Diversions & Shopping
Clark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 West, 456-STAR Experience daily star shows, 3-D music concerts and 3-D Imax movies. Located in The Gateway in west downtown Salt Lake City, open seven days a week from 11 a.m.n
The Gateway Mall, 90 S. 400 West, 456-0000 Visit Salt Lake City’s only downtown mall not under construction with 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.
Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, 521-9877 Originally built in 1908, Trolley Square’s historic architecture is undergoing a $60 million facelift that includes a 53,000 square foot building for Whole Foods Market. Trolley Square has about 45 retailers but could increase to 65 when the renovations are complete. A Utah Historic Site, the mall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Downtown Antique District located on Broadway (300 South) between 200 East and 400 East Outfit your life with eclectic and bohemian finds from antique stores, art galleries as well as indie-operated clothing, book and music shops along these bustling streets.
Landmarks & Attractions
Gilgal Garden, 749 E. 500 South 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.
Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, 524-8200 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.
Salt Lake Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple, 363-2936 Built in 1927, the landmark includes Egyptian, Gothic, Moorish, and Colonial rooms. Free tours available by appointment.
Temple Square, South Temple & Main, 240-1000 Thursday evening rehearsal and Sunday 9:30 a.m. broadcast of Mormon Tabernacle Choir are open to the public.
Utah State Capitol, 350 N. Main, 538-1800 Newly retrofitted and remodeled, The Capitol was designed by Utah architect Richard K.A. Kletting in 1912 and completed in 1916. Tours are available by phoning 538-1800.
Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, The Gateway, 456-KIDS “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.
Pioneer Memorial Museum, 300 N. Main, 532-6479 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.
Museum Of Church History And Art, 45 N. West Temple, 240-3310 Historical exhibits about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and artwork by LDS artists.
Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple, 328.4201 While not 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.
Around Town Landmarks Attractions
Gardner Village, 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan, 566-8903 The Village preserves the old Gardner flourmill, which is listed on the National Historic Register. Surrounding the mill is a cluster of vintage structures restored into charming retail specialty shops, a restaurant, bakery, meeting facility and day spa.
Liberty Park—Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South, 596-8500 The Tracy Aviary houses some 400 birds of 135 species and cultivates about 100 varieties of plants.
Living Planet Aquarium, 725 E. 10600 South, 355-3474 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.”
Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, University of Utah campus, 581-4747 This nonprofit botanical garden and arboretum has more than 150 acres of flowers, trees and shrubs with walking and hiking paths available year-round.
Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park, 457 S. 1400 East, Rice-Eccles Stadium, University of Utah Campus Site of the Olympic Ceremonies for the XIX Olympic Winter Games includes the cauldron that held the Olympic flame. Visitors center includes an interactive theater where moments of the Games are captured.
This Is The Place Heritage Park, 2601 Sunnyside Avenue, 582-1847 Site of the Mormon pioneers’ entry into the Salt Lake Valley, the park features Old Deseret Village, This Is the Place monument, the Brigham Young Forest Farmhouse and picnic areas.
Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, 264-2241 Historic demonstrations and exhibits take you back in time. Discover the old-time farm lifestyle, once common for most families in Utah, but now largely past and gone.
Around Town Museums
Utah Museum Of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, 581-7332 Holds ancient and modern collections (about 18,000 objects) from the world’s cultures: African, Egyptian, Greek, Asian and European as well as works by Utah artists.
Utah Museum Of Natural History, 1390 E. Presidents Circle, 581-4303 Numerous exhibits including dinosaur bone collections, local Indian artifacts and demonstrations of Utah geological history.
Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, 801-768-2300 Includes Museum of Ancient Life, a championship-caliber golf course, Thanksgiving Point Village, and the Farm Country.
Antelope Island, Syracuse exit on I-15 north of Salt Lake City Hikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers enjoy a variety of trails on the popular island in the Great Salt Lake. Picnicking, camping, and boating facilities are also available. The island is home to a roaming herd of 600 bison, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep. A visitor center offers information on the island’s unique biology, geology and history.
Eccles Dinosaur Park, 1544 E. Park Blvd., Ogden, 801-393-3466 See life-size creatures and hear them roar in the park’s six acres. Watch technicians prepare fossils or visit the hands-on exhibits.
Heber Valley Railroad, 450 S. 600 West, Heber, 435-654-5601 Utah’s historic steam passenger railroad is a tourist attraction based in Heber City. The track follows the Provo River to Vivian Park near Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon.
Kennecott Bingham Canyon, Copper Mine, 252-3234 One of the largest human-made excavations ever dug. Visitors’ Center displays photographs, exhibits, and more. Located in the Oquirrh Mountains approximately 25 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
Lagoon Amusement Park, 275 Lagoon Drive (15 miles north of SLC just off 1-15), 451-8000 The state’s largest amusement park features one of the nation’s oldest wooden coasters as well as kiddie rides, games, a water park and more. Open seasonally.
Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden, 801-393-9886 Built in 1924, Ogden Union Station was the center of transcontinental rail traffic for more than 50 years. Today, it is home to train and art museums, a visitors’ center, model train shop, and a restaurant.
Olympic Park 3000 Bear Hollow Drive, Park City, 435-658-4206 The 389-acre Utah Olympic Park was built for the 2002 Winter Games for Nordic jumping and the sliding sports of bobsled, luge and skeleton. Now used for national and international competitions, it also serves as a year-round training ground for development and high-performance athletes. Visitors can tour the Alf Engen Ski Museum and take a bobsled ride of their own.