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Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Fun in Utah

Summer is without a doubt my favorite time of the year. The days are longer, and there is so much more to do. My mood automatically improves when the sun comes out. The following sponsored article talks about some of my favorite and classic summer fun activities.

Classic Utah Summer Activities for the Family
by Alek Sabin

While Utah may have the greatest snow on earth, there’s no denying that we do summers right here, as well! Between the mixture of incredible national parks that we have littered throughout the state, as well as great urban events that take place in Salt Lake City, Utah presents a balanced menu of options that both locals and tourists alike can take advantage of. Here’s a list of some of the many great summer activities that there are to do in Utah, although there’s really too many to list all in one place...

Car Shows
Utah, being an integral part of the western United States, has deep roots in classic car culture. As such, there are plenty of car shows that people can check out throughout the state at different times during the year. Whether it be the Sounds of Freedom event that honors local veterans, or Burger Stop’s monthly auto shows that evoke the 50’s aesthetic of cruising the boulevard, Utah car shows often have a high attendance from an enthusiastic crowd that loves to get together and celebrate classic car restorations. Check out some of the great car shows that are offered here.

National Parks

Utah is home to five national parks (yes, five, you read that right), and each of those parks has a unique flavor that makes it a completely different adventure to explore. You can hit up the beautiful nature hikes of Zion National Park, and then pop practically next door to Arches National Park to check out the iconic Delicate Arch. In addition, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Canyonlands are all excellent parks that make for a great camping trip, or even just a day hiking trip. Indeed, our national parks are a major reason that tourists come to our state.

Swimming and Water Games
Water parks, aquatic centers, and swimming pools are all exceptionally popular activities during a Utah summer. It doesn’t take much pondering to see why that is: it’s pretty freaking hot outside in July. Like many other states in the American West, Utah families use water-based activities to keep cool and have fun at the same time. Even if you don’t want to go somewhere to go swimming, or if you don’t have a pool, it’s pretty easy to use your house hose or sprinkler system to set up some great water games for your kids.

Utah gets a fairly large number of big ticket concerts that come through here, often playing at either Vivint Smart Home Arena or Usana Amphitheater. In addition, there are tons of great concert venues for smaller, more personal shows throughout Salt Lake City, such as the State Room and Urban Lounge. One of the biggest concert draws in Utah, though, is the Twilight Concert Series, which takes place at Pioneer Park in Downtown SLC, and draws major indie, hip-hop, and soul musicians every week in the late summer for the small ticket price of $5.

Farmer’s Market
There’s still quite a presence of agricultural workers here in Utah, even as the amount of people in the agricultural workforce continues to drop, year after year. One way that many farmers are able to generate more income is by skipping the grocery store, taking their produce, and selling their products to consumers directly at any number of farmers markets that take place around the state. Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Provo all host pretty large farmers markets where consumers can get fresh produce at great prices.

Homegrown Amusement Parks
Who needs Disneyland when you’ve got Lagoon! Okay, maybe those are in different ballparks, but even though Lagoon may not have the large brand and budget of Disney, there’s plenty of fun activities to be a part of at Utah’s own backyard amusement park. The development team at Lagoon does a pretty great job of adding new and exciting roller coasters and carnival attractions on a yearly basis that ensure that there’s always something new going on in the park. In addition, the relatively high ticket prices are a lot more manageable when you purchase their season tickets, which pay for themselves after only a few trips to the park.

What are some fun things you are doing this summer?

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