Travel with Children

Salt Lake is a child-friendly city if ever there was one. The wonderful hands-on exhibits at the Discovery Gateway stimulate imaginations and senses.

Kids can help farmhands milk cows, churn butter and feed animals at Wheeler Historic Farm, which dates from 1886. There's also blacksmithing, quilting and hay rides in summer.

More than 800 animals inhabit zones such as the Asian Highlands on the landscaped 42-acre grounds at Hogle Zoo. Daily animal encounter programs help kids learn more about their favorite species.

Tracy Aviary lets little ones toss fish to the pelicans as one of its interactive programs and performances. More than 400 winged creatures from around the world call this bird park home.

With 55 acres of gardens, a full-scale working and petting farm, golf course, giant movie theater, museum, dining, shopping and ice-cream parlor, what doesn't Thanksgiving Point, located in Lehi, have? The on-site Museum of Ancient Life is one of the highest-tech and most hands-on dinosaur museums in the state. Kids can dig for their own bones, dress up a dinosaur or play in a watery Silurian reef. Lehi is 28 miles south of downtown SLC; to get there take exit 287 off I-15.