Not many people know what Layton, Utah is like or even where it is, but it is a great place to spend time with your family, your friends, or yourself. There is no shortage of activities to keep you entertained or restaurants to keep you full and satisfied. When I took a trip to Layton I discovered some of the best spots in the city.
Layton Commons Park and the Edward A. Kenley Centennial Amphitheater
Some days, each half of Layton Commons Park feels like a different place. One half has a pond where you can see ducks swimming with their ducklings under a canopy of trees. There are winding paths frequented by joggers, bicyclists, and high school kids ditching class at Layton High across the street. The park feels tranquil—like it belongs to some bigger piece of nature—a forest surrounded by roads and concrete. The other half of the park was far less serene. That is where Ed Kenley Amphitheater sits. The day that I visited the park, none other than the popular 70’s band Styx! Ed Kenley Amphitheater has summer concert series featuring everything from huge bands like Styx to local tribute groups. I sat underneath a gazebo at a metal picnic table surrounded by strangers listening to “Come Sail Away.” It was a pretty awesome trip to the park. You can find tickets to concerts at Edward A. Kenley Centennial Amphitheater here: http://www.davisarts.org/amphitheater-info/
SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium
Earlier in the day, I visited Layton Hills Mall expecting to do a little shopping before carrying on with my day. Instead I found an aquarium occupying one of the storefronts! Talk about a hidden gem! This aquarium features interactive exhibits where children and adults alike can experience marine life in a new way (check out SeaQuest here! https://visitseaquest.com/). I was able to feed sting rays, experience the luxurious fish spa, pet sharks, and hold a beautiful parrot. Not exactly what I was expecting from a trip to the mall.
The Great Room Escape
If you animals aren’t really your thing, there are plenty of other attractions where you can spend your time. If you want in on the whole room escape trend, there is a location in Layton, Utah called The Great Room Escape that offers awesome room themes including a zombie theme and a Houdini theme—because who is better at escaping than Houdini? You can buy tickets on their website: https://greatroomescape.com/saltlake/. If you want something that requires a little less brain power, Dartside offers an arena where you and your friends can fight with nerf guns! Imagine a paintball or air soft battle without the pain and bruising. Check them out here: www.dartsideutah.net.
I also stopped for a bite to eat while I was in Layton. I didn’t want to eat something that I could experience somewhere else, so I avoided chains and opted for a cute little mom and pop’s diner near Layton Commons Park. Sill’s Café is famous for its massive, man-hole cover sized pancakes and their delicious scones. Their sweet, buttery breakfast food is worth the trip to Layton all by itself.
I had a great day in Layton, and that just proves that you shouldn’t count out a city just because you haven’t heard of it before. Hop in your car and have a great day in Layton today!