Top 12 kid friendly things to do in St. George, Utah

Looking for some kid-friendly things to do in St. George, Utah? 

Time to get out, and to explore while you are staying in St. George, Utah.

Luckily, St. George is an extremely kid-friendly place with a variety of things to go and do indoors or outdoors right close to town!

Here are our top 12 kid friendly things to go do in St. George, Utah:

1 – Pioneer Park & Dixie Rock

“Great for families! Fun to walk around and chase lizards. You can climb all over the red rock. Also, they have plenty of picnic tables so don’t forget to pack a lunch. They have a east and west parking lot. I like the west parking lot as they have more places to explore.”

 

People of all ages navigating the red rocks of Pioneer Park are an absolutely certain indicator of spring … or fall!

This 52-acre rustic community park is a rock climber’s paradise – a place to be explored and enjoyed … weather permitting!

From Dixie Rock (also known as the Sugarloaf), high above downtown St. George, local residents and tourists can avail themselves of breathtaking views of the St. George LDS Temple, Dixie Regional Medical Center, White Dome, Zion National Park and the Arizona Strip.

 

 

Visiting during the spring, fall or southern Utah’s moderate winter months (when even a gentle dusting of snow is rare) is usually preferable to the area’s summertime triple-digit sizzle.

Only 5 miles from beginning to end,

It is small compared to other parks and natural wonders in the area.

There are many ways to enjoy the park whether you prefer to see it through a camera lens, during a comfortable drive-thru or over several days of hiking on dozens of trails.

Although there is a bolting ban, established trails up 500-foot cliff faces attract adventurous climbers every year.

2 – St. George Children’s Museum 

“Our kids had a blast here! They especially loved the airport, grocery store, and dressing up like a princess and Dragon. We spent around three hours playing and learning with our kids. There is definitely enough to keep them entertained and happy for a long time. I would say it is worth the cost for an afternoon of fun.”

 

3 -Sand Dunes at Snow Canyon

“Great place to take the family! It’s best to go earlier in the morning before it gets too hot. The sand gets hot and it’s uncomfortable for younger kids to walk in. Jenny’s canyon is a quick hike and great place to cool off. We’ve seen lizards and bunnies running around. They also have a nice small campground”

 

Snow Canyon State Park, another of Washington County’s geologic gems, draws thousands of visitors every year to enjoy its scenic beauty, which many will remember as the Hollywood backdrop for such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Electric Horseman.

The 6-000 acre park’s beautiful geology is frequently seen in a variety of TV commercials and is now also the dramatic setting for performances by the popular recording artists, The Piano Guys because of its spectacular volcanic cones, sand dunes, deep red sandstone cliffs and twisted rock formations.

Visiting during the spring, fall or southern Utah’s moderate winter months (when even a gentle dusting of snow is rare) is usually preferable to the area’s summertime triple-digit sizzle.

Only 5 miles from beginning to end, small compared to other parks and natural wonders in the area.

There are many ways to enjoy the park whether you prefer to see it through a camera lens, during a comfortable drive-thru or over several days of hiking on dozens of trails.

Although there is a bolting ban, established trails up 500-foot cliff faces attract adventurous climbers every year.

Snow Canyon is also a favorite destination for cyclists who enjoy the park’s serene beauty after making the 1,000-foot climb from downtown St. George.

Snow Canyon State Park facilities include numerous year-round campsites with modern restrooms, hot showers, electric hookups, sewage disposal and a covered pavilion for group gatherings.

4 – Cox Pond & Brooks Nature Park 

“Great little Place. I had my wedding pictures done there.”

 

5 – St. George Town Square 

  • Location: 50 S Main St, St. George, UT 84770
  • Cost: Free
  • Review:  

“Neat little splash pad. Despite the cool weather, we were still able to play in it a bit without getting very wet. Our toddler had a blast. The whole town square part of town is a really neat place to explore.”

 

No question, our Town Square is now the envy of communities all over the state of Utah and beyond as a gathering place for fun, socializing and playing in the water on any hot summer day!

The much-maligned carousel is now a beautiful piece of locally-owned Americana and completely paid off over several years at a cost of $1 per ride.

Our Town Square, truly at the heart of downtown St. George immediately south of the St. George LDS Tabernacle, has become the centerpiece for family fun.

It is also the preferred location for large community events including the ever-popular St. George Art Festival held annually on Easter weekend.

For those of you who are not familiar with downtown St. George, Town Square is right in the heart of the city!

It is such a unique spot that just so happens to be surrounded by something for everyone and not to mention, all within walking distance!

