Whether you are visiting Cedar City during to take a look at Southern Utah University, passing through, or taking in the Shakespearean festival there is no shortage of activities from which to choose.  Let’s take a look at the top 10 things to do in Cedar City.

  1.        Utah Shakespearean Festival – Debuting in 1962 the Utah Shakespearean Festival attracts over 110,000 patrons from across the West.  While it started humbly with a budget of just $1,000 this annual festival is spread across three theaters.  If you are visiting Cedar City during the sixteen-week Shakespearean Festival season be sure to catch one of nearly 300 plays.
  2.        Cedar Breaks – One of the less frequented but no less amazing National Parks, Cedar Breaks is just a short drive from Cedar City this National Park offers stunning views from its 10,000 ft summit.  It does offer more than just great photo ops with plenty of hiking trails, visitors center, and during certain times of the year a wildflower festival.
  3.        Dixie National Forest – Headquartered in beautiful Cedar City, Dixie National Forest covers 170 miles in Southern Utah.  The national park offers hunting, fishing, and camping for those that enjoy the outdoors.  During the winter, you don’t have to stay cooped up either, with trails maintained for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.  Dixie is also home to Brian Head Resort for downhill skiing when in season.
  4.        Frontier Homestead State Park Museum – You will find Frontier Homestead Museum fun for all ages because it has so much to offer.  From historic homes to frontier time activities.  Try your hand at building a log cabin, doing laundry the pioneer way, or even panning for gold.  Plan on spending a couple hours here so that you can have a chance to see everything. 
  5.        Day Trips/Tours –Whether you want to experience 5 national parks as part of a 6-day tour or just take an afternoon being guided to some of the area’s top culture or wildlife areas Cedar City is the place to start.  There are several options ranging from do it yourself tours to all-inclusive experiences. 
  6.        Cascade Falls – A short .6-mile hike over groomed terrain will lead you to Cascade Falls.  This breathtaking natural fall flows from the side of a cliff and is easily seen from a rail lined viewing platform.  With many benches and viewpoints along the trail, this easy outdoor adventure is great for families.
  7.        Southern Utah Museum of Art – This 20,000+ square foot museum is nestled into the campus of Southern Utah University.  It features collections along with rotating exhibits and ongoing educational experiences.  With so much continually changing it is like a new experience every couple of months.  Check their website to see the current exhibits showcased but be sure not to miss it.
  8.        Cedar City Aquatic Center – Hot Southern Utah days sometimes call for a reprieve.  Fun for the whole family with water slides, kiddie pool, and even a lazy river to float around.  Be sure to pack your sunscreen and take in the outdoor area as well. 
  9.        Coal Creek Trail – A great walk on a paved trail makes this an all abilities adventure.  Information plaques and benches dot the trail which is suitable for walking, running or cycling.  Views vary based on the time of year from small waterfalls during spring runoff to stunning foliage in the fall. 
  10.    Festival City USA – Cedar City is aptly named “Festival City USA.”  Nearly every weekend in Cedar City has a new calendar of events.  Be sure to check to see what will be going on during your visit.

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