St. George, Utah, is a wonderful place to spend time outside year-round. Some of the best places to get active and have fun are the city parks– from sport courts to splash pads, there’s something for just about everyone.
We’ve compiled a list of our 11 favorite parks in St. George and the surrounding areas.
Thunder Junction All Abilities Park is a kid’s dream. There are dozens of unique, dinosaur-themed play structures that you won’t find at other parks. Additionally, the park was designed for children of all ability levels. There is wheelchair-accessible playground equipment, a sensory garden, and a splash pad.
The park also has a train that rides along a 2,700-foot track. Tickets for the train are $1 and can be purchased with cash or card.
Thunder Junction is best enjoyed by children under 12 and those with disabilities.
The address to the park is 1851 S. Dixie Drive, on the southwest end of St. George.
Vernon Worthen is an 8-acre park located right in the heart of St. George. The playground was renovated in 2018 with fun new structures, swings, and a track ride. There are also pickleball courts, sand volleyball courts, and plenty of green space. There are lots of big trees for shade.
The park hosts fun events all through the year, including a weekly farmers’ market, art festivals, and the St. George Marathon finish line.
People of all ages frequent Vernon Worthen. Young children will have a great time on the fun playground equipment, while older kids might enjoy playing volleyball, pickleball, or frisbee.
The park features a gazebo, a walking path, and electrical outlets. The park is also a Wifi hotspot.
Vernon Worthen Park is in downtown St. George at 300 S. 400 E. It is across the street from the St. George Recreation Center.
Town Square Park doesn’t have any playground equipment. Instead, it has a splash pad and lazy river, a carousel, and large green spaces. It’s a nice place for a picnic and cooling off after a long day in the heat. The St. George Children’s Museum and the city library are also in Town Square. The park is also a Wifi hotspot.
Children under 13 are most likely to enjoy Town Square Park and the museum. The library occasionally hosts young adult activities, so older children may have a good time there. The calendar of events can be found online.
Town Square Park is located at 50 S. Main Street. It is less than half a mile from the restaurants, boutiques, and galleries of downtown St. George.
Pine View Park is a fun park for older kids, thanks to its basketball and tennis courts, as well as its disc golf course. The course wraps around the park and goes out into the desert landscapes adjacent to the park.
Younger kids will also enjoy the park– it has 2 playgrounds, green space, and a splash pad. There is a walking path that goes from one end of the park to the other.
The park is located at 2050 S. Alveo Drive in Washington City.
Like Pine View Park, Mathis Park has a disc golf course. We love Mathis Park because it’s much quieter than many other parks in the area. There is a walking path around a large green field– perfect for pushing a stroller or drawing with sidewalk chalk. It also has a small playground and barbecue grills.
Mathis Park is nice for small children. Older kids may enjoy the disc golf course, but we would recommend this park to children 6 and younger.
Mathis Park is at 1820 W. Mathis Park Pl. The park is right next to the Virgin River, which makes it extra peaceful.
Unity Park is a 12-acre park with a playground, splash pad, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, and a soccer field. The community of Ivins, where the park is located, enjoy the park year-round.
The park also has breathtaking views of Snow Canyon State Park and the red rock mountains to the north.
Unity Park can be a blast for people of all ages, from young children to older family members.
Amenities include benches, bicycle racks, and a multipurpose recreation room.
Unity Park is located at 200 W. 400 S. in Ivins, UT.
Sullivan Park is a great place to spend a Saturday– it has 4 full-sized soccer fields, 6 pickleball courts, a playground, a splash pad, and a fishing pond. The Virgin River bike trail runs past the park and goes for several miles in each direction.
You can also get down to the river from the park. In drier months, it’s shallow and slow-moving, making it a fun place for kids to play.
Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy the park. Many older people spend time fishing and walking on the path, while kids enjoy playing on the playground equipment and in the splash pad. Teens may enjoy kicking a soccer ball around or playing pickleball.
The park has amphitheater-style steps near the fishing pond; a great place for a picnic.
Sullivan Park is at 965 S. Washington Fields Dr. in Washington, UT.
The Boilers is newer than many parks in the St. George area. For many years, the land the park is on served as a swimming hole and water source for community members. It was renovated in 2020 and now features 4 pickleball courts, a playground, and a swimming pond. Visitors who use the walking path can learn about the native plants with which the park is landscaped.
The Boilers has something for everyone– all ages can have a good time at the park.
The Boilers is located at 295 W. Buena Vista Blvd. in Washington City.
Pickleball is wildly popular in St. George; many parks have a court or two. None, however, have as many as The Fields at Little Valley (also known as Little Valley Park). There are 24 pickleball courts, surrounded by stadium lighting and shaded benches. There are also six soccer fields, two playgrounds, a splash pad, softball and baseball fields, and sand volleyball courts.
From young children to the elderly, everyone can find something to do at Little Valley. Courts and fields can be reserved in advance online.
Little Valley Park is located at 2995 S. 2350 E. on the south side of St. George.
Bloomington Park is massive– more than 25 acres hold several baseball and softball fields, a basketball court, and a children’s playground. The playground has swings, which isn’t something many St. George parks have. It also has barbecue grills.
From the park, there is access to the south end of the Virgin River bike path. The path continues north for about 10 miles, traveling through Crosby Confluence Park and Sullivan Park, eventually ending at Canyon Park in Washington City.
This park is best suited for children under 10 or so; the playground is quite small. The park is a Wifi hotspot.
The park is located at 650 W. Man O War Road.
Canyon Park is another relatively new installation in Washington City. It stands at the top of a canyon affectionately known as “Hell Hole” by locals. The Virgin River bike path has a trailhead at the park.
Canyon Park has a lot of unique playground structures that older kids will love. Timed 60-yard dash and ninja-style obstacle courses sit at the upper part of the playground. Two massive slides lead down to a ropes climbing course. It’s best suited for kids 13 and under.
Canyon Park is located at 15 N. Red Trail Lane in Washington City.
All the above parks feature restrooms, drinking fountains, and covered pavilions with electrical outlets. Most parks are open from sunrise to 10:00 PM, with the exception of Thunder Junction, which opens at 9:00 AM.
About the author: Jessica Peterson-Jeppson has spent her entire life adventuring around Southern Utah. She loves trail running and hiking among the red rocks with her two dogs. She and her husband enjoy traveling and trying new foods.