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Best Budget Activities in Salt Lake City

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Gilgal Gardens

This local garden is famous for its mix of cultural heritage captured in several statues, along with quotes from Rousseau, Emerson and the Bible. Gilgal Gardens is part of (and pokes fun at) Utah cultural history, although the locals scratch their heads in wonder at some of the chosen subject matter. The garden will provide visitors with a nice stroll and will certainly arouse curiosity in all who take the time to look around. The park is open daily from 9a until dusk.

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Memory Grove Park

This beautiful park, dedicated to the veterans of Utah, is refreshingly quiet and serene. The towering trees throughout and the Harbor of Beauty pond create a feeling of peacefulness for those who just want a quiet, meditative walk in the park. On the east bank is the Freedom Trail. On the west, the paved path goes all the way up to City Creek Canyon. The park is dog-friendly as long as pets are leashed—however, owners may unleash dogs in the canyon.

Salt Lake City, UT, United States
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Liberty Park

The largest and most central property of the city's public park system, this 80 acre Liberty Park offers recreational activities for all. Children applaud the Children's Garden and boating pond, playground, amusement park and snack bar. Older visitors enjoy the swimming pool and the tennis park's 16 lighted courts. Recent developments have added a well-conceived interactive map that uses pools and fountains to depict the topography of Utah. Liberty Park is also home to the ever-popular Tracy Aviary, the Chase Mill and the Chase Home Museum of Folk Art.

Salt Lake City, UT, United States
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International Peace Gardens

Stretching along the banks of the Jordan River, this interesting International Peace Garden and park encourages visitors to consider the many cultures contributing to the prosperity of the Salt Lake Basin. More than 25 cultures are represented with statues, structures and garden plots. Visitors can stroll among windmills, pagodas and Viking tombs and pause for contemplation in front of statues depicting a preaching Buddha or Hans Christian Andersen. Learn something new about Utah.

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Ensign Peak Park

This small mountain peak trail offers spectacular views of the Great Salt Lake and the surrounding valley. It's rumored that Brigham Young hiked to the peak to survey the area and discussed the plans he had for constructing the city he intended to build. To commemorate this, a small monument can be seen from the summit. A well-marked path with remarkable views, this trail is well worth a hike.

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Red Butte Gardens

Operated by the University of Utah, these botanical gardens offer visitors panoramic valley views and an extensive collection of plants, trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world. The gardens and arboretum remain open all year with displays changing to fit the season. The visitors' center offers frequent educational programs, miles of hiking trail beckon outdoor enthusiasts and light shows, chamber concerts and guided treks entertain guests throughout the year.

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Mill Creek Canyon

This spacious recreation area in Salt Lake City is full of hiking and biking trails and beautiful scenery. Discover babbling brooks, various designated picnic areas, and rushing waterfalls. Hike along one of the many trails to find a meadow full of flowers or gorgeous vista point perfect for taking in the views. And with such a cheap entrance fee for vehicles, visiting the park with family and friends is a cost effective and fun outdoor activity.

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Wheeler Historic Farm

Wheeler Historic Farm invites visitors to remember what it was like to visit the family farm for a special event like Christmas dinner or the harvest. The historic setting offers a trip back in time as visitors see what life was like on a 19th century farm in Utah. A variety of special events are scheduled to coincide with the seasons, ranging from Halloween parties to spring planting festivals.

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