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City Guide 2008 | Get Oriented: See And Do Downtown & Around Town


Diversions And Shopping
Clark Planetarium Experience daily star shows, 3-D music concerts and 3-D Imax movies. Located in the Gateway Center in west downtown Salt Lake City, open seven days a week from 11 a.m. 110 S. 400 West, 456-STAR

The Gateway Mall Salt Lake’s more trendy downtown shopping area includes stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Bebe, Bastile, and more. Restaurants such as Happy Sumo, California Pizza Kitchen and Fleming’s Prime Steak House provide sustenance before watching a movie at the MegaPlex Theater. 90 S. 400 West, 456-0000

Trolley Square Originally built in 1908, Trolley Square’s historic architecture houses more than 45 specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. In 2007, a $60 million makeover was begun to usher in new tenants, retail space and parking facilities. 602 E. 500 South, 521-9877

Landmarks & Attractions
Cathedral of the Madeleine This wonderfully restored Catholic cathedral features magnificent stained-glass windows and elaborate artwork and offers free tours and concerts. 331 E. South Temple, 328-8941

Gilgal Garden Hidden in the middle of the city, Gilgal is known for its eccentric handcrafted stone art. There is a 25-ton sphinx with the visage of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith, depictions of biblical stories and a tribute to Masons. 749 E. 500 South

Salt Lake City Main Library At 240,000 square feet, this state-of-the-art library holds more than 500,000 books and materials. Facilities include multilevel reading areas, roof-top garden, amphitheater, public plaza and a children’s library. 210 E. 400 South, 524-8200

Salt Lake Masonic Temple Built in 1927, the landmark includes Egyptian, Gothic, Moorish, and Colonial rooms. Free tours available by appointment. 650 E. South Temple, 363-2936

Temple Square The Thursday evening rehearsal and Sunday 9:30 a.m. broadcast of Mormon Tabernacle Choir are open to the public. South Temple & Main, 240-1000

Utah Capitol Built in 1915 with a dome similar to the U.S. Capitol’s, it was rededicated and reopened to the public in early 2008 after a four-year $227 million restoration and seismic retrofit. 350 N. Main, 538-3000

Discovery Gateway “Hands-on” discovery museum with interactive exhibits including a 30-foot-tall beehive, a media center and a “Saving Lives From the Sky” life-size helicopter. 444 W. 100 South, The Gateway, 456-KIDS

Pioneer Memorial Museum Operated by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, this museum features memorabilia from when the earliest settlers entered the Great Salt Lake Valley until the joining of the railroads at Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869. 300 N. Main, 532-6479

Museum Of Church History And Art Exhibits on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, artwork by LDS artists and, usually, interactive exhibits for the children. 45 N. West Temple, 240-3310

Museum of Utah Art & History Due to downtown construction, this museum is closed until June 2008. Its focus is Utah painting and sculpture as well as historical objects and artifacts that document human life in the state. 125 S. Main, 355-5554

Salt Lake Art Center While not exactly a museum, this art center has been around for more than 75 years, is housed in a beautiful downtown facility next to Abravanel Hall and is a must-see for those who crave contemporary visual art, especially large-scale avant-garde exhibits. 20 S. West Temple, 328-4201

Around Town Landmarks & Attractions
Gardner Village The village preserves the old Gardner flour mill, which is listed on the National Historic Register. Surrounding the mill is a cluster of vintage structures restored into retail specialty shops, a restaurant, bakery, meeting facility and day spa. 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan, 566-8903

Hogle Zoo
Established in 1931 at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, this 42-acre zoo is home to 1,100 animals, representing more than 250 species. 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave., 582-1631

Liberty Park—Tracy Aviary
The Tracy Aviary houses some 400 birds of 135 species and cultivates about 100 varieties of plants. 589 E. 1300 South, 596-8500

Living Planet Aquarium
100 animal species are on display in the Marine Hall and Utah Waters Hall exhibits that include a bio-facts station, coral reefs, a shark tank and a “touch pool.” 725 E. 10600 South, 355-FISH (3474)

Red Butte Garden
This nonprofit botanical garden and arboretum has more than 150 acres of flowers, trees and shrubs with walking and hiking paths available year-round. The garden also hosts popular outdoor music concerts in the summer. 300 Wakara Way, University of Utah campus, 581-4747

Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park Campus site of the Olympic ceremonies for the XIX Olympic Winter Games includes the cauldron that held the Olympic flame. Visitors center features an interactive theater. 457 S. 1400 East, Rice-Eccles Stadium, University of Utah

This Is The Place Heritage Park
This 450-acre living-history park has more than 40 homes and businesses that replicate 19th-century Utah. The park features Old Deseret Village, This Is the Place monument and the Brigham Young Forest Farmhouse. 2601 Sunnyside Avenue, 582-1847

Wheeler Historic Farm
Historic demonstrations and exhibits are just a few of the things that will take you back in time. Discover the old-time farm lifestyle, once common for most families in Utah but now largely past and gone. 6351 S. 900 East, 264-2241