St. George, UT is a wonderful destination for individuals and families alike! When you visit St. George, you’ll get the opportunity to explore the great outdoors, including unique mountains and parks. You’ll also get the chance to see different museums, learning all about the history of the area. If you’re headed to St. George soon, then here are a few of the free things to do in St George Utah you should do while visiting.
31 Free Things To Do in St. George, UT
Now yes this is the heart of LDS country, the Mormons, and polygamy. We teach our kids to keep an open mind that there is more than one religion out there and to learn what each one believes and it's history so they can have informed conversations and debates as needed.
While our kids are a bit young for the polygamy discussion I do believe there are 2 different versions of polygamy. There is the LDS which is like The Sister Wives (there are some bad apples in the LDS I get it nothing is perfect). Then there is the FLDS which is the horrible side of it, it's the Warren Jeffs cult side. If you don't know the story of the FLDS the documentary called Escaping the Prophet. It tells the story (warning not for little kids some of the stuff Warren Jeffs did is horrible, stuff I don't know if I even want my teenagers hearing) of some siblings who got out started a life and now help others who want to escape and it documents their story.
That said there is stuff to do in St George that doesn't involve the LDS, there is a National Park nearby and so much to do in nature, it makes this trip worth it.
Town Square Park & Splash Pad – Located in the downtown historic district, Town Square Park has fun things to do for the whole family. This even includes an exciting splash pad! There is even a carousel here but it is paid to ride.
Thunder Junction Park – This dinosaur-themed park is so fun, it’s hard to believe it’s free! Thunder Junction Park is the perfect place to go if you’re visiting St. George with kids.
Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum –The McQuarrie Memorial Museum, more popularly known as the Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum, is a great place to visit if you want to learn a little bit of history. You’ll get to peruse historical relics, photos and more!
Red Hills Desert Garden – If you’re visiting St. George, UT, then you need to go to Red Hills Desert Garden. This conservation garden is beautiful, with 5,000 water-efficient plants on 5 acres of land.
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Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum – The Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum is a non-profit that not only displays aircraft but also preserves and restores them. You’ll love wandering around the museum seeing unique aircraft in pristine condition.
Lake at the Hills – A great little park with a beach, fishing, a boat ramp, kayak rentals and more.
Red Cliffs Nature Trail – While there is a $5 to park cost, the hike itself is free and beautiful so it makes the list!
Brigham Young Winter House – Claimed as St George's first snowbird, this house was built in 1869 to withstand the weather it was very modern for its time.
St. George Tabernacle -The craftsmanship put into this building is just breathtaking and worth a visit, the history behind it make it a must see.
St. George Temple Visitor Center – Lots of info on the LDS and historic places to visit nearby.
Dixie Rock – This makes for a great hike and the views from the top are so worth the hike!
St. George Children's Museum – First Thursday of each month they offer free admission. Lots of great hands-on activities including a dragon and a castle.
Walk Around Tonaquint Nature Center – Walk around take in nature and stop to feed the ducks, or have a picnic.
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Coyote Gulch Art Village – If you love looking at art, then take a trip to Coyote Gulch Art Village. It’s free to visit and you’ll get the chance to see unique art!
Glitter Mountain – Enjoy a hike as well as some sparkle when you visit Glitter Mountain. You’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime view when you visit this beautiful location. If you’re lucky, you might even find a loose piece of “glitter” on the ground.
Pioneer Park – You’re sure to have a good time when you visit Pioneer Park. There are so many fun things to do, including hiking and climbing!
Take a Walk Around the St George Historic District – There are so many historic building and things to see a nice walk to take it all in is a great way to spend part of your day.
Family Search Center – If you have family ties to the LDS this is the place to come and look up your family history.
Jacob Hamblin Home – This is the home of an early pioneer of St George Utah and they offer free tours.
Pine Valley Heritage Center – Featuring a church that was made to float in case of flood and many other great historical items.
Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks – A 1/4 mile hike to a location featuring over 400 dinosaur fossil footprints. Talk about cool!
Little Black Mountain Petroglyphs – 10 miles southeast of St. George, and in Arizona this still makes the list! A 1/2 hike takes you to this location of over 500 designs etched into the rocks.
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Anasazi Ridge Petroglyphs – If you can take a bit longer if a hike this is a 1.2-mile hike with the petroglyphs all around the trail and the remainder of a pioneer homestead.
McQuarrie Memorial Museum – Home to many relics and countless stories of the first people to settle here.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour – This is an easy self-guided walking tour of downtown.
License Plate Pole – The owner has been collecting plates from all over the country make this pole. It's a great photo opp and you can donate one of your old plates if wish! Download the Roadside America App for more info on this location.
Grafton Ghost Town – Famous schoolhouse and cemetery used in some old movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid.
Traffic Circle Mustangs Sculpture – With a background of some of the famous red Utah rocks this is an amazing price of artwork and a great photo op! Download the Roadside America App for more info on this location.Visit the Grafton Ghost Town Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid was filmed! It's one of 31 free things to do in St George Utah
Ruins of Old Fort Pearce – Located in the middle of nowhere down an old dirt road are these old walls to a long forgotten fort. Download the Roadside America App for more info on this location.
Mountain Meadow Massacre Mass Grave – On Sept 11, 1857, a group of Mormons pretended to be Indians and attacked and murdered 120 westward pioneers. Most were stoned to death with rocks. This is the history and mass grave of that attack.
If you have your National Park Pass like we suggest with our travel memberships then you can add Zion National Park to this list and you kids can get their Junior Ranger badges.
Not only are these activities all fun, they’re also free! No matter if you’re a history buff or a nature fan, there’s something for everyone in St. George, UT. Did I miss any of the free things to do in St George Utah? Let me know in the comments below!
Saturday 17th of August 2019
This is a great list of things to do in St. George! Thanks for sharing. One correction though. The predominant religion in St. George (and the religion that built the temple in your opening picture) is actually The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we do NOT practice polygamy in any way, shape, or form. The term LDS is usually used in reference to this church. I can’t tell you what church the people on “the Sister Wives” are affiliated with, but I can say without a doubt it is not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is actually highly offensive to be mislabeled as that. If you are truly interested in knowing the beliefs of the Latter-day Saints feel free to check out the church’s actual website: www.churchofjesuschrist.org. Before publishing something please be sure of the facts.
Saturday 10th of April 2021
I noticed the exact same thing.
There are many branches of churches that fly under the term "Mormonist" the one associated with those temples and sites in St George put out a statement against polygamy in 1890. The early people's did practice it like you'll notice touring the historical sites but it is not something members continue to do.