Gardner Village Blog Ten Fun Things to Do at Gardner Village this Summer
Wednesday Jun 1 2022

Yay! Summer vacation is officially on!

Boo! Outrageous gas prices make travel tricky.

Yay! You don’t need to drive far to enjoy an adventure!

Gardner Village is conveniently located just off I-15 in West Jordan, Utah. With a short trip, you can enjoy an entire day or even weekend of fun without breaking the bank.

Top 10 Things to Do This Summer @ Gardner Village 

Summer Fun #1: Escape Rooms at A Great Escape

Did you know these themed rooms change from season to season and include options for all ages? Right now, A Great Fairy Escape is back. Can your family solve the riddles needed to free the fairy? Learn more about your escape room options here.

A Great Escape Utah 

Summer Fun #2: Mystique Dining & The Prestige: Parlour of Magic

Can’t make it to a Vegas headliner this summer? Don’t worry, the top-tier talent is coming to you, with new acts in regularly. With the wave of a wand, you’ll enjoy chef-prepared food and mesmerizing magic. Make your reservations here.

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Summer Fun #3: Creative Classes

If your idea of a good time involves learning something new, you’ve come to the right place. If it involves eating obscene amounts of chocolate, well… yup, still the right place! Several of our locally owned shops offer classes.


Try a chocolate class with the experts at Chocolate Covered Wagon.

 Chocolate Covered Wagon

Even if you aren’t at this renowned candy shop for a class, you’ll still want to stop in. Where else can you watch taffy being pulled on an old fashioned pull and sample some of the best taffy this side of the Great Salt Lake?

 best candy shop in Utah

Unravel new knitting or crochet tricks at Willow Hill Yarn Company. See all available classes here.


Brush up on your artistic ability with a painting or drawing class at The Art Cottage. Learn more about current classes here

 The Art Cottage

Summer Fun #4: Ride through the Village at The Train Shoppe

You’ll chuga-chuga around the entire Village on this trackless train, making this a great first stop on your adventure. It will help you navigate where to go next.

 The Train Shoppe

Speaking of trains, did you know there’s a Trax station right across from Gardner Village? Why not leave the car, save on the gas, and take Trax in? What a great way to add to your vacay vibes!


Summer Fun #5: Pony Rides and Petting at The Farm

If pony travel is more your thing, the adorable rescued animals at The Farm are an excellent travel option. While you’re there, take time to visit the other animals. You might even get to feed one!

Utah animal rescue 

Summer Fun #6: Free Historic Scavenger Hunt

Game on! Test your Village prowess with this fun, free activity. Either print the form from here before you go or access it from your phone. Did you know Gardner Village is a Utah historic site?

Summer Fun #7: Shopping, of course!

What’s a vacay without souvenirs? With our many locally owned shops, everyone in your party is sure to find that perfect keepsake! See a complete list of Gardner Village shops here.

 The shops at Gardner Village

Summer Fun #8: Spa Day at Soulstice Day Spa & Salon

All of this play can leave you in need of a recharge. Time for a stop at Soulstice. Choose from one of the many services on their impressive massage and facial menu or focus on beauty with a hair service. Of course, now is also a great time to get your hands and feet summer ready with a mani/pedi.

 best spa in Utah

Summer Fun #9: Dine Time at Archibald’s Restaurant or Happy Camper Deli & Bakery

Some say dining out is the best part of any vacay. With these tasty choices, we’d have to agree. Come for some sit-down service and a delicious summer salad or the best in comfort food at Archibald’s or grab a quick bite (and the best sandwich you’ll have all day!) at Happy Camper Deli & Bakery.

Happy Camper Deli and Bakery 

Archibald's Restaurant

Summer Fun #10: The Woodland Fairy Festival

If you believe in magic, and we hope you do, now is the ideal time to visit Gardner Village for one obvious reason — the enchanting Woodland Fairy Festival! It’s only here through June 18, 2022, so you’ll want to fly in soon! Learn more about the festival here.

 Utah's Woodland Fairy Festival


There you have it! Ten unique ways to enjoy the summer days without breaking your bank on costly travel. It will only feel like you’ve traveled great distances. Stop by and play the day away soon!


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