20 Things to Do in Sandy, Utah

Shopping, Dining, Entertainment, Recreation, Parks, and Community Events

Sunrise on Mount Superior
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Sandy, in the South Valley, is one of Salt Lake City's largest suburbs and the sixth-largest city in Utah. Situated at the foot of the Wasatch and adjacent to Little Cottonwood Canyon, Sandy offers excellent outdoor recreation, plus shopping, dining, and entertainment.

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    Real Salt Lake and Rio Tinto Stadium

    Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake
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    Rio Tinto Stadium is a beautiful, 25,000-seat stadium in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah and was built as a home for Salt Lake's Major League Soccer club, Real Salt Lake. Besides soccer, Rio Tinto hosts a variety of concerts and sports events.

    9256 South State
    Sandy UT, 84070

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    There's always something happening at South Towne Expo Center. Some of the expo center's most popular annual events include the Festival of Trees, Asian Fair, international auto show, home shows, boat shows, bridal expo, gluten free expo, and outdoor expo. Check the website for upcoming exhibitions.

    9575 S. State St.
    Sandy, UT 84070

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    The Shops at South Towne is a huge shopping mall with just about everything your heart could desire. Major retailers include Macys, Dillard's, JCPenney, and Forever 21. Restaurants include Olive Garden, Chili's, Mimi's Cafe, McGrath's Fish House, TGI Friday, Village Inn, and Texas Roadhouse. The mall features a beautiful carousel in the food court.

    10450 South State Street
    Sandy, UT 84070

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    Sandy Amphitheater hosts concerts and arts events all summer, including touring acts, local favorites, and Sandy Arts Guild productions.

    1245 E 9400 S.
    Sandy, UT 84094

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    Sandy has more than 30 parks in its 28 square miles, some operated by Sandy City and others by Salt Lake County. Notable Sandy parks are listed below.

    Dimple Dell Regional Nature Park (10400 S. 1300 E.) - 644 acres of natural area with multiple trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, natural history study areas, interpretive sites, ponds and streams, and native plants and wildlife. Trailhead areas include picnic facilities and restrooms. A large outdoor amphitheater is also available.

    Flat Iron Mesa Park (1700 E. 8600 S.) - Flat Iron is the largest of the Sandy City parks, with 6 soccer fields, 2 baseball fields, 1 volleyball court, 2 playgrounds, 4 tennis courts, and 2 outdoor lighted pavilions. There are three different jogging trails, ranging from 1/3 to 1 mile in length.

    Lone Peak Park (10140 S. 700 E.) - The second largest Sandy City park offers a skate park, indoor pavilion, 3 outdoor lighted pavilions, 3 soccer fields, 2 baseball/softball fields, score keepers building,...MORE concession stand, 2 playgrounds, 1 basketball court, and a walking/jogging path surrounding the park.

    Sandy Off-Leash Dog Park (9980 S. 300 E.) - The Sandy off leash dog park is one acre fenced in with trees, benches, and a walking trail.

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    Sunrise on Mount Superior
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    Sandy has access to numerous hiking trails, most in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Here are some favorites.

    • Bell Canyon
    • Cecret Lake
    • Lakes Mary, Martha and Catherine
    • White Pine
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    Dimple Dell Fitness and Recreation Center offers child and adult sports programs, swimming, a fitness floor, jogging track, basketball gym, sports leagues, exercise classes, and a lot more.

    10670 S. 1000 E.
    Sandy UT 84094

    Admission $2-$6, or memberships available

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    Alta Canyon Sports Center offers swimming, racquet sports, fitness equipment, exercise classes, youth sports and recreation programs, and child care.

    9565 S. Highland Dr.
    Sandy, UT 84092

    Admission $3-$4.50, or memberships available

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    Sandy Library Salt Lake City
    ••• Scott Catron

    Sandy Library is the largest and busiest branch of the Salt Lake County Library system. It has meeting rooms, computers, WiFi, and a children's area. The library hosts numerous family events and story hours every month.​

    10100 South Petunia Way (1450 E.)
    Sandy, Utah 84092

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    The Sandy Museum is located in a historic former ZCMI Co-Op. Museum displays tell visitors about Sandy's history, as the town evolved from a Mormon farming community to a bustling mining town to a modern suburb.

    8744 S. 150 E.
    Sandy, UT 84070

    Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

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    Sego Lily Gardens is an educational garden designed for the public to observe and learn how to use water conservation principles and practices to create a beautiful and water-wise landscape.

    1472 East Sego Lily Dr. (10200 S.)
    Sandy, UT 84070

    Free

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    Rivers Oak Golf Course
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    River Oaks Golf Course lies among the wetlands of the Jordan River. It is a scenic and strategically oriented course.

    9300 Riverside Dr.
    Sandy, UT 84070

    Green fees $14.50-$28

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    Sandy City sponsors a large annual 4th of July celebration that includes a community fair, free concerts, police and fire demonstrations, an evening parade, and fireworks.

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    Sandy Balloon Festival
    ••• Jenn Foster

    Sandy's annual hot air balloon festival, held each year in August, includes two days of sunrise launches, plus a nighttime balloon glow party with food and entertainment.

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    The annual Sandy heritage festival features a classic car show, food, and entertainment.

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    Sandy City sets up a giant movie screen in a different park each Friday night during the summer. Bring a blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars!

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    Sandy Restaurants

    Cheesecake at Tin Roof
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    Sandy city includes dozens of restaurants of all types, including fast food, fast casual, national chains, fine dining and independently owned restaurants. Here are a few of Sandy's notable restaurants.

    Fratelli - homemade Italian

    La Caille - gourmet food in a fabulous French chateau setting, amazing brunches

    Royal India - one of SLC's best and most popular Indian restaurants

    Salt City Burger Company - homemade burgers, fries, shakes and salads

    Tin Roof Grill - gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, small plates, amazing desserts. Tin Roof Grill was featured on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

    Tiburon Fine Dining - elegant contemporary American cuisine, local game dishes

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    Classic Fun Center includes roller skating, arcades, laser tag, bounce area and a water park. It's a great place for a family outing or kid's birthday party. Look for coupons online.

    9151 S. 250 W.
    Sandy, Utah 84070

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    All Star Bowling and Entertainment

    Bowling Alley
    ••• Walter Zerla

    All Star Lanes offers bowling, laser tag and an arcade. Ask about their "kids bowl free" program during the summer.

    10535 S. State Street
    Sandy, Ut 84070

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    Scheels is an enormous sporting goods store but also an entertainment destination with a giant aquarium, wildlife displays, games, a Ferris wheel, and more. Scheels has the biggest selection of fan merchandise in the Salt Lake area.

    11282 S. State St.
    Sandy Utah, 84070