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Fun Things To Do In Utah

Find Things to Do in and around Saratoga Springs, Bluffdale, Herriman, Lehi, Draper, Vineyard, and Eagle Mountain
EDGEhomes is ready to kick off summer with some of our favorite Utah activities. From hiking in world-renowned canyons to watching your favorite movies under the stars, Utah offers a never-ending list of family-friendly activities to fill up each of those long summer days. Each of our communities are located in some of the best real estate Utah has to offer. Luckily, Utah also offers great summer activities to get your family out, enjoying everything Utah locals love.Whether you’re looking for fun things to do in Utah, getting your adrenaline pumping during a day at Farmington’s most popular amusement park, or discovering new music in Pioneer Park, each of EDGEhome’s favorite activities are sure to keep you and your kids smiling ear-to-ear all summer long. No matter your location, budget, or timetable, one of our favorites is sure to fit your bucket list.So, take a look, grab your kids, and take advantage of everything that the ‘Beehive State’ has to offer.

Fun Summer Activities in Utah

Utah offers a never-ending list of family-friendly activities to fill up long summer days. Here are a few:

  • Hiking trails near the Wasatch front
  • Water parks
  • Rock climbing
  • Camping
  • Festivals and carnivals
  • Farmer’s market(s)

 

Saratoga Springs

splash days in saratoga springs
photo credit: Saratoga Springs City

 

Things to Do in Saratoga Springs:

  • Splash Days (June)
    • a series of activities including a parade, carnival, Battle of the Bands, a car show, and more!
  • Fishing & barbeques at the Marina
    • with pavillions available for reservation, get your family outside by the water and have a blast.

 

Trails Nearby

  • Jordan River Parkway Trail
    • A long paved trail great for family walks, runs, and bike rides.
  • Lakeshore Trail
    • Central East Saratoga Springs, runs in segments along West of Utah Lake.
    • North access available at Inlet Park.
  • Pelican Bay Trail
    • Southeast Saratoga Springs, runs along West of Utah Lake near Marina Park.
  • Saratoga Hot SpringsTrail (natural springs outside City boundary)
    • Located roughly 1/4 mile south of inlet park; only the trailhead is within the City.

 

Things to Do NEAR Saratoga Springs:

Camping Nearby:

  • Desert Oasis Gardens
    • 23 Miles Away
    • A working produce farm that allows you to camp on-site.
  • Strawberry Days
    • 14 Miles Away
    • The Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days is the longest running celebration in Utah. Running from July 16-24, it includes a parade, carnival, and multiple contests.
  • Steel Days in American Fork
    • 10 Miles Away
    • The community of American Fork gather every year to celebrate Steel Days. Running from July 13-21 this year, the festival has been around for over 100 years.

 

 

Bluffdale

a woman riding a horse in the bluffdale rodeo

 

Things to Do in Bluffdale:

Parks Nearby:

 

Things to Do NEAR Bluffdale:

  • The Park City and Snowbird Alpine Slide
    • 45 Miles Away (but it’s an all day activity)
    • Whether you want to ride the Alpine Slide in Park City or up Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah has you covered. The Park City Alpine Slide is one of the longest slides in the world, with over 3,000 feet of luge-like track. The Snowbird Slide is located on their Chickadee Run with many twists, turns, and tunnels to go through.
  • Jordanelle’s AQUA x ZONE Water Park
    • 51 Miles Away (but it’s an all day activity)
    • Jordanelle State Park offers a unique water experience at their AQUA x ZONE Water Park. Filled with inflatable water sports, this water park is designed to allow 65 people to run, swing, swim, and enjoy at one time.
  • Twilight Concert Series
    • 23 Miles Away
    • Each summer, Salt Lake City puts on a series of concerts known as the Twilight Concert Series. Check out the lineup and grab your friends to enjoy good music under the summer sun.

Trails

—there are no trails in the city of Bluffdale, but there are a few nearby in Draper:

 

 

Draper

Cowboy at Bluffdale's Old West Days Rodeo

 

photo credit: Draper Days

 

Things to Do in Draper:

  • Draper Days
    • Each year the city of Draper throws a week-long celebration called Draper Days. The festival includes a rodeo, parade, concerts, fireworks, vendors, food, rides, and more.
    • Movies in the Park
      • What’s better than an outdoor movie under the stars in the park? Luckily, Utah offers an array of movie-watching options that include parks in Centerville, Draper, Herriman, Kaysville, and more.
    • Draper Days Rodeo (July)
      • This three day event is full of fun rodeo events you won’t want to miss.


Camping Nearby:

  • Granite Flat Campground
    • Fishing, hiking, and endless forests of Douglas fir and pine trees.
    • Just a short distance up the American Fork Canyon.
  • Tanner’s Flat Campground
    • A tree-lover’s dream, this campground is nestled on the edge of Little Cottonwood Creek in a shady forest of aspen, pine, oak, and maple.
    • The campground offers an ideal base for exploring the area either by hiking, biking, or climbing.

