1. Hike to a lake.
You know it’s going to get hot in Utah. Head for a higher elevation and hike to a lake. Better yet, hike to TWO lakes. This is Lake Mary and Lake Catherine. The trailhead begins at Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
2. Make a new friend.
Everyone needs friends! Whether you find a new human, or a new furry face to keep you company, the summer is always better with a buddy.
3. Sleep in a tent.
Leave all your stuff behind for a weekend and just pack the essentials. Then, head for the great outdoors to enjoy a few days of hiking, camping and relaxing.
4. Take some amazing photographs.
Utah is so full of natural beauty that you ought to be able to find dozens of great spots to capture.
5. Visit a ski resort.
Ride a chairlift, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic. Utah’s ski resorts offer lots of recreation opportunities during the summer months.
6. Find some solitude in the remote wilderness…
7. ...or join a few thousand other Utahns at a Bees game.
There’s nothing like enjoying a baseball game on a warm summer evening!
8. Shop at a farmers market.
There's nothing in the world like fresh Utah produce.
9. Play in the water in the wild...
Visit one of Utah’s lakes or reservoirs and canoe, kayak, or waterski.
10. ...or at your local water park.
11. Go to a rodeo.
They’re all over the state during the summer, and most are very affordable. In addition to the cute cowboys riding broncos and bulls, you’ll see beautiful cowgirls barrel racing, cute kids mutton busting and amazing clowns keeping the cowboys safe.
12. See an outdoor concert.
Grab your picnic basket and head to an outdoor concert venue like Red Butte. Spread out your blanket, sip a cold beverage and listen to some amazing music under the stars.
13. Take in a little Shakespeare.
The play’s the thing in Cedar City all summer. Get your tickets now before they’re gone!
14. Taste a new delicacy.
Stop in a Cafe Diablo for some rattlesnake or check out Burger Bar’s exotic meat of the month.
15. Explore a state park.
The national parks are wonderful, but they’re often full of tourists. Have you seen all 45 of Utah’s state parks? Choose one you’ve never visited and check it out (pictured is Edge of the Cedars State Park).
16. Spend a day doing nothing.
Read a book, nap in a hammock, sit at the park and watch your kids play.
17. White-knuckle it on a roller coaster.
A trip to Lagoon is a must for every Utah summer.
18. Play like a kid.
Remember when the days of summer were filled with hopscotch, sidewalk chalk art and long bike rides?