Named after the prophet, Lehi is home to more than 58,000 residents. Part of Utah, it is not surprising that this city was founded by Mormons in 1850. A dry climate and warm weather provide many outdoor activities around Lehi. With many points of interest for visitors, Lehi has abundant restaurant and museum options. In fact, Lehi Roller Mills is famous for its role in the movie Footloose. Guests can visit any time of the year, but careful planning can include seasonal treats.
© Thanksgiving Point
For guests visiting Lehi, a stop at Thanksgiving Point is a must. This nonprofit boasts several attractions. The primary goal of Thanksgiving Point is to instill a love for the outdoors while stimulating curiosity and education for nature. Originally a gift to Karen Ashton from her husband, Alan, Thanksgiving Point houses farms, themed gardens, restaurants, and museums.
Thanksgiving Point has over 55 acres of gardens where visitors can stroll through themed gardens inspired by Monet, The Secret Garden, and roses. A community garden is a focal point, allowing everyone the opportunity to get their hands in the dirt. Also, check out organization-sponsored community gardens, like the pizza garden, which grows peppers, onions, tomatoes, and basil. Horticulture, landscape design, and water reclamation classes are offered throughout the year.
3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043, Phone: 801-768-2300
2.Museum of Natural Curiosity
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Part of the Thanksgiving Point complex, The Museum of Natural Curiosity is home to four permeant exhibits: Rainforest, Discovery Garden, Kidopolis, and Waterworks. Traveling exhibits bring in even more adventures for kids. Over 400 different interactive exhibits keep kids wanting to come back again and again. A ropes course gets kids active high above the ground, practicing skills and balance. The American Adventure delves into history and challenges kids to a game of survival. For those willing to take the chance, adventurers will test themselves by “living a year” as an American settler. Will your child be part of the 39% of survivors?
3605 Garden Drive, Lehi UT, 84043, Phone: 801-768-2300
3.Museum of Ancient Life
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Another part of the Thanksgiving Point complex, the Museum of Ancient Life attempts to bring natural history into an interactive scope and remove it from behind plexiglass. Visitors can look at over 60 dinosaurs that are on exhibit. Three fossils on display are used to make Plaster of Paris molds for kids to make and take home. Kids can put on their paleontology hats by tackling a dig at the play quarry or watching professional paleontologists work on unearthing a real 150-million-year-old Barosaurus. To finish off the night, visitors can buy tickets for the 3D Mammoth Screen, where animal and nature films are shown.
3003 N Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043, Phone: 801-768-2300
4.John Hutchings Museum of Natural History
John Hutchings Museum of Natural History has six core values, some of which are preservation, exploration, and conservation. The museum wants to educate both young and old about the surrounding community and culture. While this museum also houses an exhibit of fossils, John Hutchings Museum is dedicated to conservation, so visitors can check out one of the exhibits featuring live animals (including hedgehogs, milk snakes, and salamanders) or dedicated to preserving life (like the newly built ocean exhibit). For those more interested in history, the Wild West exhibit showcases cowboy and settler artifacts and the Veterans Memorial has exhibits dedicated to different wars over the last century.
55 N Center Street, Lehi, UT 84043, Phone: 801-768-7361
5.Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest
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Held every October at the original MAiZE in Utah, Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest has been a staple for the Lehi community since 1996. A new corn maze design is unveiled each year for guests to wander. Past themed mazes include Aliens & Crop Circles, Lost in Space, The Beehive State, and Minion Mania. Visitors can also pick their own Halloween pumpkins from the patch and take part in one of the dozens of attractions and events taking place. For those interested in a little spook, Insanity Point houses spectacular haunts, including a haunted corn maze, haunted hayride, and haunted big top.
