Utah has so many amazing state parks to visit. One that has been on our list for a while is Great Salt Lake State Park. This small park is mostly focused on a marina, but does include a few activities that families can enjoy.
Junior Ranger program
Make sure to take advantage of the Junior Ranger Program at Great Salt Lake. It was the focus of our trip, and the boys learned a lot as they completed the program. We worked on it in the small Visitor’s Center. You can even print the book out before and have your kids work on it as you drive to this State Park.
We also took a walk down along the lake to the salty pools along the shore. We could spot the brine shrimp swimming in the brackish water, and salt encrusted many of the rocks. In the summer time, the beach is nicer, and the water warmer. You could also take the opportunity to float in the Great Salt Lake.
There are a few binoculars available to look through and a viewing deck for spotting birds. We didn’t see many in March, but you might have better luck later into Spring and Summer.
There were also a few other short walks, too. One took us along the edge of the marina to open water. The wind was crisp off the lake, but there was a beautiful flat horizon as we looked west across the Salt Flats. We also enjoyed skipping stones across the surface.
Great Salt Lake State Park is a great stop for an hour or two. Particularly if you are interested in earning that coveted Junior Ranger badge! You can also continue out to the Bonneville Salt Flats, which is one of our favorite spots, but a bit of a drive.