Top 25 Things To Do In or Near Cache Valley During the Summer

It’s a little-known fact that Cache Valley is the best place to spend the summer. After the spring semester ends and most of the undergrads clear out, Logan is left to those of us lucky enough to stick around. We’ve got the perfect summer weather, traffic improves dramatically (think of all the parking!) and there’s always something fun going on.

The real question is, how are you going to spend these blissful summer months? There’s so much to do around Cache Valley, it can be hard to choose. That’s why we made a bucket list for you – all the must-do activities you have to try before school starts up again in the fall.

When you check one of these 25 items off your bucket list, take a picture and tag @usu_grad.

1. Spend a Saturday morning at the Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market.

If you like to know exactly where your food is grown – or if you just love delicious food – this is the place for you. Buy your fruits, vegetables, breads, and other goods directly from the people who grow or make them, and know that you’re getting the best quality around. The live music and local artists are cherries on top.

When: Saturday mornings, May 12 – Oct 20
Where: 199 N Main, Logan

2. Cool down by cleaning the sink at Angie’s.

If you drive around Logan, you’re sure to see at least a dozen bumper stickers proudly declaring, “I cleaned the sink at Angie’s!” Don’t worry, this Cache Valley tradition isn’t nearly as miserable as it sounds – you will absolutely not be touching any soap or sponges. If you order The Kitchen Sink at Angie’s Restaurant, you’ll receive a sink full of ice cream, complete with bananas and three additional toppings. Your goal is to finish the whole thing, but you aren’t required to do it alone. Bring a group of friends!

Where: 690 N Main, Logan
Cost: $13.99

3. Hike one of Logan’s many beautiful trails.

One of the best parts of Cache Valley is how close we are to so many hiking trails. There are hikes for everybody, from short, flatter trails for those just looking for a quick workout, to longer ones perfect for seasoned hikers. Often, the hardest part can be choosing which one to go on. Check out our list of the top five places to hike in Logan Canyon.

Where: Just north of campus on U.S. 89

4. Go on a “historic adventure” at American West Heritage Center.

If you’re feeling like a trip back in time, the American West Heritage Center has you covered. Their Historic Adventure program will teach you how to throw tomahawks, spin wool, work wood, milk a cow, and many other skills people used to need. With all of the different activities you can do, it’s a great trip for families! The center also has other great programs, like bison tours, a corn maze, and a festival for Pioneer Day.

When: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11 a. m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 4025 S. U.S. 89-91, Wellsville
Cost: $6 for students and children, $7 general

Cherry Peak Summer Concert Series

Photo by Cherry Peak Resort
5. Attend Cherry Peak’s Summer Concert Series.

Cherry Peak may be best known for their skiing and snowboarding in the winter, but after the snow has melted, they open their doors for mountain bikers, horseback riding, and best of all, their Summer Concert Series. Watch for updates on artists on their website.

Where: 3200 E 11000 N, Richmond
Cost: Variable 

6. Take a day trip to Bear Lake and get raspberry shakes.

You’ll probably never have a better raspberry shake than the ones in Garden City after a day of play at Bear Lake. The raspberries are locally grown and fresh, and you can taste the difference. Their shakes are famous for a reason! We suggest checking out LaBeau’s Drive In.

When: All summer
Where: Bear Lake Blvd., Garden City

7. See local art at Summerfest.

Artists from all over Cache Valley gather at Summerfest to display their work. You can see paintings, sculptures, glasswork, carvings, dancers, singers and much more. You can also get in touch with your own inner artist at the Creation Station, with free games and art-making for people of all ages. Not to mention, it’s a great place to grab some funnel cake.

When: June 14-16
Where: 50 N Main St., Logan

8. Discover a unique drama experience at The Old Barn Community Theatre.

There’s an old, run-down barn just past the borders of Cache County that seems innocuous from the outside, with a sign on the front with the words “Old Barn” in big, bold letters. Inside, however, there are live theatre productions on a stage unlike most: small and square, with seats on every side. They call it “theatre in the round,” and it’s a quaint and fun experience for people of all ages. This summer, they’ll be playing The Drowsy Chaperone throughout July and August, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in October.

Where: 3605 Bigler Rd., Collinston
Cost: $9 for adults, $8 for children, $30 for a family of up to six people

Window decal for the Island Market

Photo by Island Market
9. Stop by the Island Market to see what products are in.

