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Thanksgiving Point’s Ashton Gardens and Farm Country Announce Re-Opening May 1

- Precautions include limited admissions and social distancing for gradual re-opening -


LEHI, Utah (April 29, 2019) – Thanksgiving Point ( announced a re-opening of its outdoor venues Ashton Gardens and Farm Country beginning Friday, May 1, 2020.  Its three indoor venues, Museum of Natural Curiosity, Butterfly Biosphere, and the Museum of Ancient Life remain closed at this time.

“The safety of our guests and team members is our first priority,” stated Mike L Washburn, President and CEO of Thanksgiving Point. “Our state’s “Utah Leads Together” plan provides guidelines to safely enter a moderate risk phase and allow socially-distanced limited admissions to  outdoor venues. We aim to carefully provide a place to visit and recharge.”

The following guidelines are in place for those planning a visit to Thanksgiving Point.

  • Advance ticket reservations are required for both Thanksgiving Point members and the public at . Golf carts and wheelchairs are also available for rent online.
  • The number of guests allowed for each venue is limited by each half hour to allow for social distancing.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear face masks or face coverings while visiting. Employees will wear face masks while working.
  • Venues will have a marked one-way path through displays to encourage social distancing.
  • Additional cleaning and sanitation measures as well as educational signage are being implemented to facilitate safety.
  • Guests and employees are asked to wash hands frequently and stay home when ill.
  • Venues will offer a daily time slot for guests who are considered “high-risk” to visit.

Thanksgiving Point is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. The closure created the first Virtual Tulip Festival, presented by Utah Community Credit Union, via official Thanksgiving Point social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. Options for Virtual Tulip Festival will continue to be published and available online through May 9.


About Thanksgiving Point

Thanksgiving Point is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of farms, gardens, and museums collectively dedicated to providing opportunities for transformative family learning. Created in 1995 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point has become a center of community engagement for more than 2 million annual visitors from around the United States and the world. 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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