Visit the USU Botanical Gardens in the Winter

We aren’t really outdoor people during the winter, so this year I’ve been looking for things that we can do outside that are fun and that we might enjoy. We don’t do much skiing or snowboarding or anything like that, so we have to get creative because that’s everyone’s first suggestion for winter fun, especially here in Utah. I’d love to say that we’re adventurous and plan to go on winter hikes or snow shoeing but we’re not that exciting at this point in our life. We’re going to take some of our favorite activities and date night locations and adjust them to fit the colder weather and snow.

Where: USU Botanical Gardens (920 S 50 W, Kaysville)
Cost: Free
Hours: Ponds and trails are open from sunrise to sunset

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The USU Botanical Gardens have become one of my favorite places in Davis County. I love the calm piece of nature that’s right in the middle of town. Until this year, I’d never really seen it in the winter, but I think it’s almost more gorgeous when it’s cold than during the summer or fall. The pond freezes in places and everything is covered in snow. I’ve seen people fishing there, even when it’s cold and there’s a paved trail around the pond that you can walk on. You have a great view of the mountains and might catch glimpses of ducks and other wildlife that frequent the area.

usu botanical gardens in the winter

The gardens would be a fun place to spend walk and talk on a sunny winter day. It’s a quiet trail close to eating establishments and a freeway entrance. Make an entire date out of spending time at the gardens or include it as a portion of your date.

A Weekend Family Drive Up Farmington Canyon

A couple of weekends ago, my husband suggested a spontaneous drive up Farmington Canyon with our toddlers. As soon as our kids were up from their naps, we stopped at a local sandwich shop to grab a picnic and started our drive so that we could get back before dark. We had so much fun and were talking the next day about how we should head up the canyon more often.

Where: Drive East on 500 N from Main Street and turn left on Farmington Canyon Road (Farmington)
Cost: FREE

Farmington Canyon Drive

We hopped in our four wheel drive car and headed toward Francis Peak and the Francis Radar Station. As we were driving toward the mountain, we pointed out the radar station up at the top of the peak and told them that's where we were going. As we got close to the top, we saw paragliders over by the radar towers which the kids loved.

Francis Peak

There are many turn offs up the canyon road, places to stop for a picnic and places where you can camp. We decided to stop just down the road from the radar station in a clearing just off the road. We sat on our camp chairs facing the direction of the sunset, road and radar station. Our kids loved watching the paragliders and all of the different vehicles that drove past while we were eating. Everyone was so friendly and waved in our direction, which the kids loved because they waved any anyone who passed as well.

radar towers at Francis Peak

If the sky hadn't been filled with haze from all of the wildfires around the state, we would have enjoyed an amazing view of Farmington and Davis County. My husband said that in the future he'd love to drive up further, just past the radar station to a little valley that people can camp in. What he'd really love is if we rented or owned a side-by-side that we could take up the canyon. Any time one drove past us, he mentioned how much he'd love that or how fun it looked.

view of Davis County

Whether you're looking to go on a long drive, want to go somewhere a few degrees cooler, are looking for a fun summer adventure, or want to go camping overnight, we highly suggest heading up to Farmington Canyon. I know a lot of people travel further south or north to find adventure, but there is beauty and fun awaiting you right here close to home.

What is your favorite summer canyon activity?

Farmington Canyon Drive - Summer Fun in Davis County

12 Ways to Spend the Last Month of Summer Together

July is a party and one of the most looked forward to months of the year because of all of the holidays, celebrations and fun that are planned. I'll admit, I'm a little sad to see the month go because everyone starts preparing to go back to school and summer is two thirds of the way over. This year I'm determined to milk every ounce of fun out of the season that I can, and Davis County has A LOT to offer throughout the month of August that will help me do that. So of course, I needed to share that with all of you!

More detailed posts and ideas for turning a few of these events into an epic date night will be coming throughout the month, so watch for those as well. Plus, you can always watch our Instagram feed and stories to see what we're up to throughout the month.

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

South Weber Country Fair Days

This starts this weekend and runs for an entire week. There is something fun going on every single night, with an entire day of fun tomorrow, Saturday, August 11th. Spend your days being a responsible adult at work, then head over to the evening's activity and enjoy the summer night. Click here for all of the details.

