Things to Do in Ogden and Ogden Valley
Looking for attractions in Ogden, Utah and the surrounding areas? Check out these nearby activities! With date night ideas, local attractions, and tons of free recreational opportunities, northern Utah is the perfect place to explore.
Huntsville Trappist Monastery
801.745.3784 | Website
1250 S 9500 E Huntsville, UT 84317
Located 6 miles from Lakeside, The Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity is a community of Catholic monks belonging to the Order of Cistercian of the Strict Observance, often called the Trappists. The Trappist monks came to the Ogden Valley in 1947. The Monastery and surrounding land has been sold and future public use of the property and amenities are currently undetermined.
801.745.2220 | Website
131 S 7400 E Huntsville, Utah 84317
The Ogden Valley Branch features a strong collection of popular information resources for people of all ages. The branch also features an educational toy lending library, a videotape collection, a music collection on CD, a public computer center, and a children’s computer literacy center. Branch staff members provide a variety of programs for children and adults. Public notary service, copy machine service, and FAX service are also available. Public meeting rooms include an auditorium equipped with teleconferencing facilities, a stage, and a grand piano, a community room with complete kitchen facilities, two conference rooms, and an outdoor garden area. All are available free of charge to not-for-profit groups. Meeting areas at the library may also be rented by those who do not qualify for free use.
801.745.3018 | Website
2329 N 5025 E Eden, UT 84310
Carver’s Cove Petting Zoo is fun for the whole family. They allow visitors to feed and pet farm animal favorites such as horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, pigs, llamas, kittens and dogs. Children ages 12 and younger can even ride a horse. There are lots of photo opportunities with animals, a tractor, an antique buggy and a haystack.
Bailey’s Sleigh Rides
801.791.1545 | Website
3908 N 3300 E Eden, Utah 84310
Come to Bailey Farms in Liberty, Utah and start a new tradition. Come enjoy a free sleigh ride and pick out your Christmas tree, or purchase a fragrant pine Christmas wreath. Take pictures with the reindeer and enjoy toasty hot chocolate. Don’t forget to check out the other best ways to enjoy the holidays in Ogden Valley here. Too busy before the holidays to join us? Sleigh rides are also available after Christmas by appointment.
Eccles Dinosaur Park
801.393.3466 | Website
1544 East Park Blvd. Ogden, UT
Located just a few miles down Ogden Canyon, the Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park is an exciting collection of prehistoric creatures including crawlers, predators, marine animals, and flying reptiles. More than 100 sculptures fill the attraction. Dinosaurs indigenous to Utah are a special feature at the park. One of the most popular exhibits is the 45-foot-long, 20-foot high Tyrannosaurus Rex. Situated on the beautiful Ogden River, children enjoy feeding fish, climbing on prehistoric creatures, and digging for fossils. The Elizabeth Dee Shaw Stewart Museum is a must-see educational center. Visit the park on Halloween for spooky dinosaurs, themed attractions, trick or treating, and festive fun. Special event facilities available for birthday parties.
Ogden Nature Center
801.621.7595 | Website
966 West 12th St. Ogden, UT 84404
The Ogden Nature Center is a 152 acre wildlife sanctuary and educational center located on 12th Street in Ogden. Founded in 1975 as Utah’s first official nature center, ONC has provided a place where wildlife can refuge from urban development and where people can enjoy nature. The visitors center offers interactive nature exhibits and a unique gift shop. Ogden Nature Center also holds many events throughout the year including summer camps, fun runs, and wildlife expos.
801.394.9663 | Website
347 22nd St. Ogden, UT
The Treehouse Children’s Museum is truly a treasure for children and families. With its award winning exhibits and programs, the Treehouse is a place where children can step into a story. Exhibits are designed to feel like pages from a giant storybook where children can become characters in their own adventures. Programs such as RAMPed Up Art and Step on Stage are also offered as well as weekly family literacy programs. Memberships are available for purchase online. Explore this educational but imaginative place!
801.393.9890 | Website
2501 Wall Ave. Ogden, UT
The Ogden Union Stations history begins in 1924. It was once the hub of the transcontinental rail traffic for over 50 years. The Union Station now houses museums and galleries featuring railroad history, firearms, gems and minerals, classic cars and arts. Come learn about the historic Utah railroad, visit the classic car collection, and browse through the John M. Browning Firearms Museum featuring a collection of firearms throughout the ages. Many events also go on throughout the year at the Union Station. Don’t miss the model train museum — favorite of children young and old.
Antelope Island State Park
4528 W 1700 S Syracuse, UT
Antelope Island State Park is the perfect place to view the Great Salt Lake and experience the vast solitude of the Great Basin. This surreal island is the largest of the Great Salt Lake’s 10 islands and is part of the Utah State Park System. Visitors can drive to the island via the causeway or tour the Great Salt Lake by boat. From the mainland, the 28,022 acres appear barren and deserted, but it is actually home to a variety of flora and fauna native to the Great Basin region. Deer, bobcat, antelope, many varieties of bird and waterfowl, elk, coyote and the famous American bison call the island home. Antelope Island has a $10 entrance fee and offers many miles of trails open to hikers and mountain bikers. Whether you’re camping, picnicking, sailing, saltwater bathing, bird watching, taking pictures, or touring the historic Fielding Garr Ranch, Antelope Island is a must see.
