Flying into Salt Lake City, it is impossible not to notice the beauty of the surrounding mountains. School groups can get two very different perspectives on how the landscape has impacted the area when they visit the Natural History Museum of Utah and Utah Olympic Park.
The state’s official museum of natural history features engaging exhibits that highlight significant paleontology discoveries, gem and mineral displays, preserved artifacts from prehistoric peoples, and the stories of Utah’s native people of today.
While nearby Park City is well known as the site of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, the destination is also a hot spot for student groups seeking to channel their inner Olympic dream. At Utah Olympic Park, they can enjoy a range of activities and visit two free museums—the Alf Engen Ski Museum and George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games Museum—that detail the city’s highly successful time as Winter Games host in 2002.
The year-round training facility offers recreational opportunities, including a bobsled experience, a zip line tour, extreme tubing, a ropes course, and rock climbing. Additionally, groups can see the Flying Aces All-Star show and go skating at the on-site Utah Olympic Oval.
Top Educational Attractions
Historic Temple Square
The Leonardo Museum
Top Recreational Attractions
City Creek Canyon
Snowbird ski resort
Check out 15 scenes for students for more unique student experiences.
Top photo: Utah Olympic Park Flying Aces All-Star show
Photo by Visit Salt Lake City