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Discover Davis, Utah's amusement capital, in winter

Austin Cronnelly

Discover Davis, Utah's amusement capital, in winter

By Discover Davis | Posted - Feb. 17, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

When it comes to affordable, family-friendly fun, Discover Davis tops the list as your Utah winter getaway base camp. Located just minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport and nestled between the stunning Great Salt Lake and snow-capped Wasatch Mountains, Davis is just 30 minutes from Snowbasin and within an hour of eight other world-class ski resorts.

The adventures are just beginning on the nearby slopes—there are plenty of opportunities for families to make memories in Utah's Amusement Capital! Snowmobiling in the Wasatch Mountains, ice rinks, exploring Antelope Island, plus over 500 miles of trails are just the tip of the iceberg. Add indoor fun centers and a talented local arts scene, plus family-friendly hotels and hundreds of restaurants to choose from, and you'll discover Davis has everything you need for an exciting Utah staycation or winter getaway.

Explore Antelope Island

Winter visitors to Antelope Island State Park enjoy hiking, biking, wildlife watching and nature photography wrapped in a blanket of solitude. You won't find crowds this time of year, but you will find plenty of free-roaming wildlife. Keep an eye out for bald eagle sightings in January and February, in addition to the usual suspects like bison, pronghorn antelope and even coyote.

Antelope Island is perfect for exploring by mountain bike or eBike, and also on foot, with trails for all levels of hikers. Two of the most popular are the half-mile hike to Buffalo Point to catch a perfect island sunset and a full-day hiking adventure to Frary Peak. Bonus: Antelope Island State Park is also a designated International Dark Sky Park, with dazzling starry skies and Milky Way views. The west side of the island is the darkest spot in Davis!

Discover Davis, Utah's amusement capital, in winter
Photo: Jay Dash Photography

Discover new terrain

With over 500 miles of trails in Davis, there are plenty of opportunities for hikers and bikers to hit the trails year-round. Experienced hikers won't want to miss Farmington Creek's frozen waterfall. Or strap on those snowshoes and start exploring the terrain about Bountiful, Farmington and Layton. Wherever you go, the expansive views are everything.

Another option for exploring the beautiful Wasatch Mountains is snowmobiling. Bring your own snowmobile and head for the hills where you'll discover untracked snow and non-groomed snowmobile routes above the Wasatch Valley.

Discover Davis, Utah's amusement capital, in winter
Photo: Cam McLeod

Skiing and snowboarding adventures

With nine ski resorts nearby, Davis is the perfect base camp for winter vacationers looking to max out their time on the slopes. Snowbasin Resort is just 30 minutes from northern Davis—and you can even get there without driving yourself, via UTA ski bus #677 from the Layton Frontrunner Station. Want to ski multiple resorts on your winter staycation? You're in luck! Check out Nordic Valley, Powder Mountain, Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley, all within an hour's drive of your Davis hotel.

Discover Davis, Utah's amusement capital, in winter
Photo: Roger Tuttle

Spin on the ice

Show off your best moves at the new family-friendly Bountiful Ice Ribbon, or glide across the ice at Station Park's seasonal ice rink. Prefer to skate indoors? Head over to South Davis Rec Center for an hour-long session of freestyle figure skating.

Discover Davis, Utah's amusement capital, in winter
Photo: Discover Davis

Indoor amusement

Too cold outside? Davis has plenty of indoor activities to keep the whole family entertained. Amuse yourself with bowling, go-karts, laser tag and arcade games at Boondocks, Rush Funplex and Urban Air Trampoline Park. Have a close encounter with sloths or stingrays at Seaquest, Utah's only interactive aquarium. Then cap off your vacation with a little culture at a Centerpoint Legacy Theater performance or visiting the latest exhibit at Bountiful Art Center.

Discover Davis, Utah's amusement capital, in winter
Photo: Mike Hollingworth

Shopping and dining

What's a vacation without a little shopping? Station Park is a premier shopping destination in northern Utah, and with over 100 shops and restaurants, it's easy to see why. After a few loops on Bountiful's Ice Ribbon, be sure to visit the wonderful shops on Main Street for unique local treasures you won't find anywhere else. Fuel up for all of your Discover Davis adventures at one of over 400 restaurants, from fast food and casual dining to high-end restaurants. No matter what your taste buds crave, you'll find it here in Davis.

Discover Davis, Utah's amusement capital, in winter
Photo: Discover Davis

There's still plenty of winter left to enjoy. Discover Davis and plan your winter staycation today.

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