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Utah State Capitol Building
The Utah State Capitol Building in Salt Lake in Salt Lake City is one of the most popular tourist attractions for many reasons. Completed in 1915, the State Capitol is a lovely Renaissance-style building featuring depression-era murals in the rotunda, which depict events from Utah's past. The beauty and its architecture is available to see as well as incredible views of the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains, the Great Salt Lake and the valley floor. "Salt Lake City, An Amazing View"!
Temple Square Garden Tours
Free one hour garden tours are given May through September. World renowned gardens surround the 35 acres of the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These gardens include 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants, and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world. The gardens are redesigned every six months and replanted by hundreds of volunteers.
Location: Temple Square or Church Office Building Plaza
Duration: 45-60 minutes
While visiting Salt Lake City, Temple Square is the heart of downtown. Also on the Square is the Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir where you can enjoy a free performance. Other spots of interest include the family history library, LDS Church Office Building, Museum of Church History and Art, LDS Conference Center, Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Lion House.
Explore the Outdoors
Just minutes from Salt Lake you can enjoy biking, hiking, horseback riding, alpine slides, and much more. Each resort has something different to offer for everyone. Salt Lake is also the ideal hub for excursions throughout the West. Fifteen national parks and monuments are within a one-day drive from Salt Lake, twelve within Utah's borders. The toughest decision is deciding which one to visit!
Did you know the first department store in the United States opened for business right here in Salt Lake City in 1868? Since then shopping centers have flourished, particularly with the opening of the open-air, contemporary Gateway mall, which features outdoor dining and entertainment. Several specialty boutiques and antique shops are all easily accessible.
So much to do, so little time! Your family will run out of steam before you run out of options. Hogle Zoo, Clark Plantaterium, Lagoon Amusement Park, and The Living Planet Aquarium are just a few ways to get started. Or inquire about family discount packages to see the Salt Lake Bee's, our triple AAA minor league baseball team at Smith's Ballpark.
The Hogle Zoo is another fun family activity in Salt Lake City. They have many different animals, shows and exhibits. It is an affordable option, as zoo admission prices are usually low to accommodate families. The Zoo offers train rides, food and an excellent gift shop.
Another attraction featuring animals is the Tracy Aviary. They have over 400 different birds, many of which are rare or endangered species. Their live bird shows are interactive and so informative, yet never boring, even for small children. Again, admission fees are priced affordably for families.
If you are interested in history and museums, Salt Lake offers some wonderful choices. One of these is Wheeler Historic Farm. It is open from dawn to dusk every day, so if you have early risers, this is the activity fir them! This historic farm is dedicated to the history of Utah farming and agriculture. Attractions include wagon rides, hands-on farm activities, tours, demonstrations, exhibits, etc. There are activities for every season.
The Children's Museum of Utah offers the most hands-on and kid-friendly things to do in one place. This is perfect for an afternoon of inclement weather. For a few dollars per person, kids can discover activities about animals, colors, size, transportation, food etc. In this museum, everything is made to be touched by little hands!
Another excellent museum for Utah culture and history is the Museum Of Church History and Art. You can step inside a real pioneer wagon along with examining many artifacts, galleries and kid-friendly displays. The Mormon religion has a rich history for which Utah is well known. This is an excellent way to find out more about the past and present of this state.
The Clark Planetarium offers the best light/music and star shows around. There are shows for every taste, both adult and child. It offers shows about the forces of nature, different planets and also includes movies in the IMAX format. The shows are generally between 50 and 60 minutes long, and they suggest that you get there at last 20 minutes beforehand. There are many fun and interesting exhibits to enjoy while you wait.
Where to Rent Horses and go Horseback Riding in Utah?
North Forty Escapes
Get the true western experience riding the trail from the saddle of your horse! It has been said "the best thing for the inside of a man (or woman) is the outside of a horse." We completely agree, but you should prove it to yourself wrangling up with our easy-going horseback riding guides and friendly trail-savy horses. It will be a great time that you won't soon forget. A horseback riding trip in the Park City, Utah mountains will refresh your soul and revitalize you. Riding the trail on horseback will give you an escape from the bustle of city life. Far away are the noisy highways, traffic and congestion of the city allowing you to relax and take in all of the scenery. You will be able to enjoy wide open mountains, forest and wilderness from the saddle of one of our a trail-savvy, quarter horses.
Taking a scenic drive around the beautiful Wasatch Mountains is another way to spend your time in Salt Lake City. There are several options to choose from, depending on how much time you have.
Big Cottonwood Canyon
This ride is 14-mile long (one way) and offers mountain scenery similar to its neighboring canyon, Little Cottonwood. As in Little Cottonwood, there are picnic areas and campgrounds and access to numerous hiking trails. The ski resorts of Solitude and Brighton are at the top of the canyon. In summer and fall only, a maintained dirt road (Guardsman Pass Road) can be taken over the top of the mountains to Park City. Estimated time is 45 minutes.
Antelope Island State Park
Located approximately 45 minutes from downtown, Antelope Island is truly one of Utah's hidden treasures. It is accessible by boat or by driving a seven-mile paved causeway. The island is 28,022 acres with an elevation range from 4200 ft. to 6596 ft. There you will find an abundance of wildlife such as bison, deer, elk, along with several birds and wildflowers. On the island there is nearly 40 miles of hiking, biking, horseback trails, picnic areas and camping. At night the city views are beautiful.
Pioneer Memorial Scenic Backway
This historic route follows the original path of the Donner-Reed Expedition of 1846. It ascends through Emigration Canyon east of Salt Lake City and then descends to Highway 65. It ends at the 680-acre East Canyon Reservoir, which is popular for boating, fishing, water skiing, and swimming. It is closed in the winter months. Estimated time is 1 hour.
