Thanksgiving Point is a fantastic place to explore. It is home to a working farm, a spectacular garden and an extraordinary museum. It also hosts events all year long including Cornbelly’s Corn Maze, Luminaria and the Tulip Festival.
For more than 20 years Thanksgiving Point has been a place for families to have fun and make great memories. It is also a perfect destination for corporate events, weddings, and parties. Located less than a half hour from Salt Lake City, UT, it is a go-to location for almost any type of event.
Fall Fun at Thanksgiving Point
There is so much to do at Thanksgiving Point and that doesn’t change just because the seasons do. As the weather turns cold, come to Thanksgiving Point. Once Cornbelly’s Corn Maze has closed, experience Luminaria or come inside and check out the Museum of Ancient Life or the Museum of Natural Curiosity.
People from all over come to Ashton Gardens to see the beautiful wildlife, flowers and trees as well as the largest man-made waterfall in the Western Hemisphere. In November, the natural beauty of Ashton Gardens is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. The space is filled with spectacular lights, known as Luminaria.
Luminaria has been featured on the Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC. The display creates a dazzling mile-long route filled with more than 8,000 luminaries and a 120 foot tree. The light and music show is full of vibrant colors and movement depicting everything from colorful ombré waves to signs of the season. There is even a legendary Yeti that you might spot throughout the display. There is also a space for quiet spiritual reflection. It includes 35 monument-sized bronze sculptures that portray scenes from the Bible’s New Testament.
For even more fun, stop by the glowing fire pits which have s’mores or the gift boutique for hot chocolate and other seasonal sweets or check out the interactive game areas.
Museum of Ancient Life
The Museum of Ancient Life will be an exciting adventure for adults and children alike. It is one of the largest displays of mounted dinosaurs in the world. There are more than 50 complete dinosaur skeletons for you to examine and dozens of hands-on exhibits to learn from. You can spend time learning about prehistoric animals, doing hands-on experiments in the Erosion Table or even digging in the quarry dig for fossils.
The Museum of Ancient Life lets you explore Cretaceous Oceans and Carboniferous Forests but they also have a working paleontology lab. You can watch as the lab works on real dinosaur bones. You can even grab some popcorn and catch a 3D movie at the Mammoth Screen Theatre.
Museum of Natural Curiosity
The Museum of Natural Curiosity is located inside the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Building and has over 400 interactive exhibits. Experience the Museum of Natural Curiosity from 40 feet above with a high ropes course Canopy Tour, try your luck with mazes and brain games or go on a natural scavenger hunt and turn in your finds at the Trading Post to win points. There are amazing spaces that allow you to explore ancient ruins in a rainforest, see how water is part of science at Water Works, play in the Discovery Garden and find adventures in Kidopolis where there are secret passageways and a magic shop.
Thanksgiving Point & The Thankful 13
Thanksgiving Point also hosts the Thankful 13, which is the only half marathon run in Utah on Thanksgiving Day. The beautiful course draws runners from all over the country and world. Race day features a Half Marathon, 10k, and Kid’s Run.
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