When it comes to exploring a new city, kids aren’t usually impressed by the same set of attractions as their adult counterparts. Whereas the grown-ups’ list of classic sights likely includes museums of modern art, cultural and religious attractions and big, challenging ski areas, the little ones would only be bored by such a roster. Lucky for the parents, Salt Lake City’s kid-friendly activities are just as enjoyable for adults as for the wee ones.
If you’re in town for only a short time–or don’t have the necessary transportation to leave the city–consider a stop at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Located in West Downtown, this fully modern museum is full of hands-on exhibits, is likely quite near your hotel. A bit farther south is The Front Climbing Club, one of the best bouldering gyms in the country. For kids and adults alike, bouldering presents a great, beginner- (and expert-) friendly way to get exercise without a harness, rope, or belay skills.
A bit farther north, on the University of Utah campus, is the newly relocated, completely spectacular Natural History Museum of Utah–a big hit among dinosaur fans, and a spectacular piece of architecture. Almost literally adjacent to this museum is the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, an accessible network of trails perfect for family hikes and picnics.
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