10 fun family activities in Layton

Hi, I’m Allison from TipsforFamilyTrips.com! I grew up in Layton, and now I enjoy raising my children here. It’s fun to take them to some of the same places I loved when I was younger, and discovering fun new places together. I believe that you don’t have to travel far to make great family memories, so I’m excited to share a few of my family’s favorite local destinations.

10 fun things to do in Layton, Utah

Layton Commons Park

437 N Wasatch Drive

Layton Park is a community gathering place where you’ll find a variety of fun activities for families. It has two playgrounds – one featuring an old push merry-go-round that you won’t find at many parks anymore. It’s one of my kids’ favorite toys and it can get crazy when lots of kids pile on. Layton Park also has a duck pond, a scenic walking path, museum, lots of mature trees, picnic spaces large and small, and large grassy spaces. It’s also a popular backdrop for professional family photos. There is plenty of space here for everyone, even on the busiest days.

Surf n Swim

465 North Wasatch Drive

Layton’s year-round wave pool is a unique destination for families. It is an outdoor pool in the summer, and has a “bubble” over it to keep it warm the rest of the year. Plan to rent an inner tube or two so you can ride the waves. Surf n Swim has a big shallow end, which is great for young families. It is fairly inexpensive too. Learn more at www.laytoncity.org/public/SurfnSwim.

10 fun things to do in Layton, Utah

Kenley Amphitheatre

437 N Wasatch Drive

Layton’s Sunday Concert Series is the longest-running free concert series in Utah. Find it every Sunday evening through the summer at 7 pm at the Kenley Amphitheater in Layton Commons Park. The Davis Arts Council also presents a number of ticketed shows each summer. This year, David Archuleta is one of the headliners. Visit www.davisarts.org for details and tickets. Choose one of the permanent seats, or bring your own chairs or blanket for the lawn. There is usually plenty of space in the back for kids to wiggle, and the amphitheater is not large, so every seat is a good one.

Layton FEST

465 North Wasatch Drive

FEST stands for farmers, entertainment, shopping and (food) trucks, and it happens every Friday evening from 5:30 – 9:30 pm in Constitution Circle in Layton Commons Park. This new summer event is a great way to bring the community together, and I hope it continues to grow because I love food trucks and farmer’s markets. The week we were there, my family of four sampled fare from three different food trucks and then brought home fresh corn on the cob from Day Farms.

10 fun things to do in Layton, Utah

The merry-go-round at Layton Commons Park is usually much less crowded!

Ellison Park Splash Pad

700 N 2200 W

We’ve been to a few splash pads in the area, and Layton’s popular new splash pad is the biggest and best I’ve seen. Arrive early, and don’t forget the sunscreen and an umbrella, since the park does not yet have many mature trees. Ellison Park also has two playgrounds, a paved walking path, picnic pavilion, skate park and sports facilities. It’s a popular place for soccer, football, baseball, softball, basketball and tennis practices and games.

AMC Theaters

728 West 1425 North

There are plenty of good places to see a movie, but Layton’s AMC theater has raised the bar with leather love seats that fully recline. It’s an awesome way to see a movie on the big screen either with the family or for date night. Be sure to buy tickets online in advance at www.fandango.com. Bigger and better means fewer seats in each theater and they often go quickly.

10 fun things to do in Layton, Utah

Fernwood Picnic Area

Near 3333 Fernwood Circle

Fernwood Recreation Area is a pretty place for a woodsy picnic or camp fire, just a few blocks east of Highway 89.  It’s one of the perks of living so close to the mountains because it’s just a few minutes’ drive from home, but feels much farther away. The last home you’ll see before you reach Fernwood is known to locals as “The Castle.” You’ll shouldn’t have much trouble figuring out why.

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Near 3333 Fernwood Circle

At Fernwood Recreation Area, pick up the Bonneville Shoreline Trail heading south and walk it as far as you would like. This trail offers pretty views of mountain streams and wildflowers, and panoramic views of Layton and the Great Salt Lake. The trail cuts across the mountain, so it is not very steep, and good for an easy hike. After about two miles, this trail connects with the Adams Canyon trail at the mouth of the canyon.

10 fun things to do in Layton, Utah

Adams Canyon

Highway 89 and Oak Hills Drive

The Adams Canyon hike is a Layton favorite. The payoffs are beautiful canyon views with a waterfall at the end. It’s less than 2 miles each way, but moderately strenuous, with lots of hilly terrain. I recommend it for families with older kids. To get there, turn east from Highway 89 onto Valley View Drive a little north of Oak Hills Drive. You’ll likely see plenty of cars parked nearby, so it’s easy to find.

Classic Fun Center

867 N Angel Street

Classic Fun Center is one of several indoor play places in Layton, and it remains my kids’ favorite. You’ll feel like you’re in Junior High again. Bring your own skates and scooters for the roller rink, or rent them there. You’ll also find a fun play structure, inflatables and laser tag, which require separate wristbands. Look for coupons, daytime deals and family night deals.

Looking for more fun family activities in Utah and beyond? Find lots of ideas for your next “best vacation ever” at my blog, Tips for Family Trips. We believe that travel makes families stronger, smarter and happier, and were recently recognized as a Top 50 travel blog!

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About Allison Laypath

Allison is a writer and founder of the family travel blog Tips for Family Trips at www.tipsforfamilytrips.com. She believes that travel makes families stronger, smarter and happier, whether you are visiting exotic locales or exploring your own hometown. Allison’s work has been featured on ABC’s The Lookout, The Huffington Post and on Studio 5 on KSL-TV. Allison has an MBA from the University of Utah. She is a married mom of two, ages 11 and 8, and lives in Davis County, Utah.

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