Summer is here in Southern Utah and the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and you’re more than likely looking for some exciting, family-friendly activities you can enjoy with the kids. 

The great thing about Utah is the abundance of incredible national parks and conservation areas, as well as indoor parks and museums that are a great way to get out of the house and have an adventure. 

Southern Utah and its encompassing areas are truly widely known as the ultimate paradise for nature lovers and those who love anything to do with the great outdoors. 

Check out these 4 fun, family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities you can enjoy with the entire family in Southern Utah this summer. 

Zion National Park 

This beautiful, world renowned national park was absolutely essential to mention. With its countless lookout points, rivers, hiking opportunities, and more, Zion National Park should be a priority on anyone’s list. 

The fact that thousands of people come from all over the world every year to visit this breathtaking natural wonder just goes to show how much of a perfect summer and year-round spot to visit, this is. 

As it is, of course, absolutely free, this makes for another reason as to why Zion National Park is truly a national treasure. 

The beauty of the towering red rock formations, the encompassing greenery of the forestry, and the sound of the running rivers make this a perfect spot to spend the entire day at with the family. 

Not to mention the sight of beautiful wildlife that will have both you and the kids in awe. 

Red Hills Desert Garden

The very first desert conservation garden in Utah – Red Hills Desert Garden is a breathtaking, sprawling 5 acre garden featuring thousands of beautiful plants. 

Located in St. George, this beautiful garden escape is a project worked on closely with the Washington County Water Conservancy District, the City of St. George, and the Virgin River Program. 

Having been opened in the spring of 2015, since then this incredible desert oasis has been visited by thousands of people to witness its beauty. 

With a large, gorgeous stream brimming with native and endangered fish species and over 5,000 plants, your kids will have a blast as they also view the prehistoric dinosaur tracks found onsite.

St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site 

An amazing specialty, natural history museum located at Johnson Farm in St. George, this remarkable museum is a treat for the entire family, especially lovers of dinosaurs. 

With thousands of dinosaur footprints preserved at the original site of discovery, this fossil site and history museum showcases a 200 million-year-old ecosystem that was once homes to incredible creatures. 

The life-sized models of one of a kind prehistoric animals and dinosaurs will not only have the kids in awe, but the entire family as you traverse through a world of astounding history. 

Those who are hard at work at the museum are warm, friendly, and passionate to teach you a thing or two about the wonders that prehistoric living brought forth to the world. 

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