24 Free Things to do in Cedar City, Utah


Cedar City Downtown SpringWINDOW SHOP HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
Cedar City’s downtown has quaint shops, art galleries, local restaurants, three coffee houses, a unique music store, an old time soda fountain, antique stores, and regional arts & crafts shops.  Historical buildings in the district include the Old Post Office, The Rock Church and the Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Most shops are open Mon-Sat. Includes the area of Main Street  from 200 North to Center Street.

EXPLORE THE PAROWAN GAP
Petroglyphs. Parowan Gap is on the national register of historic site and features ancient Native American rock art.  Recent studies theorize that it is also an ancient solar calendar (pick up the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs brochure at the Iron County or Parowan Visitor Centers)
To Get there: Travel north on Main St in Cedar City through Enoch along Hwy 130,  watch for mile marker 19 and a sign that points east towards the gap.  Turn onto a paved road, travel straight 2.5 miles to the gap.

RUN, WALK, OR BIKE THE COAL CREEK PARKWAY TRAIL
The paved, scenic walking trail is located along the banks of Coal Creek and weaves its way up into Cedar Canyon for 3.5 miles. The trail is perfect for roller-blades, bikes, strollers, or just an afternoon walk with a loved one or a pet.   There are exercise stations along the trail.   Access points from Bicentennial Park, Veterans Park, Visitor Center and Cedar Canyon Park.

PLAY AT CEDAR CANYON PARK
Head east on Center Street toward Cedar Canyon.  The Cedar Canyon Park is located on both sides of Coal Creek.  Two pavilions are available for group gatherings.  Volleyball court and playground are also available.  A small stream runs through the park, fun for boat races.

SING ALONG AT THE UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL GREENSHOW
The lovely green surrounding the Adams Memorial Outdoor Theater (a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater) comes alive with song and dance of the Elizabethan era.  Held each evening, except Sundays (June 28–Sept 4).  Bring your own blankets and chairs.  351 W. University Blvd.  435-586-7878

DIG PARK DISCOVERY
Ginormous interactive play structure built from the design concepts of local children. Park Discovery has towers, ramps, water, cultural and historical elements and dozens of educational features as well.  Dig for “dinosaur bones”, fly a kite, walk the  3/4 mile paved walking path that surrounds the park. Located at 2077 W. Royal Hunt Dr.

STROLL THE SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
The campus walks are beautifully landscaped with fountains, ponds, lush vegetation, and beautiful bronze statues.  The outdoor Adam’s Memorial Theatre courtyard simulates the atmosphere of Stratford-upon Avon.   The Greek themed Eccles Coliseum features statues, towers, spires and the stainless steel Utah Summer Games cauldron that sits atop a 2002 Olympic Legacy Monument. Along with the beautiful landscaping and lush vegetation this walking tour is filled with museum quality sculptures. For a brochure and map with all the locations of the sculptures stop by the Iron County Visitor Center or pick one up on campus. Located at 351 W. University Blvd, Cedar City.

RETRACE HISTORY AT DAUGHTERS OF THE UTAH PIONEER MUSEUM 
The DUP Museum displays local pioneer artifacts and other historical information. Open all year, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 581 N. Main Cedar City. (inside Iron County Visitor Center)

HONOR OUR NATION’S HEROES AT VETERAN’S MEMORIAL PARK
Large scale memorials including statues and walking trails have been constructed to honor veterans of the World Wars, Afghanistan/ Iraqi Freedom, Korean and Vietnam Wars. Open all year, daylight hours only , weather permitting.  Located next to the Coal Creek Trail, Freedom Way/200 N and 200 East. 

SKATE EXIT 59
Features several ramps and rails open to skateboarders, inline skates and bikes.  Open all year, weather permitting 660 W. 954 North, next to the Bicentennial Softball Complex in Cedar City

TOUR OLD ROCK CHURCH
The Old Rock Church is the crown jewel of the Cedar City downtown, built from donated materials and local labor during the Great Depression.  Everyone is welcome.  Open Jun 16-August 13, Wed through Sat, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. located at 100 East and Center Street.

FISH AT WOOD’S RANCH
Recreation Area Kid’s Pond Wood’s Ranch is a nice area for picnics, volleyball and hiking (Virgin River Rim Trailhead).  The Kids Pond is available for kids 12 years or younger to fish for free (must be accompanied by an adult with a valid Utah fishing license). Open late May through Sept. Located  12 miles east of Cedar City on Hwy. 14.

GO BIRD WATCHING
Cedar City and the surrounding area features beautiful birding areas and trails plentiful with species of birds and raptors. A free bird watching trail guide is available at the Iron County Visitor Center.