You never know what interesting goodies you’ll find at the Island Market, a local grocery store with a focus on fresh and natural ingredients. With products ranging anywhere from artisan dipping sauces to beard wax, this little shop is always an adventure.

When: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: 400 E Center St., Logan

10. Tour Cache Valley’s food factories and get discounted seconds.

There’s an unusually high proportion of food production facilities in Cache Valley, and it’s to our benefit. Every time there’s a slight mistake in production, the batch is termed “seconds,” and are sold in discount stores. You can get cookies and goldfish crackers by the pound from Pepperidge Farms, FatBoy ice cream sandwiches from Casper’s, delicious cheeses and cheese curds from Gossner’s, and more.

Pepperidge Farms: 901 US-91, Richmond
Casper’s: 11805 N 200 E, Richmond
Gossner’s: 1051 N 1000 W, Logan

Hot pools at Lava Hot Springs

Photo by Lava Hot Springs
11. Relax at Lava Hot Springs.

Lava Hot Springs may be almost an hour and a half from Logan, but it’s worth the trip. Portneuf River flows right through the town and is a popular place to go tubing. Bring your own tube, and it’s free! Rentals are also available in town. If you’d rather relax than take an adventure down the river, the Hot Pools are filled with flowing, natural mineral water and stay hot all year round, making them a great way to unwind during any season. Lava Hot Springs was also home to the liger, a lion-tiger hybrid you may have heard of if you’ve seen the film Napoleon Dynamite. You can learn more about them at the local museum. There’s plenty of shops to explore down Main Street, and if you’re feeling hungry, we recommend Chuck Wagon – they’ve got delicious food in large portions, perfect after a long day of play.

Hot Pools: 430 E Main Street
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 (Friday – Sunday), $6 (Monday – Thursday)

South Bannock County Historical Museum: 110 E Main Street
Cost: Free

Chuck Wagon: 211 E Main St., Logan
Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

12. Go see a local band at WhySound.

WhySound is the place to be if you want to get involved in the local music scene. All types of musicians play here, so you’re sure to find something that catches your interest. Show prices vary, so check their website before you go or buy the tickets ahead of time. WhySound also has a recording studio if you’re interested in making your own music.

Where: 30 Federal Ave., Logan
Cost: Varies

Cafe Ibis on Federal Ave
13. Try the coffee at Caffe Ibis.

It doesn’t take long for coffee drinkers new to Logan to discover that Caffe Ibis has arguably the best coffee around. Their custom artisan coffees simply have a flavor you can’t find anywhere else. They’re just down the street from WhySound. They also have breakfast and lunch menus if you’re feeling hungry.

Where: 52 Federal Ave., Logan
Cost: Drinks range from $1.50 – $6

14. Get in touch with your inner redneck at the Little Bear Bottoms water slide.

Referred to by locals as the “redneck waterslide,” the Little Bear Bottoms water slide is probably the best-kept secret in Utah. There’s no website and no official address, but if you can manage to find it, it’ll change your life. It may not seem like more than an enormous sheet of plastic draped down a giant hill, but that’s the magic of it. What started out as a backyard slide became so popular that thousands of people visit every summer. They rent the space out to groups for half or full days. View the schedule and call or text Shelayne Bunderson Clark at 435-770-5226 for more information.

When: June – mid-September, 10:00 a.m. – dark
Where: Put “5000 S, Hwy 89-91” in your GPS to get to the general location.
Cost: $250 – $550 for groups of up to 65

Photo by Outdoor Programs
15. Get involved with Outdoor Programs.

USU’s Outdoor Programs (OP) has the adventurer inside you covered, whether you’re a seasoned pro or are just getting started. You can sign up for one of the group trips – like the Desolation Canyon Rafting Service Trip in July or the City of Rocks Climbing Trip in September – or choose your own adventure with their equipment rentals. OP rental selection is huge, including mountain bikes, rock climbing equipment, kayaks, hammocks, and everything you could possibly need to go camping. See the full list of activities and equipment.

Where: 805 E 700 N, Logan
Cost: Dependent on activity

16. Float the Oneidas.

Part of Bear River, the Oneida Narrows are located just north of Preston, Idaho, and are a great place to spend a summer day. Locals will float just about anything down this section of the river; people have even strapped couches to floatation devices and floated the Oneida Narrows from the comfort of their own chairs. Before you go, make sure you check the flow rates to make sure the river is safe for your skill level.

