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Steven’s FUN IN LAYTON Guidebook

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Steven’s FUN IN LAYTON Guidebook

Amusement Park
LAGOON AMUSEMENT PARK – [8 miles away] Lagoon is a privately owned amusement park in Farmington, Utah. It has ten roller coasters, five of which are unique; Colossus the Fire Dragon, the last Schwarzkopf Double Looping coaster still in operation in the United States; Roller Coaster, one of the oldest coasters in the world operating since 1921; Wicked, designed by Lagoon's engineering department and Werner Stengel in cooperation with ride manufacturer Zierer; BomBora, a family coaster designed in-house; and Cannibal, built in-house with one of the world's steepest drops. It has a river rapids ride, kiddie-rides, the old-fashioned "dark" or spooky rides, shows, places to eat, an old western town, and more.
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Lagoon Amusement Park
375 Lagoon Drive
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LAGOON AMUSEMENT PARK – [8 miles away] Lagoon is a privately owned amusement park in Farmington, Utah. It has ten roller coasters, five of which are unique; Colossus the Fire Dragon, the last Schwarzkopf Double Looping coaster still in operation in the United States; Roller Coaster, one of the oldest coasters in the world operating since 1921; Wicked, designed by Lagoon's engineering department and Werner Stengel in cooperation with ride manufacturer Zierer; BomBora, a family coaster designed in-house; and Cannibal, built in-house with one of the world's steepest drops. It has a river rapids ride, kiddie-rides, the old-fashioned "dark" or spooky rides, shows, places to eat, an old western town, and more.
[4 miles away] We love the lazy river in the summer, so refreshing. A number of fun slides for adults and teens, and plenty of kid-friendly splash pads, including a pirates cove. Miniature golf, maze, climbing rocks, picnic areas, and more. We've had two family reunions here with barbecues. But it's the lazy river that brings us back for return trips!
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Cherry Hill
1325 South Main Street
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[4 miles away] We love the lazy river in the summer, so refreshing. A number of fun slides for adults and teens, and plenty of kid-friendly splash pads, including a pirates cove. Miniature golf, maze, climbing rocks, picnic areas, and more. We've had two family reunions here with barbecues. But it's the lazy river that brings us back for return trips!
Sightseeing
ANTELOPE ISLAND – [15 miles away] Antelope Island State Park is a Utah state park open for year-round recreation and features an abundant wildlife population, including one of the largest free roaming herds of American bison in the U.S. An effort to reintroduce pronghorn to the park has been a success. Other animals at the park include bighorn sheep, mule deer and a wide variety of waterfowl, wading birds and small mammals and reptiles. The park, at an elevation of 5,308 feet, was established in 1969 when the northern portions of the island were designated as a state park. VERY IMPORTANT: Bring insect repellent. Without insect repellent, at certain times of the year you will be miserable. This is why such a gorgeous place is at times virtually empty...the bugs. Antelope Island is beautiful but the bugs are very intense in spring and fall. A cooler temperature, even chilly, is ironically probably a better time to go, or else when it's hotter than 90 degrees. You could always do a car tour and drive around and see the bison and pronghorn, rolling down your window to take pictures. We've been to Antelope Island many times and have had some awesome experiences where we took stunning, absolutely stunning, pictures of wildlife and were able to walk and explore and enjoy. But we've also had a few experiences where we came home covered with itchy bites on our scalps and necks--and we so miserable we swore we'd never go back. SO...go when its chilly enough to wear a coat, like a sunny day in late February or early March, and/or bring really good bug spray.