3003 N Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043, Phone: 801-794-3276
© Zulu Grille
As one of the newest restaurants in Lehi, Zulu Grille brings African flavors to Utah. A vacation to Africa became the inspiration for the restaurant, which is why Piri Piri chicken is the center of all menu items. African yellow rice and cucumber mango salad accompany all chicken dishes, while other African side dishes, like African street corn, are available. To help make a difference in the lives of the inspiring Africans, the co-founders of Zulu Grille created the Meal for a Meal program. For every meal bought at Zulu Grille, a portion of the money goes to feed African children.
2951 Club House Drive, Lehi, UT 84043, Phone: 801-901-6492
© Moochies Meatballs
With an authentic Philadelphia-born chef, Moochie’s is the spot to look for authentic Philly cheesesteaks. In fact, Moochie’s was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives as the Salt Lak City-area’s best restaurant. Originally a pottery store, the kitchen in the back outsold the store in the front and was eventually took over. Along with the cheesesteak, there are chicken and pasta options. For those looking for something a bit different, homemade salad with unique toppings, like meatballs and chicken parmesan, are available. Customers can order traditional sides, like fries, jalapeno bites, and fried ravioli to go with their sandwich. For those interested, online ordering is available.
380 North 850 East, Lehi, UT 84043, Phone: 801-766-8855
© PDQ Restaurant
North Carolina-based, Lehi has the only Utah-branch location of PDQ Restaurants. Since its founding, PDQ has been a proud supporter of local charities, donating nearly $6 million. Not just a typical fast food restaurant, PDQ makes homemade sauces and dressings daily, including chipotle BBQ, blueberry-ginger vinaigrette, Buffalo blue, sweet sriracha, lemon chile vinaigrette, and creamy garlic sauce. All the food, including hand-breaded zucchini fries and chicken nuggets, are made fresh to order. PDQ uses only steroid and hormone-free foods that are never frozen. Along with sandwiches, like the honey butter chicken sandwich, customers can select one of three rice bowls, like the Thai peanut or grilled Cali.
3610 N Digital Drive, Lehi, UT 84043, Phone: 801-753-0921
9.Tsunami Restaurant and Sushi Bar
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Established in 2001 by Kris Bodeen and Scott Coulter, Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi Bar serves Asian cuisine with an upscale flair. Tsunami tries to use only sustainable seafood for its sushi and offers both gluten-free and vegetarian options. With over 40 housemade specialty sauces, there are endless options from which to choose. Customers can pair their sushi with an original sake or one of the many sake blends available at the bar. For those who don’t fill up, Asian-inspired desserts are available, such as the Coconut Glory (coconut tempura-fried bananas served with coconut ice cream).
1616 W Traverse Parkway, Lehi, UT 84043, Phone: 801-770-0088
Kalani and Kimo Mack opened this Hawaiian-style restaurant back in 2008 with the hopes of spreading a love for their culture’s food. Now, with ten locations, the Mack’s serve up classic Hawaiian food, prepared just as a visitor to the Big Island might find. Customers can choose from one of the pork, shrimp, steak, or chicken dishes. Kahlua pig is a popular choice and is most commonly recognized as a type of pulled pork. Chicken and steak dishes are served teriyaki, pulehu, or katsu (chicken only) style. For those who can’t decide, Mo’Bettahs has a mixed plate with two or three meats.
2975 Club House Drive, Lehi, UT 84043, Phone: 801-768-7367
10 Best Things to Do in Lehi, Utah
- Thanksgiving Point, Photo: Thanksgiving Point
- Museum of Natural Curiosity, Photo: Thanksgiving Point
- Museum of Ancient Life, Photo: Thanksgiving Point
- John Hutchings Museum of Natural History, Photo: alexandros33/stock.adobe.com
- Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest, Photo: Rich Koele/stock.adobe.com
- Zulu Grille, Photo: Zulu Grille
- Moochies Meatballs, Photo: Moochies Meatballs
- PDQ Restaurant, Photo: PDQ Restaurant
- Tsunami Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Photo: Tsunami Restaurant and Sushi Bar
- Mo’Bettahs, Photo: Mo’Bettahs
- Cover Photo: dmitrimaruta/stock.adobe.com