Salt Lake City was the proud host of the 2002 Winter Olympics and the spirit still lives on. Visit the Olympic Cauldron Park, which was the site of Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The park features the cauldron itself, the striking Hoberman Arch, a visitor center, and a theater. Panels tell the story of the 17 days of the games. While in the Salt Lake, you can view "The Fastest Ice On Earth" at our Utah Olympic Oval in the Salt Lake Valley.
If you are going to visit Utah during the winter months, the single best thing to do is go skiing! There are 6 resorts within 30-45 minutes of Salt Lake City. They offer skiing for all skill levels, including both group and private lessons for children and adults if you are a beginner. Utah is known for its great snow! During the 2002 Winter Olympics, most of the resorts in Utah hosted winter games. Their facilities are top of the line and very user-friendly!
Salt Lake City is definitely a four-season destination. Summers can be very hot and winters can be extremely cold, so dress accordingly!
Repertoire includes the great full-length classical and contemporary ballets, as well as original works. Considered one of America's leading ballet companies.
Utah Opera Company
Utah Opera produces four professionally staged, fully costumed operas with nationally and internationally known artists.
The Utah Symphony
Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony has become a vital presence on the American music scene through its distinctive performances worldwide and its well-known recording legacy. The Symphony performs in the Abravanel Hall.
Mt. Timpanogos Cave, National Monument
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Wheeler Historic Farm
A Utah Family Farm Museum. Tour a Historic Farmhouse and visit with animals, take a tractor drawn wagon ride, enjoy special events year round, picnic areas and more.
Built in 1913, the Capitol Theatre is home to the Utah Opera Company, Ballet West, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Other touring live performances and Broadway plays are also performed at the Capitol Theatre.
Repertory Dance Theatre
Repertory Dance Theatre is dedicated to the creation, performance, perpetuation, and appreciation of American modern dance.
Salt Lake Art Center
Since its inception in 1931, the Salt Lake Art Center has been an independent voice for contemporary visual art in the State and region. The center presents approximately twelve visual arts exhibitions annually, a full complement of educational programs for a general adult audience, and focused arts education programs for elementary and high school age youth, all FREE of charge.
Utah Olympic Oval
2002 Olympic Winter Games speed skating site. Located in West Valley City, it is still the athletic training center. Public skating sessions, soccer, hockey leagues. Speed skating, curling, and figure skating instruction. Special events.
Red Butte Gardens
On the east side off of Foothill Blvd. and east of the U. of U., Red Butte is nestled away in the foothills, the Garden has a breathtaking panoramic view of the Salt Lake Valley, and boasts 150-acres of natural area, spectacular floral displays, fountains, waterfalls and walking paths.
This Is The Place State Park
On the east side off of Foothill Blvd. and east of the U. of U., take a walk into the past at This Is The Place State Park. Old Deseret is a living historic village that recreates a typical community between 1847 and 1869. See the sights of daily pioneer life and visit adobe houses, shops, schools, churches and sites of cultural activities.
Tracy Aviary @ Liberty Park - 589 East 1300 South
Located at the SouthWest end of Liberty Park, Tracy Aviary is America's oldest and largest bird park. The Aviary currently maintains a population of about 500 birds representing 150 species, 21 of which are listed as endangered or threatened.
The Children's Museum of Utah
Located at 840 North 300 West, The Children's Museum of Utah is an interactive learning zone where children and adults can explore, imagine, create, and discover together. The Museum features over 75 permanent exhibits in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Fort Douglas Military Museum
Located within the grounds of the University of Utah, the museum campus consists of three buildings which house the library, exhibits, administration offices, artifact storage and workshop areas. The three buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and date from 1863 and 1875. The museum features indoor and outdoor exhibits, a gift shop, a cannon and tank park, educational programs and self-guided tours of the fort.
Cathedral of the Madeleine
Salt Lake's Largest Catholic Church. Restored to its original splendor, it is referred to as a Cultural Masterpiece.
The Living Planet Aquarium
The Living Planet Aquarium has become one of Utah's most unique and popular attractions. Exhibits feature sharks, rays, seahorses, sea jellies, octopus, piranha, a rescued green sea turtle, Gentoo penguins and more!
Memory Grove Park
Located just north of the downtown area, this park features memorials to Utah's veterans and a replica of the Liberty Bell. Walking, jogging, bicycling, etc.
Pioneer Memorial Museum
6 Floors of Displays, The Pioneer Memorial Museum is noted as the world's largest collection of artifacts on one particular subject, and features displays and collections of memorabilia from the time the earliest settlers entered the Valley of the Great Salt Lake until the joining of the railroads at a location known as Promontory Point.
Utah Museum of Natural History
Located at 1390 East 220 South, near the University of Utah, You will enjoy your journey through the evolving world of natural and cultural sciences at the Utah Museum of Natural History. Visitors can enjoy Native American artifacts, Dinosaur displays and hands-on activities for the kids.
Utah Wind Symphony - Official Site
When: Various Dates throughout the year.
Where: Rose Wagner Theater, 138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Adults $14, Students $10
The Utah Wind Symphony is the newest offering to Utah's cultural and fine arts community. This premiere ensemble is a wind and percussion band, reflecting the tradition of wind bands in America. Performing a wide variety of literature spanning from the early twentieth century to the present, the Utah Wind Symphony provides Salt Lake area music lovers with the unique opportunity to hear top level performances of beloved old favorites as well as dazzling new works.
Utah Arts Festival 2019
Visit their official website
NBA's Utah Jazz
The Official Website of the Utah Jazz.
Salt Lake Bees
The Salt Lake Bees, California Angels AAA Baseball Team plays at Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City.
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