We have lived in Utah County for many years, but we often sneak across the county line to adventure in Salt Lake. There are so many fun adventures in Salt Lake County that we have discovered. Spring Break is here, and we know that lots of parents are looking for ways to entertain their kids who are out of school. So we put together a list of some of our favorite adventures in Salt Lake Valley during the Spring. We hope you’ll find a few that your family will enjoy. If you need some ideas for Utah County, check out our list of Spring Break in Utah Valley.
Spend a day in Big (or Little) Cottonwood Canyon
We love the Salt Lake canyons. Even a drive through these canyons is beautiful, and we love following along the river as we weave through the canyons. A lot of our favorite hikes are in Little or Big Cottonwood canyons. In the Spring, some of these hikes still have snow on them, so definitely be prepared for the conditions. Some years we have hiked in snow boots, and others we have hiked in regular gear. All of these hikes are easy, and family friendly, and most involve waterfalls!
Little Cottonwood Canyon
- Rocky Mouth Falls (near Little Cottonwood Canyon)
- Lisa Falls
- Little Cottonwood Trail
- Bell Canyon Reservoir
- Temple Quarry
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Visit A Hands-on Museum
Salt Lake has some of the best hands-on museums for kids (and adults). We love spending a day at any of these museums, and wish we lived closer to visit more often.
- Clark Planetarium (FREE)
- Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum
- The Leonardo
- Natural History Museum of Utah
Explore Temple Square
We love visiting Temple Square all year, but it is especially beautiful in the spring with all of the tulips and daffodils blooming. There are so many fun, FREE things to do, and you can spend a day since they are all on one block in downtown SLC. We have a list about 12 Awesome Things at Temple Square for Kids. But here are our favorites.
- Church History Museum
- Conference Center
- Church Office Building (the roof opens mid-April, so check before you go)
- The Tabernacle (organ concerts every day at 12:00 pm)
Play at a Park
We have not visited enough parks in Salt Lake County yet, so let us know what your favorites are in the comments below, but there are some really fun places to play in Salt Lake.
- Legacy Park (North Salt Lake)
- Liberty Park (Salt Lake)
- Wild West Park (West Jordan) This park is getting a new playground in May 2019, so hold off until summer on this one.
- Copperton Park (Copperton–out west)
- Holt Farmstead Park (South Jordan)
- Wheadon Farm park (Draper)
- Wardle Fields Regional Park (Bluffdale)
- Lodestone Park (West Valley)
Adventure with the Animals
We have so many favorite places in Salt Lake Valley where we can visit animals. And in the spring there are baby animals everywhere. We love all of these places, and think they are a great way to get up close and personal with animals.
- Hogle Zoo
- Baby Animal Days Cross E Ranch
- The Farm at Gardiner Village ($2 Tuesdays)
- Tracy Aviary
- Wheeler Historic Farm
- Living Planet Aquarium ($5 after 5 pm on Mondays, and they stay open until 8 pm)
Learn Some Utah History
Utah has a very rich history in Salt Lake. There are tons of spots to learn about the Pioneers who arrived in this valley, and made this area their home. We definitely admire those brave men and women, and we love learning about their stories. Here are a few of our favorite places to remember the Pioneers.
- This is the Place Heritage Park (Baby Animal Days run through May 26)
- Pioneer Memorial Museum
- Ensign Peak
- Fort Douglas Museum
- Brigham Young’s Grave
Enjoy some Unique Spots
Salt Lake Valley has a lot of fun, unique adventures to try, and we are constantly finding more and more. The adventures listed below didn’t fit in the other categories, but they are some really great ones for Spring Break. If you have a fun adventure that we have missed, leave us a comment and we will give it a try.
- Gilgal Gardens
- The Train Shoppe
- Hike the Living Room
- Fairies at Gardner Village (The Fairies arrive April 15, but Gardner Village is always fun. You can do a free scavenger hunt anytime.)
- Up House
- Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate Factory Tour (must schedule a week before, only $1)
We love all the awesome adventures in Salt Lake Valley. We hope you are able to find something fun for your family this Spring. You can also check out our list for Spring Break in Utah Valley.