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Antelope Island
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ANTELOPE ISLAND – [15 miles away] Antelope Island State Park is a Utah state park open for year-round recreation and features an abundant wildlife population, including one of the largest free roaming herds of American bison in the U.S. An effort to reintroduce pronghorn to the park has been a success. Other animals at the park include bighorn sheep, mule deer and a wide variety of waterfowl, wading birds and small mammals and reptiles. The park, at an elevation of 5,308 feet, was established in 1969 when the northern portions of the island were designated as a state park. VERY IMPORTANT: Bring insect repellent. Without insect repellent, at certain times of the year you will be miserable. This is why such a gorgeous place is at times virtually empty...the bugs. Antelope Island is beautiful but the bugs are very intense in spring and fall. A cooler temperature, even chilly, is ironically probably a better time to go, or else when it's hotter than 90 degrees. You could always do a car tour and drive around and see the bison and pronghorn, rolling down your window to take pictures. We've been to Antelope Island many times and have had some awesome experiences where we took stunning, absolutely stunning, pictures of wildlife and were able to walk and explore and enjoy. But we've also had a few experiences where we came home covered with itchy bites on our scalps and necks--and we so miserable we swore we'd never go back. SO...go when its chilly enough to wear a coat, like a sunny day in late February or early March, and/or bring really good bug spray.
GREAT SALT LAKE SHORELAND PRESERVE – [6 miles away] Great Place to view the Marshes on the edge of the Great salt Lake. Place for Bird watching. An easy walk on the wooden boardwalk with two viewing structures. Unimpeded views on the mountains. Several signs letting you know the history, bird population and purpose for this preserve. Clean Bathrooms, but no other services. Bring water and binoculars. Great place for 1 to 2 hours of viewing the area. Best times to see wild life are early in the day or late in the day, before sunset when all the birds and wild life are feeding. Many plants adapted to the higher salt content of the water running off from the mountains. Gorgeous views from the "castle" about halfway down the walk. Great for folks who really don't know much about why we need this land for birds and animals migrating from Way up north to way down in Central America
The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve
41 S 3200 W
GREAT SALT LAKE SHORELAND PRESERVE – [6 miles away] Great Place to view the Marshes on the edge of the Great salt Lake. Place for Bird watching. An easy walk on the wooden boardwalk with two viewing structures. Unimpeded views on the mountains. Several signs letting you know the history, bird population and purpose for this preserve. Clean Bathrooms, but no other services. Bring water and binoculars. Great place for 1 to 2 hours of viewing the area. Best times to see wild life are early in the day or late in the day, before sunset when all the birds and wild life are feeding. Many plants adapted to the higher salt content of the water running off from the mountains. Gorgeous views from the "castle" about halfway down the walk. Great for folks who really don't know much about why we need this land for birds and animals migrating from Way up north to way down in Central America
ADAMS CANYON TRAIL – [2 miles to entrance] Great semi-challenging hike with waterfalls, streams, and beautiful views. Bring water. Can be popular on weekends. Great place to view the sunset. Don’t get caught after dark without a flashlight.
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Adams Canyon
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ADAMS CANYON TRAIL – [2 miles to entrance] Great semi-challenging hike with waterfalls, streams, and beautiful views. Bring water. Can be popular on weekends. Great place to view the sunset. Don’t get caught after dark without a flashlight.
We love to go walking and running at this park in the mornings. We see baby ducks, squirrels, geese, waterfalls, and just enjoy nature. We love our city park.
Layton Commons Park
437 N Wasatch Dr
We love to go walking and running at this park in the mornings. We see baby ducks, squirrels, geese, waterfalls, and just enjoy nature. We love our city park.
Museums
HILL AIR FORCE BASE MUSEUM – [10 miles away] Hill Aerospace Museum, located in Roy, Utah, is a U.S. Air Force museum that is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. The museum is located off Interstate 15 and is near Hill Air Force Base. The museum, founded in 1981 and moved to its current location in 1991, displays over 90 aircraft from around the world, in addition to a variety of munitions, equipment, auxiliary vehicles, and other items of historical interest.
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Hill Aerospace Museum
7961 Wardleigh Rd
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HILL AIR FORCE BASE MUSEUM – [10 miles away] Hill Aerospace Museum, located in Roy, Utah, is a U.S. Air Force museum that is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. The museum is located off Interstate 15 and is near Hill Air Force Base. The museum, founded in 1981 and moved to its current location in 1991, displays over 90 aircraft from around the world, in addition to a variety of munitions, equipment, auxiliary vehicles, and other items of historical interest.