HIT THE BEACH
The Lake at the Hills (part of the Hills Recreation Complex) is open for fishing, non motorized boating, and swimming.  Take a picnic lunch and don’t forget your swimsuit.  Open daylight hours only.  Must have a valid fishing license to fish.  Lake at the Hills is located at 2090 W. Royal Hunte Dr.  Parking area for the lake is at the beach .  Kayak Rentals (June to Sept.) and  restrooms are also available. No lifeguard on duty.

WALK AROUND OLD IRON TOWN
Just 25 miles west of Cedar City is Old Iron Town Ruins. Tour the ruins of the historic iron works and a preserved beehive shaped charcoal oven and stroll along the nature trail.

EXPAND YOUR MIND AT THE CEDAR CITY LIBRARY IN THE PARK
303 North 100 East . Open Mon-Sat. The Library offers a great children’s section with story time every Thursday.  The library often features traveling exhibits.  435-586-6661

APPRECIATE ART AT THE BRAITHWAITE FINE ARTS GALLERY
Features regional and national art exhibits. Open noon-7pm Tues-Sat. located Braithwaite Building on the east side of SUU Campus in Cedar City. Call in advance for exhibit schedule 435-586-5432. The nearby Sherratt Library occasionally features art
exhibits.

COOL DOWN AT THE HERITAGE THEATER WATER FEATURE
Located in front of the Festival Hall Entrance/Parking garage on the Main Street side of the Heritage Theater.  Press the button and water jets out in “spontaneous”  intervals.  Fun way to cool down on a hot day

CHECK OUT PAROWAN
Southern Utah’s Original Settlement located just 18 miles north of Cedar City. Historic points of interest include Old Rock Church Museum, the Jesse N. Smith pioneer home, Dr.
Meeks cabin and urban fishery, the Parowan Heritage Park, and take the award winning cemetery tour.  Check with the Parowan Visitor Center for museum schedule 74 N. Main, 435-477-8190

TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE
Cedar City is surrounded by a network of state scenic byways featuring awesome scenery, hiking trails, and wildlife. Utah’s Newest National Scenic Byway SR-143 from Parowan to Panguitch is a stunning route. Other notable state scenic byways Include SR -14 and SR -148.

ADVENTURE INTO THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Nearby Dixie National Forest provides the ultimate outdoor adventure. Often referred to as Cedar Mountain, the forest has lakes, streams, meadows, caves and ancient lava beds. Favorite spots include Navajo Lake, Duck Creek Village, Brian Head, Mammoth Cave, and Yankee Meadow.

LIVE IT UP!
Great Events and Happenings From car shows, to street festivals, to concerts in the park, most of our events are family friendly and free. Check out a complete event schedule.

STAR GAZE AT SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY OBSERVATORY
Open every Monday night. Plan on arriving at the observatory just as the sun sets. For more information, directions and schedule call 435-586 -1409.


+ FIVE CHEAP ACTIVITIES

CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Enjoy guided nature walks in the summer and fall, wildlife viewing, picnic areas, and beautiful scenery. Kids take part in the fun and educational Junior Ranger Program, included in your park entrance fee. Inquire at the Visitor Center. Open June to mid-November to regular vehicle traffic. Located 20 miles east of Cedar City on Hwy. 14 to Hwy. 148, 435- 586-9451. $4 entrance fee per person at the Visitors Center, good for seven days.

CEDAR CITY AQUATIC CENTER
Includes a Leisure Pool with hot tube, lazy river, water slide, toddler splash pool,sun deck, play structures, & fountains. The center also includes an outdoor pool and an 8 lane competitive & lappool. Located at 2090 West Royal Hunte Dr, Cedar City, 435-865-9223. Adults (18 –62) $4.50, Youth (4—17)$4.00, Senior Citizens $3.50, & Toddler Free. Family, Individual & Couple passes are available by the month, six months, or year.

FRONTIER HOMESTEAD STATE PARK MUSEUM (formerly known as Iron Mission)
Frontier features pioneer artifacts, displays, living history activity stations,large collection of horse drawn vehicles, and rotating displays of regional arts & crafts. Open all year, Mon.-Sat., 635 North Main, Cedar City. 435-586-9290. A $3.00 admission fee per person. www.stateparks.utah.gov

BRIAN HEAD SKI RESORT LIFT RIDE
Ride to the top of Brian Head Peak for stunning views into Utah, Arizona and Nevada. From the top you can mountain bike, hike, play disc golf or ride the lift back down the mountain. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12 and seniors are $6. 435-677-2035.Open July –September, Fri-Sun only.

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY CLIMBING WALL
351 W University Blvd, Cedar City 435-586-7833. Open Mon-Sat. 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Cost is $3.Youth 18 or younger, you must have legal guardian present to sign waiver. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by their legal guardian.

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