St. George is a beautiful city located in Southwestern Utah. It’s 4 ½ hours south of Salt Lake City and 2 hours east of Las Vegas. It has primarily been known for its red rock mountains and proximity to bucket list hiking destinations such as Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Grand Canyon. The town has grown in recent years to include so much more! Learn below how to win with your kids on your vacation to St. George, Utah!
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Kid-friendly Outdoor Activities in St. George
People have been coming to hike in St. George for decades. Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park are two of the most popular hiking destinations in the United States. Clearly, everyone should visit these parks. But don’t miss out on Snow Canyon State Park either! It’s closer to the city, it has more kid-friendly hikes, and the park is much smaller, allowing for families to get more bang for their buck during their vacation! The top hikes for kids in the park are Jenny’s Canyon, Pioneer Names, and the Sand Dunes. It’s also important to note that Snow Canyon requires a $15 entrance fee per vehicle.
When it comes to playgrounds, swing sets, and woodchips, most city parks are very similar. However, Thunder Junction is a specialty park. It offers opportunities for all kids, including those with physical disabilities! There is no entrance fee, kids will be excited to give the zip line a try, and it even includes a splash pad for hot days. And if you’re still not impressed, check out the park’s train that takes kids around the park.
Desert plants are some of the most interesting plants in the world, and the Red Hills Desert Garden offers visitors the opportunity to learn about new plants and enjoy a nice stroll while spending time with family. I recommend checking this out in the evening. The viewpoint looks over the entire city, allowing for a spectacular sunset while your kids admire the different flowers and cacti. The garden is free for all!
A rock climber’s dream spot! Pioneer Park is a 52-acre community park that allows kids of all ages the opportunity to climb rocks, run up hills, and explore for hours. There are fire pits available for use, pavilions for picnics, and the famous Dixie Rock, which provides a spectacular viewpoint of St. George.
While some of the already-mentioned activities are catered to younger children, Sand Hollow is a spot that teenagers will love. Apart from swimming, cliff jumping is a popular thing at Sand Hollow, which has cliffs at many different heights, making it enjoyable for adventures at all levels. Rental equipment such as paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks, are available on site, and there is a food shack that is popular among visitors as well. Many visitors will use ATVs to explore the state park even more! There is a $15 entrance fee because of the state park designation.
Kid-friendly Indoor Activities in St. George
Bowling, mini golf, laser tag, go karts, bumper boats, batting cages, and an arcade! Especially when trying to escape the heat of the day, Fiesta Fun provides many fun indoor opportunities while still allowing visitors to enjoy the sun with some of their outdoor adventures!
Like many museums, the dinosaur discovery site allows kids to learn. Most little kids are obsessed with dinosaurs and being able to act as a paleontologist for the day is more than worth it. Learn about prehistoric creatures and plants during the day, as the discovery site closes at 5 p.m.
The museum’s motto is, “Discover, Imagine, and Create!” It features 12 exhibit rooms such as a transportation room that allows kids to be pilots flying airplanes, or a government room where a child can become the president of the United States for the day. My personal favorite is the Under the Sea exhibit, which allows kids to learn all about the ocean and its creatures!
This indoor aquatic center is made for kids. It is temperature-controlled so it’s not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter. They have rock climbing walls for older kids and a kiddy pool for younger kids that features a slide, and other fun water features. They also have a lap pool and mini lazy river for everyone to enjoy!
My favorite soda shop out there! Take your kids here and let them pick out a fun soda with unique candy. They’ll find so much joy in looking at all of the fun options and parents will get a blast from the past as they dig into candy from their childhood. Also, Judd’s General Store has amazing breadsticks that you can’t miss out on!
That’s a Wrap!
Whatever you’re coming to St. George for, you’ll be able to fill each day with fun activities for the kids. Whether you come prepared with a plan or not, take some of these ideas and run with them!
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Tanner Nielson is a father, husband, and writer who specializes in parenting. His blog can be found at JustDadsWinning.com where he’ll teach dads how to win with their kids. Focusing on things like teaching kids, traveling as a family, and activities to wow children, his blog will provide you with the material you need to be a successful husband and father.