National Parks / Natural World in Utah with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Beehive State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Utah offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Utah itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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    Salt Lake City

    The majestic peaks and rugged backcountry of the Wasatch-Cache lie within easy reach of one of the west's fastest growing metropolitan areas. Encompassing nearly 1.3 million ecologically-diverse ...

  • Ogden Nature Center

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    Ogden

    The Ogden Nature Center is a 152-acre nature preserve open to the public for discovery and exploration. Outside you can enjoy picnic areas, tree houses, wander the trails and meet birds of prey. ...

  • Hardware Ranch Wildlife Area

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    Logan

    A visit to the ranch is both fun and educational. During winter months, a trip to Hardware Ranch makes a great outing that will provide the whole family with the memorable experience of viewing wild ...

  • Bryce Canyon National Park

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    Bryce

    One of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, Bryce Canyon has a unique geology which every family should experience once in their lives! A true, Utah family adventure with incredible ...

  • Arches National Park

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    Moab

    An astonishing feat of nature which every family should experience - Arches National Park has over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, and is a great outdoor adventure for the whole family in beautiful ...

  • Natural Bridges State Park

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    Lake Powell

    Natural Bridges preserves some of the finest examples of natural stone architecture in the southwest. On a tree-covered mesa next to deep sandstone canyons, three natural bridges formed when ...

  • Canyonlands National Park

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    Moab

    A brilliant National Park in Utah, where the whole family can experience canyons, mesas, and buttes, all having been eroded by the mighty Colorado River.

  • Capitol Reef National Park

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    Torrey

    The Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National ...

  • Cedar Breaks National Park

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    Cedar City

    Resting on top of the Colorado plateau, at over 10,000 feet in elevation, this breathtaking view awaits. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift, and erosion are carving out this giant ...

  • The Bonneville Salt Flats

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    Salt Lake City

    The Bonneville Salt Flats are a 159 square mile (412 km

  • Pineview Resevoir

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    Ogden

    Pineview Reservoir is the busiest reservoir for its size in the State of Utah. This is because of its close proximity to Davis and Weber Counties population centers. You can leave your home and be at ...

  • Timpanogos Cove Park

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    Cedar Hills

    Five acres of gorgeous parkland with two play areas, basketball court, walking trails and plenty of open space to just go nuts in!

  • Mirror Lake and Scenic Byway

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    Kamas

    The variety of terrain is immense, with farm and ranch territory giving way to imposing mountain routes and floral meadows around the waterways. Planned activities along the route include camping, ...

  • Discovery Park in Manila Park

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    Pleasant Grove

    Traditional family activities including baseball diamonds, lit tennis courts, soccer field, nature and walking trails. Plus a science playground!

  • Zion National Park

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    Springdale

    Utah's FIRST National Park is nothing short of an amazing outdoor experience surrounded by incredible beauty. History, plants, wildlife, and adventure - its the great outdoors in Utah!

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  • Treehouse Childrens Museum

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    Ogden

    A great, playful experience for the children to enhance their literacy and reading skills without realising they are learning!

  • Hill Aerospace Museum

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    Ogden

    Hill Aerospace Museum is located on approximately 30 acres on the northwest corner of Hill Air Force Base, Utah, about five miles south of Ogden. The museum was founded in 1981 as a part of the ...

  • Utah State Railroad Museum

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    Ogden

    Visitors to the Utah State Railroad Museum at Union Station are treated to a variety of interactive and pictoral displays and artifacts illustrating the construction of the transcontinental railroad. ...

  • Monte L Bean Life Science Museum

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    Provo

    The museum was opened to the public in 1978, is accredited by the American Association of Museums and maintains membership in the "Natural Science Collections Alliance". Research collections of ...

  • Springville Museum Of Art

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    Springville

    The Springville Museum of Art is a family-friendly museum. The Youth Gallery and Children's Sculpture Garden are specially made to delight young visitors. Check our website for up-coming events, ...

  • Bountiful Davis Art Centre

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    Bountiful

    Bountiful/Davis Art Center began as a collaboration between the University of Utah and Bountiful City. The city's wish for closer, local opportunities for college courses and a general fine arts ...

  • Kimball Art Center

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    Park city

    The Kimball Art Center is Park City's non-profit community art center. For 30 years, the Kimball has provided a venue for Park City residents and visitors alike to experience the visual arts in an ...

  • Great Basin Museum

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    Delta

    The Great Basin Museum has many fine exhibits of pioneer memorabilia, early western farm equipment, and pioneer home artifacts from the area. It also presents an excellent history of western Utah's ...

  • Western Mining and Railroad Museum

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    Helper

    The Western Mining and Railroad Museum is named so because of the engines required to help the trains climb the steep grades to Soldier Summit. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad established the town ...

  • Museum of Church History and Art

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    Salt Lake City

    The Museum of Church History and Art tells the story of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through educational exhibits and programs. The museum collects and displays Latter-day Saint ...

  • Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

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    Vernal

    So much time is revealed here, even more geologic time than in the Grand Canyon. Within an 80-mile radius of Vernal, evidence of the entire Earth's history is visible. At its center is the Utah Field ...

  • Fort Douglas Military Museum

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    Fort Douglas

    National Historic Landmark and Utah Military History Center. Learn the exciting history of the from from 1862 through 1991. The Museum is in a 1876 barracks next to the Parade Ground. Outdoor ...

  • Natural History Museum of Utah

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    Salt Lake City

    An incredibly Natural History Museum in Utah which offers amazing kid and family fun and education. With hands-on activities, and close up exhibits covering minerals, space, history, and of course - ...

  • The Leonardo

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    Salt Lake City

    The Leo introduces kids to one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibits and give them the ability to participate in the ever-changing programs, informative workshops, and fascinating classes based around ...

  • Discovery Gateway Childrens Museum

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    Salt Lake City

    Interactive and role play exhibits created to give children the opportunity to imagine, create, learn and explore.

  • The Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point

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    Lehi

    Atmospheric sounds accompany you through larger than life exhibits featuring ancient landscapes ranging from Carboniferous forest to Jurassic ocean. 3D theatre also on site.

  • Brigham City Museum

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    Brigham City

    Natural history, art exhibits, and kids can have a go at ploughing, blacksmithing, butter churning and other period craft activities! And it's FREE!

  • Museum Of Natural Curiosity

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    Lehi

    Over 400 interactive experiences in this Utah museum filled with adventures! From rainforests, magic, locomotives and playgrounds....incredible family fun!

  • Red Cliffs Lodge Movie Museum

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    Moab

    A fascinating movie museum set on a Utah lodge, with horse riding and activities in the area.

  • Willow Park Zoo

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    Logan

    A family friendly zoo in Utah with mammals, birds of prey, reptiles, great seasonal events and regular storytime sessions for kids!