St. George is one of Utah’s most-visited cities with its famous red rocks and unbeatable weather. It’s an extremely toddler-friendly place, with activities that range from indoor to outdoor excursions close to town.
Here are our top 10 toddler friendly things to get out and enjoy while visiting St. George, Utah:
1: St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm
Escape the heat and enter an indoor 200 Million-year-old ecosystem where dinosaurs, fish, and plants once called home. Life-sized models of prehistoric animals are sure to capture your attention, not to mention the hundreds of fossils displayed throughout. To help younger children learn and enjoy the museum, they offer scavenger hunts with “dino” prizes, hands-on activities in their Classroom, and an outdoor play area in their Dino Park. Bring a sack lunch and make a day out of it! Free parking available.
2: St. George Town Square
If you are not familiar with downtown St. George, Town Square is right in the heart of the city. A wonderful way to spend a day is in Town Square, where there are options for everyone in the family! Town Square is a very popular location for community events such as the St. George Art Festival held annually on Easter weekend and Summer Movies. Shops, great restaurants, museums, historic buildings, candy and ice cream shops, and even a carousel, are all within walking distance of Town Square. Free parking is available at the Town Square Park, a large parking lot.
3: Thunder Junction Park
Location: 1851 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770
A Splash pad is the perfect way to beat the heat in St. George! At Thunder Junction Park not only do they offer water activities, they offer a dinosaur themed playground, climbing wall, an “erupting” volcano, and a roaring C.P. Huntington 1/4-scale train on a 2,700-foot track that’s only $1 a ride. The train is available to ride 11am-5pm. Open seven days a week, free admission, this is a great activity for slow Sunday afternoons. Free parking available.
4: Weeping Rock Hiking Trail
Location: Zion National Park
Get out and enjoy the many beautiful views the St. George area has to offer! This exceptionally family friendly hike is the shortest trail in Zion National Park. Mostly paved, this is safely accessible for your little ones to enjoy. This trail is available to hike all year long; and offers access to a stream that is very popular with children. Water fill stations and restrooms are located at the start of the trial. Relish the relaxing 45 to 50-minute drive from St. George and witness the beautiful sights rural Southern Utah has to offer. Parking available right outside of trail, but the Zion Canyon Shuttle is available, and Weeping Rock Trail is the 7th stop on their route.
5: Fiesta Fun Family Center
Location: 171 E 1160 S, St. George, UT 84770
A local favorite, the Fiesta Fun Center is a great place for all day fun. Newly renovated and with the addition of new attractions, it makes a great place to entertain kids of all ages. Featuring 20 lanes of bowling, laser tag, a miniature golf-course, and kiddie-karts designed especially for even the smallest of racers your toddlers are sure to have a blast and not miss out on any of the fun! Open 10am-11pm Monday-Thursday, 10am-12am Friday and Saturday, and 11am-9pm Sunday’s. Free parking available.
6: Washington County Urban Fishing Ponds
Location: Throughout Washington County
Washington County is full of great fishing ponds, something that goes unnoticed by visitors. Plan a peaceful morning or afternoon of fishing with your littles, conveniently located throughout town. Rainbow Trout are stocked at the ponds, but you’ll likely find Bluegill and Largemouth Bass as well. Locals remark that you’ll be able to catch a fish about every 15-25 minutes, and an average catch of about 9-10 fish, an exciting experience for younger children! Free parking available at each location.
Here are some locations for Washington County Fishing:
7: Rosenbruch World Wildlife Museum
If you are looking for an indoor safari-like experience, look no further! The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum is a world-class facility. In 35,000 square feet, it takes visitors through a quarter mile of handicap accessible mountain pathways viewing close to 300 species of wildlife in their natural habitats. After a large 2-story mountain, with two live waterfalls, you will be guided through the plains of Africa, mountains of Asia, and the forests throughout North America. Each museum visitor is provided a hand-held radio providing a personal description of each experience. The museum features a kid’s room where toddlers, and children of all ages can learn more about wildlife. All their animals were legally hunted, and revenue from their hunts is used to protect animal habitats and reduce poaching in third world countries. The Museum is open from 10am to 6pm Monday-Saturday. Free parking available.
8: White Rocks Amphitheater Trail
Location: Snow Canyon State Park
There are so many beautiful views surrounding the St. George area. Snow Canyon, a short 20 minute drive from St. George offers not only red rock, but petrified white sandstone mountains. The White Rocks Amphitheater trail features a great sand hill for kids of all ages to play in. It’s a round-trip of .4 miles, and on average take about 30 minutes to an hour, a great hike to take with the family and get those kids outdoors! Parking available at trailhead.
9: St. George Children’s Museum
A museum dedicated to capturing children’s attention, the St. George Children’s Museum offers many exhibits for your toddlers to get excited about. Featuring an Art Room for crafting. A Castle Room for dress-ups, sitting on thrones, and entering the land of fairy tales. A Desert Discovery Room designed to look just like the deserts of Utah including native insects and animals, with an interactive pulley system to haul fake rocks back and forth across the room. A Farm Room to gather eggs, plant vegetables, and even milk a cow! They also offer a Veterinarian Exhibit, Zions Bank Exhibit, Under the Sea Exhibit, Transportation Room, Theater Room, and a Science Discovery Room. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. Free parking.
10: Washington City Community Center
A well-kept facility featuring many activities for both children and adults, the Washington City Community Center is sure to be a hit with your family! Offering lap pools as well as a water slide and play area for kids, there are also courts for basketball, volleyball, and other activities. A climbing wall has multiple levels of difficulty. You’ll spend hours here without noticing! Free parking lot on premises.
Bonus Date Night Tip: Tuacahn Amphitheater
Location: 1100 Tuacahn Dr, Ivins, UT 84738
Enjoy a musical under a blanket of desert stars while surrounded by red rocks at Tuacahn Amphitheater. This theater provides on-site childcare for kids under the age of 3, making it the perfect way to spend date night without the hassle of a babysitter. Grab some popcorn and candy at the concession counter after enjoying a meal at Tuacahn Café. Showings begin mid-March and go well into December. Not only does Tuacahn offer show-stopping performances, but they have an outdoor Saturday Market where you can enjoy its wonderful surroundings in the red rock canyon while perusing local artwork, crafts, food, and free entertainment. Every market is different and new. The market hours are every Saturday, year-round (weather permitting). Winter hours are December through February 10am-2pm. Summer Hours are March through November 9am-1pm. Admission is free for Saturday market. Free parking, optional $8.00 valet parking for shows.