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Amusement Parks In Utah: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

12/02/2011 12:43 pm ET | Updated Dec 07, 2011

Amusement parks in Utah offer plenty of traditional fare as well as bona fide outdoor amusements -- as in, on mountaintops. Whether you're simply looking for a thrill or want to drink in some scenery, any one of Utah's parks has precisely what you're after. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Utah amusement parks.

Park City Mountain Resort


In the winter, Park City Mountain Resort is known for being one of the most accessible mountain resorts in North America among skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. But there's still plenty to do at the park after the snow melts, including hiking, mountain biking and several outdoor rides that give visitors spectacular views of the park's more than 3,300 acres of terrain.

Signature Ride

Park City's Alpine Coaster has an elevated track that winds you through more than a mile of loops, curves and hairpin curves at speeds up to 30 miles per hour and Park City's Alpine Slide is one of the longest slides in the world with over 3,000 feet of luge-like track. There are four such tracks to choose from.

Zip Away

Park City's ZipRider propels guests on zip lines 110 feet above the park's ski runs at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. The Adventure Zone features a climbing wall, bouldering zone and spider web climbing area for guests 36 to 54 inches in height. Hiking, miniature golf and horseback riding are also available for guests of all ages.

When Hunger Strikes

There are five places to grab a bite on the mountain: Summit House, Snow Hut, Mid-Mountain Lodge, Cobra Dogs and The Viking Yurt. The base area has three: Legends Bar & Grill, Legacy Cafe and Kristi's Coffee Cafe.

Safety Record

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, in 2009 one person was critically injured while skiing at the resort.

Address: 1345 Lowell Ave., Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 800-222-PARK (7275)
Hours: The park is open May through October. Hours vary, so please check the website for more information.
Price: Guests 54 inches and taller All-In-One Alpine Pass, $70; guests under 54 inches, $35. ZipRider rides are an additional $5 per ride. Combination passes are also available.

Lagoon Park


Lagoon Park boasts, "It's what fun is!" To be sure, the park, located just 17 miles north of Salt Lake City, is celebrating its 125th birthday in 2011. On hand, there will be new attractions and old favorites alike for thrill-seekers of all ages.

Signature Attraction

In 2011, Lagoon introduced BomBora, a new roller coaster that it says features sudden drops, banked turns and compound spirals. The 16-seat train can accommodate adults or children and has onboard audio and lighting to intensify the experience. Its restraints holds riders at the waist, which Lagoon says, provides "exhilarating upper body freedom during the ride."

Rides And Scares

Lagoon boasts more than 45 rides, including a carousel, bumper cars, rocking gondolas, haunted rides and log flumes. Its X-Venture Zone attractions, like the Catapult and Sky Coaster, are for those seeking an extra thrill. Pioneer Village features the recreation of a typical frontier community. And Lagoon-A-Beach is a surf-and-slide water park. From Sept. 23 to Oct. 29, the park transforms itself into Frightmares, which, by day, features the child-friendly Scary & Crow's Straw Maze and Spook-A-Boo Walk-Thru and, by night, has much scarier fare, like Psycho Dave's Salvage Yard and Lockdown.

Grab A Bite

Food runs the gamut from meals to snacks, sweets and drinks, burgers, fries, sandwiches, pizza, chicken, tacos, nachos, corn dogs, pretzels, cotton candy, caramel apple, popcorn, churros, ice cream, ICEEs and funnel cake. You'll also find Arby's there.

Safety Record

Our research reveals that a computer glitch caused one of the rides to malfunction in 2002. During the mishap, 28 riders were stranded 10 feet above the ground, but all were safely brought to the ground. No riders were injured.

Address: 375 Lagoon Drive, Farmington, UT 84025
Phone: 801-451-8000
Hours: The park is open April to October. Weekdays, it is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekends, it is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: Guests 51 inches and taller, $43.95; Guests 50 inches and under, $38.95; Guests 65 and older, $38.95; Guests 3 and younger, $27.95; children 2 and younger, free if they're not going on any rides.

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