ECCLES DINOSAUR PARK – [15 miles away] Animatronic dinosaurs, several display rooms, and then a park filled with countless impressive life-sized dinosaur replicas. A walk back in time. Children who love dinosaurs will LOVE it!
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Ogden's George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park
1544 Park Boulevard
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ECCLES DINOSAUR PARK – [15 miles away] Animatronic dinosaurs, several display rooms, and then a park filled with countless impressive life-sized dinosaur replicas. A walk back in time. Children who love dinosaurs will LOVE it!
[12 miles away] Ogden has taken a beautiful, grand building and repurposed it to house several museums - railway museum, firearms museum, local art gallery, Western museum and car museum - and don’t forget the beautiful murals in the station waiting area. Outside are several railway cars and locomotives including a massive snow plow train. The railway museum provides a comprehensive historical timeline of the construction of the Transcontinental railway. There is a fantastic model train display that is sure to delight children and adults alike. The car collection contains some really old beautiful icons (Lincoln, Cadillac, Packard, etc.) that are kept in pristine condition. Allow yourself two hours to see these museums. Staff is friendly and happy to answer any questions you may have. The admission fee (adult is $7) is an excellent value.
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Ogden Union Station
2501 Wall Avenue
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[12 miles away] Ogden has taken a beautiful, grand building and repurposed it to house several museums - railway museum, firearms museum, local art gallery, Western museum and car museum - and don’t forget the beautiful murals in the station waiting area. Outside are several railway cars and locomotives including a massive snow plow train. The railway museum provides a comprehensive historical timeline of the construction of the Transcontinental railway. There is a fantastic model train display that is sure to delight children and adults alike. The car collection contains some really old beautiful icons (Lincoln, Cadillac, Packard, etc.) that are kept in pristine condition. Allow yourself two hours to see these museums. Staff is friendly and happy to answer any questions you may have. The admission fee (adult is $7) is an excellent value.
[30 minutes away] For more than 50 years, Clark Planetarium, formerly the Hansen Planetarium, has been Salt Lake’s go-to destination for visitors of all ages who want to discover and learn about space and science. We engage audiences inside our walls and across the State of Utah in the creative process that is science through educational outreach, hands-on exhibits, on-site programming, and our IMAX and dome theatres.
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Clark Planetarium
110 400 West
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[30 minutes away] For more than 50 years, Clark Planetarium, formerly the Hansen Planetarium, has been Salt Lake’s go-to destination for visitors of all ages who want to discover and learn about space and science. We engage audiences inside our walls and across the State of Utah in the creative process that is science through educational outreach, hands-on exhibits, on-site programming, and our IMAX and dome theatres.
Local Fun Spot
LAYTON SURF ‘N SWIM- [1 mile away] Great day at the pool when everyone is enjoying themselves. Shallow enough for young children to play in the water. You can also rent a tube and ride the 'waves' that come on every so often. The atmosphere is super relaxing and laid back. They also allow food and drinks which is fantastic when you dont want to pay for concessions.
Layton City Surf 'n Swim
465 N Wasatch Dr
LAYTON SURF ‘N SWIM- [1 mile away] Great day at the pool when everyone is enjoying themselves. Shallow enough for young children to play in the water. You can also rent a tube and ride the 'waves' that come on every so often. The atmosphere is super relaxing and laid back. They also allow food and drinks which is fantastic when you dont want to pay for concessions.
[30 minutes away] The Gateway mall is an outdoor mall with shopping, dancing water fountains, impressive murals, and many places to explore. There's a food court and candy shop, live performances, and children's museum. Clark Planetarium is here. It's one of our FAVORITE places and we go often!
