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Filled with meticulously landscaped plots, gurgling fountains and pleasant pathways, Red Butte Garden is a great place for budding botanists as well as visitors looking for quiet respite. Housed on the University of Utah campus in northeast Salt Lake City, the garden is divided into sections, each devoted to a specific type of plant or ecosystem.

Recent visitors said you should prepare to spend a good chunk of your day here, as there's plenty to see. Also, many recommend coming here during the warmer weather for a concert – just remember to bring your own picnic blanket. Red Butte Garden also hosts a variety of educational lectures and kid-friendly activities.

Red Butte Garden is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (excluding several holidays), with extended hours from April to September. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children. If you visit in December, January or February, you'll enjoy half-price admission. Visit Red Butte Garden's website for more information.

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