Date: April 11, 2017
Things To Do In St. George
There are so many things to do in St George, Ut. St. George is a vibrant community full of culture, history, fun, and adventure. Whether you enjoy hiking in breathtaking surroundings, relaxing with music or the theater, or learning about the rich background that built this haven in the desert, you’re sure to find lots to offer in St. George. Below are just a few of the many things to do in your new home!
Downtown Things to Do
Take a stroll through the history of St. George with this self-guided walking tour through the downtown area. You’ll see where it all began, from the opera house to the homes of the founders, to the majestic Mormon tabernacle that anchors the city.
DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET
There’s nothing like a sunny stroll through a bustling farmer’s market, and St. George has one of the best. From May to October, farmers and artisans gather to sell fruits, vegetables, fresh cheeses, gorgeous textiles, and much more. Everything is local, right down to the live music.
HISTORIC ST. GEORGE LIVE
The history of St. George comes alive in the summer—literally! From May through September, you can hop on a bus with the city’s first pioneers (or at least actors representing them) who tell the tales of the people and events that made St. George what it is today.
Art Around the Corner
You might know that downtown St. George is scenic, but did you also know it’s also a stunning outdoor art gallery? Talk a walk through the area and you’ll find some truly amazing sculptures in the rotating exhibit that renews each spring.
SUNSET ON THE SQUARE
When the sun goes down in the summer, it’s time to cozy up at St. George Town Square for a good flick or two with the little ones. This twice-monthly outdoor movie series features films everyone will enjoy and no need to stay in your seat.
Mystery Escape Room
One of our favorite things to do in St George is solve a mystery. The St George Mystery Escape Room lets you play detective, stamp out a terrorist threat, or work your way through the riddles of King Arthur’s kingdom—if you work together. For those who dare, Mystery Escape Room puts groups together to find their way out of a room in a set amount of time using only their wits and a set of clues. This novel attraction is perfect for parties or entertaining out-of-town visitors.
GEORGEFEST AND THE JAZZ GARDEN
Once a month you can take to the streets for Georgefest, St. George’s mini music festival, featuring multiple stages, food trucks, and a variety of performers. And if you’re in the mood for a more adult experience, you can drop in at the Jazz Garden where you’ll find drinks and tapas to enjoy along with the music.
Ancestor Square Concert Series
Spread your blanket in beautiful Ancestor Square and get ready to enjoy original music from the members of the Southern Utah Song Writers Association. This free concert series is held every Thursday from May through September, so you’ll have a summer of tunes to keep you humming
Concert in the Park
If you can’t make it to Ancestor Square on Thursdays, there are still Mondays at Vernon Worthen Park. Pack up the cooler and join in the fun for a variety of music sponsored by the City of St. George and the National Endowment for the Arts.
WASHINGTON COUNTY LIBRARY
St. George and Santa Clara Branches
The Washington County Library system is your public library, with two locations serving St. George. Visit the St. George or the Santa Clara branch to check out books and other materials, access electronic resources, get connected with a film or book club, find genealogical records, and much more.
DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
For students and alumni of Dixie State, this library offers a full range of research materials, electronic databases, and library services. Community members can also access library resources with the purchase as DSU library card for $25.
St. George Family Search Library
DAUGHTERS OF THE UTAH PIONEERS MCQUARRIE MEMORIAL MUSEUM
This pioneer museum will transport you back to the rough and ready days of Southern Utah. The collection includes histories, photographs, and a wide array of artifacts early settlements in and around St. George.
ST. GEORGE ART MUSEUM
St. George is a city that appreciates art—that fact is reflected throughout the city, but especially in the art museum at the Pioneer Center for the Arts complex. Check out the most recent exhibits, let the kids get creative in the family discovery center, or come for a game night, book club, or one of the many other fun weekly events.
ST. GEORGE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
You might think the Children’s Museum is just for the kiddos, but you’ll find out differently if you take a visit. With exhibits that feature farms, castles, and even a little oval office, you’ll have fun exploring with your child. There’s lots of science, music, art, and theater in between, so the museum never gets old.
ST. GEORGE DINOSAUR DISCOVERY SITE
We’re lucky enough to live where dinosaurs once roamed, and you can learn all about it (along with other neat paleontology facts) at Dinosaur Discovery. The site tells the tale of numerous dinosaurs that came and went along the ancient shoreline of a lake that is present day St. George. You’ll see hundreds of footprints, replicas of the dinosaurs that made them, and special displays. It’s a real life Jurassic park in your backyard!
