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5 Accessible Activities to do Around Thanksgiving in the Salt Lake Valley With Your Entire Multi-Generational Family

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This article 5 Accessible Activities to do Around Thanksgiving in the Salt Lake Valley With Your Entire Multi-Generational Family is sponsored by Alpine Home Medical.


Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for many things. This includes thankfulness for your ability to take care of yourself and your loved ones at home! You and your family can do accessible activities this holiday season that can be fun for grandma, grandpa, grandkids and everyone else in between! Check out these 5 accessible activities to do around thanksgiving in the salt lake valley with your entire multi-generational family.  

Visit the Birds at Tracy Aviary

Photo: A Elegant Crested Tinamou at Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, by Greg Goebel, CC BY-SA 2.0

Tracy Aviary provides a magnificent family experience where you can view birds from around the world. You can closely see parrots, owls, eagles and more! The exhibits focus on how we can care for birds through education and conservation. Everyone in the family is guaranteed to learn something new!

The Aviary offers fall/winter price changes, a senior discount and children two and under are free. Visiting the Aviary is ADA an accessible activity and the gift shop offers free wheelchairs for use.

Bonus: The new Bird Feeder Cafe provides hot food menu items and drinks to keep you warm and full during your visit!

Learn Something New at Natural History Museum of Utah

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The Natural History Museum of Utah has something for the whole muti-generational family. The exhibits are engaging for adults, while kids can learn through play. Learn about dinosaurs, biology, Utah native tribes and more! 

NHMU offers discounted admission for seniors and youths. Visiting the NHMU is an ADA accessible activity. If a loaner wheelchair is needed, the museum offers free wheelchairs for rent. Bring your own seat cushion from Alpine Home Medical for added comfort while you roam the exhibits.

Bonus: Find a unique Utah-themed gift for a loved one in the Museum Store!

Holiday Shopping at Gardner Village

Photo: Gardner Mill West Jordan Utah by Tricia Simpson used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Shopping is a great way to spend time with the family (pssst – you can also hint at what you want for Christmas from Mom or Great Aunt Elsa). The 22 specialty retail shops are located in charming historic buildings that make up Gardner Village. In addition to quality shops, the brick-lined paths and well kept historic buildings create a nostalgic feeling for adults. Kids get to enjoy running around and even a petting zoo!

Bonus: Satisfy your fall sweet tooth at the Chocolate Covered Wagon with a handmade caramel apple!

Take a Drive to Antelope Island

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One of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty in Utah is to go for a drive. Just an hour from Salt Lake City, Antelope Island is a great day trip for the whole family. You can learn about the park’s history and wildlife at the visitor’s center. Then, go for a drive around the island to see birds, pronghorns, and even buffalo! There are many places to stop and stretch your legs. You can also just enjoy the view from the warm car! 

The state park’s fee is only $10.00 per car with senior discounts offered. For those that need portable oxygen on their day trips, try this  Portable Oxygen Machine from Alpine Home Medical that can be charged in your car!

Bonus: Indulge in a buffalo burger at the Island Buffalo Grill!

Walk With the Animals at Wheeler Farm

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Open dawn till dusk every day, Wheeler Farm offers a flexible (and free!) family activity. Just a short stroll through the farm and you will see some fun and friendly goats, sheep, horses, chickens and more! Wheeler farm has accessible activities for the family, but if you want to get your steps in at the farm, these compression socks from Alpine Home Medical may come in handy!

Bonus: For under $3.00, you can take a wagon ride around the farm!