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The Gateway
400 West 100 South
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[30 minutes away] The Gateway mall is an outdoor mall with shopping, dancing water fountains, impressive murals, and many places to explore. There's a food court and candy shop, live performances, and children's museum. Clark Planetarium is here. It's one of our FAVORITE places and we go often!
[5 Minutes Away] Not all escape rooms are great. This one ROCKS. We LOVE the log cabin escape room, and the haunted hotel. They have excellent decor and cool visual effects. Super fun to book for your group! Never done an escape room? You're put into a "story" of being trapped somewhere and you have a limited time to get out. Use ingenuity, teamwork, and smarts to escape! Note: You cannot just show up. Must book your room on their website.
Great Room Escape
525 Ring Road
[5 Minutes Away] Not all escape rooms are great. This one ROCKS. We LOVE the log cabin escape room, and the haunted hotel. They have excellent decor and cool visual effects. Super fun to book for your group! Never done an escape room? You're put into a "story" of being trapped somewhere and you have a limited time to get out. Use ingenuity, teamwork, and smarts to escape! Note: You cannot just show up. Must book your room on their website.
A great place to shop, get a bite to eat, and sit by the water fountain show. It's no Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel fountain, but it's refreshing and a fun day out.
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Station Park
844 W Clark Ln
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A great place to shop, get a bite to eat, and sit by the water fountain show. It's no Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel fountain, but it's refreshing and a fun day out.
Almost walking distance away, this beautiful golf course is very tempting!
Valley View Golf Course
2501 East Gentile Street
Almost walking distance away, this beautiful golf course is very tempting!
Local Historic
LAYTON VIETNAM MEMORIAL – [1 mile away] This is an incredible memorial to the 58,317 young men and women lost to the Vietnam War. It offers a solemn place and atmosphere of closure for those still trying to make it home. There are 8 benches along the walk-way, each dedicated to one of the women on the Wall. It is the fulfillment of a promise that a Vietnam Veteran made when he left Vietnam in 1967 - that the world will never forget what we did there - the dedication, loyalty and service with integrity of each and every service man or woman who served during the Vietnam War. All names are on the Wall - same panel and location as the original in D.C. You can arrange for a Vietnam Veteran to meet you at the Wall to talk to you about it development and construction and to help you find a loved one or acquaintance on the Wall. Go to the Layton City, Utah website and find out how to arrange a tour or a veteran to join with you at the Wall. It is emotional to many - it is absolutely incredible.
Layton City Vietnam Memorial Wall
508 Constitution Circle
LAYTON VIETNAM MEMORIAL – [1 mile away] This is an incredible memorial to the 58,317 young men and women lost to the Vietnam War. It offers a solemn place and atmosphere of closure for those still trying to make it home. There are 8 benches along the walk-way, each dedicated to one of the women on the Wall. It is the fulfillment of a promise that a Vietnam Veteran made when he left Vietnam in 1967 - that the world will never forget what we did there - the dedication, loyalty and service with integrity of each and every service man or woman who served during the Vietnam War. All names are on the Wall - same panel and location as the original in D.C. You can arrange for a Vietnam Veteran to meet you at the Wall to talk to you about it development and construction and to help you find a loved one or acquaintance on the Wall. Go to the Layton City, Utah website and find out how to arrange a tour or a veteran to join with you at the Wall. It is emotional to many - it is absolutely incredible.
Food scene
Old fashioned burgers and shakes with a 50s diner theme. This is a historic restaurant in Layton that often has "Car Shows" in the summer. You'll see dozens of the coolest, craziest cars around, hear fifties music and enjoy a burger and fries.
Burger Stop
323 East Gentile Street
Old fashioned burgers and shakes with a 50s diner theme. This is a historic restaurant in Layton that often has "Car Shows" in the summer. You'll see dozens of the coolest, craziest cars around, hear fifties music and enjoy a burger and fries.
