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28th Annual Bison Range Ride…

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This annual event is an opportunity to view one of the nation’s largest and oldest public herds as horseback…
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Arsenic and Old Lace

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The PG Players will continue their 30th anniversary celebration by bringing back another comedy classic, Arsenic and…
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Boo at the Zoo

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For over 20 years, kids 12 and younger have donned their costumes to trick-or-treat at the Zoo! Over 20 candy booths…
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Oct25

Brent Godfrey Solo Exhibiton

Oct 16, 2014 - Nov 15 , 2014
In "Personae" Godfrey reflects upon who we are as individuals and communities. His figures move through…
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Brigham Young University…

Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 25 , 2014
BYU Mens A Capella group returns to Monticello. Vocal Point is Brigham Young University’s premiere 9-man a…
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Catch Me If You Can

Oct 8, 2014 - Nov 29 , 2014
A Regional Premiere! Fresh from Broadway! This high-flying musical sings the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. ...is he…
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Cemetery Clues

Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 25 , 2014
Cemetery Clues, a history related Halloween activity. Using clues from personal stories, each group will try to…
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Cornbelly's Corn Maze and…

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Cornbelly's is Utah's most popular Halloween destination. You're sure to be lost, laughin' and lovin it…
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Damn Yankees

Oct 2, 2014 - Nov 22 , 2014
This rousing musical about America's favorite pastime knocks it out of the park! Hit songs and doubleheaders tell…
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Deewali, Festival of Lights

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Diwali is a shortened version of Deepawali (deepa=lamps, wali=row: rows of lamps). Households in India put lamps in…
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Fall Family Festival

Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 25 , 2014
Come celebrate fall at the Fall Family Festival, hosted by New Creation Church in Sandy. A fun-filled festival full of…
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Ghosts of Camp Floyd

Oct 18, 2014 - Oct 25 , 2014
Is Camp Floyd haunted? Participate in a paranormal investigation of Camp Floyd. Learn ghost hunting…
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Hallow's Eve Exhibit

Oct 14, 2014 - Nov 9 , 2014
"Hallow's Eve" Exhibit at the Urban Arts Gallery The Utah Arts Alliance is proud to present…
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Halloween Concert with…

Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 25 , 2014
Kensington  Symphony Orchestra presents their annual family-friendly Halloween Concert. Join them as they present…
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Halloween Lift Rides

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Historic Downtown Provo, Utah, BYU

Historic Downtown Provo

Provo is the third largest city in Utah and is rich in historical attractions and cultural experiences. Provo is also home to Brigham Young University.

Provo, Utah

Provo gets its name from a noted explorer and fur trader, Etienne Provost, who established a trading post on the shores of Utah Lake.

Provo

Today, the Provo-Orem area is regarded as one of the nation's top metropolitan areas for well-being and quality of life, often ranking #1, thanks to safe, family-friendly communities, a surging technology economic cluster and incredible outdoor recreation assets.

Sanctity of the Outdoors 

Often called the "Garden City" because of its extensive fruit orchards, trees, and gardens, Provo is a major gateway to a stunning outdoor recreation mecca, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is also the home of Robert Redford's Sundance Resort, a haven for winter and summer recreationists, as well as artists and environmentalists.

Like Salt Lake City to the north, Provo is blessed with virtually unparalleled access to incredible natural resources for outdoor enthusiasts. Provo Canyon features Bridal Veil Falls, a fantastic year-round destination that in the summer serves as the scenic backdrop for abundant biking, mountaineering, rafting and hiking opportunities and in the winter is a must-visit destination for ice climbers the world over. Look for bike and tube rentals as well as guide and snack services.

Nearby in American Fork Canyon, you'll find the mystic beauty of Timpanogos Cave National Monument, three exquisitely dazzling caverns connected by a man-made tunnel beneath scenic Mt. Timpanogos.

Culture

Though quieter than similarly sized metropolitan areas, Provo has both a highly regarded culinary scene headlined by the Heirloom Group's Communal restaurant and Pizzeria 712, a fierce local and independent business community complemented by prominent headliners Vivant, Qualtrics and Ancestry.com, and even some great nighttime hangouts. The Owl Bar at nearby Sundance Resort is a must-visit watering hole for both the libations and the history.

Education 

Provo is also home of the private Brigham Young University (BYU), whose student ranks swell the town's population by about 31,000 each school year. Utah Valley University adds an additional 33,000 students, now the largest public school in the Utah System of Higher Education.

The classic in-state rivalry between Provo's BYU and Salt Lake's University of Utah makes for some exciting athletic competition in football and basketball, as well as many other college sports and academic pursuits.

Heritage and Other Attractions

Utah Valley was the traditional home of the Ute Indians, from whom the state derives its name. Today, visitors to Provo can see several sites that have great historic significance. The Brigham Young Academy was founded in Provo in 1875. This school grew into what is now Brigham Young University (BYU). The Academy today stands restored in its original location, but as a beautiful public library. The renovated Provo Tabernacle, located on University Avenue between Center Street and First South, is another of Provo's historic landmarks. Unfortunately, the tabernacle suffered fire damage in 2010 and is currently being restored.  The building was originally completed in 1898 at a cost of $100,000.

