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 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 documentations, 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 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.
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!
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.
The Jeanne Wagner Theater was born out of a community need that was recognized by The Performing Arts Coalition. Wagner, a businessman built this theater in memory of his beloved wife Jeanne. This large theater opened on March 31, 2001, and hosts concerts, plays and musicals, and is a part of Rose Wagner Center and the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts.
Founded in 1966, this popular dance theater brings the community the very best in modern dance. A museum and gallery of dance history is on display at the theatre, as well. The theatre archive has more than 230 dances by 90 choreographers, which provides diverse performances for everyone to enjoy. Here you will find both a world-view and a local appreciation for the art of dance. Bring the kids for an educational outing. Contact ArtTix for ticket prices and performance dates.
This new venue occupies the building once home to the defunct Wagner Bag Company. The intimate space houses a 150-seat black-box performance stage, rehearsal studios, and the offices of the Repertory Dance Theatre, the resident dance company. Built in 1990 as part of the Downtown Alliance's city-center revitalization efforts, the center hosts performances as progressive as the theatre itself. Various troupes take the stage for a wide variety of performances. Call to check the schedule and buy tickets.
Whether you are just visiting the area or live here full time, the public library is the place to be. Many educational activities for both children and adults are available. Spend the day reading, studying or researching on the Internet. If the main branch does not have what you are looking for, try another area branch. Inter-library loans make it convenient to obtain and return materials from any location.