Winter, hearing this most likely brings to mind thoughts of snow and cold. Well maybe not so much this year, so far, anyway. We’ve experienced unseasonably warm temperature this winter season, but I don’t think it will last. There are still several of weeks of winter left on the calendar with skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts doing their best snow dance for the heavens to open up.
Groundhog Day was February 2, do you agree with Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction?
Here are a few suggestions for family friendly winter activities.
Ice fishing – I know suggesting an activity requiring ice sounds counter-intuitive considering current conditions. The good news is that there are a few good places where ice fishing is available, Strawberry Reservoir for one. Check here for current conditions throughout the state.
Snow Tubing – There are a number of popular tubing hills in the valleys such as Sugarhouse Park. But since snow is of short supply this year I recommend going higher to places like Gorgoza Park in Parley’s Canyon, where conditions are more reliable. Many of the ski areas throughout the state also offer snow-tubing hills.
Ski Areas – Most ski areas in the state offer more than just skiing and snowboarding. Snow tubing, alpine slides, zip lines, sleigh rides, kids camps, and snowmobiling are a few examples of other things to do. Park City offers a plethora of winter activities families can enjoy together. Click here for more information. A complete list of ski area activities around the state can be found at Skiutah.com.
Bryce Canyon Winter Festival – Ruby’s Inn is set to host its 33rd annual Bryce Canyon Winter Festival, which will be held President’s Day weekend, Feb. 17-19. The event will feature several free and paid family-friendly clinics, demos, tours and activities, including a balloon glow after dark, an activity that was introduced at last year’s festival. Click here for details.
St. George – I know there are a few snowbirds out there, which are most likely celebrating this winter’s weather. But for those who need a change of view, St. George is the place for you! St. George has many wonderful natural features for family adventure such as Snow Canyon State Park, Anasazi Valley Petroglyphs, and Red Cliffs National Conservation area, not to mention nearby Zion National Park. But there’s much more! The city has invested much in providing family activities for its residents and visitors like the Children’s Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Site, and Thunder Junction All Abilities Park.
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