Winter time in Southern Utah is a great time to explore some of the area’s hidden gems. In addition to outdoor activities, there are many things you can do indoors. Typically the winters here are mild. It does get cold but the temperature averages just below freezing to 10 degrees Celsius, primarily at night. During the daytime hours it usually gets up to about 60 degrees F.

St. George Children’s Museum

View of the music room at the museum. Lots of hands on instruments.

The Children’s Museum is nestled in downtown St. George at the old Dixie Academy building. The historical Dixie Academy opened its doors in 1911. Teaching many students from Dixie High School and what was back then, Dixie State College. As well as preserving the building itself, they have kept it a place of learning. Which gives the Children’s museum a wonderful place to be. The museum itself was founded in 2011 but came to the Dixie Academy building in March of 2013.

As if one floor wasn’t enough, the museum is two levels. The purpose of the Children’s Museum is to allow children of all ages to learn, explore and create. Each room is kid-friendly with lots of interaction. Kids of all ages, adults included, can sit in the president’s chair or scale castle walls while fighting a dragon. The possibilities are endless.

Winter hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday, admission is $5 a person and children under 2 are free. This is one of the most popular winter activities.

Fiesta Fun

A view when you walk into the door of Fiesta Fun, arcades, grill and laser tag facility

Our Fiesta Fun Family center is another hub for indoor activities. Although they do offer some outdoor activities like bumper cars and Go Carts as well. The Bowling Alley is equipped with over 20 lanes, various bowling balls, and shoe rentals. If you’re not the bowling type, don’t worry, the rest of the building is packed with arcade technology complete even a classic game or two of Pacman and pinball.

Another great part of the facility is the 2-story Laser Tag arena. Team up with total strangers or girls versus boys and do your best under the black light to avoid being spotted by an opponent. After running around working up an appetite, walk across the room and they have a grill. The Grill is complete with pizza, burgers, and salads for those eating healthier. Fiesta fun also has a great space for hosting birthday parties and larger groups.

Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 AM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to midnight and Sunday’s 11 AM to 9 PM. Pricing depends on the attractions you decide to do!

Brigham Young Winter Home

Brigham Young's Winter Home open for tours year-round, especially in the winter.
Photo Credit: Hike St. George

Brigham Young was one of the first “snowbirds” to come to Southern Utah. The year-round sunshine helped to ease his arthritis. His winter home is located in the heart of St. George. It was built in 1871 and after he died, the home was passed around until the LDS church bought it and began the restoration process. Now the home is open to the public for tours, as a museum.

 House of Jump: Trampoline Park

The House of Jump is one-of-a-kind in Southern Utah. Providing 25,000 sq. feet of pure bounce. Besides the main trampoline area, there are 2 dodgeball arena’s, climbing walls, and a stunt pit. In addition, 2 “warp walls,” “aeroball” and virtual reality. There is an activity for every age here! They love to host birthdays and larger groups as well.

The House of Jump is open Monday through Thursday from 3 PM to 9 PM, Friday 1 PM to 10 PM and Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM. Pricing varies depending on age and the amount of time you want to spend.

The Grip: Ninja Gym

If you’re looking for one of those hole-in-the-rock winter activities, The Grip Ninja Gym is a blast! in Southern Utah. Since September of 2018, they have been open, offering classes as well as open gym time for anyone to enjoy the facility. Take a chance at being a ninja on the various types of obstacles similar to that of NBC’s hit show, “American Ninja Warrior.” This particular place is sure to get the wiggles out and is fun for all ages. Locally owned and operated by 2 American Ninja warrior competitors themselves, the idea is to make fitness fun.

Open Gym hours are Tuesday through Thursday 7 PM to 9 PM with Friday and Saturday hours 6 PM to 10 PM.

All in all, there are plenty of winter activities in Southern Utah. Be sure to plan a visit to one, if not all, of the places when you arrive for your adventure tour with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours.

Written By: Kathryn Bowler

Lonny Boy’s Barbecue is family-owned with only one goal in mind, to make the greatest bbq “this side of the Mississippi.”

In the Kitchen

In order to achieve the best barbecue, the pulled pork and beef brisket are smoked for over 12 hours alone. Your sniffer will smell juicy aromas from State Street in Hurricane because the smoker is on the outskirts of their parking lot. Wafting downtown with campfire smells, is one way to wrangle in the masses for some delicious BBQ. According to Lonny Boy’s, their food is said to “Improve test scores, enhance the immune system, increase fertility, cure cancer, and end loneliness.” It is that good! Keep an eye out for that saying and many others posted around the restaurant.

Appetizers, Meats & Sides

Barbecue chicken on french fries named "Frychos"

Lonny’s menu is simply nothing short of homestyle comfort food. Start off the meal with a great appetizer like “Frychos”, a delectable combination of french fries covered in any choice of meat and barbecue sauce. For those not as daring, they have chicken wings and regular BBQ nachos. The most popular entrees for ultimate hunger are one and two meat plates with your choice of meat and a few sides. They have a sampler for deciding what meat you want is difficult when they all look absolutely pig-out worthy. They also offer full and half racks of ribs drizzled in signature barbecue sauce.

Their sides are ones that typcially only reach your tastebuds when grandma is in town. Buttery Garlic Red Mashed potatoes, Mac ‘n Cheese, Baked Beans, and hush puppies make an appearance. Give the “Fried Cauliflower” a try, it’s an item that sets them apart. It’s a tasty and unexpected adventure for your mouth with the mild taste of cauliflower and the crunch of some good old fried batter. As a bonus, it’s a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies!

For anyone 10 and under, the kid’s menu offers a great selection of meats and other typical kid-friendly food items. Choose between pork, brisket or chicken, a pork sandwich, corn dog or chicken fingers! These meals include fries and a drink.

