Don’t let the heat and relaxed vibe of the summer keep you from having a family escape before school starts. Heber Valley is one of the top destinations for a family staycation. With endless family activities and opportunities for outdoor recreation, it’s no wonder why a Heber Valley staycation is on so many Utah families’ summer to-do lists. We have compiled a list below of some of the fun things to do and top summer destinations in Heber Valley so you can get the most out of your staycation.
The rivers, reservoirs and mountains that call Heber Valley home create an oasis for outdoor recreation. The opportunities are truly endless when it comes to the great outdoors. You can soak up the gorgeous mountain scenery while you hike, bike or explore some of the local, natural wonders like Stewart Falls or Cascade Springs.
With two reservoirs minutes away from anywhere in Heber Valley, watersports and time relaxing on the shoreline are extremely easy for any sized family. Both Jordanelle and Deer Creek Reservoir offer jet ski, boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals. Additionally, both parks offer Aqua Parks, which are essentially inflatable playgrounds on the water.
Kid Friendly Activities
If you are wanting to go on a summer adventure with the little ones, there are ample opportunities for fun for the whole family. The Heber Valley Railroad is one of the top family destinations in Heber Valley. This summer they are featuring themed rides like the Peace Train, Rock-N-Roll Train and more. This year, they are even offering a Raft ‘N Rails Ride where you can take a scenic train ride followed by a rafting trip in the Provo River.
Kohler Creamery is also a popular destination for families with kids. This summer, they are providing all sorts of kid friendly events like Touch a Tractor where kids can climb and explore the equipment used for a dairy farm. They also offer a Meet The Cows event where you can meet the special ladies who are the star of the show at the farm.
The annual Swiss Days event draws the biggest crowd Midway City sees every year over Labor Day weekend. The town square is filled with almost 200 different vendors where you can get handmade jewelry, antiques, fine art and some of the best Swiss food you can find! Between 80,000 to 100,000 people come to experience the almost 80-year-old tradition.
Homestead Resort is also one of the top destinations for families looking for a Utah staycation. The historic grounds paired with a central location makes it one of the best places to experience all that Heber Valley has to offer. The Crater at Homestead Resort draws people from all over the world. It’s the only warm scuba destination in the continental US. You can swim, float or scuba in the geothermal hot spring when you stay at Homestead Resort.
With a golf course, two pools, three hot tubs and the famous crater, many families visit Homestead Resort to experience all that it has to offer.