Local Or Tourist, Here’s What You Can’t Miss In Utah

*This post was sponsored by various businesses below, as always, all opinions remain my own.

Growing up in Utah, I always thought it was the most boring state to be, I was constantly shocked to find out people wanted to visit. As I’ve gotten older & simply expanded my bubble, I have been realizing just how much our cute & adventurous state has to offer. In honor of my commitment to explore & truly highlight Utah & our neighboring states over the next 18 months I wanted to kick off with this awesome post. Whether you are a local looking for new things to do or a tourist planning your trip out here, here’s what you can’t miss in Utah!

Day/Evening Activities

 

As You Wish Pottery

855 W East Promontory, Farmington

First off, this location is prime. I don’t make my way too far north of Salt Lake for the most part but I would make the drive (20 minutes from Salt Lake) any day for As You Wish! They are located in Station Park which gives me total… LA vibes. The concept is fun, painting pottery, letting your imagination go wild & the satisfaction of seeing your completed piece about a week later? Priceless. The environment is perfect for anything from a date night, mommy daughter date, girls night, etc. & the customer service is insane. For nearly a year this place has been my go-to for any type of activity night. They have a handful of locations in Arizona & California but if you find yourself in Utah don’t miss out on a few hours in their Utah location.

 

Utah’s Hogle Zoo

2600 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City

There are few zoo’s I’ve been to that I am happy supporting but I’m proud to say Utah’s zoo is one of them. Their education, & conservation movements are inspiring & awareness for the animals is apparent. Along with all the animals there is a small water area for the children to play, a quick train ride & a carousal making for a full day of fun. We’ve been pass holder’s for a few years & it always feels worth it.

 

City Creek

50 Main St, Salt Lake City

When City Creek opened up a few years back it was a game changer for Downtown Salt Lake City, this large indoor/outdoor mall, located right through Main Street is a great place to stop & grab lunch, do a little shopping, or simply enjoy the environment & creek that runs through the center during your time Downtown. I spend countless weekends there & it never gets old.

Topgolf

920 Jordan River Blvd, Midvale

This is another one of those places with locations all over the place but you still don’t want to miss it in Utah. The concept is so fun, multiple tiers of decks to tee off, the set up reminds me of a futuristic hybrid between golfing & bowling. We had such a fun time there as a family but there are 21+ areas if you’re wanting an adult’s night out. The overall vibes were great, we had more fun there than we had in a while, not to mention the delicious menu to enjoy while you’re “golfing”. I’ve added Topgolf to my any type of night out-list & we cannot wait to go back.

 

Thanksgiving Point

3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Thanksgiving Point is so much more than meets the eye as you drive past on the freeway. From the Natural Museum of Curiosity, to the Ashton Gardens  & the Museum of Ancient Life (dinosaurs) there is literally something for everybody! This is one of Tahlya’s favorite places to go & I enjoy even simply walking around the grounds.

 

Getting Away For A Few Days

Inn At Entrada

2588 W Sinagua Trail, St George

I’ve covered stays at the Inn twice, once as a family vacation & more recently during my solo road trip to southern Utah. Southern Utah is amazing, the beautiful red rocks make you feel like you’re in a whole new world & the vibes are so fun in the town. You can’t go wrong in St. George but a stay at a resort like the Inn At Entrada is your best bet! For locals, St. George is a great quick drive that still makes you feel like you’re really getting away.

 

Park City, Utah

Park City is much closer to Salt Lake City but still the most fun city to visit for a day trip, or a week/end getaway. Check out Visit Park City for ideas on how to customize your trip but take my advice & be sure to spend plenty of your time on Main Street. Hit Riverhorse Provisions for a great fresh meal & the Park City Museum for a humbling & interesting view of the history of the city. I had no idea the museum was there until recently, it’s tucked away & unassuming but don’t disregard it! This is still my favorite city to go to when I need a quick escape from home.

 

Lastly I wanted to quickly run through some sporting events you can find here because when is that ever a bad idea?!

Sporting Events

Real Salt Lake – Rio Tinto Stadium

9256 State St, Sandy

Soccer is my #1 & we are lucky enough here in Utah to have an MLS team locally. Real Salt Lake games are one of my favorite activity, & with the long season it’s likely you’ll be able to hit up a game when you’re in town!

Salt Lake Bees – Smith’s Ballpark

77 W 1300 S, Salt Lake City

A smaller team but a fun game to watch nonetheless, it’s been too long since I’ve made it to the game but I imagine we will go a few times next year with Tahlya.

 

Grizzly Hockey – Maverick Center

3200 South Decker Lake Dr, West Valley City

Hockey is an unassuming sport, it’s so much more fun to watch than you might think! A perfect spot to hit if you’re looking for a good night.

 

Local readers what did I miss? I’ve been thinking about making a few posts like this especially as I, for the first time in my life, truly commit to exploring everything Utah has to offer. Let me know if you’re visiting anytime soon? I’d love to treat you to a cup of tea on Main Street SLC.

 

7 Comments

  1. I love the side you took on this post. A lot of the time when you search for things to do in Utah, outdoorsy things come up so I loved that a lot of these are things to do in the city all year round! Like you I have lived in Utah my whole life, I haven’t done half of the things you mentioned in this post! Thank you for the great ideas, double date am I right?

  2. So glad you posted about this! This is great for when my family come into town and I want to show them utah! Also these places to visit are a must and we love them!

  3. I love Utah! I love that there is just about everything there. You can go to one side of the state and get mountains and crisp fresh air. You can enjoy the city life, you can go hiking in red rock or pine trees, you can camp all over the place. there’s lakes, snow, nature everywhere. I love it! Great post!

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