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    City Creek Center

    by MicheleH Written Jun 18, 2013

    Beautiful, upper end outdoor shopping mall. There were lots of expensive upscale stores in the mall. It is located right across from the LDS temple. Had lots of beautiful fountains. some were even designed for the kids to play in.

    Had stores like Rolex, Tiffany's, Godiva Chocolates, Swarovski. Shops way beyond my budget, but fun to walk through.

    Dancing Fountain 3 fountains in a row

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    Volunteer a day Welfare Square

    by Ekahau Updated Jun 17, 2013

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    Volunteer a day Welfare Square they have a food bank and a thrift store part of Deseret Industries you do not have to be Mormon (I do not happen to be) but was made very welcome.

    yes this will really get you int o the swing of the culture bang up and makes friends with committed social service types salt of the earth folks and the wonderful communities they are helping adjust.

    meet refuges from all over he world and enjoy the wonderful smiles and faces with a little act of kindness it will be the highlight of your visit to American

    Welfare Square is a modern facility composed of a towering, 178-foot-tall grain elevator, a large storehouse, a bakery, a cannery, a milk-processing operation, a thrift store, and an employment center—all designed to help people.

    A saint in the food Bank A place to turn Welfare Square Pacific Island culture in SLC African Refugee's first Job USA Thrift store
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    Adaptive Adventures in Greater SLC

    by lindzmalone Written Mar 21, 2012

    If you are looking to have outdoor adventures while in Salt Lake City, check out Splore. Splore is the not-for-profit organization that brings together people of varying abilities for adventures that empower them to connect with Utah's great outdoors.

    Trips include outdoor rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. All the programs can be customized to your family or group and activities happen year round.

    If you or your loved one have a special need or disability, check out Splore. Their guides are amazing and you will have the time of your life.

    Splashing on a canoe trip Climbing in Big Cottonwood Canyon Snowshoeing in the Wasatch Mountains Tie-Dye Activities Canoe trip with the family
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    Liberty Park

    by Segolily Written Dec 7, 2011

    The main and largest city park was built at the end of the city back in the 1800's.
    The main street through the park was closed to cars, but the large cottonwood trees still line the pathway.

    You can find a pond where you can paddleboat in the summer, a small carnival, the Tracy Aviary, the Folk Life Museum, tennis courts, picnic spots, playground, swimming pool, and the wonderful Seven Canyons Fountain along with plenty of open grassy areas for frisbee throwing, jogging paths, etc.

    Through out the year special events occur here as well such as the Tribal powwow on the 24th of July and fireworks.

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    Hogle Zoo

    by Segolily Updated Dec 7, 2011

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    I almost hesitate to include this as a thing to do. They try hard, but it is a small zoo and resources are limited. Hogle Zoo is okay for here, but it cannot compare to any of the nice and large zoos of the world. It is still packed on summer days and you can wander the Emigration river gully looking for lions and tiger, giraffes and monkeys.

    I haven't been to see our baby elephant "Zuri" whose birth really was a great treat. Nor have I seen the new Aisian Highlands exhibit.

    The bears are gone until they can get a better space for them, but the giraffe are nice, the apes are good.

    One thing nice about Hogle Zoo is that because it is smaller you can see it without becoming exhausted.

    Hogle Zoo
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    Clark Planetarium

    by Segolily Updated Dec 7, 2011

    The place for all things space. Located in the Gateway Mall entrance to the planetarium is free. There are plenty of exhibits, a foucault pendulum and a nifty store. The planetarium also offers "star shows" which are focused on some scientific space concept. They also have "laser shows" which are completely for fun. Or you can watch a current movie on the huge IMAX screen

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    Red Butte Garden

    by Segolily Written Dec 7, 2011

    This is a botanically based gathering place at the mouth of Red Butte Canyon. The garden features native and exotic trees, plants and flowers and is beautiful almost any time of year. They have a wonderful shop and offer classes in gardening and plants. Their yearly plant sale is widely popular.

    Many people come to Red Butte for their summer concert series. It is a rather eclectic offering with jazz, soft sounds, new and well known artists. They have improved the concert venue due to its popularity but it is still lawn seating with a blanket or short chair.

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    Utah Museum of Natural History

    by Segolily Written Dec 7, 2011

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    This museum has been updated, moved and re-envisioned and is now open in a brand new facility near Red Butte Garden. I will add more after I have visited the new digs. Lots of excitement and buzz about it.

