Red Butte Garden

#5 in Best Things To Do in Salt Lake City
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Key Info

300 Wakara Way

Price & Hours

$14 for adults; $7 for kids 3-17
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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 recommended 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. Keep in mind the garden closes early on days that it is hosting a concert. Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 17. If you visit in December, January or February, you'll enjoy half-price admission. The garden is best reached by car. Visit Red Butte Garden's official website for more information.

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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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