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There are plenty of places to hike around Salt Lake City, but this trail is perfect for small children. The start is a bit steep, but the trail only rises 200 feet and is one-quarter mile long. Best of all, there’s a waterfall.
Where » Near 11248 S. Wasatch Blvd. (directly east of the LDS chapel)
Open » Seven days a week, dawn to dusk
Admission » Free
This Is the Place Heritage Park
Relive Utah’s pioneer days. It’s hands-on history with a variety of activities, including many aimed at younger kids.
Where » 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City
Open » Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission » $7-$10
Online » thisistheplace.org
Not all cities have a bird zoo. It’s very hands-on with shows and interactive activities in addition to the exhibits. Plus, you can make a day of it and let the kids play at Liberty Park.
Where » 589 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City (in the southwest corner of Liberty Park)
Open » Seven days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission » $5-$7
Online » tracyaviary.org
Utah Olympic Park
Relive the 2002 Winter Olympics on the bobsled ride by hurtling down a mountain at 80 mph pulling 5 G’s. This is not a kiddie ride — you have to be at least 16 and weigh at least 100 pounds — but it’s an experience you won’t get in Texas. The park also features adventure courses (ropes, ziplines), chairlift rides and more.
Where » 3419 Olympic Parkway, Park City
Open » Weekends and Memorial Day through June 2; then open daily June 8 to Sept. 2; 1-5 p.m. Sundays; noon-5 p.m. other days.
Admission » $75 per person for the bobsled ride; $40 per person for an Adventure Pass that offers the choice of three of the following activities: Summit Course, Canyon Course, Discovery Course or Drop Tower plus unlimited rides on the scenic chairlift; season passes available.
Wheeler Historic Farm
E-I-E-I-O! This is a chance for kids and their parents to visit a farm without leaving the city. Milk a cow. Feed the ducks. Have a picnic.
Where » 6351 S. 900 East, Murray
Open » Dawn to dusk seven days a week.
Admission » Free — but there are fees for some of the activities ($1 to milk a cow, $2 for a wagon ride, etc.)
Online » wheelerfarm.com
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