What to Do with Teens in Cedar City, Utah

Soda Fountain at Bulloch Drugs, Cedar City, UT
My Family at the Soda Fountain at Bulloch Drugs, Cedar City, UT

If you can look beyond the chain restaurants, you will find that Cedar City, Utah has its funky side.

Most people come to Cedar City for ready access to the National Parks of southern Utah.

Cedar Breaks National Monument is a stunning park just outside of town, and Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park are within striking distance.  The outdoor recreation opportunities are outstanding, whether hiking in the spring, summer and fall, or skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in the winter.CEBR 2009 4th Annual WFFest Poster 11x17 poster

What to Do in Cedar City

Beyond the abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, Cedar City boasts some fun cultural events.  Cedar City calls itself Festival City USA, so check before you go to see if any special events are happening.

Shakespeare Festival

Cedar City’s most famous festival is the Utah Shakespeare Festival held every summer on the campus of Southern Utah University.  This professional theatre festival hires equity actors and features contemporary productions as well as traditional Shakespeare plays performed in a replica of the Globe Theatre.


The best kept secret about the Shakespeare Festival is the free outdoor pre-show entertainment called the Greenshow.

The Greenshow is an re-creation of Elizabethan street theatre, with period refreshments and a crafts fair to boot.

Kannaraville Slot Canyon
Kannaraville Slot Canyon
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The Cabaret

There is also a post-show Cabaret every Thursday night throughout the summer season.  Company members from the festival put on a variety show at The Grind coffeehouse on North Main Street.

Acts include singing, dancing, instrumental music, impressions, skits, improv games, magic tricks, poetry, bird calls, and juggling.

Off the Cuff Comedy Club

On Friday nights, check out the local comedy and improv club, Off the Cuff.  Many of the performers are students in the  theatre department at Utah State University.

Historic Cedar Theatre

Another great year round venue is the Historic Cedar Theatre.  Movie tickets are just $3 for children under 12, and $4 for adults.  This theatre was established in 1914, and restored in 2012, bringing some vitality to the downtown area.

 Kannaraville Slot Canyon

Twelve miles south of Cedar City is is a beautiful slot canyon and a popular hiking area. The Kannarville slot canyon offers waterfalls, slides, and beautiful red rock scenery.  You can find details of the hike here.  

Where to Eat in Cedar City

Centro Pizzeria

Centro Pizzeria, Cedar City
Centro Pizzeria, Cedar City

The Centro Pizzeria serves just one kind of food but does it very well. The fresh ingredients are straight from that morning’s farmers’ market and the pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven.  The food here reminded me of the famous Two Amy’s in Washington, DC.

Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain

If it’s lunchtime, you can get ice cream for dessert at the old-fashioned soda fountain in Bulloch drugstore in the center of town.  There are not too many traditional soda fountains left, so I am always happy to find one.

Where to Stay in Cedar City

Cedar City has dozens of chain hotels, but if you are looking for a bargain, Priceline is your best bet.  I always cheek Hotwire first, to get a sense of general availability.

Our favorite place to stay is the Best Western Town & Country Inn in the center of town.  We’ve gotten this hotel on Priceline for $38 to $48 per night.

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MLK Day: Free Entrance to National Parks

Great Falls National Park
Great Falls National Park

The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at National Parks on Monday, January 20, 2014, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Not all National Parks are out West:  one of our favorite places to take our dog for a walk is along the Potomac River in Great Falls National Park, in McLean, Virginia.

Additional entrance fee-free dates in 2014 are:

  • February 15-17
    Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20
    opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11
    Veterans Day

Just 133 of our country’s 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee.

Kolob Canyons of Zion National Park
Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park

When we were visited Utah last year, we purchased an annual pass which enabled our family to see some of the nation’s crown jewels:  Bryce Canyon; Zion National Park, Arches National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument.  

The annual pass provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands — more than 2,000 sites in all.

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Best Western Credit Card Boosts Sign-Up Bonus to 64K Points

Best Western Zion Park Inn, Springdale, Utah
Best Western Zion Park Inn, Springdale, Utah

If you are planning a trip to the “Golden Triangle” of national parks and monuments in the Southwestern U.S., you are bound to come across some Best Western Hotels in scenic locations.

Would four free nights at a Best Western enhance your travels, whether to the Southwest, or elsewhere?
If so, the latest offering from Barclaycard may be of interest, because it boosts the sign-up bonus for the Best Western credit card from 16,000 points to a whopping 64,000 points — enough for four free nights at mid-range Best Western hotels.
This is a no annual fee credit card; the full complement of points are awarded after spending $1000 within 90 days.
Best Western’s are not just located in the American West — 4,000 independently owned hotels all over the world operate under the Best Western banner.  You might be surprised how many Best Western’s there are in Paris!

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