For 34 years the Larry H Miller Utah Summer Games has brought incredible athletes, stunning fireworks, and thousands of people to Cedar City. With an average total of 9,600 participants, 50 thousand spectators, and 1,000 volunteers in attendance each year, it’s the perfect kick-off to our summer season! When visiting for Summer Games there are bound to be a lot of questions. “What can we do between games?” “Where should we go to eat?” “Are the fireworks really worth staying that late for?” (We’ll answer this one now…yes!) To help provide you with the answers to those questions…
We’ve put together the ultimate Cedar City bucket list to complete while visiting for the Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games!
For the full run-down of events and schedules for individual sports visit https://larryhmillerutahsummergames.org
The Plain White T’s and fireworks? Do we really need to say more…. The opening ceremonies for the Utah Summer Games are always a MUST see and this year is no exception. Join us at the Southern Utah University Eccles Coliseum to cheer on the athletes participating in this year’s events; meet the sponsors who make this event possible; enjoy a concert by the Plain White T’s, and catch the BEST firework show of the summer!
Summer games block party
Let’s start a party (opening ceremonies) with another party! The ultimate Summer Block Party is held at Southern Utah University on June 14th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be food trucks, entertainment, face painting (yes!), prizes, games, and more!
Where to eat
With such a wide variety of incredible restaurants in town it can be difficult figuring out where to go. We recommend branching out from the familiar favorites and trying some of Cedar City’s unique and locally-owned locations. From some amazing sandwiches, pizzas, crepes, and more, you’re bound to find something that everyone will love!
Check out the RESTAURANT GUIDE included below, or stop by our offices at 581 N Main Street to pick up a physical copy.
Where to play
While Summer Games always makes for a busy week, there’s still some down-time in between games and trying to figure out what to do can be overwhelming. So we’ve put together a list of ideas for you! There’s so much to do in Cedar City and plenty to keep you occupied in between games.
Check out some (or all) of the places on the list below!
Spend a day at the beach
The Lake at the Hills is open for fishing (stocked with catfish, bass, rainbow and albino trout), non-motorized boating (they rent kayaks), swimming, sunbathing, sand castles and so much more. Take a picnic lunch and don’t forget your swimsuit. Must have a valid fishing license to fish. Parking area for the lake is at the beach behind the Cedar City Aquatic Center. No lifeguard on duty. Open Daylight Hours Only | Hills Recreation Complex | 2090 West Royal Hunte Drive | (435) 865-9223
Play at park discovery
Just across the street from the Cedar City Aquatic Center stands an assembly of wooden towers, mazes, slides, dinosaur digs, play volcanoes and rocket ships. This is Park Discovery, a fun, educational place where kids of all ages can learn and play. Concepts from over 4,000 local kids where integrated into the design concept of the park. Along with educational play elements, there is an outdoor classroom, stage area, a separate play area for toddlers, handicap accessible ramps and swings and a ¾ paved walking trail that surrounds the park. Open Daylight Hours Only | 2090 West Royal Hunte Drive | (435) 865-9223
Step back in time
Make history a part of your story at the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. Imagine yourself as a stagecoach driver or early settler to Cedar City as you explore a large collection of historic vehicles and buildings throughout the homestead. From panning for gold, to learning the Deseret Alphabet, and playing in a replica Fremont Pit House; there’s more than enough adventure to be had on the frontier! Open monday – sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm | 635 N Main Street | (435) 586-9290
Cycle Cedar City
Cedar City is home to many incredible walking and cycling paths. For those who aren’t feeling up for some high elevation adventure on the many mountain bike trails surrounding us, there are still some incredible places for a leisurely ride around town. Bikes are available to rent from Cedar Sports | www.cedarsportshop.com | (435) 586-5651 Cedar Cycle | www.cedarcycle.com | (435) 586-5210 Bike Route | www.mountaintrike.usa.com | (435) 586-4242 and a full list of trails can be found by following the link provided below.
Explore historic Downtown & Main street
Browse among the many vibrant locally owned shops and restaurants that call Main Street and Center Street in Cedar City their home. Enjoy a cup of coffee from The Grind Coffeehouse, browse among unique gifts and collectibles at Octopus Apothecary, and peruse the shelves of Main Street Books before settling in at The French Spot and enjoying a macaron, smoked salmon, or a freshly-baked croissant.
For more ideas to add to your adventure in Cedar City and Utah Summer Games Checklist visit the post to find 24 Free Things to Do in Cedar City!