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Summertime Things to Do

Jun 08, 2016 10h53 ● By Bryan Scott

By Joani  Taylor

On, we love listing things to do that won’t break your budget in hopes to inspire you to try something new. Here’s a list of things you can do during the summer. 

Start by getting yourself a Utah Happenings Entertainment Book ( Enter the code Coupons4Utah to save 20% off either a book or a digital subscription. Shipping is free. 

The digital subscription works just like the book. Just pull up the coupon on their handy app. Note that discounts on the app vary from what you’ll find in the book.

1. Star gazing party - Check out the Salt Lake Astronomical Society calendar and look for “public star party” to find a free star party near you.

2. Find fireflies - Think Utah doesn’t have fireflies? Think again. A new website hosted by the Utah Museum of Natural History lets you track fireflies right here in Utah. There’s even an interactive map: On a side note, there’s also a buy one, get one free admission pass for UMNH on the app. 

3. Go on the Salt Lake Urban Adventure Quest - The quest is a BLAST. It takes you on a scavenger-style hunt all through Salt Lake City where you’ll find landmarks you didn’t know existed. Enter code Journals20 to save 20% off your quest.

4. Cook in a Dutch oven - Everything tastes better when cooked in a Dutch oven. For some great Dutch oven recipes check out Utah Dutch oven champion, Bruce Tracy’s book “Dutch Oven Baking”. Find it at your local bookstore or on Amazon for around $13.

5. Go on a hike - We have great hiking trails all over Utah. Visit for some favorites near the Salt Lake area.

6. Go to a Salt Lake Bees Game - You’ll find 50% off admission for four on the app.

7. Concert in the park - Check out our amazing list of Free Outdoor Concerts and venues from all around Utah at

8. Splash at a splash pad - You will want to check out our popular list of 60 Utah splash pads before you head out. See

9. Try a food truck - Food trucks are getting popular in Utah. Check for a list.

10. Ride the Heber Valley Railroad - Discounted passes can be found on (Limited number remaining)

11. This is the Place Heritage Park - This historic site is packed full of fun things to do. Get a buy one, get one free admission pass on the app. or mention Coupons4Utah to save $2 off. 

12. Watch hot air balloons - Find a list of upcoming balloon festivals on Want to ride in one instead? There’s a coupon on the app.

13. Tour a government building - The Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake or Fillmore’s Territorial Statehouse are just a few of the educational and interesting government buildings in Utah.

14. See an outdoor play - Murray, Draper and Sandy all have amphitheaters showing plays at reasonable prices. Check their city pages for schedules. There’s a buy one, get one free for Draper Amphitheater on the app.

15. Watch the sunrise - This would be a fun tradition to do on the summer solstice, June 20.

Sometimes we need a kick to get ourselves exploring. We have good intentions, but time flies and the next thing summer’s over. Hopefully, this list will help create summer memories. For the full list of activities visit