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Things To Do in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has something for everyone.

Salt Lake City, Utah, is home to a variety of activities and attractions that will keep any visitor entertained. Whether you're looking for outdoor adventure, cultural experiences or simply want to take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city, Salt Lake City has something for everyone. Here are some of the top things to do in Salt Lake City.

DOWNTOWN ATTRACTIONS (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

- Joseph Smith Memorial Building

- LDS Conference Center

- Temple Square / Salt Lake Temple (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Mormons)

- The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square (Weekly Performances)

- Utah State Capitol

Hogle zoo

The Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City is a fan-favorite attraction! There's never a dull moment with over 800 animals to see, representing over 200 species. Keep the fun going by visiting the Utah Hogle Zoo Education Center. There, children of all ages can participate in educational programs and camps to learn more about the animals they love. Take advantage of all the excitement the Hogle Zoo has to offer!

Salt Lake City Library

Discover a stunning architectural masterpiece that's more than just a library! Explore a world of interactive exhibits, browse over 500,000 books and other materials, and enjoy a range of programs and activities. There's something for everyone, from story time for little ones to book clubs for adults. 

Come and experience the Salt Lake City Public Library – a true gem for book lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike!

Clark Planetarium

Discover the wonders of space at Clark Planetarium, a place where art and science intersect. Enjoy interactive exhibits, watch a movie in one of the immersive theaters, or book a special event for an unforgettable day out. With over 20,000 square feet of space to explore, there is something for everyone. Learn the basics of astronomy and physics through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Don't forget to catch a show in one of their three-dimensional dome theaters—it's an experience like no other! Take your learning even further by attending one of their special events. Don't miss your chance to explore galaxies far away – visit the Clark Planetarium today

ENTERTAINMENT- ARTS (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

SYPHONY

Utah Symphony: Performing at Abravanel Hall, the Utah Symphony offers a diverse range of classical concerts throughout the year.

THEATRE

Pioneer Theatre Company: Located at the University of Utah, this regional theatre offers a mix of classic plays, musicals, and contemporary works.

Hale Centre Theatre: This theater in nearby Sandy offers Broadway-style productions in an innovative, state-of-the-art venue.

BALLET

Ballet West: Performing at the Capitol Theatre, Ballet West presents a variety of classical and contemporary ballets.

OPERA

Utah Opera: Partnering with the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera stages several operas each season at the Capitol Theatre.

DANCE

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: A contemporary dance company that performs innovative and thought-provoking pieces.

Repertory Dance Theatre: A modern dance company dedicated to the creation, performance, and preservation of modern dance.

LIVE MUSIC VENUES

The Depot: A popular live music venue featuring a variety of artists and genres.

The Complex: A large entertainment venue hosting concerts and events across multiple stages.

Urban Lounge: An intimate venue known for indie, rock, and alternative music performances.

COMEDY

Wiseguys Comedy Club: Hosting nationally known comedians as well as local talent.

PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS

Eccles Theater: Hosting Broadway shows, concerts, and other live performances.

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center: A multi-use arts facility with performances ranging from theater to dance to music.

FILM

Broadway Centre Cinemas: Showcasing independent and foreign films.

FESTIVALS

Utah Arts Festival: An annual event featuring visual arts, music, dance, and film.

Sundance Film Festival (Park City and Salt Lake City): Although primarily held in Park City, many screenings and events also take place in Salt Lake City.

ENTERTAINMENT (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

SPORTS

Basketball (NBA) Utah Jazz

Catch the Utah Jazz in action at the Vivint Arena, the beloved home court of this passionate professional basketball team. With a rich history in Salt Lake City, the Jazz boasts a loyal fan base, adding to the electric atmosphere of each game. Don't miss out on the excitement of both home and away games at this impressive arena and the variety of other events hosted here throughout the year.

- Hockey (NHL)

- Soccer (MLS) Real Salt Lake

- Brigham Young University (Provo - Football, Basketball, + other sports)

- University of Utah (SLC – Football, Basketball, + other sports)

FUN / AMUSEMENT (Salt Lake City)

- Classic Fun Center

- Gardner Village

- Lagoon Amusement Park

- Wheeler Historic Farm

- Utah Olympic Park

EVENTS (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

- Days Of 47

- Christ Kindl

- Utah State Fair

GARDENS (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

- Gilgal Sculpture Garden

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Located in the picturesque foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, Red Butte Garden is a 100-acre botanical garden that boasts over 2,500 plant species from all corners of the world. Visitors can enjoy its beautiful gardens, trails, and sculptures throughout the year. You will not regret immersing yourself in this stunning natural wonderland!