Sandwiches & More!

Besides meat and potatoes, sandwiches like the “Thunderbird”, half and half pork and beef brisket for the indecisive, and the “KING” pulled pork with a “crown” of coleslaw and of course, the crispiest bun west of the Mississipi. Keep in mind that they do have smoked chicken and turkey that can be dressed in any style or sauce.

In addition to their in-house menu, they have a bulk menu that allows you to buy pounds of smoked pork, brisket, and even a whole chicken. Also, they have a variety of their sides available in quart and pint sizes. Too bad you can’t take the barbecue with you on the plane!

Since it can’t make your flight smell heavenly, bring the barbecue to your hotel room and enjoy yummy food. Especially if you’re looking to feed a family or group of 6-8 people. The “Family Meal” is perfect. With choices of beef, pulled pork or chicken and 4 pint-sized sides and a half dozen cornbread muffins or rolls, assuring that there is something for everyone.


To quench thirst, they have a variety of Coca-Cola products like Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Barq’s Rootbeer and many other classics. Lonny Boy’s Barbecue also serves beer and wine.

Atmosphere

When a guest walks in the door at Lonny’s, they know they’ve arrived at the barbecue hub. After taking advantage of the perfect photo opportunity on their 4-seater motorcycle out front. Warm, smoky aromas steal away their appetite. Lonny Boy’s Barbecue challenges that “I don’t think I’m hungry” thought. Be prepared to think again! In addition to the air, the lighting is cozy and the decor is simply rustic. It feels like home especially so, when seating is up to you.

Starting is as easy, and more delicious, as the assembly line at your local Cafe Rio. After grazing the menu overhead, start at the “order here” sign and watch the barbecue magic happen. After that, pick up and pay for your food at the “pick up here” sign. They have an assortment of BBQ sauces at the table as well as next to the fountain drinks. Most people wander over there after getting their food to see about adventuring into some new flavors, or to get more barbecue sauce! Because a little more BBQ never hurt anyone!


Location and Hours

Lonny Boy’s Barbecue is located in downtown Hurricane, UT on State Street. Take Exit 16 for Hurricane from I-15 and hop onto State street. Be on the lookout for the 4-seater motorcycle in front of the restaurant. If you’re coming from Zion or Springdale, it’s a half-hour drive. In addition to an appetite, Google Maps can direct you here as well. They are open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 9:30 PM and closed on Sunday.

“Put some south in your mouth” as Lonny Boy’s Barbecue says, after exploring over 16,000 acres of Southern Utah nature on the seat of an ATV or UTV on a Half-Day Sunset Adventure with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours.

Written By: Kathryn Bowler

Food in Southern Utah is very diverse. From American to Italian foods around the world and back again. The Red Fort Cuisine of India is becoming the talk of the town with its recent opening in September of 2018. Toasty aromas of curry spices, ginger and a slight hint of coconut greet hungry guests. The service is efficient, friendly and professional. Certainly making it the perfect stop after working up an appetite adventuring with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours.

The Red Fort Delhi, IndiaThe main gate on Independence day at Red Fort Delhi, India

The restaurant name refers to a Red Fort in Delhi, India. The name Red Fort is the English translation from “Hindustani Lal Qila” Referring to its sandstone walls and corridors. The Mughal Dynasty built the Red Fort and lived in it until the late 19th century. It is now home to local art, events, and fascinating museums. Every year on August 15th, India celebrates their independence from the United Kingdom. The night before, Prime Minister Narenda Modi delivers an “Address to the Nation.” Then posts a tri-color flag at the main gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. Followed by singing their national anthem, watching parades and pageants showcasing the feat of their triumph.

Location & Hours

At a glance, it might be a little more hidden than most eateries in St. George. Just south of exit 8 on I-15, it’s tucked behind the Red Rock commons shopping plaza. The Red Fort Cuisine of India is across the street from Courtyard by Marriott Saint George and up from the TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Directions can be found on their website or easily maneuvered in Google Maps.  The Red Fort Cuisine of India is open Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays. They are open from 3 PM to 10 PM for the perfect late lunch and dinner. Plus, if you’re not up for going out and are wanting to stay in the comfort of your hotel give them a ring and enjoy delicious takeout.

Unique Atmosphere

The restaurant environment is similar to the food that is served. Warm, ambient lighting with culture-specific decorations. Namely arches, golden elephants, plants and vibrant colors. In addition, the service staff, waiters, hosts, and even the table bussers are dressed in typical Indian clothing. Unlike most American restaurants where you leave with a doggy bag and feel 20 pounds heavier, the food is served in well-proportioned amounts.  Hammered silver-like dishes are brought to your table, with the rice in its own dish to the side. The seating is comfortable and well spaced.

On the Menu

Appealing to all walks of food life, they offer gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes. Not a fan of spicy food? Here that’s not a big deal, you can order any meal at mild, medium, hot or very hot spice levels. I for one, love curry. The “Chicken Coconut Kurma” with mild heat had great presentation and even better taste! Thirsty? Another menu favorite is the “Mango Lassi,” a typical Indian drink consisting of fresh mangoes and homemade yogurt blended together. There are two other flavors as well, Strawberry and Rose. They also offer a careful selection of beers and wines. The menu was a bit overwhelming at first because they use correct Indian cuisine terminology. Luckily they do describe the dish’s contents and preparation under each name. Phew!

Above all, Red Fort’s Indian comfort food is the best pit stop after experiencing adventure with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours. The majority of those visiting the Red Fort Cuisine of India say that it is the most genuine Indian cuisine of Southern Utah.

Written By: Kathryn Bowler