Bountiful Summerfest

#BDACSummerfest is a 30-year tradition hosted by the Bountiful Davis Art Center. August 10-11 the festivities take place at Bountiful City Park on 400 North. This year's event features international groups, local performing groups, food vendors, and artist booths. It will be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to experience local and international culture. Click here for more information.

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

Davis County Fair

It wouldn't be summer without the county fair, would it? This year's fair will feature sea lions, BYU Vocal Point, RMPRA Rodeo, BMX Racing, free pony rides and petting zoo, bugology exhibit and so much more! The Davis County Fair will run from August 15th to August 18th. Click here for even more information.

Polynesian Cultural Festival

This is the third annual festival hosted by Hukilau LLC and it sounds like it would make a great tradition! It will be held on August 17th and 18th at Legacy Park in North Salt Lake. Admission is free and will feature live music and entertainment, pig roasting, fireknife dancing, food vendors and so much more. Click here for all of the details.

Cold Cones Cool Cars

The 15th annual fall cruise-in will take place on Saturday, August 25th at Heritage Park in Kaysville. The entire car show runs from 11am-3pm but you will be able to enjoy music and free ice cream cones while you look at the cars from 11am-1pm.

august activities davis county

Play Music on the Porch Day

Antelope Island hosts an entire day when people can sit and play or listen to music. Set all of your other responsibilities in life aside and head out to Fielding Garr Ranch for all of the fun. Click here for all of the details.

Farmers Markets

There are farmers markets scattered throughout Davis County and each provide a great opportunity for a fun weeknight date.

Syracuse City Farmers Market (1200 W Antelope Dr) - Wednesday nights from 6pm to 8pm. Click here for week specific information.

USU Botanical Center Farmers Market (875 S 50 W, Kaysville) - Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm or dusk. Click here for more details and week specific events.

Bountiful City Farmers Market (400 N 200 W, Bountiful) - Thursdays from 3pm to dusk or 8pm. Click here for more details.

North Salt Lake Farmers Market (1140 W 1100 N, North Salt Lake) - Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm. Click here for more details.

Photo c/o USU Extension Farmers Market

Photo c/o USU Extension Farmers Market

Summer Concerts

One of my favorite things about summer and there are still a lot of opportunities to enjoy an evening of music under the stars. Click here for a list of free summer concerts in the area.

Food Trucks

We love food trucks and love that Davis County has so many to offer this summer. Check your favorite local food truck's schedule on social media to find out where they'll be parked each night. You can find some great food truck round ups in the area by clicking here.

davis county food trucks

Movies in the Park

Before we had kids, this was one of our favorite summer activities. I'm hoping to get a babysitter one night this month so that we can enjoy a movie in the park after the kids are in bed before the season ends. Check out this post for a list of all of the outdoor movies scheduled in our area.

Enjoy Unique Treats

Play in Davis put together this awesome list of seven unique treats found in Davis County. Make your way through the list and beat the summer heat this month! I've only tried a couple of them, so we'll be eating our way through the list as well. Click here for the entire list.

Tour of Utah Parties

August 8th-9th, there will be a few different events to celebrate the tour. Pre-party starts at Antelope Island with dutch-oven food samplings, music, free t-shirts and other activities. The finish line is in front of Layton High School where you'll find food, live music and vendor booths. Check out this post from Play in Davis for the specifics for each party.

Photo c/o Play in Davis

Photo c/o Play in Davis

There are so many fun things going on through the month of August, I hope you added a few to your calendar! Let's live up the rest of the summer and enjoy those perfect temperatures at night. Check out our upcoming events page for even more ideas.

What plans do you have to end the summer with a bang?

The best August date night activities in Davis County

Free Summer Concerts in Davis County

Check our Upcoming Events page for concert times and performers each week.

I love summer for a lot of reasons, but one of those are the outdoor concerts and other events. The concerts in Davis County are a great way to spend your evenings together. They are free to the public and provide an opportunity to support local talent. Go to dinner beforehand or bring a picnic to enjoy during the concert. Make sure you're prepared to ward off any mosquitoes and bring a sweatshirt in case it gets chilly.

