Last year we mentioned we were trying something new this year at Travel Parent Eat.
We are going to be highlighting some fun family activities in the states all around you. Well, every state to be exact.
We will be having some great guest posts and lots of great tips and tricks for whatever destination is on your 2015 bucket list.
Here’s what you can expect from these posts:
The top 3 family friendly attractions with information about deals, times of year to visit, and other useful information.
A brief highlight of the state, and fun facts about each state.
We are hoping these posts will help you get out and visit the US and all that there is to offer. We all know that each state has its own hidden gems, and we are hoping to help you find those gems in your planning stages.
Whenever you start on a road trip, you have to start at home. That’s what we are doing with this road trip.
Our first state highlight is Utah.
Utah has about 2.9 million residents, and most of them live in the suburbs around Salt Lake City, in an area called the Wasatch Front.
Utah was recognized as a state in 1896, 45th state. The state capital is Salt Lake City.
Many locals will say that Utah has two seasons, winter and road construction (but I’ve heard that said about most states in this area).
Utah has 5 National Parks, the most in the country! The first National Park was Zions, in the South West corner.
We love Utah because there are fun activities to do in every season.
Here are our top 3 activities/destinations in Utah:
1) Hogle Zoo http://www.hoglezoo.org/
-This is the local Salt Lake Zoo and you will see some great animal attractions. They’ve spent the last few years updating the African Safari section. There are a lot of fun activities for the kids beyond the animals. They have a Splash Pad open during the summer, Zoo lights during the winter, a train ride throughout the property, and a carousel.
-Tickets can seem a bit spendy, adult prices are 11.95, children (3-12) 8.95, seniors 9.95, but there is family fun for the whole day. There are also coupons available at different times of the year and through a few different programs. Find out more through a google search for “Hogle Zoo discount coupons”
A couple of years ago they had animals made out of legos! It was amazing!
2) This is the Place Heritage Park http://www.thisistheplace.org/
-Across the street (basically) from the zoo is This is the Place Heritage Park. This is a fun, hands on history lesson about Utah and the early settlers of the state. There are tours of homes from the first settlers, a petting zoo, pony rides, and lots of food, games, and activities. The Park is open all year with great summer activities, a haunted village in October, and a Dickens Christmas Village from Thanksgiving to the New Year.
-You will pay for entrance in this park as well: $5 for adults, $3 for children (3-11) and seniors, with coupons available on several websites.
3) Central/Southern Utah http://www.nps.gov/state/ut/index.htm
-This may seem like a broad category, and it is, but it’s really hard to narrow it down to one National Park to visit. Zions is probably the most popular, in the South West corner of Utah and Bryce or Canyonlands (with Arches National Park) is number 2 in the Central/South East corner of the state. You can visit these parks from Spring through Fall. There are great hiking, biking, and jeeping trails in all these National Parks.
-You can find the price information about park entrance fees on the National Park Service Website.
Honorable Mentions go to:
Lagoon Amusement Park. https://www.lagoonpark.com/
Think about your county or state fair, tripled in size with a few fun roller coasters. There is also a water park and some entertainment shows. Expect to pay about $50 per person for anyone who rides the rides. There are several discount coupons available, check out their site to get the current promotions. The park is only open from late spring to early fall.
Any of the local ski resorts. http://www.skiutah.com/
I’ve skied most of them (my dad and brother have hit them all). My favorite is Snowbasin in Ogden Canyon, but the Salt Lake resorts offer a great variety of terrain and a hill for all levels. There are also several in Park City. Skiing is not a poor man’s sport. There are coupons for various resorts, and you will pay less at the Ogden Canyon resorts than you would in Salt Lake or Park City. The best time of year to ski (best conditions, best snow) is in February through early March. The resorts generally open in November, around Thanksgiving, and are open until Easter. Although, one Salt Lake Resort (Snowbird) has been known to stay open until Memorial Day. Many of the ski resorts are open year round and offer mountain biking or hiking during the summer and fall.
Antelope Island. http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/antelope-island-state-park
This is a State Park, located in the middle of the Great Salt Lake. Heading out to the Island is a fun way to see the Great Salt Lake and there are hiking trails, biking trails, and fun beach spots available. There are a lot of chances for animal encounters, so use caution when out and about. You will pay the current fee for entrance in a state park. You can find that information through the link provided.
We hope you enjoy this series this year!
Did we leave out any of your favorite Utah locations? I’d love to hear what would have made your top 3! Share your pictures with us on instagram, facebook or twitter and use #usabytpe!