877 North 400 West
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: (801) 544-5577
Fax: (801) 544-7377
Hill Aerospace Museum offers more than 50 aircraft in both indoor and outdoor displays. These displays range from the first U.S. military trainer (a bi-wing Stearman) to the ultra-modern SR-71 Blackbird. Favorite exhibits also include a flight simulator, missiles and a smattering of aviation-oriented artwork. Visitors should keep their eyes to the sky while outside the facility; four squadrons of F-16 Vipers call Hill Air Force base home, and the fighters can frequently be seen roaring off toward their training grounds. The staff will answer questions.
Located just 20 minutes north of Salt Lake, this is Utah's oldest and largest amusement park. Featuring more than 40 rides, including four different coasters, the park is open from May to October (weather permitting) and offers traditional theme park attractions. X-Venture Zone attractions (including go-cart races and catapult) are not included in an all-day ride pass. Groups and special events are welcome. Check out website for further details.
Antelope Island State Park offers grasslands, sand dunes, beaches, a marina and a wildlife refuge. The 15 mile long island provides trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Camping sites are available, and those staying overnight on the island have better odds of spotting some of the park's wildlife, including buffalo, deer and a variety of bird life. Auto access is through Syracuse. Drivers should take I-15 north to exit 335 and head west nine miles to the island causeway.
There is no fun way to experience the fluidity of motion than by heading to the Weber County Ice Sheet, a premier ice rink. Founded in 1993, it features the most loved winter activities. From curling to ice-hockey and figure skating, it rightly classifies as an efficient venue for winter sports. The new additions to the rink includes skating lessons, a pro-shop and a patio for rentals and meetings. Call ahead for more details.
El Monte Golf Course is an ideal spot for polishing your existing golfing skills and honing newer ones. The golf course offers impressive facilities.
Paved trails wind through naturalistic environments corralling one-half size to full-size replicas of flying reptiles, dinosaurs, crawlers and marine creatures. The replicas represent creatures from the Permian through the Cretaceous periods and all are painted in accordance with the latest theories on coloration. Some actual bones are on display and a small gift shop provides souvenirs. The park lies 35 minutes north of downtown Salt Lake. Check website for current admission prices and more information.
Snowbasin Resort offers 1,800 acres of skiable terrain, 39 runs, and 400 inches of snowfall each year. Catering to locals and a growing number of ski tourists, the property continues to expand its property and develop its facilities.
The Ogden Nature Center is an education center and a preserver of nature. Spread over 152 acres (61 hectares), it is home to several birds and animals, and features gardens, ponds, tree houses, walking trails, and so on. This is a perfect place for recreation and family leisure time, and also educates visitors on the conservation of nature.
This small mountain peak trail offers spectacular views of the Great Salt Lake and the surrounding valley. It's rumored that Brigham Young hiked to the peak to survey the area and discussed the plans he had for constructing the city he intended to build. To commemorate this, a small monument can be seen from the summit. A well-marked path with remarkable views, this trail is well worth a hike.
This beautiful park, dedicated to the veterans of Utah, is refreshingly quiet and serene. The towering trees throughout and the Harbor of Beauty pond create a feeling of peacefulness for those who just want a quiet, meditative walk in the park. On the east bank is the Freedom Trail. On the west, the paved path goes all the way up to City Creek Canyon. The park is dog-friendly as long as pets are leashed—however, owners may unleash dogs in the canyon.
Nestled in a square surrounded by skyscrapers, this outdoor city center offers an ongoing variety of events that change with the seasons and provide activities for visitors of all ages. Artwork in bronze relief, frequent concerts and an evolving glass-block bridge please those who like to watch their entertainment, while a giant chess board, a winter season ice-rink and numerous festivals entice those who prefer to participate. The amphitheater at Gallivan Center plays host to varied concerts throughout the year, including the popular Twilight Series offered Thursday evenings mid-July through mid-August.
This local garden is famous for its mix of cultural heritage captured in several statues, along with quotes from Rousseau, Emerson and the Bible. Gilgal Gardens is part of (and pokes fun at) Utah cultural history, although the locals scratch their heads in wonder at some of the chosen subject matter. The garden will provide visitors with a nice stroll and will certainly arouse curiosity in all who take the time to look around. The park is open daily from 9a until dusk.