Summer Concerts in Davis County

Free Summer Concerts in Davis County

Woods Cross City Concert and Movies in the Park

Woods Cross will be holding two free concerts this year, combined with their movies in the park. They will be held at Hogan Park (720 W 1500 S, Woods Cross) Click here for the details.

Bountiful Music in the Park

Concerts will be held at the Main Stage at the Bountiful City Park: 400 North and 200 West. All of the concerts are listed on Bountiful's calendar. We're looking forward to attending Bountiful's Got Talent at the end of June and the Beatles tribute band in August.

Concerts on the Hill

Concerts take place under the stars each Friday and Saturday evening on the Lucky 7 stage Cherry Hill's Grants Gultch (1325 South Main Street, Kaysville). Click here for more details and a schedule of performers. These concerts are located near enough to our house that we can stop off to listen after many of our date nights throughout the summer.

Sunday Concert Series

This free Sunday night concert series takes place at Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton (445 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton). Click here for more details and a schedule of performers. We are hoping to attend concerts on the evenings when we're not with our families.

summer concerts

There are also quite a few free concerts being put on as part of the county fair and summer festivals thrown by each city. Check our upcoming events page for more information.

Which of the concerts will you attend together?

Davis County Movies in the Park - Summer Date Night Idea

Movies in the park are one of my favorite things about summer. I love bringing treats and settling down on blankets in the park to enjoy a movie with all of my friends and family. I used to go to movie in the park every week before we got married. It's harder to do now that we have kids, and even harder to justify paying a babysitter to stay with them while they're sleeping at home and we're out on a free date. I can't wait for the days when our kids are older and we can keep them up late for movies in the park without the consequences that we'd have doing that now when they are toddlers. Until then, I'm hoping we can catch one or two of these this summer and plan on enjoying outdoor movies in our own backyard.

Outdoor Movies Davis County

Davis County Movies in the Park Locations

North Salt Lake Movies in the Park

Hyde Park - Each summer the Youth Council plans an outdoor movie. This year's movie hasn't been announced yet, but keep an eye on North Salt Lake's FB Page for details on the event once it has been planned.

Woods Cross City Concerts & Movies in the Park

Woods Cross combines their monthly outdoor movies with a concert each week. The events take place at Hogan Park (720 W 1500 S, Woods Cross) on Monday evenings.

Monday, June 11 - Wonder
Monday, July 9 - Peter Rabbit
Monday, August 6 - Zootopia

Centerville City Movies in the Park

I have a particular fondness for Centerville's movies in the park because they're the ones that I enjoyed so much the summers before I got married. When we went to them, they were on Thursday nights. They are currently hosted on Friday nights at Smith Park (300 N 100 E, Centerville).

Friday, June 8 - Sing
Friday, June 15 - The Greatest Showman
Friday, June 22 - Ferdinand
Friday, July 13 - Coco
Friday, July 20 - The Last Jedi
Friday, August 3 - Black Panther
Friday, August 10 - Trek (with director/producer Alan Peterson)

Farmington Festival Days Outdoor Movie Night

This year's movie will be held on Monday, July 9th at Forbush Park (100 Main St, Farmington). They will be showing the movie, Hook with Robin Williams.

Kaysville Summer Nights Live

These evenings include food trucks from Kaysville's Food Truck Roundup, extended splash pad hours, open mic nights and movies in the park starting at dusk. Summer Nights Live are held at Heritage Park (250 N Fairfield Road, Kaysville)

Saturday, June 16 - Coco
Saturday, July 14 - Moana
Saturday, August 18 - Beauty and the Beast

Free Friday Family Film Series from the Davis Arts Council

A popular series held at the Kenley Centennial Ampitheater located in the center of Layton City park (403 N Wasatch Drive, Layton).

Friday, June 22 - Back to the Future
Friday, June 29 - The Little Mermaid
Friday, July 6 - Ghostbusters
Friday, July 13 - The Princess Bride
Friday, July 20 - The Sandlot
Friday, July 27 - Cool Runnings
Friday, August 3 - Space Jam
Friday, August 10 - The Lion King
Friday, August 17 - Enchanted
Friday, August 24 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Friday, August 31 - National Treasure

Movies in the Park - Davis County

Which movie will you see first?