- Salt Palace Japanese Garden

- State Arboretun of Utah

- Tracy Aviary & Bottanical Gardens

HISTORY / CULTURE (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

- Ensign Peak Nature Park & Monument

- Family Search Library

This Is The Place Heritage Park

Nestled at the foot of the majestic Wasatch Range in Salt Lake City, Utah, This Is The Place Heritage Park is a living history museum that offers a vivid, immersive glimpse into the pioneer heritage and early settlement of the state. Spread across 450 acres of picturesque landscape, the park commemorates the arrival of the Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. It is a place where history comes alive through carefully preserved historic buildings, engaging exhibits, and lively reenactments. Visitors from Utah and beyond will find themselves transported back in time, experiencing the challenges and triumphs of the early settlers. Please note that This Is The Place Monument is a prior name for This Is The Place Heritage Park.

MUSEUMS / SCIENCE (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

- Church History Museum (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Mormons)

- Clark Planetarium (3D IMAX)

- Discovery Gateway Children's Museum

- Natural History Museum of Utah

- Pioneer Memorial Museum

- The Leonardo Museum

- Utah Museum of Fine Arts

- Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

NATURE ATTRACTIONS (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

- Antelope Island State Park

- Great Salt Lake

- Bonneville Salt Flats

- Big Cottonwood Canyon

- Emigration Canyon

- Little Cottonwood Canyon

- Millcreek Canyon

- Spiral Jetty

PARKS (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

- Liberty Park

- Memory Grove Park

- Sugar House Park

RECREATION (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

- ATV / UTV Riding (Rentals)

- Bowling

- Bird Watching

- Cross-country Skiing

- Disc Golf

- Escape Rooms

- Fishing

- Golf (25+ Courses in Salt Lake Valley)

- Hiking Trails (Red Pine, Lake Blanche, Ensign Peak, many others...)

- Indoor Soccer

- Kayaking

- Horseback Riding

- Ice Skating (Gallivan Center, Utah Olympic Oval, Others)

- Laser Tag

- Mountain Biking - Trails / Rentals

- (Found at most area mountain resorts, + Parleys, Millcreek Pipeline, many others)

- Paintball

- Paddleboarding

- Pickleball

- Pottery Painting

- River-Tubing

- Rock Climbing (Indoor Gyms, outdoor Locations)

- Scuba (Training) The Scuba Dive, Dive Utah

- River-Tubing

- Sky Diving (Simulation - Jump By Limitless Flight, Sky Dive Utah)

Skiing / Snowboarding

Experience skiing and snowboarding at its finest in Salt Lake City. Nestled in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains, it's no surprise that their slopes offer some of the best winter activities in the country. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, there's terrain for everyone.

Thrill-seekers, hit the slopes for an unforgettable ride. Those who prefer a more relaxed experience can enjoy the stunning views from any of the cross-country ski trails. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy your winter getaway in Salt Lake City.

Hiking / Mountain Biking

Discover a picturesque landscape of lush forests, meadows, and canyons in the Wasatch Mountains. With trails suitable for beginners and challenging climbs that will test experienced climbers, there's something for everyone in this outdoor paradise. Plus, mountain biking enthusiasts can experience dedicated trails designed for all levels of riders. Come explore the natural beauty of the Wasatch Mountains!

- Snowshoeing

- Swimming (Indoor facilities, outdoor locations)

- Tennis

- Trampoline Parks

- Utah Motorsports

- Virtual Reality Centers

- Water Parks (Cowabung Bay Water Park, Lagoon-A-Beach, Cherry Hill)

- Wildlife Viewing

- Zip Lines

RESORTS (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

- Zip Lines

- Brighton

- Deer Valley

- Park City

Snowbird Tram

Looking for an easy way to explore Salt Lake City's stunning natural beauty? Look no further than the Snowbird Tram! This scenic tram ride takes passengers up to the top of Hidden Peak, where they'll witness unparalleled views of the surrounding area.

