Traveling with Children

Although Utah is well-known for its world-class skiing and winter sports and other-worldly national parks, we're also one of the top family vacation destinations in America, with a variety of fun activities and adventures that children and parents will love.

If you’re into adventurous vacations and your kids like to hike, schedule a tour of Timpanogos Cave National Monument or check out the family hiking guides for each of The Mighty 5® national parks of Southern Utah to discover for some of the coolest rock formations on the planet. Some hikes are short strolls along level trails while others will push you a little further. See Hiking Southern Utah With Children below, or check out the Arches National Park page, has excellent notes from an expert on how to hike with children that you can apply to any place. An even better adventure vacation begins in Salt Lake City with a visit to the stunning Natural History Museum of Utah. Then set out on the family-oriented itineraries of Utah's Road to Mighty. No matter where you hike, carry plenty of water.

For more family-friendly fun, check out the roller coaster rides and waterslides at Lagoon Amusement Park, one of the largest in the West. If it's blazing hot outside and the family wants some cool thrills, check out Seven Peaks Water Parks in either Provo or Salt Lake City, home to a good variety of round and curvy or super steep waterslides, a half-million gallon wave pool, kiddie pools, and more. In the summer, the ski resorts turn some of their world famous ski slopes into a place for warmer weather thrills in the form of zip lines, alpine slides, Euro-bungy, horseback riding, and ATV tours. Then there's multi-level laser tag complete with music and fog at Laser Quest. If you and yours would like to enjoy a train ride through one of the most picturesque areas of the state, check out the Heber Creeper, an old-fashioned replica steam locomotive than runs from the Heber Valley down through Provo Canyon in the shadows of the iconic Mount Timpanogos.

Visit Utah4Kids to explore and discover trips for families all around the state. Click here to view a printable one-sheeter with additional travel information on one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the U.S.


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Hiking Southern Utah with Younger Children: Tips for Family Friendly Adventure

by Jill Robinson | May 23, 2016

Here are some tips to help increase your chances of a successful hike when exploring Utah with the kids — and ideas to help ensure they'll want to do it again!

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