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.
The Natural History Museum of Utah embarks you 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 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 boats 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 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.
Occupying an impressive limestone structure built in 1905; this interactive museum offers the young and young-at-heart an entertaining look at the universe. An ideal reward for kids who behaved well while touring nearby Temple Square, the museum encourages participation with simulated space flights, star shows and dancing laser lights. Its Hansen Dome Theater boasts of over 200 seats and is the first of its kind to give viewers the pleasure of exploring the universe in three dimension without the use of glasses. The theater has spectacular projectors and its state-of-the-art acoustics are second to none. In addition, the Clark Planetarium is home to an ATK IMAX Theater which showcases Hollywood blockbusters along with informative films. The films generated by the Clark Planetarium have reached corners of the globe, and some of their applauded shows are Perfect Little Planet, Gateway to the Stars, Extreme Planets and the Ultimate Universe. Astronomy courses are available for all ages in the summer and special programs are scheduled throughout the year. Call ahead to find out show timings.
Merging and exploring the connection between science, art and technology, The Leonardo Museum in Downtown Salt Lake City strives to impart knowledge and growth to all of its visitors be they young or old. Through workshops, interactive displays, and classes, the museum is for those who like to get hands-on. View precious articles of the Dead Sea Scrolls or fiddle with gizmos and gadgets in the Tinkering Garage or even learn how animation works and try your hand at building your own cartoon in the Render exhibit.
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.
30 race cars that have seen the golden years of motor racing call the Price Museum of Speed their home. A passionate product of owner John Price's zeal for cars, this museum is the permanent residence of the legendary Mormon Meteor III, Ab Jenkins's record-wining vehicle. In addition, the museum houses the 1904 Peerless Green Dragon, 1904 Pope Toledo Race Car, 1907 Renault Vanderbilt Racer, 1912 Hudson Mile-a-Minute Speedster, 1915 Stutz Weightman Racer, 1925 Miller Front Drive Race Car, 1932 Miller FWD Race Car and many more. Visitors are required to call ahead and make an appointment before their arrival. Many eminent personalities from the racing fraternity have graced the Price Museum of Speed, Shirley Muldowney is one such name.
Changing exhibits of contemporary visual art are presented in a modern setting of light and wood. Numerous art workshops for both adults and children are available at UMOCA, along with educational film and performance programs. Take the kids here when they start to get bored by the summer. A small gift shop sells all things art-related. Come here to see what is happening in the Utah art scene. Admission is free.