Welcome to Davis Area, Utah!
Davis County is big on family, just ask any of the locals. Whether it’s the community theater or a rousing game of miniature golf, kids young and old are always invited to have fun. You won’t visit a more family friendly area in the state - we guarantee it!
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Before we get started about things to do in the area, here's something that's COMPLETELY different from all the others:
Who needs Willy Wonka? Located in North Salt Lake, where I-215 meets Redwood Rd, you can take a tour of Mrs. Cavanaugh's chocolate factory. Granted, it's kind of low-tech, but it's only $1 per person, and you get to sample the goods, and purchase candy to take home to family or co-workers. You'll learn:
- about the sacrifices of the Cavanaugh family to set up shop
- the differences between which and dark chocolate
- how the cacao bean plays such an important role in the production of chocolate.
- how the candy is hand made at the factory
It's well worth the investment! Enjoy.
We're the "Amusement Park Capital" of Utah, with 3 big amusement parks in which you could spend the whole day at any of them!
Boondocks Fun Center
- Lots of activities for the entire family. Miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats.
- Inside you'll find a huge arcade, bowling, laser tag, kid bowling lanes, snack bar.
- There's even a large private area for large parties, or corporate meetings.
- Boondocks is open year-round with both indoor and outdoor activities for families of all ages.
Cherry Hill Resort & Waterpark
- Cherry Hill has been delighting families for more than 40 years with their water park, Family Fun Center, batting cages and shady campsites.
- Trailer Life Magazine selected as one of the best destination campgrounds in the U.S.
Lagoon Amusement Park & Pioneer Village
- One of Davis County's premiere destination attractions, this large theme park features rides, a water park, an actual pioneer town and entertainment.
Antelope Island State Park
- The largest island in the Great Salt Lake is accessed by a 7-mile causeway.
Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area
- Excellent bird watching and fall waterfowl hunting – over 200 species have been documented.
Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve
- Keep your feet dry yet still experience and learn about the Great Salt Lake wetlands.
Paddle your Canoe
- Get a group together and rent canoes and kayaks to paddle around on Bountiful Pond (just off Legacy Parkway). If you arrange ahead of time with South Davis Rental (801.299.0880) they'll even deliver the boats to the pond at a time that you set. All you have to do is show-up!
- From mountains to desert to wetlands, discover a land of contrast.
Skyline Drive Scenic Backway
- An inspiring and scenic dirt road reaches the ridgeline above Ward Canyon (access is by the "B" on the side of the mountain in Bountiful). The road used to loop north through Farmington Canyon, but that canyon road was closed in 2011 and 2012 and will remain closed until further notice. Don't try this drive in late fall when snow is possible, early spring, or when there are lightning/thunderstorms forecast in summer.
Sports & Activities
South Davis Rec Center
- Enjoy year round activities which include ice skating, rock climbing, racquetball and much more.
Syracuse Family Fun Center
- Fun for the whole family. Enjoy bowling, arcades, billards and more.
Utah Jazz NBA Basketball
- Watch Utah's legendary NBA basketball team compete in Salt Lake City's Energy Solutions Arena.
Salt Lake Bees
- Triple A Baseball at Franklin Covey field in Salt Lake City.
Utah Grizzlies Hockey
Ogden Raptors Minor League Baseball
CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
- The new location for Rodgers Memorial Theatre
- Centerville's beautifully appointed theatre featuring family-themed plays and musicals on a semi professional level - starring local talent
Bountiful Davis Arts Center
- Bountiful Performing Arts Center offers a wide variety of performing arts for the whole family.
Bountiful Performing Arts Center
- Sponsor of Summerfest, an art and folk dance festival featuring dance troupes from as many as 10 countries.
Davis County Event Center
- Located just west of Lagoon, the Davis County Fair is held the third week of August. Hostings the Davis County Fair, as well as rodeos, dog shows, and more.
Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater
- Davis Arts provides an extensive selection of concerts, performances and visual arts exhibits by local and national performers.
Farmington City Arts
- A new theater opened early 2004 featuring a variety of plays and concerts.
Firehouse Theater for Youth
- Youth theater featuring a variety of plays and musicals.
Museums & Art Galleries
Hill Aerospace Museum
- Exciting Museum features over 70 military aircraft, missiles and aerospace vehicles, Including an SR-71 "Blackbird" spy plane.
Layton Heritage Museum
- Exhibits relating to Davis County's past are primarily from the turn of the century. Admission is free of charge.
- Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM, Saturday, 1 PM – 5 PM, Closed Sunday and Monday
- 403 N Wasatch Dr., Layton 84041, (801) 546-8579
- Exit 330 from I-15
Layton Heritage Museum Website Click on the topics on the left once you open the page
LeConte Stewart Art Gallery
This gallery of original art by Utah’s renowned landscape artist is located inside the Kaysville City Library.
Open Monday – Thursday, 10 AM – 9 PM, Sat 10 AM – 6 PM
44 N Main St Kaysville, 84037
S & S Railroad Park & Museum
- Railroad lovers ride on a 7 1⁄2” gauge rail OR a 24” rail and unique train exhibits.
- The park is open throughout the summer by appointment, and it's a great place for quiet family gatherings.
