At the base of the Wasatch, east of Highway 89, Fruit Heights is easy to overlook, but this small town with the motto "City of Good Neighbors" offers one-of-a-kind boutiques, eateries and a water park.
Secret Haven Gift Boutique
The Rock Loft, 251 S. Mountain Road
The stone structure off Highway 89 gives off a homey, pioneer vibe and houses local shops, like Canyon Gallery, which sells landscapes and portraits by Utah artists. The Hidden Closet Boutique delivers trendy looks, and bring the kids in for portraits at McCloud Photography. Don't leave the Loft without a cinnamon roll from Bun Basket N' Bakery and checking out Secret Haven Gift Boutique's decor for all holidays.
Three Little Monkeys, 285 S. Mountain Road, 801-444-1470
This charming shop offers hundreds of educational toys, games and books for your hard-to-entertain tot. Shelves are stocked with dollhouses, toy kitchen sets and 3D puzzles. The shop also hosts birthday parties and regular story times.
Cherry Hill, 1325 S. Main St.. Kaysville, 801-451-5379
At the border of Fruit Heights and Kaysville, Cherry Hill has mini golf, a rock wall, batting cages and a 40-foot pirate ship. Catch the free concerts on Friday and Saturday nights from June to August, and taste the treat the hill is known for-cherry pie at the Pie Pantry.
Castle Heights Playground at Nicholls Park, 1200 E. Nicholls Road
What's unique about this playground-besides its castle, moat and drawbridges-is that it's a community effort. Designed by elementary kids in 2003, local volunteers built the playground in a matter of weeks with donated materials.