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    Attractions of Ogden!

    The Eccles Community Art Center is a gracious Victorian sandstone mansion, which houses a fine permanent art collection, as well as serving as host to numerous special exhibitions and community functions. It is located at 2580 Jefferson Avenue and open 9 AM to 5 PM weekdays and 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday.

    Fort Buenaventura is located in West Ogden on the Weber River. It was the first white settlement in Utah. The stockaded cabin, built by fur trapper Miles Goodyear in 1846, was a stopping place for California immigrants until it was sold to Mormon settlers. Today the rebuilt historic fort is the site of summer Mountain Man rendezvous, parties, outings and powwows.

    The George S. Eccels Dinosaur Park contains replicas of prehistoric dinosaurs, marine creatures and flying reptiles dating from the late Triassic through the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras. The Park is open March through November, weather permitting. Call (801) 393-3466 for hours and admission charges.

    The Golden Spike National Monument is the spot where the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. The Visitor's Center and Museum, open daily 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, includes a substantial collection of railroad memorabilia and in the summer months, visitors can view the replicas of the two engines, Jupiter and #119. It is located 35 miles west of Brigham City on US 83 at Promontory Summit.

    The Hill AFB Aerospace Museum has a large number of vintage aircraft and missiles on display. The museum site is just east of exit 341 on I-15, the Roy entry gate to Hill Air Force Base.

    The Treehouse Children's Museum offers something for visitors of all ages. It is located in a beautiful new building at 347 22nd Street in downtown Ogden. Admission is $5 for children and $4 for adults. They offer annual memberships for children and their parents. Treehouse has dozens of beautiful, imaginative exhibits that encourage children and adults to "step into a story." Call (801) 394-9663 for more information.

    Ogden's Union Station is a historic railway station and landmark. It contains a tourist information center, The John M. Browning Firearms Museum, The Utah State Railroad Museum and Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum. It is also home to the Gallery at the Station and the Myra Powell Art Gallery.

    Weber State University not only contributes to Ogden as a learning institution, but provides it with theatre, music, art and science. The campus is home to the Utah Musical Theatre, The Weber State Theatre, and is the center for performances by Ballet West and the Utah Sympnony. It has a Natural History Museum and and a Planetarium that are open to the public.

    The Great Salt Lake, also known as America's "Dead Sea", has fascinated visitors since Jim Bridger tested its briny water in 1824 and thought he'd reached the Pacific Ocean. The lake is about 75 miles long and 25 miles wide and is salty enough to allow bathers literally to float like a cork.

    Antelope Island is the largest island on the Great Salt Lake. There is a park on the island and visitors may drive around the island viewing wildlife, including a Buffalo Herd. The Island can be reached by exiting I-15 at Antelope Drive and heading west until you come to the 7.5 mile causeway that connects the Island to the mainland.

    Historic 25th Street is the largest National Historic District between Denver and Sacramento. Many buildings have been restored to their original state, reminiscent of the railroad era. Unique gift shops, antique stores and restaurants line the lamplit street.

    The pastoral Ogden Valley is the center for many of the recreational activies in the Ogden area. In the summer, Pineview Reservoir is a perfect spot for boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, hiking, birdwatching and picnicing. In the winter, there are three ski resorts close by offering a wide varity of terrains for skiers and snowboarders. A couple of the annual highlights are the Ballon Festival in August and the autumn colors of brilliant reds and golds.

    The Holy Trinity Abbey, a Cistercian Monastery, is located in the Ogden Valley. They produce stoneground wheat bread, Utah honey, eggs and peanut butter. The public is welcome to visit the reception area.

    Ogden's Municiple Gardens are located in downtown Ogden, providing five acres of carefully tended floral displays, gaslit walks and quiet picnic areas. At Christmas, the park becomes a wonderland with trees sparkling with myriad fairy lights and a spectacular Christmas village display.

    The Ogden Nature Center is a wildlife sanctuary in an urban setting of nature trails with self guided observation stations, a paved path for handicapped, a treehouse and shaded picnic areas with restrooms. The center provides ongoing nature classes and camps. Located at 966 W. 12th St. and open year round, the Center's trails are popular with snowshoers and cross-country skiers in winter. They are open weekdays 10-4 and weekends by appointment. Call (801)621-7595.

    The Ogden River Parkway is a scenic recreational site that runs along the Ogden River starting at the mouth of Ogden Canyon and ending in the downtown area. It is the home of George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park, the Big D Sports Park, and a garden area with numerous roses and native plants. It is open year round picnicking, biking, jogging, fishing, birdwatching, walking and special events.




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