Northern Utah Family Adventures

In Logan, Willow Park has a small zoo with more than 600 animals, 419 W. 700 South, Logan, 435-752-3060.

South of Logan, Hardware Ranch offers wagon and sleigh rides through herds of Rocky Mountain elk, cookout meals, and overnight cowboy adventures (435-753-6168).

American West Heritage Center features a 1917-era working farm, pioneer site, mountain man encampment, native American village, with seasonal hands-on experiences in farm living and more. It is located 6 miles SW of Logan on U.S. 89/91 (435-245-6050).

Minnetonka Cave near the Bear Lake Valley has nine 'rooms' featuring stalagmites, stalactites and banded travertine formations (208-847-0375).

Cache Valley Fun Park. Try extreme bowling, skate on Logan's state-of-the-art roller rink, play arcade games and laser tag, or crawl through soft play mazes. 255 East 1770 North, North Logan. (435) 792-4000 or (435) 750-6552 Mon-Thurs 11 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-midnight.

George S. Eccles Ice Center: This is Cache Valley's Olympic-size indoor ice rink. Classes, open skating, and skate rentals are available. 2825 North 200 East, North Logan. (435) 787-2288 Call for hours.

Logan Aquatic Center features a leisure pool, lap pool, diving well, and two water slides. (Also available for private party rental.)451 South 500 West, Logan. (435) 716-9266 Open June-August. Call for hours.

Willows Golf Park: Enjoy 18 holes of miniature golf. 220 North Spring Creek Parkway, Providence. (435) 752-4255 Open Mon.-Thurs. noon-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. noon-midnight.

Stokes Nature Center: Discover a piece of natural history or take in the beauty of the surrounding area at Stokes Nature Center. You can make friends with live reptiles and amphibians, learn amazing things about rocks and fossils, and enjoy the native plants and animals along the Logan River. You are never too old or too young to explore nature. 2696 East U.S. Hwy. 89, 1 mile up Logan Canyon. (435) 755-3239 Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 2nd Sat. of each month 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Famous Food Tour: Cache Valley is known as the "land of milk and honey." Spend a day visiting our food factories and sample our famous cheese, milk products, coffee, cookies, honey, and chocolates.

The Utah Wildlife Resources Fish Hatchery, Mantua, (435-723-6579), welcomes visitors daily.

Mountain Valley Trout & Llama Farm, 1471 West Highway 218 in Smithfield (435-563-3647), offers fishing fun for the entire family and pack llamas for rent.

When its time for a snack, Utah State University's Food Science Building on the eastern side of the Logan campus is famous for its homemade ice cream. There are several fast-food restaurants in Garden City with unforgettable raspberry shakes.

The naturally created pools of Crystal Springs are year-round favorites for swimming and soaking, 8215 N. Hwy 69, Honeyville (279-8104) .

The George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park, 1544 E. Park Blvd, Ogden (393-DINO) includes replicas of prehistoric creatures.

Ogden's Municipal Garden at 25th Street and Grant Avenue is five acres of flowering beds, trees, and picnic areas. During the Holiday season, it hosts an elaborate Christmas Village.

The Treehouse Children's Museum in the Ogden City Mall has a focus on literacy. The Treehouse Theater hosts a variety of special events, (394-9663).

The North Ogden Trout Farm, 2284 N. Fruitland Drive (782-8582) is fun for "fish watching".

Lorin Farr Park on the Ogden River Parkway is a shady respite with picnic tables, a swimming pool, and waterslide.

The Ogden Nature Center, is a wildlife sanctuary with indoor and outdoor interpretive activities. 966 W 12th St, Ogden (621-7595).

The Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base (777-6868) south of Ogden, just off I-15, has one of the largest collections of vintage aircraft assembled anywhere in the United States. Guided tours combine facts with engaging stories of planes and the pilots who flew them.

Cherry Hill Recreation Park, 1325 S. Main, Farmington (451-5379), has camping, batting cages, a water park, and miniature golf course.

Lagoon, off the freeway in Farmington, has long been 'the' amusement park in Utah with wild and mild rides, entertainment, food, and a Pioneer Village. It is open daily in summer and weekends in fall and spring (451-8000). The adjacent waterpark, Lagoon-A Beach offers acres of water slides and swimming pools.

On the eastern edge of Salt Lake City, Hogle Zoo has over 800 animals, a one and half acre entry plaza which features a floating globe fountain, a train depot, an events pavilion and a gift shop, 2600 Sunnyside Ave., SLC, 801-582-1631.