Rock Climbing Nearby:

  • The Balcony
    • This wall is a west and south-facing granite slab that sits high on the bench in Draper above the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge.
  • The Cuban Missile Tower
    • The Cuban Missile Tower is found lurking along the vague ridgeline between Big and Little Willow Canyons near 8000 feet.
    • It is a partially unstable mass of teetering rock that will probably tumble in the next major geological event.

Parks Nearby:

  • Splash Park
    • Dumping baskets, spraying water, and more at the new splash park in Draper.
  • Dayland Dog Park
    • Let the pups run free in fenced in area with built in creeks!
  • Draper City Park
    • This is a larger park equipped with pavilions, volleyball pits, basketball courts, playground equipment, and more.

Trails Nearby

—There are several trails near Draper that are great for hikers, mountain bikers, runners, and more! Several allow you to bring your dog with you on leash as well. We will name just a few of the more popular nearby trails:

 

Things to Do NEAR Draper:

  • SLC Farmers Market
    • 19 Miles Away
    • Get some of the best grub and fresh produce in town at the Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City. Running every Saturday from June to October, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Farmers Market is a place that can’t be beat.
  • Utah State Fair
    • 19 Miles Away
    • The Utah State Fair has been a Utah tradition since 1856. Located in the heart of Utah, this fair includes anything and everything you’d need to make your fair experience fun.
  • Sheepdog Competition
    • 46 Miles Away
    • Utah also offers more quirky activities including the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Championship & Festival. The festival also includes great food, high flying splash dogs, exotic animal shows, and more.
  • Swiss Days in Midway
    • 46 Miles Away
    • The Swiss Days Festival in Midway is your place to find handmade, specialty items, antiques, art, and experience Swiss traditions. Over 80,000 to 100,000 people attend the festival and you’ll want to be one of them.
  • Jordanelle’s AQUA x ZONE Water Park
    • 47 Miles Away
    • An inflatable water park that lets people to run, swing, swim, and enjoy the water.
  • Antelope Island
    • 76 Miles Away
    • Located in Syracuse, this little island features some of the best views and wildlife found in the state. Spend a night camping along the shore of the Salt Lake or take a day trip to see the fastest deer in North America (that can even outrun a cheetah).
  • Twilight Concert Series
    • 19 Miles Away
    • Find out who is going to be at the concert each year, grab some tickets, and have a ball with your friends.

 

 

Herriman

 

Things to Do in Herriman:

  • Movies in the Park
    • What’s better than an outdoor movie under the stars in the park? Luckily, Utah offers an array of movie-watching options that include parks in Centerville, Draper, Herriman, Kaysville, and more.
  • Fort Herriman Towne Days (June)
    • This yearly celebration includes a parade, car show, Yeti run, and more!

Parks Nearby

—Herriman is known for its amazing parks that feature unique styles and plenty of green space:


Trails Nearby

—There are not a ton of trails near Herriman, but just enough to go explore and get to know them well. A few of the favorites include:

 

Things to Do NEAR Herriman:

  • Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington
    • 42 Miles Away (filled with all day fun)
    • Lagoon is a local favorite with roller coasters, rides, and games to play all day long.
  • The Park City Alpine Slide
    • 49 Miles Away (fun all day)
    • The Park City Alpine Slide is one of the longest slides in the world, with over 3,000 feet of luge-like track.
  • Jordanelle’s AQUA x ZONE Water Park
    • 55 Miles Away (but it’s an all-day experience)
    • Discover a park full of inflatables that over 70 people can play on at the same time!
  • Twilight Concert Series
    • 27 Miles Away
    • Each summer Salt Lake City holds the Twilight Concert Series. Discover who is there this year and get your tickets!

 

 

Lehi

Butterflies at the biosphere in Lehi
photo credit:
Thanksgiving Point

 

Things to Do in Lehi:

  • Thanksgiving Point
    • Contains the Museum of Natural Curiosity, a dinosaur museum, a massive garden, and much more!
    • There are events outdoors all throughout the year—to name just a few: Day of the Dead Festival, Luminaria, Scarecrow Festival, Labor Day Luau, Tulip Festival, Christmas Lights, and more!
  • Lehi Roundup Week (June)
    • The city puts on events all week including rodeos, shows, and more.

 

Parks Nearby

—there are many incredible parks in Lehi. Here we have named just a few:

  • Ivory Ridge Splash Pad
    • Cool off with your kids at the concrete splash pad with jet streams of water that turn on and off.
  • Dry Creek Park
    • This is a 14 acre park with paved trails and a frisbee golf course.
  • Olympic Park
    • Connects with the Jordan River Walk/Bikeway.
    • There are volleyball pits and soccer fields.

 

Camping Nearby:

  • Little Mill Campground
    • Nestled on the banks of the American Fork Creek in the American Fork Canyon, Little Mill Campground is one of those spots that makes for a beautiful visit at any time of year.
  • Altamont Group Campground
    • With room for up to 100 people, this spot welcomes the whole family together to enjoy the vibrant green forests exploding across the impressive Wasatch Mountains.

