10 Things to Do in Ogden That You Shouldn't Miss

February 23, 2018 Giuseppe Pratt

The city was named after fearless fur-trader and adventurer, Peter Skene Ogden, who explored the untamed area in the 1820s. Since then, Ogden has seen poverty and prosperity, conflict and celebration. Today, although a more subdued and modern place, the city is still big on action and adventure the whole family can enjoy. Take the kids to ogle the more than 100 life-size replicas of pre-historic creatures at the Ogden Dinosaur Park and Museum. Or head to the Tree House Museum, one of the best of its kind in the U.S. Adults will find plenty to enjoy on local golf courses or hiking trails in the summer, and everyone will love the local winter ski resorts. A grand old depot, Union Station is a must see for history buffs and anyone interested in trains and railroads. Be sure to stroll along 25th Street downtown. This historic block was the center of activity in the early 20th-century and is home to many restored buildings from the railroad era. The street also boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants, one-of-a kind shops, antique stores and art galleries.
Restaurants in Ogden

1. Snowbasin Resort

3925 E. Snowbasin Rd., Huntsville, UT 84317 +1 801-620-1000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 304 reviews

Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin Resort is an all season recreation resort located in Huntsville, Utah, less than 35 miles North of Salt Lake City. Top rated by Ski Magazine in the categories of Service, On-Mountain Food, Lifts and Grooming, it has one of the easiest drives from Salt Lake International Airport as well as quick access to the Park City area and downtown Ogden. With 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet, Snowbasin Resort is best known for wide-open bowls, gladed runs, manicured groomers, powder stashes days after a storm and excellent service. Snowbasin Resort offers summer activities on Saturdays and Sundays, including the popular Blues, Brews & BBQ free summer concert series. Enjoy award-winning cuisine including mountaintop dining with spectacular views and magnificent day lodges. Consistently recognized as one of the best family resorts in North America, Snowbasin Resort is one of the oldest continuously operating ski resort in the nation and is a member of the Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Sun Valley Resort, Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, UT), The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, CA, Little America Flagstaff, AZ, Little America, WY, and Little America, Cheyenne, WY.

Reviewed By MartyHuntsville - Huntsville, Alabama

Snowbasin is one of my favorite resorts. It is very large, has a wide variety of terrain, has great groomed slopes, the people could not be any nicer, the lodges and dining areas are very nice and it is a very beautiful mountain to ski....MoreThanks for the 5-star review. We hope you will join us again soon!

2. Hill Aerospace Museum

7961 Wardleigh Rd, Building 1955, Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, UT 84056-5842 +1 801-825-5817
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4.5 based on 581 reviews

Hill Aerospace Museum

Hill Aerospace Museum is located on approximately 30 acres of the northwest corner of Hill Air Force Base, five miles south of Ogden, Utah. The Museum, which opened in 1986, was founded in 1981 as a part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. The Utah Museum hosted its four millionth visitor in the spring of 2014. More than 185,000 visitors, coming from every state and from many foreign countries, visited the museum last year. Not only does the Museum have close to 100 aircraft displayed in its two inside galleries and outside air park, it exhibits thousands of artifacts depicting the history of aviation of the United States Air Force, Hill Air Force Base and the State of Utah. Hill Aerospace Museum also has a STEM Education program housed in the Lt. General Marc C. Reynolds Aerospace Center for Education. FREE ADMISSION! FREE ADMISSION!

Reviewed By HoleySneakers - Salt Lake City, Utah

This museum has a relatively large collection of military aircraft that spans most of the history of the U.S. Airforce. There is an outdoor and two indoor collections, and all are well-maintained, with well-designed displays and placards giving the history and information about each aircraft displayed. Admission is free, which is pretty remarkable,and kids really enjoy being able to get up close and personal with the aircraft. The only down side is that there are no planes in which you can tour or see the inside. The museum also provides some great stories, with its "Utah Aviation Hall of Fame" exhibit, and the USAF in Vietnam exhibit, which includes a section on prisoners of war and USAF (Vietnam) Medal of Honor recipients. If you have any interest at all in military aviation - or think you might possibly have an interest - this museum is well worth the visit.

3. Treehouse Children's Museum

347 E 22nd St, Ogden, UT 84401-1415 +1 801-394-9663
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Treehouse Children's Museum

Open since 1992, Treehouse Museum is a hands-on children's museum focused on children's literature and the arts. With dozens of beautiful exhibits and award-winning daily programs Treehouse is truly the magical place where children and families can "Step into a Story."

