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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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:
Wardle Fields: Bluffdale
Legacy Splash Pad: North Salt Lake
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.
BYU Bean Museum: Provo
BYU Museum of Paleontology: Provo
Clark Planetarium: Salt Lake City
Fort Douglas Museum: Salt Lake City
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!
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
Easy Waterfall Hikes–list of waterfall hikes that are easy and fun!
Here are some unique activities that that are guaranteed kid pleasers!
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!
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
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