Swimming in Provo

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After restful nights in their satellite-TV- and WiFi-equipped rooms, guests at Comfort Inn meander down to the hotel’s dining room to fuel up for the day ahead with a complimentary hot breakfast. Post-breakfast, they can be spotted splashing in the indoor heated pool or taking off to explore nearby attractions such as Timpanogos Cave or Alta Ski Resort. A pet-friendly establishment, Comfort Inn welcomes furry companions and sassy cartoon sidekicks to tag along for an additional fee.

A mere half mile down the road from Comfort Inn, aquanauts of all ages revel in the crystalline waters of Cowabunga Bay. The '60s-themed park keeps bathing suits hydrated thanks to its sprawling assortment of attractions, including Cowabunga Splash, a six-story water play structure replete with bridges, tunnels, and upwards of 300 interactive water features. A fleet of nine water slides helps adventurers to meet their daily adrenaline quotas, and the gentle Cowabunga River ferries inner-tube riders along its lazy waters. Chefs bustle about the onsite Cowabunga Island Grille, silencing growling tummies with pizzas and burgers, and shaded cabanas can be rented for private dining and lounging.

12047 S State St.
Draper,
UT
US

Seven Peaks' multiple locales thrill guests with attractions ranging from water slides to go-karts and bowling. At Seven Peaks Waterpark Provo, the aquatically inclined can cascade down water slides, seesaw around the mammoth half-pipe tube ride, or ride the crests of the 400,000-gallon wave pool. Guests can scan the attractions at Seven Peaks Waterpark Salt Lake City, such as unique water slides and the Amazon River, then plummet off the Cliffhanger, a curvy slide that ends with a sudden 5-foot drop into a pool. The Lehi and Orem locations house an assortment of waterless excursions, including mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, and laser tag.

The Utah Pass of All Passes lets guests use the Fun Centers? bowling lanes to show off elite bowling skills developed from years of rolling watermelons into doghouses. Pass holders also receive perks such as access to skating at Peaks Ice Arena, admission to events at Rocky Mountain Raceways, and admission to baseball and soccer games.

1330 E 300 N
Provo,
UT
US

SwimKids jumpstarts tykes' swimming strokes and socialization skills in classes conducted in an indoor pool heated to a balmy 90 degrees. The program traces its roots back to 1983, when Liz Walker sought out a class that could teach her own 18-month-old daughter to swim. Her search led her to a local swimming pool where tykes as young as 10 months were impressively proficient in the water. Liz studied their method and began teaching on her own, a profession she has continued to pursue for the past 30 years. Today, the enthusiastic instructors at SwimKids continue to get results, helping develop pool-ready skills in kids as young as 3 months old.

1188 Holly Circle
Provo,
UT
US

Sailors contemplate many things when crossing the Atlantic?the constellations in the sky, the capricious nature of the winds, and how to build one of the most dynamic family-fun centers in Utah. An unlikely beginning, but that's how things started for Provo Beach, as one of its founders envisioned the more than 50,000-square-foot indoor recreation center on a transatlantic sail.

Today, guests of all ages enjoy 12 activities, from a ropes course suspended 32 feet above the ground to a bowling alley sporting gleaming lanes and four large flat-screen TVs. The indoor Flowrider gives guests a taste of surfing or boogie boarding, propelling a continual flow of water up a wave-shaped bank. In addition to these attractions, the resort hosts special events such as Tuesday-night karaoke and the Wild Wonders Animal Show, which regales guests with creatures from tortoises to hedgehogs who also sing karaoke. Between activities, guests can refuel at the caf? and ice-cream shop.

4801 N University Ave, Ste 210
Provo,
UT
US

Gold’s Gym lures fitness seekers from all walks of life with cardio decks, strength-training equipment, and aerobics rooms filled with energizing classes. Instead of reciting Shakespearean monologues as they jog and pedal, guests can watch movies in a cardio theater lined with treadmills, bikes, and an oversize projection screen. Free weights encourage biceps to bulge, and resistance machines tone arms, abs, and legs. Sports lovers dribble basketballs and volley racquetballs on shiny courts (available at most locations), raising their heart rates as they hone hand-eye coordination. Like the nightly news, Zumba classes take an hour and set Latin-inspired dance moves that vaporize calories to vibrant world music, along with a slew of available selections, including cardio and spin classes. Consult each location’s webpage for a class schedule and a list of additional amenities, which range from childcare to personal training (not included in today’s Groupon).

460 North 900 East
Provo,
UT
US

Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Vasa Fitness has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Vasa Fitness members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.

Many Vasa Fitness locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.

44 East 800 North
Orem,
UT
US