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Indoor Activities in Utah

Utah’s varying seasons provide world-class outdoor recreation, but everyone needs the occasional day spent indoors avoiding the hottest, coldest or rainiest days of the year. Luckily there is no shortage of museums, shops, sports centers and experiences to keep you and your family entertained during the peak of winter or summer. Here are some of our favorite indoor activities in Utah.

Winter Activities More Things To Do

Shop & Dine

Stores & Boutiques

Peruse outlet malls, antique shops and handcrafted boutiques to pass the time during rainy or winter days. City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City has over 90 stores and restaurants sprawled across two city blocks, with a retractable ceiling to keep out inclement weather. Don’t miss the quirky shops and good eats at nearby Trolley Square. You can find indoor shopping centers and independent stores in every corner of the state.

Restaurants and Dining

In the past decade, Salt Lake City has transformed into a food lover's paradise, featuring independent restaurants, cozy cafés and hip bars. Each district offers diverse options, whether you crave unique small plates, creative cocktails, or family-style portions. Outside Salt Lake, Ogden presents a vibrant food scene, blending locally-owned comfort classics with trendy culinary explorations. Meanwhile, Park City combines a dynamic food scene with its renowned ski resorts and cultural charm for upscale dining. Go a little further south, and you’ll find that Utah County's food scene is a delightful mix of local flavors and culinary innovation, offering a range of dining experiences from quaint eateries to trendy establishments. 

Try a New Recipe at Home

Cooking a homemade meal with friends and family is a surefire way to brighten even the gloomiest of days. Utah has some of the best dining options, but you can experience the same culinary excellence from home by following their recipes. Try making classic Utah dinner recipes like Goulding’s famous fry bread and Navajo tacos or Tona Sushi’s sauteed garlic edamame. Want to satisfy your craving for Caputo’s sea salt chocolate chip cookies without leaving the house? Follow this recipe to deliver chocolatey goodness straight to your table. Finish off the evening with a round of homemade cocktails.

Eva's, Salt Lake City

Photo: Austen Diamond

Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City.

Photo: Steve Greenwood

Trolley Square

Photo: Austen Diamond, Visit Salt Lake

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