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101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around Salt Lake City


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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Salt Lake City. KidsOutAndAbout has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Lavender Hill Farm
Red Butte Garden
International Peace Gardens
Gilgal Sculpture Garden
Tracy Aviary and Botanical Garden
Memory Grove Park


Camping and Glamping

  Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort (click here to read our review)
Fruita Campground at Capitol Reef
  Rendezvous Beach at Bear Lake State Park
Spruces, Big Cottonwood Canyon
Under Canvas Camps
Wasatch Mountain State Park
Willow Flat Campground


Cities to Explore

Huntsville (click here to read our review)
Park City
  St. George



Dinosaur National Monument
Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point
Natural History Museum of Utah
Ogden's George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park


Hikes for the Whole Family

Bridal Veil Falls

Cecret Lake

Ensign Peak


Lagoon Trail

Legacy Parkway Trail

Spiral Jetty

Timpanogos Cave


Museums (without Dinosaurs)

  Church History Museum
Discovery Gateway
  Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
Museum of Natural Curiosity
The Leonardo
Treehouse Museum

 Places to Learn about Utah History

Beehive House
Cove Fort
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Pioneer Memorial Museum
  This Is the Place Heritage Park (click here to read our review)


Water Fun

Cherry Hill
Cowabunga Bay
  Seven Peaks Waterpark, SLC


Places to See Things That Go (cars, planes & trains)

Bonneville Speedway
  Hill Aerospace Museum
Union Station


Fun at the Farm

American West Heritage Center
  Cross E Ranch (click here to read our review)
Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point
Hee Haw Farms
Clark Historic Farm
Petersen Family Farm
Wheeler Historic Farm
Young Living Lavender Farm


Professional Sports

Ogden Raptors
Real Salt Lake
Salt Lake Bees
Utah Grizzlies
  Utah Jazz



Nature Centers and Zoos

Antelope Island State Park
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Hardware WMA (click here to read our review)
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium (click here to read our review)
  Tracy Aviary
Ogden Nature Center
Red Butte Garden
Utah's Hogle Zoo


Ski Utah!

Brian Head Resort
Deer Valley
Powder Mountain
Solitude Mountain Resort
Sundance Mountain Resort
Nordic Valley Ski Resort


Amusement Park



2002 Winter Olympics Venues

The Ice Sheet
Soldier Hollow
  Utah Olympic Oval
Utah Olympic Park


Family History Centers

  Family History Library
Family History Discovery Center


National Parks 

Bryce Canyon
  Capitol Reef


Shop Your Heart Out

  City Creek Center
Gardner Village
Outlets at Traverse Mountain
Provo Towne Centre
Station Park
Tanger Outlets
The Gateway

The Shops at Riverwoods

The Shops at South Town

University Place


Places to Eat

Want to grab a bite to eat while you're on the road? Click here to check out our BIG list of favorite places to eat in Utah.

Playgrounds and Parks

Or maybe you need to stop and let the kids run around for a bit? We've got ideas for that too. Click here to see our mega list of playgrounds and parks you won't want to miss on your journey. Happy travels!


Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Salt Lake City. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away