This beautiful building, made almost entirely of granite, is worth a visit. It also houses the largest organ in the world. You may choose a tour or go for a musical event. Visit this website to find events at the Mormon Conference Center and at the Tabernacle at Temple Square: http://www.lds.org/events. Most events are free, although many require tickets.
I'm so glad I bought tickets for the Utah vs. Celtics basketball game. The seats weren't great but what do you expect for $30 for a pair of tickets! It was entertaining and I think the entire town of Salt Lake City had to be there. The Utah Jazz has some truly loyal fans (from where I was sitting). Easy to get the the venue. Park where ever you can.
Due to time constraints on this trip we didn't get to do too many activities, but one thing the kids really wanted to do was go to the zoo... something both kids and adults can enjoy! It was pretty hot and steamy when we went and the zoo was packed, but we had a good time. We saw lots of animals and even got to see the special "Bayou" exhibit with a rare albino alligator. I've only been to a couple of zoos, but in comparison this one was a nice medium size zoo. Personally, I thought the train was kind of sad (the Milwaukee Zoo has a better one), but 3 year old boys love trains regardless! =) I was impressed that it was so hot and yet all the animals were visible as sometimes the animals hide when it is that bad. Admission prices were very reasonable, $8 for adults, $6 for children and under 2 are free.
Nothing super spectacular, but we saw all the animals we wanted to see, got to ride the train and the kids had a blast. Fun way to spend a couple of hours.
This is log cabin is one of the very few that remain from the early days when the pioneers were settling the Salt Lake City area. There is a very nice garden around here with lots of old fashioned flowers and plants. You can look inside the cabin, but you can't go in.
From 1866 to 1894 this building was the Salt Lake City Hall. From 1894 to 1915 this served as the city's police headquarters, and in 1961, the building was actually moved from it original location at First South and 120 East to its present location on Capitol Hill.
The Utah Arts Festival presents a wide variety of performing, visual, and literary arts, and seeks to present the best Utah artists and their contemporaries worldwide. The Festival presents several core events annually: an Artists Marketplace; a Culinary Arts program; and a Performing Arts program. The Festival augments these core events each year with new and creative programs, artists, performances, and site elements, thereby ensuring each event is an innovative and unique celebration of the arts.
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When we visited Salt Lake City (August 2005), the Tabernacle was closed for seismic reinforcement, so the daily Organ Recitals were being held in the Temple Square Conference Center Theatre.
This amazing venue houses a 21,000 seat auditorium, which is where we heard the Organ Recital.
The organ in the Conference Center was built in 2000-2003 by Schoenstein & Co. of San Francisco. A five-manual console controls the 7,708 pipes of its 130 ranks, which are spread across seven divisions.
The sound is magnificent, and viewing the organ is also an awesome experience.
The organist will play about 4-6 musical pieces, which lasts about 25-35 minutes.
Enter the Conference Center through Door 15.
O.k., it's a very touristy thing to do, but if you have limited time (like us--we only had 24 hours in Salt Lake City), or conversely have alot of time but want a good overview of the city which will enable you to select which places you want to spend more time in, then I recommend the Gray Line City Tour #3.
Cost: $30 per person
Tour time: 5 Hours
Highlights: Salt Lake Temple, Mormon Tabernacle, Organ Recital, State Capitol and Governor's Mansion, Pioneer Heritage Village, University of Utah, Olympic Stadium, Beehive and lunch at the Lion's House, Eagle Gate, Temple Gardens, Union Pacific Station, Trolley Square, etc.
They have reasonable prices and they are a great cheap date. The ambience is western, kind of hoky, but a fun kind of hoky. The settings are great, and the actors are fun and good. Not Broadway, but a fun diversion. I say Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde and I had a blast. The actors are normally ones from the University of Utah drama department.
For this one, you really can't control if its going to be there. Unless you know someone high up! Its called an inversion. It, I'm sure, is some complicated meteorological phenomenon which I definitely don't understand. But, what it produces is a cloud cover over the city, while it is clear above it. Looks somthing like this...
To be honest, there is so much to see and do around SLC that it is hard just to think what to place on these pages. I believe that a week long vacation would not be enough to visit Salt Lake and it's surrounding area.
The Temple Square area of Salt Lake City gives an interesting insight to the foundation and building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(the Mormons). The tabernacle, the big domed building is an interesting bit of architecture, as is the Temple, although only Mormons in good standing can enter the temple as it is considered sacred and a holy sanctuary. The Joseph Smith building across the street is also beautifully historical as the former Hotel Utah. There are other interesting museums of Mormon history(they are very good at preserving records and historical accuracy) in the Temple Square area, including Beehive House, which was Brigham Youngs home, and shows what life was like under the old church doctrine of polygamy.(The practice of polygamy was discontinued in the Church when Utah became a state, although there are still a few splinter groups who chose to leave the church to continue the practice even today) It was amazingly well organized, which impressed and surprized me, as a female, how so many women could get along in such 'interesting' circumstances. Lots of informative guides(missionaries from all over the world)all over who really know their stuff and are willing to answer all kinds of questions, and also speak different languages if you ask for them at one of the vistor centers on temple square.
Another museum run by the University of Utah. This museum is small and has rather antiquated displays ranging from dinosaur bones to stuffed animals.
This convention center should be on your must see list even if no event is happening there. It has a very unique architecture and also houses the visitors' center.
This museum is dedicated to the original mormon settlers and contains many artifacts and items brought by them. The museum provides a great overview of the history of Salt Lake City
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