the ultimate utah summer bucket list

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With  the heat here, we have rounded up over 75 activities for The Ultimate Utah Summer Bucket List so you can make the most of the season. We have even sorted them into price ranges (these are total guesstimates).  Pick some, or if you are brave, all of them and grab your littles and enjoy the sun!

*Activities subject to change hours, pricing or close without notice. They existed at the time this post was published!

Free! (*Some libraries lend passes to the state and national parks and monuments, check your local branch. If not, there are entrance fees.)

  • Check out Cascade Springs
  • Hike the Y
  • Splash Pads
  • Ride Bikes
  • Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Fly a Kite
  • Throw a Frisbee in the park
  • Bocce Ball
  • Movies in the Park (Check your local parks!)
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Play Tennis
  • Barbecue with Friends
  • Natural Rock Waterslide in Alpine
  • Stroll down Main Street Park City
  • Have a Picnic
  • Hike Mount Timpanogos
  • City Festivals
  • Drive the Alpine Loop
  • Music in the Park
  • Wheeler Farms
  • Bear Lake (They have amazing hot springs too!)
  • Make Homemade Icecream
  • Play in the fountains at City Creek
  • Get strawberries and cream at Strawberry Days in Pleasant Grove
  • Feel the mist at Bridal Veil Falls
  • Get your Swiss on at Swiss Days
  • Feed Ducks
  • Flaming Gorge
  • See the delicate arch at Arches National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Hike through Canyonlands
  • Camp in Goblin Valley
  • Go to Bryce Canyon
  • Lake Powell
  • Granite Flats Campground
  • Hike to Silver Lake
  • Check out Cedar Breaks
  • Gigal Sculpture Garden
  • $1-10

  • Visit the American West Heritage Center 
  • Hike to Timp Cave
  • Drive in Movies (West Valley City)
  • City Pool
  • Outdoor Plays at the Scera Theater
  • Mini Golf
  • Fishing
  • Tube down the River
  • Plant a Garden
  • Food Truck Roundup
  • Take the Train. AKA Front Runner and explore down town
  • Snow Cones
  • Twilight Concert Series
  • Tour Antelope Island
  • Golden Spike State Park
  • Utah Olympic Park and Olympic Oval
  • Outdoor Ropes Course
  • Provo Beach Resort
  • Clark Planetarium
  • Dinosaur Monument and Dino Land
  • Local Farm Tour
  • Batting Cages
  • $$10-15

  • This is the Place Monument Park
  • Utah’s State Fair
  • Alpine Slide in Park City
  • Tracy Aviary
  • Take a ride on the Heber Creeper (Heber Valley Railroad)
  • Baseball games (Orem Owlz and Salt Lake Bee’s)
  • Hogle Zoo
  • Living Planet Aquarium
  • $$$15+

  • Camp at Zion’s National Park  (tip: check out your local library to rent a park pass!)
  • Lagoooon!!! (Discounted tickets can be found at Deseret Book!)
  • Don’t live in Utah? Come visit!

    What’s on your summer bucket list?!

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    1. I’ll do these things…but only with you.

    2. Woo hoo! This is great! We’re always looking for new things to do with the kids. This is an awesome list!

      • Thanks Alli! I feel like I am always so excited for summer and then it actually gets here and I run out of things to do with in the first week. Writing it down definitely helped me realize there are tons of different options.

    3. Great list and lots of wonderful ideas for the summer. Thanks!

    4. Hiking timp cave is not free.

    5. You forgot add the American West Heritage Center in Cache Valley. Thanks for all the ideas!

    6. This is such a fun list, and thank you for taking the time to add all of the links. I believe a day pass is required to drive the entire Alpine Loop (which allows access to Cascade Springs) but the cost is minimal. You can park just outside of the fee area to hit the trail to Stewart Falls, though, and that is a fantastic hike. Another really fun hike that is free is the Grotto trail up Nebo Loop. (When I get up north, one of my bucket list spots is Crystal Hot Springs. I love that place.)

    7. I might have missed it but I didn’t see anything for Thanksgiving Point–there’s the dino museum, farm, gardens, new Children’s museum with a splash pad. Good list though!

    8. Hi! Thank you for a great list! I found some great places I hadn’t known of or thought to go. One fun place that I didn’t see on your list is the Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden. They do charge between $5 and $7 but it’s always a favorite with my kids.

      Have a fabulous summer!

    9. Hi,

      We are traveling from Belgium to Utah in September and this list is just great! Thanks so much for this.


    10. Marianne says:

      FYI, it isn’t free to get into a national or state park.

    11. N. Johnson says:

      Thanks for all your hard finding these, and also all the people who have commented with other places to go/see. There are also all the town events/celebration like Salem Days in August for a whole week of fun activities, Spanish Fork Fiesta Days the week of July 24th, Payson Onion Days in September I believe? If everyone adds places and things to do just think of how many more options for the bucket list :-)

    12. There are so many great things to do outside in Utah! Thanks for the fun list!

    13. There are some awesome ideas here! Thanks!!

    14. Hi there-
      I don’t know if it’s too late to post Utah Foster Care’s Chalk Art Festival on June 19-20th at The Gateway. It’s free, a great 2-day event for families and I’ve included the web site above.
      Thanks for putting this list together.
      Deborah Lindner
      Communications Director
      Utah Foster Care

    15. Rio Tinto copper mine tour. It’s amazing. Kids are fascinated. Also Startup Square near downtown Provo — food trucks, music, art, etc.

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