Fun things to do in Salt Lake City

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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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    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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    FOOTHILL

    by Segolily Written Mar 4, 2011

    And last but not least is the Foothill Area. Centered around the Foothill Village shopping center with some notable shops and restaurants it is otherwise a residential area.

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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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    Conference Center

    by Anthropologist Written Mar 19, 2008

    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.

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    Utah's Hogle Zoo

    by mwenn2100 Written Oct 10, 2007

    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.

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    Salt Production in Salt Lake City

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 30, 2008

    The US is the top salt producing country in the world, generating about 43 million tons per year (different sources report China as second with about 33 million tons or first with over 45 million tons). The US has 48 major salt production facilities with the largest being in Louisiana, Ohio, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Utah, Texas and California.

    When European explorers such as Father Escalante traveled through the Utah area in the 1700s, it was noted that local American Indians used salt collected from the dried lake deposits. Later the Latter Day Saints immigrants collected salt before the need arose to produce large, pure quantities to supply the growing city. By 1850 the first permanent Salt Lake production site was opened, which used a boiling method. Evaporation ponds came into use in the 1870s, and eventually railroads came into use to distribute the product. In the 1990s, Utah produced about 2 million tons of salt per year, perhaps five percent of the nation's total production.

    Near Salt Lake City on I-80 you will see numerous salty lakes, evaporation ponds, and a big Morton salt plant with mounds of salt piled up behind the building. Morton uses a total of 15,000 acres of evaporation ponds in Utah.

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    Summer Utah Arts Festival

    by avanutria Updated Oct 7, 2005

    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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    City Tour

    by VdV Written Aug 9, 2005

    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.

    Our Gray Line guide--very knowledgeable and nice
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    Free Organ Recital at the Conference Center

    by VdV Written Aug 9, 2005

    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.

    Magnificent sight and sound
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    Desert Star Playhouse

    by cnel355 Updated Oct 4, 2004

    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.

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    To be honest, there is so much...

    by Mark_Purdue Written Aug 26, 2002

    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.

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    Pioneer Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Written Oct 2, 2005

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    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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    Natural History Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 23, 2013

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    Another museum run by the University of Utah. This museum is small and has rather antiquated displays ranging from dinosaur bones to stuffed animals.

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    Salt Palace Convention Center

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Feb 8, 2009

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    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.

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