Thanksgiving Point is a unique destination where recreation, education, and peace come together. It is located twenty minutes south of Salt Lake City, Utah, off Interstate 15. Thanksgiving Point acts as a refuge from everyday life - a unique location showcasing the beauty and majesty of nature in countless ways...from dinosaurs to dahlias.
Exhibits at Thanksgiving Point's North American Museum of Ancient Life include some of the longest and tallest dinosaurs ever discovered. In all, the gigantic dinosaur museum houses more that 50 standing dinosaurs and more than 100 flying reptiles!
The quaint garden village at Thanksgiving Point allows guest the freedom of shopping and dining in elegant settings. The Garden Emporium is a 13,000 square foot gift shop with wonderful gift ideas. The Garden Wall Restaurant features fine dining with a variety of fresh-from-the-garden American cuisine. There's also a bakery/deli, an old-fashioned soda fountain, idea gardens, a garden shop/nursery, and floral cottage, all surrounded by several acres of Idea Gardens.
The heart of Thanksgiving Point is a magnificent fifty-five acre park of spectacular theme gardens that debuted of summer of 2000. Each area in the Garden has an individual identity, like rooms in an estate. Visitors will be enchanted by a Rose Garden, Monet Garden, Italian Garden, Secret Garden, Butterfly Garden, vista Garden, Parterre Garden, a Children's Discovery Garden, Large Man-Mad Waterfalls and an outdoor atmosphere.
Thanksgiving Point Institute exists as an expression of gratitude. It is founded on the belief that all things that come of the earth were created for the benefit and the use of man, to please the eye and gladden the heart, to strengthen the body and enlighten the mind. It promotes enjoyment of nature and invites all to experience beauty and education. The Thanksgiving Point Institute is a non-profit institution. Its primary purpose is to provide a wholesome environment designed to educate and beautify.
Surrounding Thanksgiving Point's gardens is an 18-hole championship golf course that has already received accolades from the golf world including Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and Links. It hosts the annual Champions Challenge with legendary golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Craig Stadler, Lee Trevino, and others. The privately owned course is open to the public six days a week and takes reservations two-weeks in advance.
An agricultural learning and discovery center, the Agriculture Center, is home to a charming animal park and demonstration vegetable garden. Together these facilities teach children where their food comes from and teach guests new and improved methods of providing the bounties and beauty of nature for their families. Large greenhouses and multiple classrooms allow growing and learning to continue throughout the year.
Thanksgiving Point is open six days a week, year-round. Closed on Sundays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Hours are seasonal and vary from venue to venue. It is located along I-15 between Salt Lake City and Provo. Take exit 287 off I-15 and travel west to Thanksgiving Way. 801-768-2300.
For additional information on all Utah Valley events and attractions, contact the Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, (801) 851-2100.
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