On a clear day, you can even see all the way out to the Great Salt Lake! This attraction is a must-do for any outdoor enthusiast, providing stunning vistas without the need for a strenuous climb. Don't miss out on the chance to experience the best views in town - book your trip on the Snowbird Tram today.

- Solitude

RESTAURANTS

- Bombay House

- Chungas

- Chanon Tai Cafe

- Chick Queen

- Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

- Laziz Kitchen

- Lucky 13 Bar & Grill

- Nomad East

- Pago

- Pretty Bird

- Red Iguana

- Takashi

- The Copper Onion

- The Dodo

- The Pearl

- Valter's Osteria

- Wildwood

WILDLIFE & ANIMAL VIEWING (Salt Lake City Things To Do)

ANIMALS

- Hogle Zoo

- Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

- Tracy Aviary

WILDLIFE

- Antelope Island (Buffalo, birds, antelope, deerk, other large animals)

- Eccles Wildlife Education Center / Farmington Bay Wildlife

- Lee Creek Natural Area

- Legacy Nature Preserve

- Miller Bird Refuge and Nature Park

- Redwood Nature Area

Skiing / Snowboarding

Experience skiing and snowboarding at its finest in Salt Lake City. Nestled in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains, it's no surprise that their slopes offer some of the best winter activities in the country. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, there's terrain for everyone.

Thrill-seekers, hit the slopes for an unforgettable ride. Those who prefer a more relaxed experience can enjoy the stunning views from any of the cross-country ski trails. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy your winter getaway in Salt Lake City.

Hiking / Mountain Biking

Discover a picturesque landscape of lush forests, meadows, and canyons in the Wasatch Mountains. With trails suitable for beginners and challenging climbs that will test experienced climbers, there's something for everyone in this outdoor paradise. Plus, mountain biking enthusiasts can experience dedicated trails designed for all levels of riders. Come explore the natural beauty of the Wasatch Mountains!

Snowbird Tram

Looking for an easy way to explore Salt Lake City's stunning natural beauty? Look no further than the Snowbird Tram! This scenic tram ride takes passengers up to the top of Hidden Peak, where they'll witness unparalleled views of the surrounding area.

On a clear day, you can even see all the way out to the Great Salt Lake! This attraction is a must-do for any outdoor enthusiast, providing stunning vistas without the need for a strenuous climb. Don't miss out on the chance to experience the best views in town - book your trip on the Snowbird Tram today.

Red Butte Garden

Located in the picturesque foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, Red Butte Garden is a 100-acre botanical garden that boasts over 2,500 plant species from all corners of the world. Visitors can enjoy its beautiful gardens, trails, and sculptures throughout the year. You will not regret immersing yourself in this stunning natural wonderland!

Utah Jazz

Catch the Utah Jazz in action at the Vivint Arena, the beloved home court of this passionate professional basketball team. With a rich history in Salt Lake City, the Jazz boasts a loyal fan base, adding to the electric atmosphere of each game. Don't miss out on the excitement of both home and away games at this impressive arena and the variety of other events hosted here throughout the year.

Hogle Zoo

The Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City is a fan-favorite attraction! There's never a dull moment with over 800 animals to see, representing over 200 species. Keep the fun going by visiting the Utah Hogle Zoo Education Center. There, children of all ages can participate in educational programs and camps to learn more about the animals they love. Take advantage of all the excitement the Hogle Zoo has to offer!

Salt Lake City Library

Discover a stunning architectural masterpiece that's more than just a library! Explore a world of interactive exhibits, browse over 500,000 books and other materials, and enjoy a range of programs and activities. There's something for everyone, from story time for little ones to book clubs for adults.

Come and experience the Salt Lake City Public Library – a true gem for book lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike!

Clark Planetarium

Discover the wonders of space at Clark Planetarium, a place where art and science intersect. Enjoy interactive exhibits, watch a movie in one of the immersive theaters, or book a special event for an unforgettable day out. With over 20,000 square feet of space to explore, there is something for everyone. Learn the basics of astronomy and physics through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Don't forget to catch a show in one of their three-dimensional dome theaters—it's an experience like no other! Take your learning even further by attending one of their special events. Don't miss your chance to explore galaxies far away – visit the Clark Planetarium today
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