Downtown is a perfect spot to take the whole family or your group because it gives options for everyone.

This is one of our favorite St. George Utah Family Vacation Ideas.

Here is just a handful of fun things right near Town Square:

  • Unique  & Local non-chain restaurants
  • St. George Carousel
  • Historic buildings
  • City Library
  • Children’s Museum
  • Shopping
  • Splash Pad & other water features
  • Large grass area for picnic/games
  • Shade Pavilion
  • Bronze Sculptures as featured in ‘Art Around the Corner’
  • Hiking Trails to the Red Rocks
  • Main St. Water Walk
  • Ice Cream, Old Fashioned Candy & Sodas at Judd’s

6- Fiesta Fun Center

“We love this place! We drive down from Las Vegas to get some fun in with our kids. The staff is always kind. It is a little pricey if you’re staying all day, but it’s worth it for the memories. They have bowling, mini golf, go carts for toddlers, go carts for adults, a little water bumper boat thing and, of course, an arcade with lots of games for different ages. The rides last a fair amount of time, so you never feel like you didn’t get enough for the amount of money you paid. The food is good and they even offer gluten free pizza!”

A popular local favorite site for birthday parties or good, clean family fun, the Fiesta Fun Family Center has recently undergone a renovation and the addition of some exciting new attractions.   

Spend a few hours or an entire day at 1171 E. 1180 South (approximately behind McDonald’s off Main Street) and you’ll find lots to entertain kids of all ages. 

Fiesta Family Fun Center now features 20 lanes of bowling, including 4 private lanes for uninterrupted group play for birthday parties or family reunions.  

In the B-Lounge you will be separated from the other 16 lanes, where in addition to bowling, you will also have entertainment, bathroom facilities, and comfy couches.

Laser tag at Fiesta Family Fun Center is 4000 square feet of challenging fun with an adventure-themed arena and a viewing window for those who want to watch but not play.   

You’ll have a blast pitching and put through the fun of an 18-hole miniature golf-course while enjoying fresh air and gorgeous landscape with palm trees and waterfalls!

Fiesta Family Fun’s ever-popular go-kart course will have your adrenaline pumping as you twist and turn on a 2-level track.   

On one of red rock country’s infamous hot summer days,

prepare to get wet as you navigate the waterways in a bumper boat equipped with a water cannon with a range of up to 30 feet.  

If that’s not enough fun for you…

your bumper boat is designed to bump other “sailors” under a 10’ Fiesta Fun Fountain.  

But beware, as long as you’re on the water, you are a target for the same kind of retaliation. 

Kiddie Karts, like the larger version go-karts, are designed for even the smallest racer, so don’t leave the little ones at home.  There’s plenty of fun for kids of all ages.

Fiesta Family Fun Center’s Arcade has the latest technology for the best insights and sounds.  It’s plenty noisy but also lots of fun.

And, your superstar athletes of any age will love the 7 batting cages where he or she can practice their swing at different speeds.  

Whether its fast pitch baseball or slower softball, this is the place to practice before moving onto the big leagues.

Fiesta Family Fun Center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.  On Friday and Sunday, come to play from 10 a..m. – midnight or on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

7 – Washington City Community Center 

“A large well kept facility with many activities for both kids and adults. The lifeguards were always actively watching. There is a lap pool as well as a water slide and play area for the kids. There are multiple Courts for basketball volleyball and other activities. The Climbing Wall has multiple levels of difficulty on it. The staff was friendly and eager to help with any questions.Overall an extremely good experience.”

 

8 – Washington County Urban Fishing Ponds

  • Location: All Over Washington County
  • Cost: FREE
  • Review: 

“This place is a really great small fishing pond. The fish will bite really quickly and you’ll be able to catch one about every 15-25 minutes depending on what type of bait or techniques that you use. My average catch is about a 9-10 inch fish. My best catch is a 19 inch Rainbow Trout that weighed over 2 lbs. That may not sound like a lot but it is one of the biggest fish in the pond.”

 

Washington County is fortunate enough to have a handful of local fishing holes, ponds, and creeks to escape to.

Whether you want to go on a peaceful morning by yourself and plan your day around bringing your whole family, these spots are great for both occasions.

No matter your technique, you’ll find something right up your alley.

Rainbow trout are being stocked at the ponds, but you’ll also likely find Bluegill and Largemouth Bass hanging around.

There are also occasionally fishing events held at the ponds for the kids, so we’ll keep you informed on when those are.

Some of the ponds we enjoy fishing at the most are conveniently located throughout town, so you do not have to worry about making it an all-day trip.

