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
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.
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
Brigham Young Winter Home
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