People travel from across the globe to experience Utah’s Greatest Snow on Earth, visit the Mighty Five spectacular national parks and see the renowned Great Salt Lake. Once here, visitors realize there’s even more to Utah than just these world-class, outdoor recreation options. If you’re wondering what there is to do for fun in Utah, make the most of your time by exploring all that this spectacular state has to offer.
Immerse yourself in art, culture, science or history at one of Utah’s numerous museums. Topping the list of most popular museums are the Natural History Museum of Utah, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Moab Giants Dinosaur Museum, St. George Children’s Museum and the Hill Aerospace Museum. Located on the northwest corner of Hill Air Force Base, the aerospace museum features over 90 military aircraft, missiles and aerospace vehicles on display both inside, as well as outdoors, on the museum grounds.
It’s no surprise that there is more than a dozen, world-class ski resorts in Utah, including nine within an hour of Hill Aerospace Museum. Check out Snowbasin, just 30 minutes away; Park City Mountain and Deer Valley to the southeast; Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude to the south; and Nordic Valley and Powder Mountain to the northeast. Throughout the winter, Utah receives an average of 18 “powder days”—meaning 12 inches or more snowfall within a 24-hour period—and ski season often extends well into spring. It’s no wonder Utah is known for the Greatest Snow on Earth.
Incredible adventures await at Utah’s five national parks. Known as the Mighty Five, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Zion National Park, each boasts unique formations, stunning scenery and world-famous hiking trails such as Angels Landing, Delicate Arch and the world-famous Narrows. From A to Z, there’s no shortage of things to do for fun in Utah’s national parks.
Utah is hard to beat when it comes to scenic beauty. And truthfully, many of Utah’s 43 state parks would likely be designated as national parks anywhere else. Featuring sparkling reservoirs, red, sand beaches, prime fishing, ancient lava beds, Puebloan ruins or unique wildlife, there’s simply no shortage of fun things to do in Utah’s incredible state parks. When visiting Hill Aerospace Museum, you’ll definitely want to put nearby Antelope Island State Park on your list— home of one of the largest free-roaming bison herds in the U.S..
An astounding eighty percent of Americans cannot see the Milky Way due to light pollution. Fortunately, Utah has the highest concentration of International Dark Sky Association-certified locations, including Antelope Island State Park, which is just minutes from Hill Aerospace Museum. You’ve never been stargazing like this.
There are thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails in Utah. Whether you want to conquer one of Salt Lake City’s 12,000-foot peaks, stroll a family-friendly, paved trail to a waterfall, or ride over slickrock and petrified sand dunes, there’s something for everyone. Check out this list of top trails near Hill Air Force Base. But Utah’s high desert playground isn’t all dry land. There are over 2,000 lakes and 89,000 miles of streams in Utah for boating, fishing, swimming and more. And of course, there’s the Great Salt Lake—the largest lake in the United States west of the Mississippi!
More Utah Unique Attractions
Looking for more fun things to do in Utah? Check out unique attractions like The Up House, Homestead Crater, the Spiral Jetty, Bonneville Salt Flats, Sun Tunnels, Gilgal Sculpture Garden, Kennecott Copper Mine and so much more.
Whether you’re staying near Hill Aerospace Museum for an overnight ski getaway or a week-long family vacation, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in Utah.