Get out and celebrate Utah's Heritage this week. At Utah's Adventure Family we have a whole section of Pioneer ideas that will teach your kids hands-on history. Here are links to find hours, directions, and reviews of a few of our favorite Pioneer adventures:
Fort Bluff: Located in the small town of Bluff, this site is newly revamped to celebrate the Pioneer trek down Hole-in-the-Rock. There is a lot to do and explore, but it is quite a drive from Salt Lake to get there!
Fort Deseret: Just outside Delta is the only Pioneer fort made of mud left standing. There isn't a Visitor's Center or a guide, but this site is a relic of true Pioneer history.
Layton Heritage Museum: Layton has a great museum that focuses on the early settlers of the area. It's close to home and best of all, it's absolutely FREE!
Tooele Pioneer Museum: This one is right next door to the DUP museum, so you can check out both at the same time. There is a large array of Pioneer artifacts to browse. This is one of our boys' favorites.
Territorial Statehouse: This one is in Fillmore and is now a state park. We loved touring the old capital of Utah. There are artifacts, photos, and the old jail.
The Golden Spike at Promontory Point: Our boys love trains, and the reenactments of the meeting of the rails are really fun. Make sure to check which days they do reenactments before you go.
The Beehive House: Brigham Young's home in Salt Lake City is pretty luxurious by Pioneer standards. Check out his mansion which includes a music room and huge dining room.
Camp Floyd: This state park is west of Lehi in the small town of Fairfield. It served as an army encampment for the army that came west to put down the Pioneer "rebellion."
LDS Church History Museum: A lot of cool artifacts are in this Salt Lake City museum including Brigham Young's sunglasses and the death masks of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.