This is a greasy spoon that serves gigantic scones and honeybutter, breakfast items, and traditional burgers and fries. Located right next to Burger Stop, it gets a lot of patronage from locals who like the casual atmosphere and delicious breakfast. The scones are cheap, huge, and delicious. Usually a small wait because the locals love it.
Sill's Cafe
335 East Gentile Street
This is a greasy spoon that serves gigantic scones and honeybutter, breakfast items, and traditional burgers and fries. Located right next to Burger Stop, it gets a lot of patronage from locals who like the casual atmosphere and delicious breakfast. The scones are cheap, huge, and delicious. Usually a small wait because the locals love it.
If you like wings of every flavor and level of spicy, this place is for you.
Buffalo Wild Wings
695 Ring Rd
If you like wings of every flavor and level of spicy, this place is for you.
Most people know that the Steaks here are delicious. Warm homemade bread to your heart's desire.
Texas Roadhouse
Most people know that the Steaks here are delicious. Warm homemade bread to your heart's desire.
This is Steve and Kris's favorite go-to when we're in the mood for Thai. It's usually quiet, with NO wait, but the food is delicious. Steve loves the drunken noodle, and Kris loves the noodle soups.
Pad Thai Thai Cuisine
1986 North Hill Field Road
This is Steve and Kris's favorite go-to when we're in the mood for Thai. It's usually quiet, with NO wait, but the food is delicious. Steve loves the drunken noodle, and Kris loves the noodle soups.
If you like healthy but delicious food, Zupas won't disappoint. It has protein bowls with meats and rices, plus salads and soups that are very satisfying.
Café Zupas
748 Antelope Drive
If you like healthy but delicious food, Zupas won't disappoint. It has protein bowls with meats and rices, plus salads and soups that are very satisfying.
This is Kris's favorite lunch spot. The steak bowls are SO SO good. Choose noodles or white/brown rice.
Teriyaki Grill
210 South Fort Lane
This is Kris's favorite lunch spot. The steak bowls are SO SO good. Choose noodles or white/brown rice.
Utah has gone wild with these custom soda shops, where you choose your base soda (Dr. Pepper, Coke, Pepsi, Rootbeer, Sprite etc.) and add mix-ins like cherry, vanilla, raspberry, cream, coconut, and more. This particular joint is one of the originals, right next to Cafe Sills, a well-known Layton greasy spoon and Burger Stop, a Layton favorite 50's burger/shake shop that hosts huge car shows in the summer. It is a TINY place, and most people use the drive-thru. Plan on four cars in front of you at least; it's very popular. Or you can go into the shop which is sometimes faster. They also sell homemade cookies in various flavors--choc chip, peanut butter, sugar, etc. that are delicious. Definitely a fun pit stop for a sweet pick-me-up.
Twisted Sugar
377 East Gentile Street
Utah has gone wild with these custom soda shops, where you choose your base soda (Dr. Pepper, Coke, Pepsi, Rootbeer, Sprite etc.) and add mix-ins like cherry, vanilla, raspberry, cream, coconut, and more. This particular joint is one of the originals, right next to Cafe Sills, a well-known Layton greasy spoon and Burger Stop, a Layton favorite 50's burger/shake shop that hosts huge car shows in the summer. It is a TINY place, and most people use the drive-thru. Plan on four cars in front of you at least; it's very popular. Or you can go into the shop which is sometimes faster. They also sell homemade cookies in various flavors--choc chip, peanut butter, sugar, etc. that are delicious. Definitely a fun pit stop for a sweet pick-me-up.
Neighborhoods
This road has all your favorite restaurants including: Chik-fil-a, Cafe Rio, 5 Guys, Menchies (Frozen Yogurt), The Habit, Noodles & Company, Rumbi Island Grill, Kneaders, Jimmy Johns, and many, many more!
Antelope Drive
This road has all your favorite restaurants including: Chik-fil-a, Cafe Rio, 5 Guys, Menchies (Frozen Yogurt), The Habit, Noodles & Company, Rumbi Island Grill, Kneaders, Jimmy Johns, and many, many more!