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    Leonardo Museum

    by Segolily Written Dec 7, 2011

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    I haven't been to see this new science museum, so can't write much about it. I just wanted to put this in for now so that I will remember to come back later with more info. It is using the refitted space from the old library (though it was the new library back when I was growing up and the old old library was what became the Hansen Planeterium- since replaced by the Clark Planeterium,,,which is another tip I need to add,,, and the Hansen Planeterium/old library is now home to the OC Tanner Jewelry. I know lots of unneeded info, I just felt like sharing.) I'll be back with more when I've actually visited the Leonardo, but take a look at the website to see what it is all about.

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    Cathedral of the Madeleine

    by Segolily Written Dec 3, 2011

    A few blocks east of Temple Square on South Temple Street is the Catholic Cathedral of the Madeleine. The Cathedral is a gem of beauty. There are numerous stained glass windows, murals and wood carvings and more create a small center of energy. The Children's Cathedral Choir is active and has regular concerts.

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    Memory Grove

    by Segolily Written Dec 3, 2011

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    Want a quick get away from the noise of the city? Memory Grove is the mouth of City Creek Canyon. City Creek runs just east of Capitol Hill. A short walk up North Temple past State Street bearing left around the City Creek Park on to North Canyon Road will lead you to the entrance of Memory Grove. It is a small memorial to veterans of all wars. City Creek runs through it, there is a pagoda and small chapel, plaques and tended flower gardens. A small meeting house can be rented. It has been the scene of weddings and funerals, socials, and more. No cars are allowed through Memory Grove.

    Leading north from Memory Grove City Creek Canyon continues for several miles and is a popular jogging and biking path, in the summer cars are only allowed with prior reservations and on alternating days.

    Memorial Pagoda Chapel View with City Creek, small memorial and chapel
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    International Peace gardens

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This hidden gem I think is a much more interesting place to visit than the Red Butte Gardens. It consists of cultural displays from 15-20 countries along with a display of indigenous fauna from these countries. Best of all, it's free.

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    Conference Center

    by Segolily Updated Mar 5, 2011

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    The Conference Center is on the block north of Temple Square. Built to seat many more people than was possible in the Tabernacle, it hosts the Church's two General Conferences in April and October. It was finished in time for April 2000's General Conference and has hosted numerous events since including the Tabernacle Choir's summer broadcasts and their annual Christmas Concert.

    It can hold up to 21,000 people in the vast auditorium. Built from the same rocks as the Temple it blends in nicely to the surrounding area. Featuring a 4 tiered waterfall in front and on the roof a beautiful Utah inspired garden, which is only available via tour.

    There are free tours offered to see both the inside and roof garden. There are some nice views on top and if you visit during wildflower season (end of June?) you'll get an extra treat.

    East side of the center
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    Church Art and History Museum

    by Segolily Written Mar 5, 2011

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    The Art and History museum is located west of Temple Square and north of the Family History Library. Entrance is free. There are rotating and permanent exhibits. I like to come on occasion to see the fantastic art of members of the LDS church from all over the world. It is moving to me to see the love and care they show in creating art.

    The history part of the museum also has some good information about the growth of the church as seen from the perspective of the 16 Presidents of the church.

    In between the two buildings is an original log home built 1847 by Osmyn and Mary Deuel. According to the sign in front this is one of two remaining homes from that first year the pioneers were in the valley.

    Lee Udall Bennion Stained glass window from old church Bas Relief at entrance Original log home
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    DOWNTOWN

    by Segolily Updated Mar 5, 2011

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    Downtown is the heart of the city. Headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints there are plenty of buildings related to the church: the tallest building, the well known Temple Square, the Family History Library, the large Conference Center, the historic Beehive House and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, to name a few.

    Then there are the malls. Gateway is an open mall with restaurants, up scale shops, the Clark Planetarium and an interactive fountain.
    Not yet open is the new City Creek development. Taking the place of the old Crossroads and ZCMI malls the excitement is building as this takes shape in the traditional shopping area.

    Also downtown are: the interesting City and County building, the award winning City Library, the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Abravanel Hall Concert venue, the Capitol Theater- home of the Ballet West, the Energy Solutions Arena home of the Utah Jazz, and Cathedral of the Madeleine-the exquisite gem of the Salt Lake Catholic diocese.

    City Hall
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