The Great Salt Lake
801.773.2941 | Website
4528 W 1700 S Syracuse, UT
Visiting The Great Salt Lake? Did you know it is the largest lake west of the Mississippi? This shallow water lake is a favorite for visitors from around the world. It’s high salt content allows swimmers to effortlessly float in it’s gentle waves, just be careful of bad weather. Shower facilities and bathrooms are located close to the shoreline so swimmers can wash off the salt particles. This lake is home to large flocks of migratory birds, and during the fall visitors can watch brine shrimp boats fish in the deeper sections of the lake and dock in the marina.
Golden Spike National Historic Site
435.471.2209 | Website
6200 N 22300th St. West Brigham City, UT 84302
On May 10th, 1869, officials of both the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met at this location to drive four symbolic rail spikes which completed the first transcontinental railroad. Reenactments of The Last Spike Ceremony occur each year on May 10th, as well as each Saturday and holiday from May 10th to September. Steam demonstrations take place every day during the summer season and involve the Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives. Golden Spike National Historic Site is located about an hour drive from Eden.
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
435.723.5887 | Website
2155 West Forest St. Brigham City, UT
The 74,000 acre Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is located on the northeast arm of the Great Salt Lake. The marshes at the mouth of the Bear River are the largest freshwater component of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. The wetlands provide critical habitat for migrating birds from both Pacific and Central flyways of North America. Visitors may drive or bike a 12 mile auto tour route. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge offers hunting, fishing, birding, environmental education, photography, wildlife viewing, and some programs and events.
Ogden Raptors Baseball
801.393.2400 | Website
2330 Lincoln Ave. Ogden, UT
Lindquist Field is home to the Ogden Raptors; a pioneer league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The view beyond center field showcases majestic Ben Lomond Peak and adjacent mountains. Bring your family and enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Play begins in early June and ends in September. Check out the Ogden Raptors schedule and get your tickets on their website!
801.528.5348 | Website
2261 Kiesel Ave. Ogden, UT
Ever wished you could fly? The iFLY wind tunnel allows you to fly your body in a “controlled” manner. This indoor skydiving center in Ogden, Utah allows children and adults of all ages to safely soar through the air. Your flying experience is all within the safety of a wall-to-wall air flow chamber. The innovative sport of body flight is always exciting and fun for all ages! iFLY’s professional staff of instructors teach the fundamentals and provide your flight equipment, so no experience necessary.
801.528.5352 | Website
2261 Kiesel Ave. Suite 2B, Ogden, UT
Described as a wave in a box, Flowrider in Ogden is a skill and thrill surfing attraction with nonstop appeal. Flowriding is for participants of all ages, and each ride increases the rider’s confidence. Flowrider is powered by an engine that drives 10,000 gallons of flowing water into the wave ride of a lifetime. Spectators enjoy it as much as the participants.
The Front Climbing Gym
801.393.7625 | Website
225 20th St. Ogden, UT
Indoor rock climbing in Utah can be found on the corner of Lincoln and 20th Street in Ogden. The Front Climbing Gym is a premier indoor climbing, bouldering, and fitness facility. Built in the newly restored, all-glass, American Can Building, The Front features over 10,000 feet of bouldering, lead, and top rope walls, plus a complete set of strength and cardio equipment. Yoga is available in the upstairs Yoga Loft. The Front Pro Shop offers climbing equipment, professional advice, and local beta. Routes are routinely updated. Kids camps are offered throughout the summer.
801.399.8099 | Website
2450 A Ave. Ogden, UT
Situated along the Weber River is historic Fort Buenaventura. Covering an 84 acre river tract of land near the Weber River, the fort symbolizes a period of western history that was the transition from nomadic ways of the Indian tribes and trappers to the first permanent settlers of the Great Basin. Facilities at the fort include picnic areas, a canoeing pond, and a replica fort including three cabins. Enjoy Fort Buenaventura events during the year including a period reenactment of the Mountain Man Rendezvous.
Peery’s Egyptian Theater
801.395.3227 | Website
2415 Washington Blvd. Ogden, UT
Perry’s Egyptian Theater, located in historic downtown Ogden, was originally built in 1924. Meticulously restored and reopened in 1997, Peery hosts performing arts, movie premiers, and tours such as the Warren Miller and the Banff Film Festivals. The historic building is thought to be one of only two Egyptian-style “atmospheric” theaters in the nation, complete with an auditorium sky dotted with twinkling stars. View a children’s production of the Nutcracker over the holidays or join the Celtic Celebration in March.
Hill Aerospace Museum
801.777.6868 | Website
7961 Wardleigh Rd, Hill AFB, UT 84056
Hill Aerospace Museum is situated on approximately 30 acres at the northwest corner of Hill Air Force Base. Located just off I-15 at the Roy, UT exit. The Air Force museum exhibits over 80 military aircraft, missiles, and aerospace vehicles within the Major General Rex A Hadley Gallery and the Lindquist Stewart Fighter Gallery. The Museum also includes an assortment of aerospace ground equipment, military vehicles, uniforms, and thousands of other historical artifacts.
Lagoon Amusement Park
801.451.8000 | Website
375 North Lagoon Drive, Farmington, Utah 84025
Lagoon Amusement Park is home of the Cannibal roller coaster. It boasts the steepest drops in North America and holds the world record for the tallest beyond-vertical drop on a roller coaster. Enjoy the thrilling rides or relax in the cool waters of Lagoon-A-Beach. Tour Pioneer Village and experience the old west, or enjoy one of the many musical productions throughout the park. Food, fun, and games make this an all day excursion. The fun doesn’t need to end with sundown, the park stays open until 10pm or 11pm depending on the season. Fall features Frightmares complete with rides and scares.