September 12, 2018
Hello! We are Utah’s Adventure Family and we are sharing today about all the great FREE places to visit in Provo. We have lived in Utah County for almost 20 years, so we know a lot about the area around Provo, and we are always on the lookout for fun things to do as a family in Utah.
Provo is full of fun for everyone. Whether you live in Utah County, or are just visiting for a few hours, there is something for you to try in Provo. We enjoy spending time in the Provo area, and have found a lot of fun activities that are free (or close to free)!
If you want to know what you should do in Provo when you visit, here are our top 15 recommendations. We know you’ll have a lot of fun!
1. Spend a Day at BYU: This beautiful campus has a lot to offer. There are 5 museums that you can spend time in, as well as a beautiful Botany pond to enjoy. If you are into hiking, you can hike the Y, which is one of the tallest hillside letters in the United States. Make sure to grab some ice cream after your hike at the BYU Creamery!
2. Drive through Provo Canyon: Provo Canyon is beautiful year round, and there are tons of great stops along the way. Make sure to stop and walk to Bridal Veil Falls, which is an iconic Provo waterfall. You can have a picnic at Vivian Park, or drive up to Big Springs for a little more solitude.
3. Meander through the Alpine Loop: For $6, you can drive from Sundance to Alpine and the mountains here will not disappoint. There are gorgeous views, and great stops along the way like Cascade Springs or Tibble Fork Reservoir. You can also hike to waterfalls, or even summit Mount Timpanogos if you have the time and desire!
4. Explore Timpanogos Cave: This National Monument lies along the Alpine Loop, and has a unique cave to see. You have to hike one mile up the mountainside to the cave, and you will need to purchase tickets for the guided tour of the cave. Tours often sell out, so if you are planning on visiting you will want to reserve your tickets beforehand.
5. Swim at the Provo Rec Center: The Provo Recreation Pool is fun indoors and out. There is a great kid area for playing, as well as two water slides. And if you don’t want to put on sunscreen, you can play at the indoor area.
6. Splash at the Provo Splash Pad: This splash pad is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and it sprays a huge amount of water. If you need a place to cool off, this is a great spot. There is also a playground, bathrooms, shady areas, and a pavilion. Visit this post here for a huge list of Utah Splash Pads.
7. Enjoy the Provo River at Paul Ream Wilderness Park: This little park offers a great spot to begin walking along the Provo River. You can also spend time feeding the ducks at the pond in the park, or walking through the trails in the trees. It’s a little bit of wilderness right near the 1-15 in Provo.
8. Remember the Pioneers. Provo Pioneer Village: is run by the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. This village has pioneer buildings, and there are people representing the pioneer times. You can play pioneer games, watch the blacksmith forge tools, and much more. This is a free spot that is worth visiting for a little history. The Provo Daughters of the Pioneer Museum is also right next door.
9. Climb at Funtopia: Our boys always ask to visit this unique climbing place. There are lots of places to climb, and it’s designed for beginners. The ropes are self-belaying meaning that once you get to the top, you just let go and it slowly lowers you to the ground. There is a fun slide and a few jumps to try, too. If you are a more serious rock climber, you can check out Momentum Climbing next door. Funtopia is located in Lehi.
10. Play at Neptune Park: This park is a ton of fun for all ages, and even adults love climbing the rope pyramid. There are toys for smaller ages, lots of grass, bathrooms, basketball courts with short and tall hoops, and a big shady pavilion.
11. Visit Thanksgiving Point: Thanksgiving Point is definitely a highlight in Utah County. With four different venues to visit, there is something for everyone. You can purchase a day pass and visit all of the museums, or pick one to explore all day. Museum of Natural Curiosity is great for playing as a family, Museum of Ancient Life is for dinosaur enthusiasts, Farm County for the animal lovers, and the Ashton Gardens are wonderful for a beautiful stroll through thousands of different plants.
12. Hike Battlecreek Falls: We love Battlecreek Falls because it offers a beautiful waterfall no matter the season, and it is an easy 1.5 mile hike. We have taken children of all ages up to this waterfall, and we love getting right up under the spray on those hot summer days. You'll also want to check this post on Utah Outdoor activities about hiking it in the winter.
13. See an Arch: Who knew that there was an arch right here in Utah County? About 20 minutes from downtown Provo, you can find an arch at the Red Ledges Picnic Area. This is a fun place to explore, but there is little shade.
14. Walk through Cabela’s: Cabela’s is a famous outfitting store for outdoor adventures, but it also has lots of taxidermied animals to view. There are huge fish tanks, and a small pond with fish to feed. You can sample some delicious fudge, and if you want to spend a few dollars, you can take your chance at the target range. This is a fun free spot that the kids always enjoy.
15. Be together at All Together Playground in Orem: This new playground is built for children of all abilities. It has a beautiful smooth surface so that all children are welcome. It also has a lot of fun toys to run and climb on, two ziplines, and a fun merry go round.
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