The American West Heritage Center is an outdoor museum of folk life and living history from 1820 - 1920. it is situated at the base of the majestic Wellsville Mountains and has striking views and scenery on its many acres. It specializes in hands-on, interactive activities for all ages on several different historical venues, including:
1. a 1917 Farm
2. 1860s Pioneer Settlement
3. Mountain Man Camp
4. Shoshone Indian encampment
5. and some trade shops from the Old West including a wood wright shop
They offer pony rides, train rides, and parties and activities all summer long, Tuesdays - Saturdays. It's very family-friendly, but there is plenty to do for adults and seniors, too.
They have events throughout the year, the largest of which is Baby Animal Days, usually held near Easter weekend (but check the dates on their website first). They also have a large pioneer celebration on the Saturday before July 24. In the fall, Farmtastic Fall takes place over six weeks and includes a large Corn Maze, Blackout Maze (a pitch dark maze you feel your way through), and many more activities, especially on Saturdays, where your admission fee also gets you in to living history activities at various venues.
All in all, it is a diverse, active place with very friendly staff and many things to see and do for literally all ages.
Address: Logan, Utah
Directions: Six miles south of Logan, Utah. 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Phone: (435) 245-6050
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Logan, Utah is the largest town in the lovely Cache Valley, an alpine valley nestled in the Wasatch Mountains. There are many things to do in Logan, but looking at the valley-wide activities is even more helpful.
Cache Valley is a very arts-oriented community with theatres, a world-renowned summer Opera festival, and galleries, most of whose prices are far less expensive than the galleries in Jackson Wyoming and Sedona Arizona and elsewhere--yet many of the same artists. Many artists who sell their work in major art towns like Jackson and Sedona choose to live in this pastoral, rural community. Some specific things to do are:
Visit the area's largest attraction: the American West Heritage Center. It's an outdoor museum of folk life and living history covering the years 1820 - 1920. They are very interactive and have fun activities for all ages, including hands-on living history, train rides, and pony rides. They operate daily during the summer, and have large events throughout the year
The Utah Festival Opera operates during the summer and is listed as one of the top 10 festival operas in the world. They offer world-class operas and Broadway musicals each summer.
The Old Lyric Repertory Company offers a repertory of plays throughout the summer. It is an equity house, and the shows are professional, diverse, and usually light.
At Utah State University, you can find the Museum of Anthropology. it is small, but very full of very interesting things and worth a visit.
The Celebrate American Show takes place in September and is a 1940s style dance extravaganz with dinner and a big show.
The Cache Valley Center for the Arts manages the Ellen Eccles Theatre, which is a place for major traveling shows and concerts. It operates all year long and offers a diverse program of events.
There is also amazing scenery in the area, and fine fishing and water sports.There are hiking and biking trails, lovely fall colors, with the Stokes Nature Center nearby.
In the winter, Beaver Mountain Ski Resort operates up the Logan Canyon and is a popular destination for skiing enthusiasts.
There are numerous very nice restaurants in the area, all with reasonable prices. For night life try the White Owl, a popular place for locals.
For more information about things to do in Cache Valley / Logan, Utah, try the Cache Valley Tourism office, where there is a comprehensive calendar and lots of information [http://www.tourcachevalley.com/].
Website: http://www.tourcachevalley.com/Related to:
- Historical Travel
Logan is a beautiful place - but if you are not a hiker or biker you will be bored our of your wits in the summer, after you see the few canyons and BEAR lake. there are numerous ATV trails - but hardly anyplace rents them and those that do charge you a ton - not to mention they don't take you to the trails so you need to rent a trailer too. JETSKIS in Bear lake will cost you a pretty penny too.
The cops are a joke - all they do is write tickets for traffic offenses and look for underage kids to fine for drinking - i don't think they know how to respond to an emergency as we had one and i found them all in the coffee shop and had to ask for an escort- they did not even poke their heads in the car to see what was wrong -
If you go - three days is more than plenty. there is no nightlife to speak of either
Try Cache Valley's Famous Foods Tour. A behind the scene look at local products like: Cox Honey, a 4th generation bee keeping experience that will leave you buzzing for more. Bluebird Candy and Chocolate Company, made from scratch and hand dipped goodies that will make your mouth water and Aggie Ice Cream, Utah State University's master ice cream and cheese makers will teach you what it takes to make their famous Aggie dairy products. These and so many more await you in beautiful Cache Valley.
We've attended Weeks Berry tour and the Bluebird Candy tour. Both were interesting and entertaining and the samples were scrumptious!!!! The tours are FREE to the public and a lot of fun. If you're looking for something to do on a budget or passing through the Cache Valley area and needs something to do, try the Food Tour!!!!! We got our information at the visitor's center in the old courthouse. 199 N. Main Street.
Address: 199 N. Main Street, Logan
Directions: Participants are spread out all over. We picked up a brochure at the old courthouse along with a map of the area. Locations are easy to find with the use of the map.
Website: http://www.tourcachevalley.comRelated to:
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Logan possesses a beautiful old Mormon Temple as Logan was an early important town in Utah. Planned in 1863, started in 1877, and dedicated in 1884, it was the second Utah temple planned after the Salt Lake City Temple (planned in 1847), the third on which construction started (after Salt Lake, started in 1853, and St. George, started in 1871), and it was the second dedicated, after the St. George temple, dedicated in 1877 (the Salt Lake City temple took a very long time to complete and was dedicated only in 1893). The structure also has a prominent location surrounded by nice grounds on a rise near downtown.
Of course, only Mormons can go in the temple, so most people will only be able to see the outside and, not being Mormon, I have no idea what it looks like inside.
Directions: It's in central Logan and quite visible. It should be easy to find.
- Religious Travel
There is a pamphlet of hiking trails you can get at the national forest service at the beginning of the canyon. The trails are any where from easy to hard, because there are so many of them to go on. Visit the canyons. They are absolutely beautiful. Tony Grove Lake is a fun place where people like to camp and hike. Also Bear lake is great! In certain areas of the lake you can walk out quite a ways before it gets very deep. It is ideal to bring kids there to swim. If you are into boating and have a lot of water sports equipment, Bear Lake is ideal for this.
Address: acsess to the canyons are along the mountains
Directions: Logan is the central city in Cache valley and you can get a lot of information on where to go from there.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Water Sports
You should definately take a drive through Logan Canyon. It'sa very wind-y road that follows the Logan river through a canyon that runs between Logan and Bear Lake. It's especially pretty in the fall. There are camping and hiking areas all along the way.