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The only thing wrong with the Provo River actually indicates what’s right with it: It’s such a terrific spot that you’re often fighting the crowds of other anglers who know it’s a terrific spot. No matter the time of year, sportsmen find it hard to stay away from the ample supplies of brown and rainbow made possible by the Jordanelle Dam tailwater. Plenty of easy access points are available; consider hiring a guide to show you to prime spots, then explore by yourself in a beautiful, convenient setting.
2. Ogden River
3. Jordan River
Best Jordan River Parkway Stretch
This popular 40-mile trail stretching from Salt Lake to Utah County provides outdoor enthusiasts with a retreat that’s close to Mother Nature without requiring extensive travel time. The trail is scenic throughout, but no other stretch is as serene as Murray. Safer and better-kept than some areas of the parkway, the Murray section is often recognized as bramble-free—allowing for continuous bike rides without dealing with dreaded flat tires. Our hats off to Murray city for keeping it clean.
593 W. 4800 South to 1200 W. 6400 South, Murray
Best Recreational Club for Adults
Beehive Sports & Social Club
Who among us isn’t looking for a dodgeball, cornhole and Wiffle-ball league? Dave Marquardt has thought about it and was surprised to discover that Salt Lake City had zero adult recreational leagues. Instead of pouting, he started the Beehive Sports & Social Club in 2010. The co-ed club brings together somewhat-competitive drinkers with alternative sports like bocce ball, ultimate Frisbee and capture the flag.
Best Salty Surf Shop
The Salt Lake Surf Company
While you won’t find surfboards to ride the mean waves of the Great Salt Lake, you will find the state’s greatest selection of stand-up paddleboards, which you stand on as you would a surfboard and propel yourself with a large paddle, cruising crystal-calm lakes or navigating some of Utah’s toughest white-water rapids. The Salt Lake Surf Co. also features a wide selection of white-water kayaks for those not quite ready to surf a river rapid.
1117 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-819-6949, SaltLakeSurf.com
Best Grown-Up Bounce House
Airborne Trampoline Arena
Airborne is the perfect venue for parents who are sick of their kids bouncing off the walls at home. But the wall-to-wall trampolines and foam pits for crash landing aren’t just for children. Adults can enjoy defying gravity on the trampolines too, and also take part in dodgeball competitions for cash prizes or sign up for the arena’s Airobics classes, where you can burn calories while you bounce.
12674 S. Pony Express Road, Draper, 801-601-8125, AirborneSports.com
If you’re over the age of 5 in Utah—or the parent of someone over the age of 5—chances are you’ve found yourself at a Classic Skating birthday party. The appeal is obvious to those looking for a high-energy way to have family fun. The Sandy location features a 13,000-square-foot classic wood floor with music and lighting, plus the InterSkate 15 street course. Special deals are available on various days of the week, and with other entertainment options at the Orem and Layton locations—games, rock walls and more—you’ve got a great way to spend your time, even when you need to rest your wheels.
Multiple locations, ClassicSkating.com
2. Hollywood Connection Family Fun Center
3. Liberty Park
Best Way to Teach a Hungry Child
Sandy Youth Fishing Club
For six weeks each spring, Sandy Urban Fishery Park’s man-made pond becomes a magical land of learning. During those weeks, for just $20 ($15 if you live in Sandy), volunteer instructors gather with young children and teach them the basics of the noble art for a half-hour each Thursday. Children cast out their lines, overcoming their squeamishness about baiting their hooks with live worms and gutting fish. The teachers are eternally patient with knotted lines, gore-adverse parents and the endless questions of inquisitive, fascinated children.
Best Fishing Supply
Fish Tech Outfitters
An angler’s oasis, Fish Tech Outfitters has every lure, jig, hook, sinker, reel, fly, ant, cheese, egg and rod that a fisherman or -woman could possibly ask for. And the staff are super-friendly fishing enthusiasts with knowledge to share. Lifelong worm fishermen can learn how to get started with flies and lures, where to fling ‘em and how to get stocked up without breaking the bank. Fish Tech Outfitters can also add line to a newly bought reel and keep you posted on the latest reports of what’s biting in Utah’s lakes and rivers.
6153 S. Highland Drive, Holladay, 801-272-8808, www.FishTechOutfitters.com
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