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Whether you are searching for roller coaster thrills, exciting water park rides or a zip-line that takes you high above the trees, you’ll find amusement, water, and entertainment parks that are ideal for the entire family throughout Utah. Make a reservation at a nearby Best Western hotel and get ready for adventure!
Visitors traveling through Northern Utah have a plethora of options for family fun. Among the most popular amusement parks is Lagoon, located in Farmington, Utah. Reportedly the “largest amusement park in the Intermountain West,” Lagoon is open from late March through October and provides visitors with unforgettable thrills. It is home to more than 50 rides, including ten roller coasters. Among them, a double looping coaster, a family coaster, a ride with one of the steepest drops in the world (“Cannibal”) and “Roller Coaster,” which has been operating since 1921 are there to amaze you.
Lagoon is organized into sections, including a classic Midway which offers carnival games, a wide range of food vendors and many of the rides. Lagoon-A-Beach is a water park that hosts four huge waterslides and a lazy river that is perfect for the whole family. For extreme ride fans, you’ll want to experience the rides of X-Venture Zone; meanwhile, if you are traveling with young children, Kiddie Land is filled with rides perfect for them. Pioneer Village welcomes all ages to its wooden boardwalks and its 19th century-style buildings. You’ll love the Old West shows, as well as the collections and miniature circus.
Seven Peaks Water Park has locations in Provo, Salt Lake City and Lehi. They are terrific places to cool off when the temperatures start to rise, particularly if you love waterslides. The Seven Peaks Water Parks each host 16 waterslides that range from wild rides to those that are fun for all ages. Get in line for the Free Fall slides, the Half Pipe tube or make plans for a quiet float down a lazy river before riding the waves in the 400,000-gallon wave pool. There are swimming areas specifically designed for younger visitors, as well as cabanas and group pavilions.
If you love coasters and happen to be traveling near Park City, schedule a visit to Alpine Coaster. This park sends you along elevated tracks that offer up incredible scenery and thrilling rides through curves, turns and loops. It’s reportedly the state’s “largest Alpine Coaster.” Park City is also home to Gorgoza Park. It’s billed as being fun for even the youngest in your family with mini-snowmobiles, exciting tubing lanes and even a Fort Frosty playing area for kids under three years old.
While you are in town, Utah Olympic Park will also speak to your adventurous side. Ever have the urge to test out a freestyle ski jump? You are in luck! The Park offers summer clinics that allow you to try aerial freestyle skiing with a landing into its freestyle pool. You can try the bobsled run, with a professional pilot, down the Olympic track, as well as the luge and other activities, throughout the winter months.
The six-acre George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden is sure to thrill. Enjoy the museum exhibits, including their most recent fossil discoveries, or wander the park to experience the sounds, tremors, and other effects of the giant dinosaur replicas – there are over 100 here!
Draper, Utah is home to Cowabunga Bay. It’s a blend of 1960s decor and modern waterslides. In fact, it bills itself as one of the world’s largest water playgrounds that boasts 12 levels and more than 300 interactive toys. Aficionados cannot miss the Mondo waterslide. It mixes twists, turns and darkness over 1,000 feet of spine-tingling fun! Meanwhile, “Double Dogger” and “Mae Day” are terrific slides for beginners. The “World’s Biggest Splash” drops a 1,500-gallon bucket of water onto the adventurers below – so be sure to keep an eye out. The Cowabunga Kids Cove welcomes young children to its gentle water fun, and Cowabunga Beach has a zero-depth entry and speaks to the sun worshippers in your group.
Once you leave the water park, the family fun isn’t over in Draper. It also hosts Boondocks, a huge, two-story laser tag arena that will inspire you to save the galaxy with its array of space murals and illusions. Provo Beach in Provo also incorporates laser tag into their entertainment complex. There, you can try your skills at laser tag, bowling, an indoors ropes course, and even indoor surfing.
AQUA x ZONE in Heber City is set in Jordanelle State Park. There are inflatable obstacles connected by a network of tethers sitting atop the reservoir. It’s open during the summers to visitors over the age of six. Cherry Hills Water Park in Kaysville also hopes to help keep you cool in the warmer months. Water rides abound, but it also includes a climbing wall, mazes, basketball played on a trampoline, weekend concerts, and miniature golf, to name just a few of the activities you can find here.
If you find yourself in the Southern region of Beehive State, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Bloc Wake Park in St. George is one of the most popular spots. It’s a cable wakeboarding park that offers different lakes to make it easy for different levels, including novices, to learn and develop their skills. The park also offers sand volleyball and the ideal spot to relax under the sun.
In nearby Glendale, adventure travelers can check out the exciting zip-line options at Mystic River Outdoor Adventures. It’s a daring way to see The Glendale, Utah Mountains! There are two lines: a 1600-foot line for advanced riders and an 800-foot line that is suitable for the entire family (guides and safety equipment are provided). And for the anglers in your group, there is a fishing pond just for them.
There is seemingly no end to the thrilling options for amusement, water and entertainment parks in Utah. Start making your plans today!