The Children's Museum of Utah has imaginative, interactive exhibits, a puppet theater, and daily arts and crafts activities housed in a historic building, 840 North 300 West (322-5268).

The Tracy Aviary, located on seven wooded acres of Liberty Park, is the nation's oldest public aviary. This bird park hosts a collection of 400 birds representing 130 species. During the summer guests can see a free-flying bird show and hand feed colorful parrots at the Lory Walk exhibit. Admission is nominal and all proceeds benefit the birds. Open year-round. 589 East 1300 South. 801-596-8500.

The Utah Museum of Natural History on the University of Utah campus has dinosaur and fossil collections, including a footprint big enough to sit inside! There are also mineral and anthropology displays, and guided art projects (581-4303).

Clark Planetarium, 110 S 400 W, 801.456.STAR (7827). Daily star shows, music entertainment shows, and Utah's only 3D IMAX theatre. Two floors of free, interactive exhibits, and a unique science store.

Abravanel Hall, an architectural and acoustical wonder, is the home of the Utah Symphony. Tours are offered in the summer.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Office Building, 50 E. North Temple (240-2452) is open for year-round tours to the 26th floor Observation Deck.

The International Peace Gardens, 1060 S. 900 West, inside Jordan Park, have botanical displays representing 25 countries.

Raging Waters, 1200 W. 1700 South, Salt Lake City, (973-9900 or 973-6600) offers ocean-like waves, thousands of feet of slides, cascading waterfalls, and 40 other ways to sun, soak, float or dive.

The Days of '47 World Champion Rodeo is one of the world's biggest PRCA rodeos. It runs seven days prior to July 24th in the Delta Center (250-3890).

Antelope Island State Park on the Great Salt Lake's largest island offers camping, hiking, biking, beaches, and wildlife watching in every season. They've even got genuine "Buffalo Burgers." (773-2941).

The Adventure Associates (800-987-5582) design and conduct adventure-based teambuiding programs at Snowbird. Operate ropes course and orienteering for the general public. Open to participants of all ages and abilities. Available for youth and non-profit organizations

Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, Murray, (264- 2241 or 264-2212), has a chore tour to help feed the farm animals and milk the cows Mon.-Sat., and horse-drawn hayrides.

On the elegant carousel at South Towne Mall in Sandy (572-1516), children and adults can ride anything from a sea monster, or a chicken, to an elaborately decorated horse.

The world's largest man-made excavation and first open-pit copper mine, Kennecott (Bingham) Copper Mine, is located 25 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. An observation deck, accessible via Hwy 48 (7800 South), is open April-Oct.

On the mountain peak above the copper mine is the Bingham Copper Pit Overlook, giving a panoramic view of the mine, as well as Tooele and Salt Lake Valleys. (801-252-3234)

Tooele County Railroad Museum, has a steam engine, dining car, simulated mine, and children's train, Broadway and Vine Streets, Tooele. (378-0690).

The restored Benson Grist Mill in Tooele County mirrors the past with a logcabin, historic buildings and equipment, and a working blacksmith shop. (378-0690).

At the Park City Ski Area, summer offerings include the Alpine Slide and Little Miner's Park Mini Golf (649-8111). The Alpine Slide sweeps 3,000 feet down the mountainside.

The Heber Valley Railroad (654-5601) is a historic steam railway which regularly steams through scenic Heber Valley and down Provo Canyon to Vivian Park. 450 South 600 West, Heber City, (654-5601).

Sundance Children's Theater, presents original plays in a beautiful outdoor mountain amphitheater, 15 miles northeast of Provo on Hwy 92 at Sundance Resort, (225-4107). Sundance Village also offers fly fishing, horseback riding and other activities.

Link not found for id#13167 , Robert Redford's famous independent film festival, offers film screenings and related events during January each year.

In Provo, Seven Peaks Water Park has thrilling waterslides and a giant wave pool, 1334 E. 300 North (377-8779).

Provo's McCurdy Doll Museum, has hundreds of dolls on display at 246 N. 100 East (377-9935).

In northeastern Utah, The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park and Dinosaur Gardens has 14 life-size dinosaur sculptures in a garden setting, 235 E. Main, Vernal, (800-477-5558).

Twenty miles from Vernal, near Jensen, Dinosaur National Monument and Quarry, showcases fossilized remains of over 2,000 bones (789-2115).

At Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, visitors can tour the inside of Flaming Gorge Dam, as well as enjoy fishing and hiking (800-477-5558).

The Ute Stampede is three days of family-style activities every July culminating in a professional rodeo, Juab County Fairgrounds, Nephi. (623-1735).

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