Summer vacation is right around the corner and I have to be honest and say that part of me is dreading it! I love my kids and I love having them home but after about a week I start hearing, “I’m bored!”, “There’s nothing to do!” or worse, they start bickering with each other. I am determined to make this summer different. I want to make plans to get out and discover fun things to do in the area. There is a great link on the Provo Library website of What To Do In Provo that has lots of ideas for each season. Here are several books that are perfect for planning some fun adventures.
PLAYDATE WITH SALT LAKE CITY AND UTAH’S WASATCH FRONT: OVER 200 CREATVIE ADVENTURES FOR UNFORGETTABLE FAMILY FUN
By Emily Smith Robbins
This is an amazing book, full of fun color photos and tons of ideas for things to do around the area. It is broken up into the following categories:
- Museums & More
- Animal Attractions,
- Historic sites,
- Gardens & the Outdoors
- Playgrounds & Parks
- Hikes & Nature Walks
- Performing Arts
- Indoor Play Spaces
- Hands-on Experiences
- Amusement Parks & Fun Centers
- Splash Pads & Fountains
- Indoor Swimming
- Outdoor Swimming
- Story Time & Libraries
- Unique Adventures
- Ski Areas & Resorts
- Sporting Events
- Park City
- Heber City
Each entry lists the address, hours, admission, parking, food rules, where to find discounts, what to expect and other nearby attractions. I seriously love this book and plan on letting my kids look through it to help plan our adventures for this summer.
FUN WITH THE FAMILY IN UTAH
By Michael Rutter
This guide is divided up by regions in Utah and then within each section it divides it by cities. There are fun little facts spread throughout the book. This book is a little dated, so it would be good to double check the information on the internet before you head to one of these destinations, but it is still a good resource to get some ideas.
OUTDOOR ESCAPES SALT LAKE CITY: A FOUR SEASON GUIDE
By Robin Norris & Freddie Snalam
This guide is divided by types of activities. You can find things like bird watching, ballooning, boating, camping, fishing, golf, hang gliding, horseback riding, ice climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, wildlife-watching, and lots of other outdoor activities. Each entry gives basic information and description. This book was published in 2003 so it would be a good idea to double check the information and make sure the venue is still open.
SALT LAKE CITY: ENSIGN TO THE NATIONS: WALKING TOURS
By John P. Livingstone
Downtown Salt Lake City is full of many historical sites. This small guide divides the city into three walking tours: Temple Square, Pioneer Business District, and Capitol Hill and Pioneer Memorial Museum. Colored boxes give the walking directions as you move from one point of interest to another. This book is full of historical facts and colored pictures.
UTAH CURIOSITIES: QUIRKY CHARACTERS, ROADSIDE ODDITIES & OTHER OFFBEAT STUFF
By Brandon Griggs
This book is full of fun things that make Utah unique. It’s not a guide to the state, but it would definitely make a road trip more interesting. Divided into 7 geographical areas, the author talks about interesting people, restaurants, museums and natural landforms for each area. It is a fun book to browse! We live in a pretty amazing state.