has picnic tables inside, which means the tables are out of the sun. There are also bathrooms available in the park. I was also impressed with all the positive signs throughout the park, as well as on the train ride. It helped create such a fun, happy environment.

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Here’s a peek at the tables inside the volcano.

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I loved seeing these signs all over the park. They definitely made me smile!

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There’s no bark or sand to get caught in the roller slide.

Thunder Junction is definitely a must-stop spot for families in St. George. We could have easily stayed all day! This park is located at the Tonaquint Park at 1851 S. Dixie Drive. Tonaquint Park has another playground, walking paths, pavilions, and a nature center which are all separate from Thunder Junction.

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Thunder Junction is a great park and a fun place to spend as a family.

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This is the Tonaquint Park playground on the other side of the park.

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There is a sand volleyball court, and you can see the walking trails that wind through this park.