 

Things to Do NEAR Lehi:

  • Strawberry Days
    • 8 Miles Away
    • This is a popular celebration in Utah! Running from July 16–24, it includes a parade, carnival, and multiple contests.
  • Sheepdog Competition
    • 34 Miles Away
    • The festival also includes great food, high flying splash dogs, exotic animal shows, and more.
  • Swiss Days in Midway
    • 34 Miles Away
    • Swiss Days in Midway offers a wide variety of handmade items, antiques, fine art, and great Swiss food. Between 80,000 to 100,000 people attend the festival.
  • Jordanelle’s AQUA x ZONE Water Park
    • 46 Miles Away
    • Run, swing, swim, and bounce on these floating inflatables all day long!
  • Steel Days in American Fork
    • 3.5 Miles Away
    • Picnics, Games, Parades, Races, and more! Join American Fork in celebrating every year during July.
  • Midway Hot Springs
    • 35 Miles Away
    • The Homestead Crater in Midway is one of the most unique activities Utah has to offer. Swim in a natural geothermal spring, hidden inside a limestone rock.
  • Twilight Concert Series
    • 30 Miles Away
    • Enjoy some amazing music each year at the annual Twilight Concert Series. Bring your friends to enjoy good music under the summer sun.
  • Sundance Zip Line
    • 22 Miles Away
    • Sundance Resort offers a ZipTour on their ZipRider where you can zip line all across the resort. Experience Utah at its finest with this high-up adventure.

 

 

Eagle Mountain

Nolan Park in Eagle Mountain

photo credit:

Eagle Mountain City

 

Things to Do in Eagle Mountain:

Trails Nearby

—There are 4 popular trails in the area:

Parks Nearby:

  • Nolan Park
    • Features all the amenities of a regular park, plus a splash pad for the hot summer months.
  • Mountain Ranch Bike Park
    • 30 acres of bike park that features three jump lines, a slope-style track, a single track, a skills area with 200 yards of wood features, a teeter-totter, a pump track, a beginner trail, and an uphill trail.
  • Wride Memorial Splash Pad
    • This is also a splash pad park that has both non-water and water amenities.

Things to Do NEAR Eagle Mountain:

  • Strawberry Days
    • 19 Miles Away
    • Join Pleasant Grove in celebrating Strawberry Days. There are competitions, games, a parade, and more!
  • Steel Days in American Fork
    • 15 Miles Away
    • The community of American Fork gather every year to celebrate Steel Days. This July festival is one you’ll want to make the drive for.

 

 

Vineyard

Ballon festival in provophoto credit: Provo Balloon Fest

 

Things to Do in Vineyard:

Most Vineyard locals do a lot of activities in Provo or Orem since they are so close by! But there are a few parks here in Vineyard.

Parks Nearby:

 

Things to Do NEAR Vineyard:

  • Provo Balloon Festival
    • 10 Miles Away
    • Provo’s Freedom Festival (in July) features the Balloon Festival where family and friends can witness the overpowering feeling of seeing 25 hot air balloons up close. Did we mention it’s free?
  • Splash Summit Park
    • 11 Miles Away
    • Splash into summer fun at Splash Summit Waterpark and Resort. Featuring water slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and more, Splash Summit has an array of water rides that’ll keep your kids going all day long.
  • Strawberry Days
    • 5 Miles Away
    • Visit the Strawberry Days festival in July. There is a parade, carnival, and many contests you could win.
  • Swiss Days in Midway
    • 27 Miles Away
    • The Swiss Days Festival in Midway is your place to find handmade, specialty items, antiques, art, and experience Swiss traditions. It is a very popular festival here in Utah.
  • Midway Hot Springs
    • 29 Miles Away
    • Swim in a natural geothermal spring, hidden inside a limestone rock. It is an amazing feature here in Utah that you simply must try.
  • Sundance Zip Line
    • 15 Miles Away
    • Zipline across the Sundance Resort atop the trees.
  • Mona Rope Swing
    • 41 Miles Away
    • The Mona Rope Swing is another Utah gem located 45 minutes outside of Provo, Utah. Get over 15–25 feet of air on one of two different rope swing options. It’s an exciting way to spend a summer afternoon.

 

Trails Nearby

There aren’t really any trails in the city of Vineyard, but there are a few on the edges of Orem and Provo that are close:

  • Murdock Canal Trail
    • (easy)
    • This is a paved trail great for running, biking, or taking kids and a stroller.
  • Carterville Trail
    • (easy)
    • A 1.2 mile out and back trail located near Provo, Utah and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and road biking and is accessible year-round.
  • Lover’s Lane Trail
    • (easy)
    • 3.4 miles located near Provo, Utah.
    • Is good for all skill levels.

Camping Nearby:

  • Hope Campground
    • Located near Orem and Provo, the primitive sites at Hope Campground are nestled in the scenic Provo Canyon.
    • It makes for a relaxing getaway where you can enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails through the quiet canyon and up the forested peaks.
  • Theater-in-the-Pines Campground
    • The campground is just off of Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, which offers breathtaking views of mountain meadows, canyons, and forests.

 

 

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04/25/2018

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