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FREE Summer Fun in Utah

Free Summer Fun in Utah
(Last Updated On: July 15, 2019)

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 Fun in Utah. These adventures 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.

Utah City Festivals 2019

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. On this post, we share our favorite programs that we participate in every year.


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

Patriot Park: Saratoga Springs

Wheadon Farm Park: Draper

Liberty Park: Salt Lake City

Union Park: Midvale

Lodestone Park: West Jordan

Firefighters Park: Bountiful

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.


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 6 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

Fort Bluff: Bluff

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

Cory Wride Memorial Park: Eagle Mountain

Wardle Fields: Bluffdale

Legacy Splash Pad: North Salt Lake

Highland Splash pad

We love the little river at the Highland Splash Pad.


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


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)

Jungle Trail: Draper

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

Silver Lake: Salt Lake’s Big Cottonwood Canyon

Tony Grove: Logan

Our Favorite Summer Hikes: One for each week of summer

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.

Salt Lake City provides a few FREE programs through the summer. There are Family Nature Nights with different activities in different parks. Registration is free, but required. They also have Trail Trekkers with different guided hikes. Some are very long, but many are family friendly.

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!

Summer Movies

We are adding a summer movies section because lots of places or cities offer FREE Family movie nights throughout the summer. Bring a blanket, your own snacks, and enjoy the movie. We are currently updating this section, so we will add more cities as we learn about them! Make sure to check your local cities to see if they offer any FREE summer movies.

Box Elder Movie in the Park: Saturdays

Hurricane Movies in the Park: Every other Saturday

Kearns Friday Night Flicks: Saturdays

Red Butte Garden: Sundance Institute Summer Film Series

Ogden Monday Night Movies: Mondays

Salt Lake City Friday Night Flicks–schedule for 2019 not out yet

Snowbird Family Flicks: Fridays

Springville Movies in the Park: Mondays


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