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Antelope Island under the Milky Way in Davis County, Utah

Antelope Island under the Milky Way

Just north of Salt Lake City, Davis County is the perfect place to play in the beautiful state of Utah.

Start at Antelope Island State Park, which is on the Great Salt Lake. Home to bison, pronghorn and countless bird species, it’s a wildlife watcher’s paradise. As a designated Dark Sky Park, animals won’t be the only thing you’ll want to watch. The Milky Way arching over the lake will leave you in awe. Stop by The Bird in Syracuse on your way in and get a fried chicken picnic to enjoy at the park.

Every year in October cowboys roundup the bison at Antelope Island for vet checks and an auction. Starting on one side of the island and herding them into sorting pens at the other end, the cowboys give you a taste of the Wild West. Visitors line their cars up along the road to watch the bison on roundup day and then can watch the sorting process in the weeks to follow. Check the Utah State Parks website (stateparks.utah.gov/parks/antelope-island/bison-roundup/) for 2020 Roundup information.

Annual Bison Roundup at Antelope Island in Davis County, Utah

Annual Bison Roundup at Antelope Island

But your weekend isn’t complete without a stop at Lagoon Amusement Park, the longest family owned amusement park in the country. Cool off in the waterpark, ride roller coasters and get an old-fashioned picture taken in Pioneer Village.

The Cannibal Lagoon at Lagoon Amusement Park in Davis County, Utah

The Cannibal Lagoon at Lagoon Amusement Park

If you’re still craving more fun, there are six other amusement centers in Davis County. Can’t miss stops include The Rush Funplex, where you can go kart and SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium where you can see a sloth, feed a shark and swim with stingrays.

At the end of the day head to Station Park in Farmington, an outdoor dining and shopping destination with a water feature designed by the same mastermind behind Las Vegas’s Bellagio fountain. Twiggs Bistro is the move for dinner with mouthwatering sandwiches, pizzas, pastas and more. Don’t miss the Twiggs Signature Burger with white cheddar and garlic aioli.

Station Park Amusement Park in Davis County, Utah

Station Park Amusement Park

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To learn more about Davis County, visit www.playindavis.com