Four Top Attractions to Visit This Summer

Summer offers longer hours of daylight and more leisure time, so be sure to take advantage of everything Draper has to offer. Below are our top picks to add to your bucket list this season, all of which are family-friendly and are sure to prevent the kids from whining “I’m bored” all summer long.

Hale Centre Theatre

With its grand opening in November 2017, Sandy’s Hale Centre Theatre at the Mountain America Performing Arts Centre is celebrating its first summer with the Tony Award-winning Newsies through Sept. 1 and a special engagement for ages 3 and up of Disney’s My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale through Sept. 8. Patrons can enjoy refreshing waterfalls and manicured grounds outside the building before entering the beautiful air-conditioned venue complete with sparkling chandeliers and mountain views. Concessions and covered parking are also available. Be sure to notice the digital play posters outside advertising current and coming attractions!

9900 S. Monroe St., Sandy, Utah, 801.984.9000,

Gardner Village 

Stroll brick-lined paths in a setting reminiscent of a historic Utah village while you explore 20-plus locally owned shops, or stop for a bite to eat at the Naborhood Bakery or Archibald’s Restaurant. Kids can enjoy The Farm, a nonprofit rescue organization providing care to animals who have been abused or neglected. The Farm offers a petting zoo and pony rides. Teens and adults can enjoy A Great Escape where they work together to solve puzzles and beat the clock in themed escape rooms. Farmers Markets begin Saturday, July 7 at Gardner Village and run Saturdays through the end of October. Because Gardner Village’s old flourmill is listed on the National Historic Register, visitors are invited to take a historic scavenger hunt through the village. Visit Gardner Village’s website, print the form, then turn your completed questionnaire into the Naborhood Bakery for a 50-cent Snickerdoodle!

1100 W. 7800 S., West Jordan, Utah, 801.566.8903,

Draper Splash Pad Park

Cool off at the city’s coolest new park located just west of the Dayland Dog Park. Modeled after Corner Canyon, Draper Splash Pad is complete with real boulders and has rivers and dams, a paddle board, dumping buckets, water cannons, water jets, ground nozzles, misters and permanent shade structures. They also kept parents in mind when designing the park, so it offers shaded benches, picnic tables and a grass berm as well as individual restrooms and changing rooms. The park is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Labor Day. 

150 E. 13400 S., Draper, Utah