March 5, 2012

St. George Utah

Especially for Kids & Families

Fiesta Fun Family Center
171 East 1160 South, St George

Kids of all ages will find fun aplenty. The center offers a video arcade, batting cages, miniature golf, bumper boats, go-carts, kiddie karts, soft play and a restaurant.

Johnson Farm Dinosaur Track Site
435-574-DINO (3466)
2180 E. Riverside Drive, St George (Exit 16)

Take a journey back in time to the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. This world-class dinosaur site includes a rare combination of fossilized bones and footprints of dinosaurs and many other ancient animals. St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm is a must see for anyone interested in dinosaurs, geology and the ancient Jurassic world. At the site you may observe more than 2,000 tracks made by dinosaurs and other animals. You can also see the world’s largest collection of dinosaur swim tracks and see one of only six tracks in the world made by a sitting dinosaur. Bus tours are welcome. Open Monday-Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission fee required.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum & Gift Shop
1835 Convention Center Drive (adjacent to the Dixie Center)

Nearly 300 animals are displayed in their natural habitats. Almost a quarter mile of mountain pathway winds through the plains of Africa, forests of North America and mountains of Asia. A two-story mountain with two waterfalls and periodic thunder and lightning storms, provide an experience to be remembered. Open noon to 9 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: children $4, seniors $6, and adults $8.

Tonaquint Nature Center
Dixie Drive, St George, UT

Located on the Santa Clara River banks off Dixie Drive, this nature center gives outdoor education programs for all ages.

Paths & Parks

Walking, Biking, Skating

More than 35 miles of scenic walking and biking paths throughout the area connect neighborhood parks, riparian corridors, picturesque desert-scapes and the town center. Washington County takes pride in its 26 excellent city parks with playgrounds, ball fields and courts, picnic facilities and fishing ponds � all designed for family fun. Click for map of St George area trails system.

People come from all over the country and foreign countries just to hike and see the breathtaking views of our magnificent color country. There are trails for every age level and experience. You may obtain maps of these trails at the Bureau of Land Management Information Center located at 345 E Riverside Drive in St George, or call them at 435-688-3246. St George Hiking

Skate Park
400 E. 900 South, St. George
(next to Fiesta Fun Family Center)

Open daily until dark, the skate park is one of the most kid-popular parks around.

Canyons Complex 435-634-5860
2145 N. Snow Canyon Pkwy
The Canyons Softball Complex has been ranked the top softball complex in the nation for the last 7 years by the National Softball Association. “One reason is the grass, which is cut 7/8-of-an-inch, like a tee box on a golf course,” said Josh Olmstead, program coordinator. Nearly half of the 9,000 athletes that come for Huntsman World Senior Games come to play softball. The Canyons Complex hosts approximately 30 tournaments each year, ranging from local league play to national and world championship tournaments.

Archie H. Gubler Park
2375 Rachel Drive, Santa Clara
Santa Clara features a new state-of-the-art softballl/soccer complex. The four fields also host the Huntsman World Senior Games play. Additional amenities of the park include a large splash pad for kids, and numerous trails and picnicking facilities. The concession stand/club house as well as the softball fields may be rented.

Sand Hollow Aquatic Center 435-634-5938
1144 Lava Flow Drive, St. George
This multi-million-dollar facility offers year-round fun. It is comprised of 25,000 square feet enclosed by a fabric exo-skeleton with a heating and ventilation system. This unique design makes for great swimming year-round. The center offers two pools, a competition/diving pool and a leisure pool, which is a zero-depth children’s pool. It features water walks, slides, sprays and moving water devices. Hours are scheduled for open swimming as well as family and lap swimming. **Several other swimming facilities are also in the area.

Historic Sites & Museums

Historic St. George Walking Tour

Begin your self-guided tour at the old pioneer courthouse at 100 East and St. George Blvd. (Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center). From there, spend an enjoyable stroll along the streets of early-day St. George, where many 1800-era public buildings and private homes still stand. Pick up a printed map at the Chamber.

Historic St. George LIVE! Tour

If you are in the area between Memorial Day and Labor Day, don’t miss the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the history and culture of the area. Travel to six historic sites where volunteer actors in authentic costumes relate the history of the buildings. Tours are at 10:00 am Tuesday through Saturday and begin at the St. George Art Museum. Cost is $3 per person. Group discounts available.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum

This building was constructed for the express purpose of housing pioneer relics. Next to the Pioneer Courthouse, the museum is staffed by volunteers and is usually open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No admission fee.

Brigham Young�s Winter Home
67 West 200 North, St. George

The original portion of this home was built in 1869-1871. The front additions were completed in 1873. Brigham Young, second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, became Dixie’s first “snowbird”, by leaving the snow of Salt Lake City behind and spending the winters in St. George’s temperate climate. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission.

Pine Valley Chapel
Forest Road and 35 East, Pine Valley, UT

The chapel was built in 1868 by Ebenezer Bryce, a shipbuilder. The interior looks like a over-turned ship. Visitors can climb the winding staircase to the attic to see the open beams where there is an artifacts room. You will see it when you enter Pine Valley on Highway 18. Located 30 miles north of St George. It is the oldest LDS chapel still in use and is open to the public every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Sundays there are church meetings held at the chapel from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Pioneer Center for the Arts
47 E 200 North, St George, UT 84770

The galley features the permanent “Legacy Collection” as well as continually changing exhibits by local artists in an elegant, new building with pioneer ambiance.

St. George Temple & Visitor Center
500 South 300 East, St. George

This famous temple was built in 1877 and is the oldest temple still in use for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The impressive, white monument can be seen from anywhere in the city. Everyone is welcome to tour the Visitor Center, open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission.

The Tabernacle
18 South Main Street, St. George

Construction of this historic Mormon monument took 13 years. The stones for the three-feet thick basement walls were hand-quarried from the foothills near the city. The twin spiral staircases were hand-carved, complete with balustrades and railings. The clock was made in London and shipped to St. George. Free musical presentations are offered each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. In addition, a free organ recital is offered at 12:15 p.m. on Friday only. Many other special events are held throughout the year. Call for a complete list of events. Summer hours are 9 am – 6 pm – Winter hours 9 am – 5 pm, daily. Free admission.

Jacob Hamblin Home & Museum
(west of Santa Clara on Highway 91, 4.5 miles from St. George)

Jacob Hamblin, one of the earliest settlers of Santa Clara, constructed this home in 1862 with local red sandstone and ponderosa lumber from Pine Valley. It is still decorated with many original artifacts. This home was Jacob’s second after the first home was destroyed by a flood. The current home survived the flood of 2005. Summer hours are 9 am – 6 pm – Winter hours 9 am – 5 pm, daily Free admission.

Popular Ghost Towns

Silver Reef
Located approximately 20 miles north of St George. Take the Leeds exit off I-15.

Silver Reef produced nearly $9 million in silver from 1877 to 1903. This unique town had homes, churches, a variety of specialty shops, a brothel and even a Chinatown. Today, you will find remnants of the mine, three separate graveyards for the Catholics, Protestants and Chinese, and the restored Wells Fargo station that has been converted to an art gallery and museum.

Located between Springdale and LaVerkin on Highway 9 on the road near Zion National Park.

Portions of the movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” were filmed here in 1969. Grafton, settled in 1862, was a Mormon village built on agriculture. The town was 250 people at its maximum with the same amount of acres. Virgin River flooding caused settlers to move elsewhere. Visitors can see pioneer homes, pastures, the church/schoolhouse and cemetery.

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