Winter Bucket List: Best Winter Activities In Utah When It’s Cold
There’s no sense in being cooped up inside your place all winter. There are plenty of fun things to do that will get you out and exploring the great state of Utah while it’s under a blanket of snow.
Speaking of winter activities, why not go ice skating? After all, the fun of gliding across the ice is only matched by the delicious hot chocolate you can enjoy afterwards. Here are some of Utah’s best ice skating rinks:
1. The Gallivan Center in SLC is a tradition for many Utahns.
2. Check out the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns for some fun, indoor ice skating.
3. There’s a huge facility in Cottonwood Heights (aptly named the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center).
4. Another Salt Lake County managed facility is the SLC Sports Complex.
5. The Salt Lake County Ice Center also includes public skating.
6. The Acord Ice Center in West Valley City is a good place for those who live on the west side of the valley.
Nothing like a cup of hot cocoa to warm you up this winter!
7. Everyone knows about the coffee at Jack Mormon Coffee Co., but they also make a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
8. The hot chocolate at Salt Lake Roasting Company downtown is pretty great, and tastes awesome with a sweet treat!
9. You should taste the hot chocolate at Les Madeleines.
10. There’s both coffee AND cocoa at Coffee And Cocoa in Cottonwood Heights, and trust me, they’re both excellent!
11. Take some of the hot chocolate mix from Hatch Family Chocolates home with you, and enjoy it after a long day of playing in the snow.
18. If you find yourself wandering around Christkindlmarkt at This Is The Place Heritage Park, grab a cup of Heidelberg Hot Chocolate to warm up.
19. Spicy hot chocolate from Caputos? Sign me up!
Not only can you ski and snowboard at one of Utah’s famed ski resorts, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy Utah’s winter trails on cross country skis or snowshoes:
20. Soldier Hollow has cross country skiing trails, which is the perfect weekend activity.
21. The Nordic Center at Solitude has opportunities for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in a pristine setting.
22. Experience the snowshoe trails at the Sundance Nordic Center, or try the groomed cross country trails for a great workout.
23. There are nearly 20km of groomed, cross country trails at White Pine Touring in Park City.
24. If you’re the adventurous type (and have the proper backcountry safety and avalanche equipment), check out the many trails in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, including Cecret Lake.
Would you rather escape the chilly winter air and go indoors? Here are some museums and art galleries to browse:
25. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah has over 19,000 items, and is open year-round.
26. Pioneer Memorial Museum is the place to find out more about Utah’s pioneering history.
27. Spark up your creativity and imagination at The Leonardo at Library Square.
28. See the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
29. The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art features pieces from artists all over the world, as well as collections from local artists.
We’re lucky that warmer temperatures are just a short drive away in sunny Southern Utah!
30. Check out the Tuacahn Center for the Arts.
31. The St. George Musical Theater is a community theater that features some great shows this winter.
32. The kids will love seeing the restored aircraft at the Western Aviation Museum.
Visiting one of Utah’s State Parks doesn’t only have to be a warm weather event! Here are some fun things to do outdoors this winter:
33. Stay in a Yurt at Dead Horse Point State Park.
34. There are cabins available at Steinaker State Park.
35. Think you’re ready for winter camping? Try it at Bear Lake State Park.
36. The Willard Bay State Park Interpretive Trail is a fun little winter hike.
37. Check out the Sand Dunes Trail for a winter hike at Snow Canyon State Park.