One of the biggest cities in the state of Utah, Provo is located in the central part of the state and is the county seat of Utah County. Provo is technically the third largest city in Utah and covers an area of 44.2 square miles. It has an estimated population of 117,000 people, with over 526,000 living in the surrounding metropolitan area, which also includes the city of Orem. Provo is an important educational and cultural city for Utah, home to Brigham Young University and the biggest Mormon Missionary Training Center. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Attraction Spotlight: Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium aims to educate and inspire visitors to discover and explore everything this is to know about the Earth’s many diverse ecosystems. Visitors can expect to find an engaging and entertaining aquarium with more than 2,500 different animals from 450 species on display in various specialty exhibitions.
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium was founded by marine biologist, Brent Andersen. He originally started pursuing his vision of developing a world-class Salt Lake City aquarium in 1998. He began gathering support by driving an outreach van he named the “Aqua-Van” to local schools around Utah. The van was filled will a wide variety of exhibits and fun educational activities.
By the summer of 2004, Andersen had gathered enough support that he was able to open a smaller-scale exhibit previewing what his aquarium would look like. This exhibit was more than 10,000 square-feet and was on display at the local Gateway Mall. The exhibit was open to the public and provided more than 150,000 visitors a year with unforgettable marine experiences.
The exhibit was popular for about 2 years until Andersen was able to expand the exhibition to a building in Sandy, Utah totaling more than 43,000 square-feet. At that time there were about 1,700 different animals. The aquarium hit a record in 2012 when it hit more than 457,000 visitors in one year.
The official Loveland Living Planet Aquarium that many people know and love opened its doors in 2014. The name “Loveland” was added at that time to honor one of the aquarium’s most generous donors. Currently, there are now more than 2,500 different animals and a wide variety of educational programs and exhibitions.
There are a wide variety of exhibitions at the Aquarium including various salt water animals, fresh water animals, reptiles, amphibians, as well as many endangered birds and rare bugs.
Animal Meet and Greet: Almost every single day at various times, the zoo keepers will host an animal meet and greet. Guests can come face-to-face with all kinds of reptiles and amphibians while learning all about what makes them so special.
Shark Tank Diver Talk: Every day, visitors are invited to interact with the divers who are responsible for caring for sharks. Visitors will learn about their daily activities as well as plenty about the sharks they care for.
Stingray Feed: Guests are invited to witness the frenzied and fantastic stingray feeding at the zoo each day. Be sure to attend the splashing good time and maybe even get the chance to pet a stingray yourself.
Penguin Feed: Guests are invited to witness the adorable penguin feeding each day. Since penguins each approximately 10% of their body weight each day, it sure is a delight to watch them in action. During the feeding, guests will learn all kinds of fun facts about these incredible flightless birds.
There are many other events held daily at the Aquarium including a hawk watch, various lectures, yoga with the sharks, summer camps, scout nights, workshops, and of course, annual summer camps. Be sure to visit the Aquarium calendar for more information.
Education & Programs
Because the mission of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is to educate and inspire, there are a wide variety of educational and outreach programs hosted year-round. Students of all ages are welcome to attend the summer camps, reserve a field trip with their class, or attend a scout workshop. There are also plenty of opportunists for teachers and educators to pursue their professional development.
The outreach programs consist of 3 specialty vans that visit schools and educate children in grades 2, 4, and 6. The first is the rainforest van which is aimed at 2nd graders and introduces them to concepts regarding mapping skills and tropical rainforests. Students will be able to identity the various locations around the world where there are rainforests and learn about what it takes to preserve these vital and delicate ecosystems.
The second outreach van is aimed at 4th graders and is called the Utah Waters Van. This outreach program is aligned with the Utah State Office of Education and its Core Science Curriculum. Students will learn all about the water cycle, wetlands, and about the importance of water conservation.
The third and final fan is aimed at 6th graders and is called the Ecosystems Van. This outreach program meets the SEEd Standards of Utah State. It includes many activities, interactive games, and various models used to educate students about ecosystems around the world.