- The trains actually run on the first Saturday of each summer month, generally from about 10AM - 4PM. Call for details
South Weber Model Railroad Club
- Built and maintained by hobby enthusiasts, just like the S&S Railroad, you can take rides on these trains. (See the website for a photo gallery and more info)
- The club trains (running on 7-12" gauge track) are located in Canyon Meadows Park at 475 East Petersen Parkway, South Weber, Utah. To get to the park you take I-84 East to Exit #85 Uintah/South Weber. Go South on 475 East and then turn East on Petersen Parkway. Follow the road around to the park entrance.
- The "line" can be reserved for private parties. Contact the club for more information
Please check out their calendar to see when they will be running in the park and at special venues. Generally they run the train every other Saturday from mid-March through mid-October. All run days are subject to weather conditions - if the weather is bad, they probably not running.
Snowbasin: A Sun Valley Resort
- World-class ski resort and site of Olympic Winter Games in February 2002.
- With 5,500 acres covering three mountains Powder Mountain offers the most skiable terrain in the U.S.
- A great place for young families, or those just learning to ski or snowboard.
Water Parks & Activities
Utah Botanical Center
- Owned by Utah State University, the center is an emerging public garden with resource conservation as its primary focus.
An elegantly designed and decorated home on the grounds of the Utah Botanical Gardens.
Weber Basin Conservation Learning Garden
- "Weber Water" is non-culinary water that is used by many homes along the Wasatch Front for watering their yards.
- Because we live in a desert environment, Weber Basin Conservation Learning Garden conducts landscaping classes, provides advice and show us the beauty and care of native low-water vegetation
Nearby in SLC:
Childrens Museum of Utah
444 W 100 S (in the Gateway Mall) , Salt Lake City 84101 (801) 456-5437
- Children's Museum of Utah has fun exhibits and activities for children and adults.
- Open: Monday-Thursday 10AM-6PM
Friday & Saturday 10AM- 8PM
Sunday 12 Noon-6PM
110 S 300 W (in the Gateway Mall) Salt Lake City 84101
- Many exhibits and activities for star gazers of all ages. State-of-the-art planetarium theater features laser and holographic star shows. IMAX™ 3D-capable theater. Located in Gateway shopping center. Unique gift shop.
- Open daily at 10:30 AM
- Open: Sunday-Thursday 10:30AM-10PM
Friday & Saturday 10:30AM-11PM
2600 E Sunnyside Ave (800 S), Salt Lake City 84108 (801) 582-1631
- Utah's largest zoo featuring hundreds of species including lions, tigers, bears, gorillas and giraffes.
The Living Planet Aquarium
725 E. 10600 S.; Sandy, UT 84094
Ph: (801) 355-3474
- Aquariums become our best way to learn respect for, observe and understand the complexities and importance of freshwater environments, rain forests and the world´s oceans.
Pioneer Memorial Museum
300 N. Main (to the west of the capitol), Salt Lake City
- Open: Monday - Saturday 9AM-5PM
- Sunday 1PM-5PM (June, July and August)
Managed by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, lots of displays and artifacts from the pioneers and the city fathers.
- Meet and learn about the Mormon pioneer history with religious/spiritual presentations
- Hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. TV & Radio 1/2 Hour Broadcast, Sunday mornings at 9:30AM (be in your seats by 9:15AM). Memorial Day to Labor Day (summer months), the broadcast is from the LDS Conference Center. During non-summer months, most broadcasts orginate from the Tabernacle on Temple Square. Practices are open to the public, and take place from 8-9:30PM on Thursday nights. You may come and go as you please on Thursday nights.
- Genealogists: Beginners, visit Family Search in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Veteran genalogists can visit the Family History Library across the street and west of Temple Square
- The Church Art and History Museum is located right next to the Family History Library. See the story of the Mormon Exodus and learn about the history of the LDS Church.
- Take in a tour of the LDS Conference Center, and be sure to have them take you to the roof - where there's a 8 acre park, and great photo ops of Temple Square.
589 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City 84105 (801) 322-2473
- See dozens of species of birds and fowl - some local, some exotic.
Nearby in Ogden:
Eccles Dinosaur Park 1544 E Park Blvd, Ogden (801) 393-3466
- Discover life-sized dinosaurs along a nature trail. Museum, gift shop, and food are located within the park.
Open daily except Sunday 10AM-5PM
- About 10 miles east of Ogden, up Ogden Canyon
- Mountain reservoir with beautiful scenery, fishing, water skiing, and large beaches.
Treehouse Museum 455 23rd Street, Ogden 84401
- Treehouse Museum is an award-winning museum that features exhibits on American and Utah history, dinosaurs, and has many activities. It's a fun learning experience for the whole family.
- Open Monday - Thursday and Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday 10 AM - 8:30 PM
Union Station 2501 Wall Ave Ogden 84401 (801) 629-8446
- The old Union Station is home to the Utah State Railroad Museum, Browning-Kimball Car Museum, Union Station Natural History Museum and the Browning Firearms museums. The Watts-Dumke Model Railroad is a very large model railroad that spans several rooms. There are also real locomotives outside of the building. A restaurant is located inside the station.
OPEN Mon - Sat 10 AM - 5 PM
Willard Bay State Park
On Interstate 15 in Willard approx. 10 miles north of Ogden. (435) 734-9494
- Large reservoir known for having warm water in summer months. Popular destination for boating, water skiing, bass and walleye fishing, and beach activities. In the winter months, the area hosts many migratory bald eagles that can be viewed in the tree tops. West marina has several beaches.