Exploring things to do in Orem and Provo has become easier with Utah Valley Express UVX--a free bus service that travels from the Orem Central Station to south of the Provo Central Station. This public transportation system is a great way to get around for locals, students, and tourists. Here are fun things you can find along this route of free transportation!

1. UVU Campus

Free & Cheap Things to Do in Utah Valley - Stained Glass

  • Which stop: UVU
  • Why stop here: While UVU's campus is an obvious stop for UVU students, visitors can also enjoy the many things to do on the campus. Check out the world-class talent hosted at the Noorda Center for Performing Arts or a great event at the UCCU Center. Visit the Fulton Library or the stunning Roots of Knowledge which features 80 panels of colorful stained glass, depicting hundreds of historical scenes.

2. University Place

University Place South Doors. Entrance to P.F. Chang's and California Pizza Kitchen. Trees and blue skies. Mountains visible in the background.

  • Which stop: University Place
  • Why stop here: University Place is one of the best shopping centers in Utah Valley. Beyond shopping, visitors can attend one of the many family-friendly events at the mall, explore UVU's Woodbury Art Museum, or find some delicious eats.

3. University Parkway Restaurants and Shops

Aubergine and Company

  • Which stops: Main Street; University Parkway; 2230 North
  • Why stop here: Find local eateries, such as the health-conscious Aubergine & Company, or some sushi at Shoga, as well as a variety of chain restaurants.  For groceries, visit Sprouts Farmers Market, a neighborhood Walmart, or Trader Joe's. Do some specialty shopping at JOANN Fabrics, Missionary Mall, Deseret Book, and more. Try indoor rock climbing at the Quarry off the 2230 North stop.

4. BYU Sports

BYU Football Fans Cheering

  • Which stop: BYU Stadium
  • Why stop here: One of the most popular things to do in Provo and the most well attended sport at BYU is the *drum roll* FOOTBALL! Home games are held at the LaVell Edwards Stadium, right by the UVX stop. On game days, more buses are added to the route to accommodate the larger crowd. Visitors and locals can use UVX and skip the worries over parking!  Other sports that can be easily reached from this UVX stop are baseball (at the Miller Park) and Basketball (at the Marriott Center). 

5. BYU Campus

Free & Cheap Things to Do in Utah Valley - BYU Campus Tour

  • Which stops: BYU Stadium; BYU North Campus; BYU South Campus; Joaquin
  • Why stop here: Check out the Creamery on 9th, or the Wilkinson Student Center on BYU's campus. Visit the BYU Bookstore, go bowling, or start a guided tour of BYU's campus. Visitors can also go to the library and start their family history or see the Special Collections. Check out one of the Brigham Young University Museums like the Museum of Art, Monte L. Bean Life Sciences Museum, or Museum of Peoples and Cultures. Visit BYU's planetarium, or the Harris Fine Arts Center for an inspiring performance.

6. Provo Rec Center

Swimming Pool at Provo Rec Center

  • Which stop: Academy Square
  • Why stop here: The Provo Recreation Center offers two indoor pools (open year-round) and two outdoor pools (open in the summer). The pools are fun for all ages, with a lazy river, jumping platforms, a mini rock climbing wall, and swirly slides. Beyond swimming, you can also play a variety of sports, such as racquetball and basketball, or hang out at the skatepark.

7. Provo City Library

Free Things in Utah Valley - Provo Library

  • Which stop: Academy Square
  • Why stop here: The beautiful historic building that houses the Provo City Library is easy to spot and access. Beyond the classic library services, this library often has events and exhibits, as well as a variety of kid and teen programs, like the fairy tea party and board game night.

8. Downtown Provo Attractions and Shops

Provo

Picture Credit: @brendonanderson36

9. Downtown Provo Restaurants

Black Sheep Cafe - Goat Burger

  • Which stops: 300 North; Center Street
  • Why stop here: The food scene in Downtown Provo is exciting and noteworthy, some of the best Utah County restaurants. There are dozens of local restaurants that represent food cultures from throughout the world. India Palace and Bombay House are amazing Indian restaurants. For delicious Latin American food, check out Se Llama Peru, and for real traditional Japanese food don't miss K's Kitchen. If you're craving a burger and fries, try delectable variations from Chom Burger, or Black Sheep Cafe (pictured). For dessert, indulge in a pastry at Fillings & Emulsions or local ice cream at Rockwell Ice Cream Co.

10. Provo Towne Centre

Provo Towne Center

  • Which stop: Towne Centre Blvd
  • Why stop here: Provo Towne Centre offers shopping, restaurants, and fun activities. This UVX bus stop allows you to see a play at An Other Theater Company or a movie at Cinemark, enjoy a restaurant, or ride the animal riders throughout the mall.

Find what makes you happy in Utah Valley with premier Utah transportation UVX! Hop on any of the buses to get a free UVX brochure or download one here. To learn more about UVX and every stop, see our UVX page. Enjoy your ride!

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