Northward, the town of Lehi, named for a Book of Mormon prophet, features historic buildings, such as the Lehi Historic Hotel, built in 1884. West of Lehi is Camp Floyd Stage Coach Inn State Park, an old military post, which housed the largest contingent of troops anywhere in the USA in the late 1850s. It later became an overnight stop on the Pony Express Trail.

Looking for ancient history? Thanksgiving Point houses the North American Museum of Ancient Life, one of the largest dinosaur museums of its kind, with more than 50 skeletal displays, standing dinosaurs, and over 100 reconstructed flying reptiles. It makes an excellent prelude or follow-up to BYU Museum of Paleontology, recognized world-wide for having one of the most valuable Jurassic dinosaur collections, including a 150-million-year-old dinosaur egg.

Thanksgiving Point also features everything from the Johnny Miller designed-Thanksgiving Point Golf Club, to gorgeous garden displays and a dinosaur museum, complete with a Mammoth Screen. Outdoor outfitter, Cabela's, in Lehi, draws enthusiasts from a multi-state area for its shopping and wildlife displays. Seven Peaks Water Park is just down the road, as is the Peaks Arena, home to the Women's Hockey Event during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Provo also offers museums and galleries, a theater company, and restaurants featuring a variety of cuisine.For more information, visit www.utahvalley.com.

Family Fun Adventures
Seven Peaks Water Park is popular for its thrilling waterslides and giant wave pool, 1330 E. 300 North, (801) 373-4386, www.sevenpeaks.com.

The Quarry offers indoor rock climbing in a 12,000 sq. ft. facility with kids programs, 2494 N. University Pkwy, (801) 418-0266, www.quarryclimbing.com.

Feed the paddling ducks at Utah Lake State Park. Take a break from swimming in Utah's biggest freshwater lake to feed the ducks that gather around the lake's south side and the river year-round, 4400 W. Center Street, (801) 375-0731.

The BYU Museum of Paleontology has an extensive collection of late Jurassic and early Cretaceous dinosaurs. Exhibits include the largest and smallest dinosaurs,
a 150-million-year-old Allosaurus egg, fossil plants, minerals, and an array of pterosaur and Ice Age mammal skeletons, 1683 N. Canyon Road, (801) 422-3680.

In the Vicinity Family Fun Activities

Lehi
At Thanksgiving Point, there are many things for families to enjoy each season, including the beautiful Thanksgiving Point Gardens, the Children's Discovery Garden, Farm Country, the Museum of Ancient Life, shopping at The Emporium, or dining at one of the facilities' restaurants. Thanksgiving Point is located just-off I-15 in Lehi, (801) 768-2300, www.thanksgivingpoint.com.

Orem
Trafalga Family Fun Center has indoor and outdoor miniature golf, an arcade, batting cages, and a track raceway, 168 S. 1200 West, (801) 224-6000, www.trafalga.com.

Sundance
At the Sundance Nature Center Summer Camp, kids ages 8-12, spend time experiencing the outdoors in creative programs, 15 miles northeast of Provo on Hwy 92 at Sundance Resort, (801) 223-4044.

Thrill Seekers (18 years and older)

A new drop zone for skydiving opened in Nephi, Utah, about 30 minutes south of Provo. Skydive the Wasatch provides access to what are arguably some of the best, most adrenaline-charged views of Utah's dramatic and beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range. (385) 321-0284.

View the accommodations in the Provo Area:

 

Adventure in Utah
Amenity Inn
  • 40 West 300 South
  • Provo, UT 84601
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: 801-373-0660
Best Western Cottontree Inn Provo
City Center Motel
  • 150 West 300 South
  • Provo, UT 84601
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: 801-375-3719
Courtyard Marriott
Days Inn- Provo
Econo Lodge - Provo Airport
  • 1625 West Center Street
  • Provo, UT 84601
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: 801-373-0099
Executive Inn & Suites
  • 250 South University Avenue
  • Provo, UT 84601
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: 801-373-9672
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Provo
Hines Mansion Luxury Bed & Breakfast
Honre's Lodging Properties
  • 2750 East University Avenue
  • Provo, UT 84601
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: 801-373-4510
La Quinta
Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Provo Travelers Inn
Residence Inn by Marriott
Sleep Inn of Provo
  • 1505 South 40 East
  • Provo, UT 84601
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: 801-377-6597
Super 8 Provo/BYU
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
  • 857 W South Jordan Parkway
  • South Jordan, UT 84095
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: (801) 999-2103
  • Visit Website |
Utah Lake State Park
Zions Management
  • 205 West Center Street
  • Suite 205
  • Provo, UT 84601
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: 801-375-7800

 


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