5 Spring Break Mini-Vacation Ideas

By Lindsay Nemelka

Photo: Aggie Ice cream

Spring break is upon us and the majority of students are trying to make last-minute travel plans. There’s always the obvious destinations like California, Park City, Las Vegas, and southern Utah, but if you’re like me and don’t have the mulla to splurge on spring break (or if you’re low on gas money), here are some local destination day trips for you to check out.

1. Lava Hot Springs
Mother Nature can blow all the cold air she wants because soaking in 102 to 112-degree mineral water is a perfect winter activity. Lava Hot Springs has five outdoor pools and an indoor swimming pool/rock wall only one hour and 40 minutes from Logan. Snowmobiling and skiing areas are nearby. All day swim passes for one person are $11.50 Monday through Thursday and $15 Friday through Sunday.

430 East Main Street

Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

(208) 776-5221

Sunday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 11.p.m.

Near Pocatello Idaho, 80 miles from Logan


If you prefer a shorter drive, Crystal Hot Springs is just on the other side of Sardine Canyon, 30 minutes away. They are known for hot and cold pools with the highest mineral content of any natural spring in the U.S. Tickets are $6-10.

Near Brigham City, 24 miles from Logan

2. Museum of Ancient Life
Come check out the world’s largest display of mounted dinosaurs! Touch fossils and play in the ‘erosion’ water tank while watching and hearing animatronic dinosaurs and other creatures. See a movie at the Mammoth Screen 3D Theater or the newly remodeled Megaplex next door. Cafes and shopping are also available. Tickets are $10-15.

3003 N Thanksgiving Way at Thanksgiving Point

Lehi, Utah 84043

(801) 766-5030

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Closed Sunday

If you’re not looking to go that far, there’s the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City, or even the Hill Aerospace Museum in Ogden.

3. Salomon Center
Where else in Utah can you go experience a vertical wind tunnel and indoor surfing in one place? This fun center has tons of attractions including iFLY Utah, which simulates the feeling and motion of sky-diving while a giant fan hovers you mid-air. Flowrider Utah has an indoor “sheet wave” of two-and-a-half inches where you can practice your surfing, wake-boarding and boogie-boarding. FatCats Fun Center has a bowling alley, bumper cars, mini golf, and arcade games. With a Megaplex theater next door, gym, and restaurants this place makes an awesome day-trip.

338 23rd St

Ogden, UT 84401

(801) 399-5862

The Gateway in Salt Lake City is often overlooked on ‘destination vacations’ but is perfect for a mini-trip. Along with shopping, dining and a Megaplex theater, the Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum are cool places to hang (and learn!) Swagger is also playing at The Depot–an art concert venue, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

400 W South Temple

Salt Lake City, Utah

4. Niter Ice Cave
Three miles south of Grace Idaho, a sign reading “Ice Cave Road” marks the path to a cave formed by a lava tube 500,000 years ago. Pioneers used it as a refrigerator but today it’s a local hangout. The cave is covered in ice most of the year (hence the name) and displays beautiful mineral patterns on the ceiling. Only 12 miles from Soda Springs– the world’s only captive man-controlled geyser– and 20 miles from Lava Hot Springs, you could extend your trip into a geological exploring extravaganza.

5. Cache Valley Food Tour
Everybody loves a vacation with great food. Try this all-about-food vacation idea by experiencing Cache Valley’s greatest taster-road trip.
Try the new Aggie Ice Cream flavor in celebration of the new Agriculture building, stop by the historic Bluebird Restaurant on main for some lunch and gourmet candy, pause at Cafe Ibis for a cup of organic coffee, munch squeaky cheese from Gossner Foods Inc, and trek on up to Pepperidge Farm Outlet Store to buy cookies and crackers at discount prices.
For more food destination ideas visit TourCacheValley.com.

Aggie Ice cream

750 N. 1200E.

Logan UT, 84322

(435) 797-2109

Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sat 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Closed Sunday

Bluebird Restaurant

19 N. Main Street

Logan UT, 84321

(435) 752-3155

Bluebird Candy Co

75 West Center

Logan UT, 84321

(435) 753-3670

Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Caffe Ibis

52 Federal Ave.

Logan UT, 84321

(435) 753-4777


Gossner Foods, Inc.

1051 N 1000 W

Logan UT, 84321

(435) 713-6100


Pepperidge Farm Outlet

1027 E. 11600 N Highway 91

Richmond UT, 84333

(435) 258-3618



3 thoughts on “5 Spring Break Mini-Vacation Ideas

  1. Thanks for listing Lava Hot Springs, the NIter Ice Cave and the Soda Springs CAPTIVE GEYSER. See more stuff in SE Idaho on the Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway, and the Pioneer Historic Byway including Minnetonka Cave, the Oregon Trail Museum, Sulphur Springs, Sheep Rock Point, Last Chance Canal, Sulphur Springs, Chesterfield Townsite, etc, etc. Visit http://www.seidaho.org.com.

    Also google Bear River Heritage Area for more Utah & SE Idaho places to see, visit, and participate in our Bear River Basin History and unique Heritage.

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