Reviewed By Carolyn M - Ogden, UT

I am so grateful that Ogden has The Treehouse Children's Museum! All of my grandchildren, currently ages 8-16 have enjoyed the Treehouse throughout their childhoods. My youngest still has a membership and loves going as often as possible. She loves all the play areas, especially the diner, the houses representing different countries, the rodeo area, and the new jail and firehouse. One of her favorite things is the art garden. She's always excited to see what they're making. What a treasure the Treehouse is for our children! I also love that adults can accompany their little Treehouse MEMBERS for free! As a side note, I would encourage parents to put down their phones and PLAY with their children while there. Sad when I see children trying to get their parents attention away from their phones.

4. Union Station

2501 Wall Ave, Ogden, UT 84401-1359 +1 801-393-9886
Excellent
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4.5 based on 249 reviews

Union Station

For 50 years this stately and historic depot served as a major hub for transcontinental rail service. Today, it remains a monument to grand rail stations of the early 20th-century and includes four museums: the Utah State Railroad Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Browning Kimball Car Museum and the Browning Firearms Museum.

Reviewed By dragonflytw65 - Palm Harbor, Florida

We were impressed by the passion and knowledge of the staff members. Chase in the Browning Museum was generous in sharing information and if someone were equally passionate, I imagine hours could be spent in this section alone learning about the history and details of the collection and the Browning family. Alan was a joy to listen to as we admired the impressive car collection and I wish we had had more time to hear more about each car. Nine of the cars had been owned by the Browning family and a favorite story Alan shared was about a beautiful 1931 steel blue Lincoln owned by Mrs. Browning. In order to bring it back to the mainland from Hawaii during the war, it had been dismantled and shipped in pineapple boxes. The Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum staff member was equally enthusiastic and informative and the collection was interesting. The Railroad Museum was the highlight. It was fun to learn interesting details of railroad history such as the importance and status symbol of the pocket watch, the history of the caboose and the development of time zones in relationship to the railroad. The displays were well done and the interactive section was fun. We spent a total of an hour and forty minutes here in total and did not spend time looking at the train cars outside.

5. George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park

1544 Park Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401-0803 +1 801-393-3466
Excellent
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4.5 based on 218 reviews

George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park

Journey back in time to the days when the Dryosaurus roamed and the Tyrannosaurus rex ruled at this outdoor six-acre park that displays giant dinosaurs complete with sound effects like crashing trees and earth moving footsteps. The complex also includes a museum that features hands-on exhibits of the latest fossil finds from Utah and around the world.

Reviewed By Michael E

This is a great place to take little kids to learn about dinosaurs, fossils, etc. My grandkids thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits inside as well as the life-size re-creations of dinosaurs outside. Good place for a picnic with your kids and the adults may learn something as well.

6. Historic 25th Street

25th Street, Ogden, UT
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Historic 25th Street

Reviewed By erinrenfroe - Pensacola, Florida

This was a great little downtown street, with restaurants, bars and shops. The problem is figuring out which of these things you're standing in front of - hence the recommendation to bring your phone. Very walkable, not too long of a street, so it's good for a couple of hours but no more, unless you're like my husband and me and find a barstool to perch on for a bit. :)

7. Utah State Railroad Museum

2501 Wall Ave, Ogden, UT 84401-1359 +1 801-629-8446
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4.5 based on 85 reviews

Utah State Railroad Museum

Reviewed By Anonymous855 - Trabuco Canyon, California

Modest selection of engines, etc well displayed and with good signage. The hospital car was the most interesting to me as I had not seen one before (of course it makes sense they existed). I appreciated the information on the placards so I could learn more about how the trains were used. Worth a 1/2 hour before going into Union Station.

8. Waterfall Canyon Trail

29th Street Trailhead, Ogden, UT
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Waterfall Canyon Trail

Reviewed By nicbott - Ogden, Utah

The hike is relatively short, although pretty tough for the kids or the novice hiker. At times, there will be trail patrol asking for ID's to help stop vandalism, so make sure you bring your ID just in case. Definitely worth the time to hike this though.

9. Peery's Egyptian Theater

2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401-2315 +1 801-395-3200
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Peery's Egyptian Theater

Reviewed By augustine1951 - Ogden, Utah

An amazing building. Not only do you see Egyptian history and art you also learn about the theater itself and therefore some of the history of Ogden City. We were also treated to a performance by the Organist on the amazing Pipe Organ they have there!

10. Cold Springs Trout Farm

2284 Fruitland Dr, Ogden, UT 84414-2924 +1 801-782-7282
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Cold Springs Trout Farm

Reviewed By 811karen3 - Ogden, Utah

This place is awesome for kids. They have an easy pond to harder ponds. The kids love it. They have a picnic area, volleyball, along with the fishing. They gut and clean them for you (Bonus).

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