Clark Planetarium#13 in Best Things To Do in Salt Lake City
Clark Planetarium features exhibits on Earth, near Earth and beyond. Here, you can step inside a giant tornado, make a volcano, see a 6-foot Rand McNally Earth Globe, check out one of the largest real moon rocks on public display, and visit the Lunar Lander exhibit to learn more about the forces of gravity, acceleration and inertia.
Recent visitors were impressed with all the interactive and high-tech exhibits and highly recommend the planetarium. The Hansen Dome and Northrop Grumman IMAX theaters also offer shows on everything from moon landings to volcanos to cosmic light shows.
The planetarium is located in downtown Salt Lake City and is accessible via the TRAX Planetarium stop. The facility is open Sunday to Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with extended hours Thursday through Saturday. Admission to the exhibits is free. Theater tickets cost $7 for adults before 5 p.m. and $9 for shows 5 p.m. and later. Children younger than 12 years old pay $7. For more information about the exhibits, consult the planetarium's official website.
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#1 Temple Square
Temple Square's three-block, 35-acre plaza is home to nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's anchored by the towering Salt Lake Temple – where, among other things, weekly meetings of the church's governing bodies are held – and other fascinating buildings like the expansive Tabernacle and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall, which offer insight into the history and development of the church. You should also stop by the Family History Library, the largest genealogy library in the world. Once you've toured the sites, stroll through the square's scenic gardens and past the gurgling fountains.
Recent travelers recommend taking a free, guided tour of the square and also mention that you don't have to be particularly religious to find it of interest. Tours are not scheduled, but knowledgeable docents are available every day between 9 a.m. and 4, 7 or 8 p.m., depending on the month. Tours begin on the hour and meet at the flagpole west of the temple. Visitors are also welcome to attend the Sunday morning concerts in the Tabernacle, as well as the Thursday evening choir rehearsals (7:30 p.m.), both put on by the renowned Tabernacle Choir.
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