Are you looking for fun summer activities in Utah County? Then, you need to add these tested and approved fun summer activities to your Utah bucket list.
School is almost over, and summer is around the corner. If you are anything like me, you are looking for fun summer activities to socialize, relax, and make memories.
I have lived in Utah County for six years, which has a reputation for being stiff and boring, but I have compiled a list of fun summer activities. You will learn about the best hikes, local events, and more.
After learning about these fun summer activities, you will feel inspired and excited to try them out. The best part is that these summer activities are $35 and under.
This post is all about fun summer activities in Utah County that you need to know about.
“You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.”Alexander Den Heijer.
The Parade of Homes is my favorite, and it’s an easy and entertaining way to get your steps in. This year, 31 homes are located all over Utah County. Some houses are well over a million dollars, and the square footage is insane.
Tickets are $20 per person, but a virtual option exists.
June 6th through June 22nd of 2024.
Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. They are closed on Monday & Sunday.
If you’re looking for a great way to explore bea-UTAH-ful, hiking is the perfect activity. These are four classic Utah County hikes.
The Y is on the busy side of the Wasatch Mountain front. The Y is for Brigham Young University, which is in Provo. The Y will light up during special events, and you can hike in the evening/nighttime.
Slide Canyon Trail 062 Provo 84604
This hike is open year-round.
Hard. There isn’t much shade, and it’s an intense workout (at least if you are out of shape like me).
Hiking to the top of the Y and back down is 2.2 miles. There are 12 switchbacks because the mountain is so steep. Several benches can be found throughout the trail if you need a break.
How long does it take to hike to the Y? Plan to be on the trail for 1-3 hours. It’s a short hike but grueling getting to the top.
It’s a brutal workout, but the view at the top is fantastic because you can see all of Utah County and watch the sunset in the evening.
Stewart Falls is above Sundance, UT, and it’s a stunning drive that’s part of the Alpine Loop. It’s on the non-busy side of Timpanogos Mountain.
After walking past many aspen trees, you will reach a 200 ft. waterfall that descends two pathways and a stream to cool down in.
North Alpine Loop Road, Provo 84604
$6 entrance/parking fee at the toll booth.
This hike is open year-round. The Alpine Loop is open from late May to late October, which could impact the commute.
Hiking from Aspen Grove to the base of the falls and back is 3.5 miles.
1.5 to 2 hours for the round trip.
I’d recommend packing your camera for this hike because you can take pictures at Aspen Grove and in front of the falls.
The Rock Canyon trail is in the Wasatch mountains, and it’s right under Squaw Peak, which is a drive up Provo Canyon. It’s a hot spot for rock climbers and is also considered haunted.
The trailhead address is: 2620 North 1450 East Provo, 84061. The hike starts at the parking lot.
This hike is open year-round.
Hard. I had to turn around early because I was winded and needed frequent breaks toward the end.
It’s 2.9 miles to the turn-around but 5.8 miles round trip. You can turn around at any point.
3 ½ to 5 hours, depending on your strength and endurance.
This one is my favorite hike because there are hot springs you can relax in. This hike is in Diamond Fork Canyon, which branches off Spanish Fork Canyon.
Diamond Fork Road, Springville 84663. You must drive 10-11 miles on this road to reach the Fifth Water Hot Springs Trailhead, where the hike begins.
This hike is open year-round, but the canyon road can close during winter storms.
2.5 miles to the hot springs and 5 miles round trip.
The Provo River is in Provo Canyon. If you choose to pay a company, a shuttle will take you north, and you can get out at their location in a designated part of the river bank.
I’d recommend going with a couple of friends or a group of people, but if you choose to go solo, it would be a good idea to go with one of the companies. Once you’ve adjusted to the temperature of the water, floating the Provo River is a fun way to chat, listen to music, relax, and drink.
About halfway through, you must get out of the water and go around the Wildwood Railroad Bridge for safety. Be prepared to share the river with fishermen, rafters, and kayakers. Also, the water is insanely freezing; you must be mindful of rocks.
To make the excursion more enjoyable, consider packing:
3702 East Provo Canyon Road, Provo 84604
If you rent with High Country Adventure, a single tube costs $33, including the shuttle and a life jacket.
May through September 2023
Even though the mineral water temperature is 95 degrees, the crater is a great indoor activity if you want to swim, soak, snorkel, and dive. The crater shape is wider at the bottom and filled with the hot springs water but narrows towards the top.
700 North Homestead Drive, Midway 84049
$19.40 per person, including tax, but group rates exist. This price includes a life jacket.
You can do this year-round since it’s inside a geothermal hot spring.
The ski lift, aka “The Outlaw Express,” is open during the summertime for mountain biking and scenic lifts to the restaurant at the top, “Bear Claw at Arrowhead Summit.”
The Sundance Resort and the views are breathtaking. I’ve never done the midnight lift, but I have done the Halloween one, and it’s very entertaining.
8841 North Alpine Loop Road Sundance 84604
Adult tickets are $26.
May 26th through October 8th, 2023 for the regular ride
10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
Each lift ride is 30 to 45 minutes.
The carnival takes place in downtown Springville. This event is family-friendly because they have kiddie rides, food, and games, but there are height requirements for safety.
If you are like me and love roller coasters, these are the rides you have to try:
110 South Main Street, Springville 84663
Most carnival rides are $2; however, a one-day unlimited wristband is $35.
Wednesday, June 7th through Saturday, June 10th, 2023.
Farmer’s markets are a fantastic way to get fresh produce and browse the arts and crafts options. Sometimes they have a clothing selection and food trucks. I like to support local businesses, so I always stock up on strawberries when I go.
Pioneer Park 500 West Center Street Provo 84601
It’s free to enter the Farmer’s Market, but pricing will vary based on the product and vendor.
June 3rd through October 28th, 2023
Open every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
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