Summer is heating up, school is letting and parents are wondering just how long it’s going to be before they hear, “I’m bored.” Fight that boredom with a summer full of fun, right in your backyard!
Today we’re sharing 10 great places that you and your kids can visit this summer via transit.
Summer Fun by Transit
Brigham Young University. If you’re in Utah County, Brigham Young University is a great place to experience a variety of fun summer experiences. Whether you’re stopping in at the Bean Life Science Museum or the University’s respected Museum of Art, there’s plenty to do and see. Don’t forget to stop in at The Creamery for their famous ice cream. The campus is served by a number of different bus routes.
Gardner Village. Travel to Gardner Village on Saturday morning for the farmer’s market, enjoy the shops or attend any of this summer’s fantastic events. The area is easily accessible via TRAX on the Redline. Travelers should exit at Historic Gardner Station.
Gateway. Though there are dozens of great offerings in the downtown area. There are few spaces with so many great activities for kids available all in relatively small space. Be sure to check out the Olympic Legacy Plaza splash pad, the incredible Discovery Gateway children’s museum and the Clark Planetarium. The Gateway is located near Salt Lake Central Station, a hub site for most bus lines, FrontRunner and TRAX.
Lagoon. What summer would be complete without at least one trip to Lagoon? Take FrontRunner to Farmington Station, where you will board Route 667 – the Lagoon shuttle. If you’re traveling in a group of four or more, remember to consider the round-trip group pass option.
The Leonardo. Enjoy a visit to The Leonardo, Salt Lake City’s art, science and technology museum. The space is host to continuing exhibits, as well as individual can’t miss events. Wednesday is an especially great day to go as all tickets are only $7. The Leonardo is within an easy one half
Salt Lake Bees. With tickets starting at $8 and a host of group options and package deals, a Salt Lake Bees game is an entertaining, inexpensive, quick ride away. Travel to Ballpark Station on 1300 South on any of the three TRAX lines.
Ogden’s Union Station. Not only does this fun location have large railroad vehicles that kids can oogle, climb on and otherwise enjoy, you can also visit the Utah Railroad Museum and a classic car museum. The best part? You can easily access all of this and the Union Grill via FrontRunner.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts. This summer is bound to be an exciting one up at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. They’re in the process of unveiling the Speed exhibit, showcasing 19 of the world’s fastest cars. Kids are gonna love this! Ride TRAX Red Line to South Campus Station.
Water Parks. A couple of week’s ago we talked about free, local splash pads, but there are also a number of water parks available by transit. Check out Cowabunga Bay (Routes 201 & 811), Lagoon-A-Beach (Route 667) Seven Peaks Salt Lake (Route 509), Seven Peaks Provo (Route 832) for more information, including pricing.
Wheeler Farm. What kid doesn’t love the bevy of fun summer activities hosted by Wheeler Farm? It’s the sort of place where there’s always SOMETHING going on. The location is easily accessible from Route 209.
- Children under the age of six ride free.
- Try out the group pass—$14 for up to four riders to ride roundtrip during regular service hours. Good on TRAX, bus and FrontRunner.
- Before you cross railroad tracks or enter a TRAX or FrontRunner platform:
- always watch for trains—look both ways
- take off your head phones
- put your cell phone down—no texting or phone calls
- hop off your bike or skate board
- hold smaller children’s hands
- walk across the tracks or onto the platform when it is safe
- never cross between train cars—always walk around to a designated safe crossing
- Always stand away from the yellow tactile strip when trains approach the platform.
- Never walk or play on tracks or the rail corridor; even for short cuts. It could be deadly and is trespassing, punishable by a $100 or greater fine.
- Never go around a lowered gate or try to outrun a train. Just wait for the train to pass, the gates to lift and lights to stop before crossing the track.
- Never throw things at the train or place things on the track; you could get hurt or even derail the train.