At Schooled Magazine, we believe that if you’re bored, then you’re boring. Don’t waste you’re free time. Here are some great ideas for you to try something new on your own, meet some new people, go with some friends, or make it a date! We know you’ll have lots of fun with these ideas.
1. Get a sweet tooth in Alpine when you tour the Ken Craft Candy Factory (www.kencraftcandy.com) and you might just get a few samples.
2. Go to the Homestead Crater in Midway and check out 96-degree hot springs. They are open to the public to sit and enjoy, snorkel, or scuba dive (www.homesteadresort.com/the_crater/the_crater.cfm).
3. Take a drive to Ogden and visit the Dinosaur Museum (www.dinosaurpark.org), which is a 6-acre outdoor museum with realistic sculptures of dinosaurs around every corner.
4. Take the weekend off and take a trip to Moab and see the state symbol, the Delicate Arch, at Arches National Park (www.nps.gov/arch/).
5. Get out some camouflage and go paintballing.
6. Go bicycling or rent a bicycle built for two along the 14 mile Provo River Trail that starts in Utah Lake and takes you to Vivian Park at the mouth of Provo Canyon. You can rent a bike from Outdoors Unlimited at BYU.
7. Take a dance lesson. Try ballet, tap, country, modern, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, belly, Middle Eastern, Polynesian/Hawaiian.
8. Head to downtown SLC and enjoy Temple Square, listen to the street musicians, watch the street performers.
9. Get certified in scuba diving. Scuba Ted’s in Springville offers a great scuba class that not only is fun, inexpensive, but exhilarating. Take trips with Scuba Ted’s around to Utah lakes and craters, or travel with them to exotic places around the world (www.ScubaTeds.com).
10. Challenge a couple of friends to a championship game of bowling! Hit the lanes at Fat Cats (on University Ave., 373-1863), or Miracle Bowl (on State Street in Orem, 225-6038).
11. Head to the Cascade driving range in Orem (225-6677) and see how far you can whack a golf ball. If distance isn’t your thing, try miniature golfing at Trafalga Miniature Golf, 168 S. 1200 W. Orem (224-6000).
12. Get cultured by attending an ethic festival. The Sri Sri Rahda Krishna Temple is of Indian origin and is located in Spanish Fork (Utahkrishnas.com). They have several festivals you can attend during the summer, as well as daily temple tours.
13. Go for a drive! Price Canyon and Provo Canyon are beautiful scenic roads that make for a great relaxing drive. For Price Canyon: Go on the I-15 south and turn off on US-6. Continue toward Price. For Provo Canyon: head north on University Ave. and keep on going!
14. Go to a living history museum. Try the North American Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point (www.thanksgivingpoint.com/museum/index.html), the BYU Museum of Peoples & Cultures offers free admission (fhss.byu.edu/anthro/mopc/main.htm), or This is the Place State Park in Salt Lake City.
15. Need a break this weekend? Take a camping trip at Zion’s National Park (www.nps.gov/zion/).
16. Rent a kayak at Outdoors Unlimited at BYU for anywhere from $21-$24 and paddle around Provo Lake by traveling west on Center Street until you hit the entrance to the lake.
17. Explore the Mount Timpanogos Caves and hike up to find three of the most spectacular caverns in the state (www.nps.gov/tica/). (They are closed for winter, but you can still hike up!)
18. Visit Utah’s famous Hogle Zoo (801-582-1631) and check out the snow leopard, green tree python, bat-eared fox, and African lion. Admission is $8.00 for adults.
19. Head for the mountains and do some hiking! Mount Timpanogas has a 12.9 mile hike, American Fork Twin Peaks from Silver Flat is 11 miles, Bridal Veil Falls: ½ mile, and Emerald Lake is 9 miles. Or check out the 99-mile long the Bonneville Shoreline Trail that takes you across the Wasatch Range.
20. Volunteer for a charity event and you’ll find Utah as a much more rewarding place!
21. Be in a movie! Go to a casting call at one of these four studios: Halestorm Entertainment (halestormentertainment.com), Candelight Media Group (www.candlelightmedia.com).
22. Enter a mini-marathon and train for it. A few around Utah Valley include: www.ragnarrelay.com, www.runningwithangels.com, www.freedomfestival.org, www.utahvalleymarathon.com, www.utahrunning.com
23. Take a three-hour drive to Wendover and see where crews trained to drop the atomic bomb. The Historic Wendover Airfield Museum, (www.wendoverairbase.com) is a great history reminder.
24. Put a smile on someone’s face. Adopt a grandparent. Go to a nursing home to visit, play cards, bingo, or other games on a regular basis.
25. Float down the Provo River. Highcountryrafting.com rents tubes, rafts, and kayaks.
26. Take a tour of the Crandall Historical Printing Museum (375-5555) on Center Street and see a Gutenberg Press and learn how they printed the Book of Mormon and other books in the 1800s.
27. Play Ultimate Frisbee! Several parks in the area with ultimate Frisbee fields include Fox Field on University Ave., Rock Canyon Bowl, or Kiwanis Park by Wasatch Elementary in Provo.
28. Take a train ride on the Heber Creeper (Hebervalleyrr.org) and view Utah in a different light. Tickets start at $22 for adults.
29. Try a play instead of a movie. Local theaters offer great entertainment. Check out Center Street Musical Theater (www.csmtc.com), and Hale Center Theater (haletheater.com)
30. Go and watch an outdoor movie in SCERA Park.
31. Try Outlet Shopping in Park City. Tanger Outlet Center (6699 N. Landmark Drive, 435-645-7078) has over 60 shops including Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Polo Ralf Lauren, Banana Republic, Gap, and Old Navy.
32. Check out the local skate parks and learn how to do some tricks. Orem Skate Park, 1200 W. 300 N., hours: 7:30am to dark and Provo Skate Park, 208 N. 2050 W., hours: 8am to dark are great places to see some sweet jumps.
33. Get your groove on, go clubbing in SLC: Area 51 (451 S. 400 W., SLC, 534-0819) and The Vortex (404 S. West Temple, SLC 355-7746).
34. Spend the day in an amusement park. Check out Lagoon (lagoonpark.com), or if you want to get wet, try Seven Peaks Water Park in Provo (sevenpeaks.com).
35. Try going to a shooting range and see if you can get a bull’s-eye! Rangemasters of Utah, Springville is a great location to start at (www.rangemasters.com).
36. Race your remote control car at Black Sheep Raceway in Spanish Fork (368-5602). Find other locations on www.utahrc.com.
37. Play it Single or Double…. Hit the tennis courts at Provo High School Courts (in the back), Westridge Elementary (1720 W. 1460 N. Provo) the BYU Courts (down on 800 N.), or Wasatch Elementary Courts (1080 N. 900 E. Provo).