If you have heard of Heber Valley then you have probably know about some of our major attractions like the Heber Valley Railroad, also known as the Heber Creeper or the Homestead Crater. Heber Valley is a cool place to bring kids because you don’t have to drive very far to get here and there is so much to do.
Whether you have more of a laid-back style of vacationing or an action-packed adventure trip, there will be plenty to get your crew moving while you are here. Here are our top ten things to do with kids in Heber Valley:
This can be done year-round. The hours are slightly longer between May – September. Try out a fun themed train with Princesses and Pirates, Dinosaurs, Wild West Days, Wizarding, the Easter Train, or even the North Pole Express Train. Or ride one of the daily scenic trains and be entertained by train robbers and musicians.
The Wasatch Mountain State Park is open year-round, seven days a week. The Visitors Center has a great fishing pond, a picnic area, a playground, and of course, ducks! Grab some duck friendly food in the Visitors Center and have fun feeding the ducks – they love it. You may even be lucky enough see some ducklings.
This is one of the places Heber Valley is known for and their shakes are AMAZING. They have some fun seasonal shakes and all the traditional flavors like gummy bears and Oreo. They even have a true gluten free kids menu. What other fast-food restaurants can say that? Not to mention the cool train that runs throughout the restaurant.
**Bucket list activity alert!** Where else in the world can you swim inside of a calcite dome in mineral rich 95-degree water than Midway, Utah? The Homestead Crater is a 55’ tall calcite dome that encloses a mineral rich hot-spring. The water in the Crater is circulated underground and heated miles below the earth’s surface. It’s so COOL!
This will take you back to the roots of Heber Valley. Heber Valley spent most of its early history in agriculture. Farming was not great due to the short growing season, so the early settlers relied more on cattle and sheep. The Kohler Creamery is one of the working dairy’s operating in Heber Valley today. They are open Monday – Saturday for Farm Tours, fresh cheese curd and Aggie’s Ice Cream. You can even participate in a Cheese Tasting or a Mozzarella Making Class. The kids love feeding the baby calves. And be sure to plan around Baby Animal Days in April – it’s a hit!
Make a splash year-round. The nearby lakes, Deer Creek Reservoir and Jordanelle Reservoir are a hit in the summertime. Both have sandy beaches, picnic areas, camping, and family friendly amenities. The water temperature in early July is usually somewhere around 60 degrees. If you prefer to swim in a heated pool the Wasatch County Aquatics Center is a great place for families. The Aquatic Center has an activity pool for younger children and a lap pool with a wibit (an inflatable waterpark), and an outdoor splash pad that’s open during the summer.
This is a great option if you are looking to stay active on a rainy, scorching, or maybe even a nice day. The Wasatch County Rec Center has volleyball, basketball, soccer fields, pickleball, racquetball, batting cages, an indoor track, and a golf simulator. Not only does this facility have all this cool space – they even have rentals for most sports.
If you are visiting Heber Valley between May and October Cascade Springs is a great option for kids. This beautiful trail is completely paved and winds through a natural spring of cascading waterfalls, creeks, and ponds. There are storyboards throughout explaining the habitat and the wildlife that frequents the area. There is parking and restrooms but be prepared to pay a day use fee.
The Ice Castle is a unique and magnificent structure made completely from ice. The Ice Castles usually open in Heber Valley late December and stay open through mid-February. The opening and closing dates are very weather dependent and subject to change. You should plan on a good hour to explore the ice castles tunnels, caverns, waterfalls, and statues. Be sure to wear waterproof boots and dress warm. If you want a really cool experience book your tickets for about 30 minutes before sunset. The daytime experience at the Ice Castle is completely different from the nighttime experience. Be sure to get your reservations in advance, tickets for the Ice Castle will sell out.
Four or five lanes of epic tubing can be found at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. This venue was originally home to the Nordic skiing competition during the 2002 winter Olympics. While there are still plenty of Nordic ski races happening, there is also an amazing tubing experience that was created with the magical snow making machines that are also used for the Nordic ski trails. Soldier Hollow tubing opens mid-December and usually last through mid-March. This is another venue that requires reservations. If you are planning to come during a holiday weekend, be sure to plan well in advance. Dress warm, and do not forget to drag your feet at the cones!
This is a bonus for all the moms out there. Swiss Days is one of Heber Valley's most popular events all year. This event takes place the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day every year. This is an annual celebration in Midway City and includes hundreds of craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment, a run, a parade, and a pancake breakfast. If you are in town this weekend, do not miss Swiss Days.
Hike the trails at Dutch Hollow, this area is especially great to hike in the spring and fall. Most of the trail is south facing so it dries up quick and gets a lot of sunshine. The views from this trailhead are amazing.
Heber Valley has been the place for families to go for several generations because of the laid-back atmosphere, the amazing scenery, the moderate temperatures, and the close proximity to the Wasatch Front. We hope you enjoy your stay and please come again.