Recreation Utah: The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, Utah.

We’re really excited to use one of our new Christmas gifts: a gift certificate to The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, Utah. Maybe it’s because we’re swimming pool people, but the idea of getting up close and personal with some water-dwelling animals sounds pretty fun.

We haven’t had a chance to go yet, but after reviewing their website ( we think we’ll enjoy the visit and might even upgrade to the membership- it definitely seems worth it.

Has anyone visited the Aquarium before? What did you think?


Recreation Utah: Gallivan Center

Have you checked out the recently renovated Gallivan Center Ice Rink? It’s located at 36 East 200 South, 84111 in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s one of the few outdoor skating rinks in Utah, and it has a few fun perks because it’s in the middle of downtown and within walking distance of lot’s of fun places to eat.

It’s also open New Years Eve, so if you’re willing to freeze your buns off, get down to the Gallivan Center and enjoy some hot chocolate and tight skates.

Recreation Utah: Temple Square Lights (a little late)

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Don’t judge us for being late to post last Friday’s Recreation Utah post, it’s the holiday season and even those involved with the summer sport of swimming pools get pretty busy.

We did want to give a big shout out to one of our favorite Utah winter activities: the lights at Temple Square. Sure, it’s cold and you want to duck into every building you come to for warmth, but it’s a tradition we love. Don’t forget to stop by the Neighborhood Market for some hot chocolate and if you’re in the mood, go for a carriage ride: we hear they’re pretty toasty.

Recreation Utah: Silver Baron Lodge @ Deer Valley

Think that just because it’s winter in Utah that you can’t enjoy a nice heated outdoor swimming pool? Think again, folks, because you can at the Silver Baron Lodge at Deer Valley. They have a common area heated (duh!) outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, not to mention their one bedroom or larger condos each feature a private hot tub on the deck.

It may sound weird, but swimming outdoors in a heated swimming pool in winter is actually lots of fun, especially when you’re up in scenic Park City, Utah. It’s not the cheapest place to spend a weekend, but we think it’s one of the best if you’re hankering for a swim.