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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

Online » sandy.utah.gov/government/parks-and-recreation/city-trail-system/

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.


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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

Tracy Aviary

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.

Online » utaholympiclegacy.com/activities/summer-comet-bobsled-ride

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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