Salt Lake City's Best Kid-friendly Attractions: Just as Fun for Adults as for the Wee Ones

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.

West Valley City

When the 2002 Winter Olympic Games came to Utah, they required the construction of many state-of-the-art sporting facilities. And after the games, these have remained as a trophy component of this active community. It is truly an elite group of...  Read More

Outside of City
Salomon Center

Have you ever wanted to surf, skydive, or rock climb, but perhaps haven't had the opportunity to try? At the Salomon Center, you can't exactly do any of these "for real," but you can experience an accurate, indoor simulation of each. Take a...  Read More

East Salt Lake City
Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren

Located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon in the northeastern corner of Salt Lake City, The Hogle Zoo houses a wide variety of animals. More than 900 amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles from across the world are housed on 42 acres. Among...  Read More

Clark Planetarium
Photo courtesy of Clark Planetarium

Open 365 days a year, the Clark Planetarium has many attractions. One of its biggest draws is its IMAX theater. This five-story venue hosts the screenings of incredibly vivid documentary and Hollywood films in 3D. In addition to its visual...  Read More

Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Photo courtesy of Ted Percival

If standing in Salt Lake City, look at the foothills towering above town, to your north and east. It is there that the Bonneville Shoreline Trail crisscrosses above the city, covering roughly 100 total miles. This trail has no map, but instead...  Read More

Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren

In 2006, the Children's Museum of Utah relocated to this all-new location. Undergoing an incredible, modernizing facelift, this once drab museum became a colorful, interactive, state-of-the-art wonderland for children and their parents. Now...  Read More

Local literature praises Bingham Canyon Copper Mine as the "richest hole on earth," and with good reason. More than 3/4 of a mile deep, the mine has yielded about 16 million tons of copper since digging first began. And that's not all - the mine...  Read More

Southwest Salt Lake City
Front Climbing Club
Photo courtesy of David Sjöquist

Looking around Salt Lake City, it's not hard to imagine that this area is home to one of the nation's biggest rock climbing communities. With such an active and large group of climbers, it is only fitting that the city itself should contain...  Read More

Tracy Aviary
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren

Some people live in Salt Lake City for years without noticing this gem. Tucked discretely into Liberty Park, the Tracy Aviary contains more than 400 individual birds representing 135 species. Founded in 1938, this has been the site of many...  Read More

Natural History Museum of Utah
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren

Utah has an incredible natural history. From its remarkable red rock deserts, to the peaks of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains, this state contains stunning geology. And throughout time, it has been occupied by dinosaurs and humans alike. The...  Read More


Meet Christine Balaz

Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous...  More About Christine
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