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.
The Corinthian theme beautifully amalgamates with the Neoclassical style of architecture to reveal an imposing structure in the form of the Utah State Capitol Building. Completed in 1916, this ornate Seat of the Utah government is crowned with a 165 feet (50 meters) rotunda while its interior is brought to life with artist Lewis Schettle's painting. Massive ionic columns, each carved from a single piece of marble, are thought to be the largest solid marble columns in the United States. Epic paintings around the arches and the rotunda represent Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers.
An opulent granite monument, designed in a Gothic style, the Salt Lake Temple is commonly known as the Mormon Church. As testimony of the faith and devotion of the people, this structure took over 40 years to build from 1853. Like other Latter-day Saints temples, this one too is not open for public tours and only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are permitted to enter. However, the temple grounds can be visited, making it a popular tourist attraction for those looking to experience the magnificence first-hand.
This Roman Catholic cathedral stands majestically near the avenues in Salt Lake City. The building was renovated in 1990. The Romanesque facade, with gargoyles and stained glass, invites visitors to enter its Gothic Revival chambers within. The Eccles organ welcomes all with its reeds and diapasons booming their robust tones. The clergy holds Mass regularly.
Selected as the spot for the epic Mormon Temple by Brigham Young himself, the iconic Temple Square is the religious locus of Salt Lake City. A stirring mosaic of history, religion, architecture and sophisticated gastronomy, the historic Temple Square invokes an ethereal picture further riddled with the nuances of the art, theater and culture. Ever since it was first built, Temple Square has been the headquarters of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, containing not only the Salt Lake Temple but the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Family History Library and the Assembly Hall as well. This revered downtown expanse is laced by a tapestry of shops, restaurants, parks, gardens and an array of other historical sites. The elaborate South Visitors' Center illustrates the history of the temple whereas the North Visitors' Center is home to a scaling statue of Christ, called 'The Christus'.
The Natural History Museum of Utah lets you embark on a journey into the natural world offering extensive collections of biological, archaeological and anthropological documentation, archives and articles. It also offers exhibits specific to the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau and is a center for information on a variety of subjects. Located at the University of Utah, the Museum is educational as well as entertaining for adults and children alike with impressive, interactive displays. Their biology collection includes more than 300,000 species of mammals, vertebrates, birds, insects as well as seeds while the geological collection boasts of more than 50,000 minerals, rocks and fossils. These collections are carefully exhibited in the Cooper Hall of Anthropology, Earth science galleries, Norton Hall of Minerals, Life science halls and the Dumke Gallery. In addition, the museum is an address to the fascinating Quinney Dinosaur Discovery Hall. Special statewide outreach programs include curriculum kits for teachers, field trips, guided tours and natural history classes.
With wide range of classic arcade, modern arcade, pinball and console games to choose from, you won't be short of options to keep you entertained during your visit at Quarters Arcade Bar. Not fond of arcade games? You can select one of the many board or card games to play on your tabletop while sipping a glass of chilled craft beer and having fun with your friends. This spacious venue featuring different type of games is always bustling with happy patrons reliving their childhood by playing their favorite games all night long without having to worry about spending too much. Classic cocktails, chilled craft beer, different kind of spirits and a whole lot of gaming options at Quarters Arcade Bar provide you with the perfect setting for having a fun-filled time.
This staple of downtown Salt Lake City has been a local favorite for well over a decade and continues to grow in popularity. More than just your average dive bar, the Cheers to You establishment features themed nights like karaoke on Fridays, the Mug Club for those who'd like to keep their steins in a safe place, pool tables, televisions to catch the latest game and big wide booths for you and your friends to cram into. The food is classic pub grub with offerings like meatball subs and local restaurants that will even deliver!
Built between the years of 1891 and 1894, the structure offers the state's most exquisite sample of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Observant visitors will note the detailed depictions of Utah history carved above doorways in bas-relief and the faces of pioneer women sculpted atop the building's columns. Today, the building remains home to a mix of city and county offices, and the surrounding grounds are a perfect place to picnic. Guided tours are available on a limited basis. Call ahead to check the schedule.
Enjoy hysterical parodies and improv acts at this popular theater. Quick Wits, a comedy act, involves two teams of comedians who compete to see which team is able to make the audience laugh louder and longer. Parking in nearby garages for hourly rates on the street is available. Call ahead to know ticket prices and get them early because they sell out fast.
Watch local and international films at the Broadway Center Cinemas. A part of the Salt Lake Film Society, this theater has six screens for your viewing pleasure. For an even more enjoyable experience, sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand. For film times, ticket prices and further information please call or see their website.