Last update: 2/5/20
There are so many fun things to do in Utah in the summer! There are plenty of things to do indoors and outdoors. I prefer the outdoor activities in the mornings or evenings because it can be very hot in the summer.
#1 Thing to do in Utah in the summer – Get shaved ice
#2 – Go to Mystic Hot Springs
#3 – Go to Crystal Hot Springs
Crystal Hot Springs is in Honeyville, Utah. It costs $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. Kids under 2 are free. Hot springs are so relaxing!
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#4 – Waterfall Hikes
There are a lot of waterfall hikes in Utah! You can probably find a new one to hike to each weekend over the summer.
#5 – Hike Rocky Mouth Waterfall
This hike is in Sandy. This is a fairly easy hike that is not too long. It can be hard to find parking though.
#6 – Hike Grotto Falls
This hike is near Payson, Ut. It takes you to a small waterfall. This page will give you all the info you need.
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#7 – Hike Donut Falls
The Donut Falls hike is in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It has really good reviews on Google!
#8 – Hike Stewart Falls
Stewart Falls is a popular hike to do. It is just past Sundance Ski Resort. The area is so pretty and you might even see some fall colors in the late summer.
#9 – Hike Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is another popular hike. It’s not too far up Provo Canyon.
#10 – Go Ice blocking
This is where you buy a block of ice and find a hill. You’ll slide down the hill sitting on the block of ice. This is a cheap way to have some fun! Bring a little towel to sit on so your clothes don’t get too wet from the ice. The best places to do this are at Rock Canyon Park in Provo and Flat Iron Mesa Park in Sandy.
#11 – Go to a Farmer’s market
There are lots of these. Some of our favorite ones are:
We love getting food at these. It’s so fun to get kettle corn, lemonade, boiled peanuts, or whatever else they have.
#12 – Do the Mount Timpanogos Caves hike
You’ll want to reserve a time slot to do the cave tour after you hike up to it. Bring a sweatshirt because the caves are cold. It feels good at first after the hiking trail up to them, but the tour is pretty long and you will get cold. For more information about this hike, visit this page.
#13 – Go see 4th of July fireworks
There are tons of these in Utah! My absolute favorite show is the one at Thanksgiving Point. This one lasts for about 20 minutes and has really big fireworks.
#14 – Go to the Aqua x Zone
The Aqua X Zone is at Jordanelle State Park. It’s a water park on the water. Go earlier in the day before it gets too busy.
#15 – Freedom Festival in Provo
The Freedom Festival has a ton of hot air balloons that you can watch take off. This starts early in the morning.
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#16 – Balloon Festival in Sandy
The Balloon Festival in Sandy happens in the evening. If the weather is good, hot air balloons will be taking off. It’s really fun to see how big they are up close.
#17 – Swim in the Homestead Crater in Midway
You’ll need to make reservations to do this. This is a geothermal spring that is high up in a rock. I’ve never seen anything else like it before. Learn more about this here.
#18 – Go to a rodeo
There are a lot of rodeos in Utah in the summer. The one we go to is the Ute Stampede in Nephi.
#19 – Draper Days
Draper Days is located in Draper Park. It takes place for a few days. There are activities and shops setup during the day, then there’s a big firework show on one of the nights.
#20 – Walk around Silver Lake and look for moose
Silver Lake is up Big Cottonwood Canyon. It has a 0.9 mile trail that goes all the way around it. I’ve heard that some people see moose here, especially in the evening. We’ve never seen one here though.
#21 – Tour the State Capitol
The state capitol is in Salt Lake City. If you have a group of less than 10 people, then you do not need a reservation. Check their website for times.
#22 – Swiss Days
Swiss Days is a festival in Midway. People sell things at their booths. A popular booth is the wrapping paper one. There is also Swiss food here that you can try. They also do activities, like a 10k race.
#23 – Mini golf
We really like the outdoor course at Cascade Mini Golf, in Orem. Boondocks in Draper is another place to go mini golfing. There’s also Seven Peaks in Lehi and Fat Cats in SLC.
#24 – Boondocks
You can also do mini golf at Boondocks. They also have batting cages, bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, and arcade, and more.
#25 – Visit Utah’s 5 national parks
The parks are:
- Arches National Park in Moab
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
#26 – Hike to Cecret Lake
The Cecret Lake hike is near Alta. It is 1.7 miles and takes you to a beautiful lake.
#27 – Hike to the Wind Caves
Hiking to the Wind Caves is a great activity to do in northern Utah in Logan, Utah. It is a 3.5 mile hike with a trail.
#28 – Drive around Antelope Island and spot the bison
Antelope Island is a small island north of SLC. It is fun to drive around it. You’re sure to see some bison roaming around. Don’t get too close and disturb them though.
#29 – Paddleboard at Jordanelle State Park
Stand-up paddle boarding is so fun and can be really relaxing. You can rent paddleboards at Jordanelle for 1 hour, 2 hours, or 4 hours.
#30 – Stadium of Fire
The Stadium of Fire is a big event at the LaVelle Edwards Stadium in Provo. It’s a concert and firework show. A lot of people go to it.
#31 – Petroglyphs in Parowan
#32 – Natural History Museum in SLC
#33 – Swimming at the Provo Recreation Center
The outdoor portion has 2 really big water slides and a wave pool. It’s fun to spend a day here and eat lunch while you’re there. This is one of our favorite places to swim in Utah.
#34 – Raspberry Days at Bear Lake
#35 – Go stand in all Four Corners
#36 – Bonneville Salt Flats
#37 – Strawberry Days in Pleasant Grove
#38 – Goblin Valley
#39 – Go to Lake Powell
#40 – Food truck round up
#41 – Go up Big Cottonwood Canyon to roast s’mores
#42 – Go to the Provo Beach Resort
#43 – Clark Planetarium
#44 – Utah State Fair
#45 – Alpine Slides in Park City
#46 – Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
#47 – Lagoon theme park
#48 – Cowabunga Bay water park
#49 – Tubing on the Provo river
#50 – Visit the “Salt Lake is for Lovers” sign at the Gateway
#51 – Hike the Y
#52 – Go to Tibble Fork Reservoir
#53 – Visit the Up House
#54 – Take a picture at a colored wall
There are a lot of fun colored walls around Utah County and Salt Lake County. This picture was taken at the colored walls at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain in Lehi. They have 4 different colors on a wall there.
#55 – Soak in the Saratoga Hot Springs
The Saratoga hot springs are a 1/4 mile hike from the trail head in Saratoga Springs.
#56 – Visit Temple Square
There are a lot of museums here and you can walk around the temple grounds.
#57 – Go to a splash pad
There are splash pads all over. A popular one is the Draper City Splash Pad.
#58 – Take a trip to Monument Valley
Monument Valley is a Navajo tribal park in Southern Utah. There are scenic drives to go on, a visitor center, and a trading post.
#59 – Visit the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
The Bean Life Science Museum is located at BYU in Provo. This is a good family activity.
#60 – Go to Hill Aerospace Museum
The Hill Aerospace Museum is in the North West corner of the Hill Air Force Base.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Utah in the summer?
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