Welcome to Brigham City, UT, Gateway to the World’s Greatest Wild Bird Refuge. This quaint little town in Northern Utah doesn’t get much traffic, and that’s ok for us that live here. Sometimes we want to keep it to ourselves! This tight nit community has a historical feel and it’s a great place to raise a family. Although it’s small it has lots to offer! A Day trip for your family would be worth it and below are my top 10 things to see and do. Along with these recommendations, you can take a self guided tour on the deep history Brigham City has to offer.
1. Maddox Ranch House – Most people from out of town come to eat at the famous Maddox Ranch House! While in California recently a couple asked where I was from. I told them Brigham City, Ut. Their response “Maddox!” This is must stop especially for their AHHHMAZING Rolls that melt in your mouth. Pies are pretty much awesome too! Along with the Ranch House they have a drive up that’s busy every day and for good reason. Kids eat for $.99 on Tuesday’s and their kids meals are served on a frisbee as a plate!
|My boys playing disc golf at John Adams Park in Brigham City, UT|
2. John Adams Park and Rees Pioneer Park – John Adams park is located at 200 N 600 E, also dubbed the “Central Park” of Brigham City! This beautiful park has a play ground for the kids, 9 hole disc golf course, 4 tennis courts, Bowery with picnic tables and the Box Elder Creek that runs through the middle of it. This is a hot spot to go sledding in the winter with a perfect hill for the kids! Rees Pioneer Park is located at Forrest St and 700 W. This park has a beautiful pond with a arch bridge, perfect place to take the kids fishing. It also houses the Brigham City outdoor pool, Bowery, Pickle ball courts, Softball diamonds and play ground.
3. Crystal Hot Springs – Located just north of Brigham City in Honeyville off of HWY 89. This famous destination features several pools and 2 water slides. Crystal Hot Springs is open year round (even the water slides). The best time to visit is in the winter when it’s snowing and cold! There’s something about sitting in steaming hot water while it’s dumping snow on your head. Kind of Romantic…..no one will see you kissing in the steam 😉
|Recent Field trip to Golden Spike|
4. Golden Spike National Historical Site – May 10, 1869, the Union and Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit. Golden Spike National Historic Site shares the stories of the people and settings that define the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Golden Spike is located 32 miles west of Brigham City on HWY 83
5. Idle Isle Fine Candy and Cafe – If you’re an out of towner, you need to stop in at Idle Isle on Main Street (take a stroll down the historic main street!) The Cafe is on the West side of Main Street and across the street you’ll find the Candy shoppe. You have to try the Nutballs (Almond Creme Toffee)!
6. Peach City Restaurant and Car Hop – Brigham City is known for our Peaches and Peach City, a little diner/car hop on the north end of town also puts us on the map. Stop in for a Big Joe, Fries, Peach Ice Cream or a Milkshake!
7. Utah’s Famous Fruit Way – If you are visiting during late spring to fall, take a drive on the Famous Fruit Way, HWY 89 between Brigham City and Ogden. This highway features lots of local fruit stands offering a variety of locally grown produce and goods. This famous Fruit Way is especially busy during September with the harvest of the peaches. Peach Days Celebration is the second weekend in September. While on HWY 89 don’t forget to stop in Apple Creek Amish Store!
|Day trip to Mantua Lake and Box Elder Gampground|
8. Mantua/Box Elder Campground/Willard Peak – Mantua has a special place in my heart. This beautiful little town secluded in the mountains, just up Sardine Canyon going to Logan, is a perfect place to get away. Ride your bike around town, stop in the little local store for some candy, ride your bike or take a walk around Manuta Lake. Go swimming in the summer or ice fishing in the winter. Camp or take a picnic in Box Elder Campground and hike around to see the beautiful scenery. Drive up past the LDS church house on a road that will take you all the way to Willard Peak and Inspiration Point. Once you experience this little town, you’ll want to move in!
9. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge – Brigham City is the Gateway to the World’s Greatest Wild Bird Refuge! The James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center offers interactive exhibits, a wetland diorama and other displays featuring information on birds and wetlands of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. A ½-mile accessible walking trail meanders through the wetland habitat just outside the center. The center hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturdays, and is closed on Federal holidays. The Refuge Auto Route, 36 miles of road for wildlife viewing, is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset.
|Photo by Jodi Thornock Photography|
10. LDS Tabernacle and Temple – Right in the heart of Brigham City towers the LDS Tabernacle and LDS Temple. The Tabernacle was one of the first buildings in Utah to be placed on the National Register of Historical Places and it’s a beautiful landmark to visit. Free tours are given during the summer months. Across the street from the Tabernacle is the LDS Temple. This beautiful temple is the 14th built in Utah.
About the Author: Alison blogs over at UtahDealDiva.com. She’s dedicated to helping Utah Families Live On Less! She’s lives in Brigham City with her Outdoor enthusiast husband and 4 crazy, energetic boys. She grew up in beautiful Brigham City and has resided here for 27 years of her 33 year long life. In her opinion, the best town in Utah!
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