If you and your children are visiting Salt Lake City, or, even if you live, here you are going to love our list of some of the most popular attractions for kids in SLC.
And don’t forget you can get discount passes on some of these fun activities when you stay at WFSA it can save you a bundle!
The Utah Museum of Natural History on the University of Utah campus is an important part of Utah’s scientific community but also a great place to visit with kids. Permanent exhibits cover archaeology, geology, paleontoloty, minerology and zoology.
Liberty Park is Salt Lake City’s second largest public park and includes trails, playgrounds, a pond, paddle boat rentals, tennis courts, picnic facilities, amusement rides and a water play area. Liberty Park includes the Chase Home Museum of Folk Arts and the excellent eight-acre Tracy Aviary, one of two free-standing aviaries in the United States.?
Utah’s Hogle Zoo dates from 1931 and is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon at 2600 E. Sunnyside Avenue. The Zoo is one of the most visited attractions in Utah and the top paid-for tourist attraction in Salt Lake City. It covers 42 acres and includes more than 800 animals.
Hogle Zoo’s top exhibits include Asian Highlands and Elephant Encounter. Little ones will enjoy the classic Zoo Train and new Conservation Carousel. Don’t miss the World of Flight Bird Showduring the spring, summer and fall. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, Hogle Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with the popular Zoolights display.
The Gateway in west downtown SLC has plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options for everyone, but kids will especially enjoy the Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway children’s museum. The Olympic Snowflake Fountain in the Olympic Plaza is great for water play in hot weather.
The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy includes 1250 animals and 267 species in three main exhibits: Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, and Journey to South America. In March 2010 The Living Planet added another major exhibit: Penguin Encounter.
Thanksgiving Point is a huge recreation area near the Point of the Mountain that includes spectacular themed gardens, a farm and agriculture center, movie theaters, an IMAX, shops, restaurants, a golf course, party and reception facilities, and the world’s largest indoor dinosaur museum. There’s so much to see and do at Thanksgiving Point that it’s difficult to describe, but Thanksgiving Point definitely offers an escape from the everyday.
Thanksgiving Point is located about halfway between Salt Lake City and Provo just off Interstate 15 at the Point of the Mountain. For detailed driving instructions from your location, call 801-768-2300.
The Mayan Adventure (commonly called “The Mayan”) at the Jordan Commons in Sandy is a Mayan-themed Mexican restaurant that includes a cliff diving show, robotic animals and other entertainment in an elaborately decorated, Disney-like fantasy atmosphere. Kids love it. It’s a great place to take out-of-town visitors, and also a great place to have a child’s birthday party.
Seven Peaks, with locations in Salt Lake City and Provo, offers family summe-time fun with extreme waterslides, a wave pools, kids’ slides and swimming areas and lazy river rides. Some of Seven Peaks’ big, fast and steep thrill slides are not for the faint of heart!
Great skiing and close proximity to several resorts. Very nice accommodations, nice to have a garage and large living area – big T.V., and an X-Box! YES!!- Jim Jacobs from North Carolina