Lagoon Utah is an amusement park excellent for all ages, from small children up to adults. Located about twenty miles northeast of Salt Lake City in Farmington, Utah, this fantastic family attraction offers a collection of roller coasters, a Midway area filled with fun games, a special Kiddie Land for the little ones, and a Pioneer Village where visitors can get in touch with the history of the state. This is just the start when it comes to everything that the park has to offer, however, and when it gets especially hot outside, you can bet that the adjoining Lagoon Water Park gets its fair share of visitors. It's all about thrills and good family fun at the Lagoon Amusement Park, and since plans to expand the place are always in the works, this place only gets better every year.
The Lagoon Utah Amusement Park opened way back in 1896. Its first thrill ride was added just three years later. The original thrill ride was called Shoot-the-Chutes and was akin to today's log flume rides. When visitors weren't riding on this water-based ride in the early days, they often found themselves swimming in Lagoon Lake or rowing around it in small rowboats. It didn't take long for other rides to be added at the Lagoon Amusement Park, and these rides included the historic carousel that you can still ride today. The Lagoon's Carousel was originally built in 1893 and features more than 40 different animals. In 1921, the famous Roller Coaster - Coaster was built, and this zippy wooden roller coaster also figures among the park's most popular rides to this day.
There are more than 45 rides at the Lagoon Amusement Park, and they range from more thrilling rides to ones that are better suited for kids and less courageous teens or adults. For roller coaster enthusiasts, there are eight of them to choose from, and if you like thrills, the X-Venture Zone also has you covered. The rides in the X-Venture Zone cater to the more daring Lagoon Utah visitors and cost extra. What doesn't cost extra is admission to the Lagoon Water Park, or Lagoon-A-Beach, as it is known. The name of this water park plays off the name of Laguna Beach, California, and it is an excellent place to beat the heat. Water slides, hydro tubes, fountains, swimming pools, and flowing waterfalls are just some of the features that the water park offers, and as you might expect, the rides cater to all ages, with the focus primarily on kids and families.
There is something for everyone at the Lagoon Utah Amusement Park, with the Pioneer Village area catering to history buffs. You can dress up in Old West garb and have your picture taken at the Pioneer Village, or hanging out at an ice cream parlor with a period feel is also an option. A museum of sorts, the Pioneer Village boasts more than 40 buildings with an authentic nineteenth-century appeal, as well as a collection of small arms that figures among the largest collections of its kind in the country.
If you plan on visiting Salt Lake City and you like amusement parks, keeping the hotels near Lagoon is worth considering. Plenty of good hotels can be found less than ten miles from the park, and they can fit most budgets. The Comfort Inn & Suites and the Hampton Inn to the south are just two hotels near Lagoon Amusement Park, and they can be found about nine miles away in the town of Layton. The Hilton Garden Inn in Layton is also a good choice, and if you prefer staying to the near south of the park, the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Bountiful offers good rooms at a good price.
In addition to staying at one of the hotels near Lagoon Amusement Park, those who want to stay close to all the park's great attractions can also take advantage of the camping opportunities. The full-service Lagoon RV Park and Campground is open between late April and mid-October, as is true of the park itself.