WESTERN SKY AVIATION WARBIRD MUSEUM
If you love airplanes just a little bit, you’ll love this collection of vintage military aircraft that’s been painstakingly restored by museum experts. Along with your tour of Migs and Mustangs, you’ll also get a dose of aviation history stretching back to World War I.
Brigham’s Playhouse is a performing arts theater that provides life-changing experiences through music, dance and more. This theater promotes happy family living, encouragement principle-centered living, and motivate the audience to build a better world. Tickets are available for seasonal or group rates. Come visit the most intimate atmosphere Southern Utah has to offer.
ST. GEORGE MUSICAL THEATER
Whether you’re a fan of the latest musicals like In the Woods or old school shows like Brigadoon, you have a venue to visit right here in town. St. George Musical Theater is a full-scale production company that holds performances in the historic downtown opera house. With 8 shows a year, you’re sure to find something to see.
THE ELECTRIC THEATER
This city-owned venue hosts a variety of films, shows, and other events—you never know what you might find. The attached gallery and downtown location make it a good place to go for a well-rounded night of culture! The theater plays host to a lot of local organizations and production companies, so follow it on Facebook to make sure you have the most up-to-date schedule.
This amazing amphitheater is nestled in a beautiful canyon setting for a truly singular entertainment experience. Located in nearby Ivins, Utah, Tuacahn is a premier venue that hosts top-name performers, popular musicals, and even a performing arts high school. You don’t have to be in the mood for a show to hang out though—be sure to check out the Market every Saturday and Christmas in the Canyon each November.
Park – St George Parks
Pioneer Park is quintessential Utah place to play. Fifty-two acres of trails, rock climbing and spectacular views from Dixie Rock will make this a park you return to again and again.
VERNON WORTHEN PARK
This scenic park in the heart of downtown St. George is often the site of festivals and community events. Lighted volleyball and pickleball courts make it a good place to get a bit of exercise, but the fact that it’s also a wifi hotspot makes it a great place to take the kids when you need to get some work done!
THUNDER JUNCTION ALL ABILITIES PARK
This unique park was built to be accessible for children with disabilities and fun for everyone! The park boasts swings, slides, an erupting volcano, a tree house, and splash pools for hot days—and if you have a $1 to spare, you can take a tiny train ride around the perimeter.
RED HILLS DESERT GARDEN
Gardeners, plant enthusiasts, and anyone who loves the desert will appreciate this five-acre tribute to the wild beauty of the area. You’ll find more than 5,000 plants as you walk the relaxing trails…and even a dinosaur track or two!
TONAQUINT PARK AND NATURE CENTER
Tonaquint Park is the perfect place to spend a hot day. Lots of shade and wetlands make it a lovely haven for both wildlife and humans! Walk the trails, play tennis, or bring your breadcrumbs to feed the ducks and swans.
CORAL PINK SAND DUNES STATE PARK Coral
Fire up the ATV or just hike in to experience the natural phenomenon of these monumental sand dunes, located about 30 minutes outside of St. George. Most of the park is accessible to off-road vehicles and there’s camping available if you want to make a weekend of it.
SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK
For a sand dune experience closer to St. George, visit Sand Hollow. In addition to great camping and off-roading opportunities, the park features a 1,300-acre reservoir open to boating and fishing. Don’t have a boat or an ATV? No worries, you can rent one (or a kayak or a paddle boat) in the park’s south beach area.
SNOW CANYON STATE PARK
Don’t let the name fool you—you won’t find any white stuff here. But you will find a wealth of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Bring your climbing gear, too, because Snow Canyon is one of the best technical climbing scenes in the nation.
QUAIL CREEK STATE PARK
Anglers and kayakers will love the warm waters of the Quail Creek reservoir. The reservoir is a prime fishing location stocked with rainbow trout, large-mouth bass, catfish, and bluegill. Reserve a campground and rent a paddle board for a good time for the entire family.
Other Points of Interest
ST GEORGE LDS TEMPLE
St. George Utah has the 1st operating LDS temple of the Church. This temple also has more sealing rooms than any other temple in the church (18 sealing rooms). Come enjoy your time at the Visitors Center and the rest of the sacred, peaceful grounds.
Under Canvas is to enrich lives by enabling people to share experiences in the outdoors in comfort and style. There are multiple different private tent rooms that sleep up to four people. Also, Under Canvas is the perfect place to host your wedding or any other event.
- • Historic Brigham Young Home
- • Pioneer Courthouse
- • St. George Temple
- • Mountain Meadow Massacre Site
- • Jacob Hamblin Home