Places to See in Kaysville Utah
Located about halfway between Ogden and Salt Lake City, the small, historic city of Kaysville nestles near the Great Salt Lake with beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountain foothills. With a population of slightly more than 31,000 friendly, welcoming residents, Kaysville has plenty to see and do for all ages. Numerous parks and activity centers are located throughout the city that offer both indoor and outdoor fun.
First incorporated in 1868, Kaysville is filled with historic homes and buildings that will delight history buffs. Many of these are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and are open for both guided and self-guided tours. A few of the must-see houses are:
Thomas and Amanda Smith House
LeConte Stewart House
John Barnes House
John G. Moroni Barnes House
Henry Blood House
Historic churches can also be found in Kaysville. Two such churches not to be missed are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. One of the original LDS tabernacles, the beautiful stained glass windows lend an air of beauty, peace and tranquility to its surroundings.
The Presbyterian Church on Central Ave. has been a Kaysville landmark for over 126 years. Privately owned, it is currently in the process of complete restoration.
The Utah State University Botanical Center is a haven for all nature lovers. Gorgeous gardens featuring over 300 trees and shrubs also includes home landscapes using native plants that require little water. The ‘Utah House’ is a project used as a teaching tool, designed with energy-efficiency and water conservation and recycling as its main features. The walls are built with straw bales. Also included at this Botanical Center is an urban fishery, wetlands, and walking and biking trails. There is a volunteer-managed garden that supplies local food banks with fresh vegetables, and a Farmer’s Market open July through September.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Cherry Hill Campground/Amusement Park. Besides the camping sites, activities include water rides, miniature golf, a rock climbing wall, and Arcade games. Campers and visitors will enjoy the weekend concerts held here. Barnes Memorial Park plays host to a wide variety of outdoor sports activities such as baseball, football, and basketball. The park also contains a playground for the youngsters, and picnic tables and shelters scattered among the trees and well-tended shrubbery. Don’t be surprised to see a duck or two waddling up to ask for picnic scraps!
For the more adventurous, check with Guided Camping and Hiking Tours (not recommended for the very young) and head out to the mountains or plains for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Average day tours are around three hours.
Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve is the perfect place to visit for birdwatchers. This unique Preserve is a combination of salt and fresh water marshes and ponds that over 250 species of birds call home. It’s also an important stopping point for thousands of migratory birds of all species. Open to the public year-round, this family-friendly place has an educational visitors center, a boarded walkway over the marsh, and a watchtower the kids will love.