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 Lone Peak Parkway, Draper, UT 84020, Phone: 801-355-3474
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Hotel Spotlight: Desert Pearl Inn in Springdale, Utah
Desert Pearl Inn is the perfect boutique hotel for a memorable family vacation or a beautiful romantic getaway. It is located near the Virgin River and the grand cliff peaks of Zion National Park, in Springdale, Utah. The park entrance is only ¾ mile away. Guests can stroll the Native stone-made paths which wind through the trees or sit outside at the riverside bench and take in the sunny days Utah has to offer.
The rooms feature balconies and terraces which overlook the red rock formations and allow guests to breathe in the fresh, mountain-type air of the area. There is both a pool and hot tub for guests to lounge and enjoy on the property and it is conveniently located right in town, so transportation to other attractions is a breeze. The scenery at the Inn is unbeatable, with a perfect view of West Temple which is the highest point at Zion Canyon and known to be the largest Navajo Sandstone Formation here on Earth. The landscaping at the Desert Pearl Inn is well-maintained with many Native plants, benches for relaxing and enjoying the natural setting, and beautiful and creative garden beds. The Inn is worthy of any postcard pictures guests could imagine. More , Things to Do in Utah
There are several choices for guests in terms of accommodations available at the Desert Pearl Inn. There are Double Queen Rooms, King Rooms, Premium King Rooms and River’s Edge Suites. All rooms are non-smoking, no pet rooms and feature private balconies or terraces. They are updated and elegant to enhance guests’ enjoyment of their stay. If guests require laundry facilities, there is a Guest Laundry house which is open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily and the machines are coin-operated.
The Double Queen Rooms feature two queen size beds and are located either riverside or poolside, depending upon availability, and boast about 500 square feet of space. The gorgeous reclaimed wood and natural fabrics, as well as the large bright windows are a constant reminder of the natural beauty surrounding the area. There is a sofa sleeper in the cozy sitting area, as well as a small kitchen type area for preparing simple breakfasts, light lunches or having a snack or two throughout the day. The bathroom is tiled with high quality Italian tiles and is two separate rooms with the tub/shower, bidet and toilet in one and a vanity, closet and sink in another, allowing guests to get ready for the day or have a shower in privacy. These rooms will accommodate up to six guests.
The King Rooms feature a luxurious, comfortable king size bed with a queen size sofa sleeper in the sitting area. The room is approximately 500 square feet in size. The private terrace is the perfect place to relax in an Adirondack chair and take in all that nature has to offer, including views of the canyon area, the river or the pool area. The updated, tiled bathroom is divided into two rooms for additional privacy—the first has the tub and shower, the toilet and bidet, while the second has the sink, a vanity and closet. The kitchenette area has a sink, a mini-fridge and some counter space to prepare breakfast, small lunch items or snacks. This room will accommodate up to four guests.
Premium King Rooms feature a wonderful view of the Virgin River from the private balcony. The room is approximately 500 square feet. The premium king size bed welcomes guests after a long day on the hiking trails or other various excursions, as well as a queen size sofa sleeper. The bathrooms are updated with Limestone tiling and, like the other rooms at the Inn, are two separate areas. The convenient kitchenette has a sink, mini-fridge, dishwasher and microwave to prepare simple foods in-room. The décor is done in reclaimed teak wood, natural fabrics and soft colors. The windows allow for tonnes of natural light, allowing guests to experience the outdoors while inside. This room will accommodate a maximum of four guests.
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The Riverside Suites boast over 1000 square feet of luxurious, yet natural feeling space and are located only 25 feet from the edge of the Virgin River from their back door. The king size bed is located in a separate bedroom, while guests can lounge and relax in the living room area equipped with a queen sofa sleeper and two arm chairs. The private patio is even larger than the others as well, with over 300 square feet of lounging space. The king bedroom has a full bathroom, divided in two areas again, but also featuring a jetted tub for added luxury and comfort. There is a second bathroom accessible from the living room area which has a shower as well. The small kitchen area has a full size fridge, a microwave, sink, wet bar and cooktop. These suites will accommodate up to four guests.