Where: Oneida Narrows Rd., Idaho

Logan Tabernacle in downtown Logan
17. Spend your lunch break listening to music at the Tabernacle.

Each weekday during the summer, the Logan Tabernacle hosts musicians at their Summer Noon Tabernacle Concerts. They’re always free, and musical styles can range anywhere from playing the banjo to singing opera. Food and drink aren’t allowed inside, so make sure to eat your lunch before you come. Check out the full schedule.

Where: 55 N Main St., Logan
Cost: Free

18. Visit Brigham City for Peach Days.

Love peaches? How about fresh peaches from a city famous for them? How about an entire festival dedicated to those peaches, including a car show, a beauty pageant, a 10k race, a carnival, and two parades? Brigham City, just on the other side of Sardine Canyon, goes all out for Peach Days, which takes place every year on the weekend following Labor Day. This year, it’ll run from September 5-8. Check out the schedule to learn more.

When: September 5-8
Where: Brigham City

19. Fall in love with brunch at Herm’s Inn.

Herm’s is basically the holy grail of breakfast foods. It’s always crowded, but it’s so worth it. Everything is made from scratch with fresh ingredients, and the staff is always friendly. For those who would prefer a sandwich or a salad, they also have a lunch menu. They’re open every day, but only from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Oh and by the way, did we mention the pancakes are bigger than your face? #BrunchGoals

Where: 1435 Canyon Rd., Logan

20. Participate in Canyon Jams.

Held by Stokes Nature Center, Canyon Jams is a Sunday afternoon filled with music and beautiful scenery. Bring your favorite beverage up Logan Canyon and enjoy sweet melodies with the sound of the Logan River rushing in the background. Watch for the 2018 schedule

Where: 2696 Hwy. 89, Logan
Cost: $8 for students, children 12 and younger get in for free

21. Go country dancing at the Cache Valley Fun Park.

Every Wednesday from 9:00pm to midnight, all year round, the Cache Valley Fun Park hosts Country Night, where you can dance the night away with country swing and line dancing. If you’ve never done it before, there are dance instructors available who can show you how.

Where: 255 E 1770 N, North Logan
Cost: $6

22. Disc golf at the Cache County Fairgrounds.

If you’ve never heard of disc golf, imagine a mash-up between golf and Frisbee, and you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what’s going on. It’s played almost exactly like golf, except you use a frisbee instead of a golf ball. The Cache County Fairgrounds have a permanent course available that you can use. Check out a map of the course, as well as several other courses around Cache Valley.

Where: 450 S 500 W, Logan

Tandoori Oven
23. Eat dinner at Tandoori Oven.

At first glance, you might not expect this restaurant to taste as good as it does. After all, it’s connected to a gas station. Once you step inside and order some food, however, you’ll realize the hype for this place is well-warranted. It tastes amazing, and is the most authentic Indian food around. We recommend getting some ginger and garlic naan with your meal.

Where: 720 E 1000 N, Logan

24. See the animals at Willow Park Zoo.

Tucked away on the southwest side of Logan, Willow Park Zoo is a treasure both kids and adults will love to find and explore. The main attraction at the zoo is the wide variety of bird species, but they have reptiles and mammals as well, including turtles and tortoises, snakes, reindeer, yak, elk, coyotes, bobcats, and an albino porcupine, among many others. They are open from 10:00am to 6:00pm Mondays through Saturdays, and there’s a petting zoo available from 11:00am to noon and from 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: 419 W 700 S, Logan
Cost: $4 for adults, $3 for children

25. Participate in Fourth of July Festivities

Logan puts on a show for Fourth of July. Attend the Freedom Fire Celebration and Fireworks Show at the Maverick Stadium which ends in a concert. Just in it for the fireworks? The show is easy to see all over Logan, so bring out your lawn chair and enjoy the show!

When: July 3, 2018
Cost: $8/ ticket or $36 for 6 tickets

The weekend after the Fourth, attend the Cache Valley Cruise-In, a car show held annually at the Logan Fairgrounds. The event takes place over three days and includes music, food and classic cars. Your purchase of a ticket includes admission to all three days and the chance to win a car! Check out the full schedule for the weekend.

When: July 5-7
Cost: $10 for a ticket