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Thanksgiving Point

If you’re looking for something to do when you visit Lehi, Utah, then going to Thanksgiving Point has got you covered. This is a unique destination where education, recreation and peacefulness are combined together. The place can be found just twenty minutes south of Salt Lake City and just off of Interstate 15. Those looking to unwind, relax and learn something new can visit Thanksgiving Point which boasts the majesty and beauty of nature in a lot of ways.

Here’s a list of what you can expect from Thanksgiving Point:

The Museum of Ancient Life – The exhibits that are being displayed at this museum include some of the tallest and longest dinosaurs that had been discovered in the world. Overall, this huge dinosaur museum is home to more than 50 standing dinosaurs and about a hundred flying reptiles. You can also expect at least 50 hands-on exhibits for families that like to learn and enjoy together.

The Museum of Natural Curiosity

This museum opened back in 2014 and introduced a 45,000 square foot building that is intended for families to enjoy and explore. You can expect to find 400 interactive exhibits here including the main galleries. These galleries are the Rainforest, Water Works, Kidopolis and Discovery Garden. The building is LEED-certified and received almost 700,000 visitors on the year it opened.

Restaurants and Gift Shop

A 13,000 square foot gift shop called the Emporium can be found at Thanksgiving Point where people can get amazing gifts. To get here, you need to check out the Water Tower Plaza. There’s also the Harvest Restaurant that features fine dining including a range of American cuisine with ingredients picked fresh from the garden. Near the restaurant is the Tower Deli which offers old-fashioned ice cream together with different fresh salads and sandwiches.

The Gardens

The center of Thanksgiving Point is its beautiful garden and it features a fifty-five-acre park that is filled with themed designs that were introduced back in 2000. Visitors coming to Lehi for the first time will be enchanted by the Butterfly Garden, Monet Garden, Rose Garden, Italian Garden, Vista Garden, Parterre Garden, Secret Garden and the human-made waterfall. During Spring, there are 300,000 tulips that are being displayed here every year for the Tulip Festival. Over a hundred thousand guests come to attend the festival each year.

You can also find a discovery and agricultural learning center at Thanksgiving Point called the Farm Country. This is home to a fantastic animal park together with a demonstration vegetable garden. There are big greenhouses and several classrooms where visitors can learn and grow various plants and continue their lessons all year round.

People who plan to visit Thanksgiving Point would be happy to know that the location is open six days a week. It is closed only during Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, New Year’s Day and on Christmas. The hours will depend on the season and will also vary from one venue to the next. It can be found just along I-15 between Provo and Salt Lake City. You can take exit 287 just off I-15 and then head west to Thanksgiving Way.

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Dr. Geoffrey Grant

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Dr. Geoffrey Grant grew up in Salt Lake City. He attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate studies and graduated cum laude with a degree in exercise science. He then earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska

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