Here are some locations for Washington County Fisheries:

● Tawa Pond (Upper) – 2200 W. Snow Canyon Parkway, St. George
● Tawa Pond (Lower) – 2100 W. 2100 N., St. George
● Skyline Pond – 600 E. Skyline Drive, St. George
● Grandpa’s Pond/Stratton Pond (AKA Hurricane Pond) – Approx. 3700 W. 350 N., Hurricane
● Razor Ridge Pond – Telegraph St. just south of Hwy. 9, Washington
● Sullivan River Pond – 965 S. Washington Fields Rd., Washington

9 – Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum 

  • Location: 
  • Cost: $
  • Review: 

“This is the most amazing wild life museum I have ever experienced. I felt like I was on safari, all that’s needed to complete the experience is a jeep. I wished we had the grandkids with us.”

 

The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum at 1835 Convention Center Drive in St. George is:

“committed to educating the public about the history and contribution sports hunting provides to governments working to protect critical habitat and manage their wildlife resources.”

This 35,000 square foot, the world-class facility takes visitors through a quarter mile of handicap accessible mountain pathways to see up close over 300 species of wildlife in their natural habitat.

You’ll see a 2-story mountain with two live waterfalls as you wind your way through the plains of Africa, the forests of North America and the mountains of Asia and hear the audible communication of each animal over speakers scattered throughout the museum.

Each museum visitor will also be provided with a hand-held radio describing the personal experiences of the Rosenbruch family interacting with animals around the world.

All animals were legally hunted.

Revenue from their hunts is used to protect animal habitat and reduce the incidence of poaching in third world countries.

The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum also boasts a 3,000 square foot gift shop with a wide variety of wildlife merchandise at reasonable prices; cold drinks and snacks.

The museum complex also features a kids room where children can learn more about wildlife in all its forms; a gallery for art lovers; and, an exotic insect gallery.

If bugs, beetles, bears, beavers, elephants or rhinos are your bailiwick, the Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

10 – Tonaquint Nature Park 

“Love this place the ducks and the turtles one time I seen a peacock.”

 

11 – Sand Hollow State Park

“We love Sand Hollow. The water is great and the beautiful red rock surroundings make this a place unlike any other. We’ve gone several times at different times of year and there always seems to be plenty of room on the beach. There is at least one place where you can rent Jet Skis, paddle boards, watercraft, and ATVs/side-by-sides. Because it is so sandy, one of my favorite things about this place is the showers! Itçs great to get all of the sand washed off so that you don’t track it back to St. George. This is a great place for families to gather, have fun, and make memories!”

 

The sprawling 20,000-acre Sand Hollow State Park is one of the newest of Southern Utah’s scenic attractions featuring clear blue water, red sandstone cliffs, and 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted sand dunes.  

Opened for public use in April 2003, Sand Hollow State Park is already one of the most visited destinations in the Utah State Park system, finding boaters, waterskiers, fishermen, bikers, off-road vehicles, horseback riders, swimmers, hikers or picnickers enjoying their favorite activity in this absolutely spectacular setting. 

Sand Hollow is located approximately 15 miles east of St George.

Visitors should turn off I-15 at Exit 16 (Highway 9), travel east for about four miles, then turn right on Sand Hollow Road, travel south for about three miles and turn left at the park entrance.

Sand Hollow State Park is a “must see” among other nearby attractions such as Quail Creek State Park and Zion National Park, both within easy driving distance.  

But, remember…

bring water for drinking, lots of sun screen, a big brimmed hat and limit your time in the open, especially if you are going to visit this scenic wonder anytime in June, July or August!  

12 – Thunder Junction All Abilities Park

“This is an amazing park that is clean, has plenty of shade, and there’s something for everyone. It’s honestly the best children’s park I’ve ever seen. The equipment is well maintained and much if it is stuff I’ve never seen before. The bathrooms were clean, which is always nice. The only thing it doesn’t have is a big open grassy area, but that’s not why you go to this park; You go for the awesome experience you get while playing on the toys and watching others as they enjoy all the great equipment. It’s well worth the trip, and you won’t want to leave.”

 

If you’re not mindful of it, the Dixie summer sun can leave a lasting impression of your visit to our part of the country.

As we mentioned, there is quite a variety of things to do while you are here in St. George, Utah visiting that are kid-friendly activities. Next time you are in town staying with us, St. George Resort Rentals, you will see how conveniently located all of these fun activities are to the resorts! No need to worry about lots of time in the car, everything is just minutes away! Come and have a good time while the kids do too!

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    Linda Sappington

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    I’d like to make changes on this one. I’ve got other kids sites in mind.

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