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About Me & My Family

My family and I love road trips. In fact, our annual road trip miles amount to at least 10,000 per year! We love National Parks and any place that is off the beaten path.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous
We Just Got Back From
The road (wherever it takes us), of course!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
National Parks
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
There are so many to name. We love Alta Ranch Montana. We have so many fun memories of just staying at the ranch. We never left the place and we were never bored!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
My daughter got car sick on the way to New Mexico. She puked in every state on the way. I sat in the back and caught the puke in a Ziploc bag for about 8 hours. Once we got to our destination, she was just fine and happy to be there.
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Splash Pads for cooling off kids in the Salt Lake Valley

Conquer the summer heat and head for one of these splash pads located throughout the Salt Lake Valley where kiddos are sure to get wet and cool off.


700 East 1300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah

Liberty park offers a fun-filled splash pad near the west side kids' playground. The park also offers a fountain replica of the Salt Lake valley seven canyons' water drainage located near the center of the park. This fountain becomes a "kid cooling off" play station in the hot summer months. If you need full water immersion to cool off, be sure to check out the park's swimming pool.

reviewed on: July 23 2011

"Fun in the Shade at Liberty Park"
You know a park is good when it’s time to go home and all 3 kids are sulking.  I took my kids, age 10, 7, and 2 to Liberty Park, Utah’s oldest and largest park in Salt Lake City, and all three gave this park a big thumbs up.  We tend to avoid many parks in the middle of the day in summer as there never seems to be enough shade to keep the playground equipment cool.  We discovered that the old large trees in Liberty Park provide such wonderful shade, all of the equipment stayed nice and cool.  Likewise, since Utah’s heat is dry heat, you can run around and play in the shade without getting too overheated.

There were two areas of the park that my kids liked the best.  The first of these is the playground located on the park’s west side, complete with spraying water features and swings.  This playground is definitely the most popular playground and is a bit crowded.  The second place in the park that my kids couldn’t get enough of, was the seven canyons fountain area.  This water feature is actually a replica of the Salt Lake Valley’s river drainage system.  I tried to point this out to my kids, giving them a little geology lesson, but who wants learn when there is water to wade in. Again, there were plenty of crowds to combat at this play area as well.  

There is plenty to keep you busy for an entire day at Liberty Park.  There is a paved path around, good for a walk with a stroller, tennis courts, which do lack shade, a Ferris wheel, carousel, and a small swimming pool.  If you have time, I would also recommend visiting the Tracy Aviary located at the southwest corner of the park. Parking is fairly easy to find either along the one way road that circles the park or in one of the lots near the tennis courts and aviary.  Be sure to either enter the park's one way road at 1100 south or 1300 south.  There is no access from 700 East or 600 East.  

In all, Liberty Park is worth a visit if your kiddos need a place to run around in the shade.  Just be prepared for the crowds on a hot summer day, and bring a towel and change of clothes as there are just too many tempting places to cool off.


12790 S. Brundisi Way (5230 W.)
Herriman, Utah

Cool the kiddos down in the small but fun splash pad. Open seven days a week from 9am-8pm.

reviewed on: August 31 2011

"Good Uncrowded Splash Pad Alternative"
Umbria Estates Splash Pad, a relatively unknown play park with water features and playground, is a good uncrowded place to cool off bored kids in the summer. This is a neighborhood park with a small water feature play area and playground equipment.  However, since it is relatively unknown to the wider community it stays less crowded than other larger well-known splash pads.

I took my kids aged 10, 7, and 2 to Umbria Estates Splash Pad for a picnic and a chance to cool down on a hot summer day.  The park was a bit hard to locate as it is buried within a neighborhood so I would suggest searching online for specific driving directions or using a GPS to locate it.  My kids’ first reaction to the park was disappointment as the park only contains a few small water features and the playground was tailored more to the preschool crowd.  However, once they started playing and getting wet, they did enjoy a good hour horsing around.  My 10 year old son discovered that he could control one of the water shooting mechanisms and spent some time teasing his little sisters with it.  My 2 year old did enjoy playing on the playground equipment, but my older kids felt the equipment was a little small for them.  The park has restroom facilities and a gazebo.  We did notice that the area lacks large trees and shade and it does get pretty windy in this west-side community.

In all, we had an enjoyable day playing at the Umbria Estates Splash Pad.  This park is a good alternative to other more crowded splash pads.

14070 South Rosecrest Road
Herriman, Utah

Kids will love this community splash pad; the perfect place to cool off in the hot summer sun. Open seven days a week from 7:30am - 10pm


400 South 200 West
Salt Lake City, Utah

Free, fun, and located next to shopping, restaurants, and other family fun venues. Shopping hours are: Monday-Thursday, 10 am - 9 pm Friday & Saturday, 10 am - 9 pm Sunday, 12 pm - 6 pm

3270 South 8400 West
Magna, Utah

Adjacent to this recreation center's outdoor pool, is a large fun-filled splash pad. Admission to the outdoor pool is required to enjoy this splash pad. Summer hours are: Monday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm & 7:00pm to 9:00pm Tuesday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm Wednesday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm & 7:00pm to 9:00pm Thursday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm & 7:00pm to 9:00pm Friday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm Saturday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm Sunday: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

1120 West 1100 North
North Salt Lake, Utah

The free splash pad is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor day, Monday - Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 12 to 6pm.

1651 E. Fort Union Blvd.
Cottonwood Heights, Utah

This new 11 acre park in the fort union area features a splash pad sure to cool down kiddos on the hottest of days. The new park and splash pad closes at 10pm daily.

13680 S. 3250 West
Riverton, Utah

Mix farm land, equipment and water and you get this themed splash pad and a fun-filled place to cool off with kids. Open daily 11am-7pm. Memorial Day through Labor Day


50 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Salt Lake City, Utah

Note that kids are not not allowed to play in the main fountain. However kids are allowed to splash around the small fountain to the North of the main fountain.


300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, Utah

Check out the Children's Garden at Red Butte Gardens where kids can cool off in the nearby fountains.


6059 S Murray Parkway Ave
Just north of the Murray Golf Course Salt Lake City, Utah

This park has some small water features that kids are welcome to splash around in.

reviewed on: August 26 2011

"Community Fishery for Beginners"
Taking kids fishing is easier than ever at Willow Pond Park.  This park has a 4-acre pond with plenty of open space along the banks making it a good place to practice casting and reeling without snagging a line.  The pond has a few  fishing piers for handicap and stroller access and a fish-cleaning station located nearby.  Willow Pond is stocked with trout, channel catfish, bluegill, large-mouth bass and pumpkinseed.  There is a 2 bag limit at this pond, but large-mouth bass should be voluntarily released.  If catching and releasing, I would suggest bending the barbs on the hooks downward in order to easily unhook your fish.  Be sure to check current fishing regulations.

I took my kids aged 10, 7, and 2 to Willow Pond Park on a hot summer day to check out this community fishery.   I have to admit that the fishing was slow (probably because we were fishing in the middle of the day), but my kiddos had a great time practicing their casting and exploring the banks of the pond.  I was pleased that I didn’t have to untangle any snagged lines.  Once we had our fill of fishing, we checked out the parks many other amenities which include three playgrounds, small wading area, pavilions, restrooms, baseball diamond, soccer field and basketball courts.  The wading area was definitely my kids’ favorite pastime providing a place to cool off and float a homemade boat.  

In all, this is a great little park and community fishery for kids just learning how to fish.  The only downfall to Willow Pond Park is it does lack shade. Fishing here is better suited for spring, fall, early morning and evening.  Pack a fishing pole and allow your kiddos to practice their casting and reeling at Willow Pond.