Thanksgiving Point’s new summer event brings five gigantic worlds to life in the Ashton Gardens

LEHI, Utah (April 30, 2024) – Explore beyond our world at Thanksgiving Point’s new summer event – Uncharted Worlds: A Journey with Giants. From May 25 to August 24, 2024, animatronic giant insects, life-sized dinosaurs, massive sea creatures, mammoths of the Ice Age, and more will bring adventure, play, and education to the Ashton Gardens in Lehi, Utah.

Uncharted Worlds will feature five worlds with animatronic creatures, education tents, and play areas. Crawler Canyon is the insect area, where larger-than-life insects will teach kids about pollinators and the importance of insects. Two worlds, Colossal Valley and Predator Peak, will have various dinosaurs that educate about Utah’s ancient history. Shipwreck Bay will feature giant sea creatures, including a 55-foot-tall sperm whale with a 40-foot-long Giant Squid on it. The last world, Glacial Falls, will bring the Ice Age to life with various wooly creatures. Each world will have an education area with real artifacts from the past. In total, 32 creatures will entertain guests throughout the summer.

The animatronic creatures are produced by Dino Don, Inc. Dino Don, Inc produces the largest and most accurate exhibitions in the animatronic animal market. The five worlds will be placed throughout the 50-acre Ashton Gardens, where guests can navigate between each with the help of a Grail Diary. Within the Grail Diary, each guest can play games, solve puzzles, and discover the secrets of the worlds with a scavenger hunt.

Uncharted Worlds will also feature:

  • Ancient life fossils, molds, and models from the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life’s collection
  • Giant Journey 5k runs through Uncharted Worlds during the cool morning hours on August 3, 2024
  • Interactive play areas including a dinosaur dig pit, spider climber, ship playground, and more
  • Themed elements, including dinosaur puppets and a grail diary.
  • Free Flight Bird Show every Tuesday and Thursday morning, showcasing some of the living relatives to dinosaurs
  • Reptile Adventure every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning where educators handle live reptiles and teach guests about the cold-blooded creatures
  • Themed concessions, including Shark Attack drink, and more
  • Compass Treasure Hunt Upsell, where guests can use a compass to find hidden clues throughout the Ashton Gardens, leading them to secret treasure

Uncharted Worlds: A Journey with Giants will be open in the Ashton Gardens from May 25 to August 24, 9 am to 9 pm, Monday through Saturday. The Ashton Gardens are located at 3900 N Garden Drive in Lehi, Utah.

Uncharted Worlds is a time-ticketed event and guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Ticket prices range from $17-27.  Thanksgiving Point members receive free admission throughout the summer. Ages 2 and under are free.

Uncharted Worlds is supported by Adobe, döTERRA, and Dancing Moose Montessori School.

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About Thanksgiving Point
Created in 1995 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point is where curious kids grow. Welcoming millions of annual visitors to learn, dine, play, and explore together, Thanksgiving Point’s mission is focused on helping all Utah kids. At Thanksgiving Point’s award-winning venues and events, kids of all backgrounds gain confidence and get curious about STEM concepts they can use throughout their lives. Thanksgiving Point is located at 3003 North Thanksgiving Way in Lehi, Utah. For more information, call 801.768.2300 or visit

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