9 East is the on-site restaurant at the Desert Pearl Inn. It is open to the public as well as guests of the hotel, providing a casual, yet fine dining type atmosphere. They are open for both lunch and dinner and feature Italian/Mediterranean dishes as well as having a bakery where all pastries and treats are made from scratch. Guests will love the option to enjoy brick-fired Neapolitan style pizza, cooked in their specialty ovens, which is available for both lunch and dinner.
Lunch is served Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers a great selection of items from deluxe salads to burgers and pasta and even Beef Tenderloin and Vegetable Skewers. There are simple, yet tasty lunch desserts available such as ice cream bars, root beer floats and cinnamon rolls.
Dinner is available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the off-season. The menu consists of an array of Antipasto selections such as Fried Calamari, Spiced Local Watermelon Salad, Assorted Meats & Cheeses plate and more. Of course, the brick-fired pizza is always available in a variety of styles and flavors. The menu features simple, yet delicious pasta choices and tempting, gourmet entrees such as Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass or Smoked & BBQ’d Leg of Lamb.
The dessert menu will wow guests with homemade gelato and sorbet selections, cookies, mascarpone cheesecake and many other tempting treats.
There is no dedicated bar or lounge at the Desert Pearl Inn, however, 9 East has a full bar service menu if guests wish to enjoy a beer, glass of wine or cocktail. They have a decent selection of local Utah bottled beers at reasonable prices, as well as a draft menu featuring local, domestic and import beers and ales. The cocktail menu offers choices of shots, straight up liquor, and mixed cocktail drinks. If guests enjoy malt whiskey, they will love the 15 year old malt whiskey choices to enjoy.
In-room massages can be arranged through the front desk concierge. Deep tissue, Swedish, and Hot Stone massages are just a few of the treatment options available. Guests will need to make advance reservations for their in-room massages.
There are plenty of golf courses within an hour drive of Desert Pearl Inn for golf enthusiasts to explore. St. George, Utah is only about an hour away and features a wonderful golf community which would keep guests busy each day of the week.
The Sky Mountain Golf Course is located about 45 minutes away, in Hurricane, and is a public course offering 18 holes of golf. The scenery is unbeatable, with views of the Pine Valley Mountain range and surrounded by the Zion National Park. It is a challenging yet fun course, for golfers of different skill levels. Guests can grab a bite to eat before or after they tee off at the Sky Mountain Grill. The on-site pro-shop will cater to guests equipment needs and wants. They offer gift certificates and an online store for added convenience.
Weddings at Desert Pearl Inn are both romantic and scenic. The backdrop of the Zion National Park, the Virgin River and the Red Rock formations create a magical atmosphere for any nuptials. The staff at the Inn are very accommodating and happy to help couples plan the wedding of their dreams with many custom options available as well as delicious menu selections from the restaurant, 9 East.
Events such as conferences, reunions and other parties are always welcome at the Inn and the staff are happy to assist in putting together a functional itinerary for each event or party.
There are business services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which means attendees of conferences and workshops can stay connected and in touch with their professional world while visiting the Inn.
Desert Pearl Inn is happy to call themselves a friend of the environment with their thoughtful Green practices they have in place. They have an extensive recycling and conservation program in place to reduce the Inn’s impact on the environment, including a towel re-use program for guests who wish to participate.
They also use solar and geothermal systems to heat the water used within the Inn, reducing power consumption. The pool on-site is an eco-friendly saline pool and the laundry services have been updated to use less water and reduce environmental impact. Within the Inn, guests will notice energy efficient lighting as well as use of organic cotton bedding. The cleaning products used to clean the rooms and suites are only green products, safe for the environment. The Desert Inn is very committed to preserving the surrounding natural environment as well as reducing their overall impact on the Earth.
707 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84767, Phone: Phone: 435-772-8888
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