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Antelope Island State Park, Syracuse
(4.4/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
At Antelope Island State Park, explore the natural habitats of local wildlife, including one of the largest groups of free-roaming American Bison in the United States. The 11,700 hectares (28,800 acres) of this state park are located on the largest island within the Great Salt Lake, accessed by a two-lane causeway. The park is best known for its scenic views, especially from the northern Buffalo Point and White Rock Bay. Besides viewing antelope, bighorn sheep, deer, and other desert animals, you can experience various recreational activities like camping, bird watching, cycling, and hiking. You can also walk along the white sand beaches of the lake's salty shorelines and swim here, as well). To visit Antelope Island State Park and other attractions in Syracuse, use our Syracuse itinerary planner.
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  • We were blown away with the scenery..even on the causeway on the way to the island. It was very hazy...we were unsure whether this is normal or not but it made everything feel very out of this world. ...  more »
  • From Layton pays the entrance for cars with a maximum of 8 passengers. Then you drive out to a road/bridge until you're out there on the island. Several different routes and all provide great views and very close contact with the wild Buffaloes. From the grill where you can eat Buffaloes burgers can walk out into the water and take a bath in which it floats like a cork. The flies can seem a bit too many but well out of the water, it's worth the walk to get there.
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  • It was rainy & dreary when we were there, we saw lots of birds & watched the rangers round up/move bison from one area to the corrals by helicopter. The gift shop had items that were reasonably priced...  more »
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  • Don't pass up the opportunity to visit Antelope Island and do a hike when you're in the vicinity. Hardly anyone goes as compared to the popular ski resorts nearby but it's an easy-in, easy-out trip with a lot to offer the person who loves the serenity and lunar landscape of Antelope Island. Fray Peak is a wonderful peak offering great views and changing scenery along the way.
  • Nice scenic drive and hikes available. Can see herds of mostly wild Buffalo just yards away. If you're lucky you make see some more exotic deer. Looks like they had some pretty nice overnight camp grounds as well.
  • This is a nice state park if you are looking for some different wild life. They have bison roaming free all over the island and you can find huge herds at times just off the road. Or even crossing it. Hiking is nice out there with several trails for all kinds of experience and ability. The Buffalo point trail is a short easy climb with a great pay off especially in the evening when the sun is setting. The Frary Peak climb is basically 3 miles of up and more up. With several more trails including some that just walk out along shore line of the island you can find something for everyone. The Buffalo Bistro on the beach is great. They have bison meat burgers that are really good, and the owner who runs it is a great person. With the low lake levels boating from the north marina is impossible and it is a long walk to water now from the beach. Don't plan on being outside the car too much in the late spring and early summer with the biting gnats and no see-ums. They bite hard and are everywhere.
  • This park is pretty amazing. I recommend everyone go at least once, don't forget to have a buffalo burger after you see them on the island! The Frary Peak hike is phenomenal, but a bit tricky.
  • Beautiful, quiet area. We checked out the beach....covered by gnats, quite a walk from the parking area. Kids enjoyed the easy floating in the lake, but found the water quite irritating to their skin, no idea how common this is, but they don't have particularly sensitive skin, so beware. Adequate bathroom facilities and informative souvenir shops.