25 free things to do around Salt Lake

25 free things to do around Salt Lake

Are you new to Utah, and want to explore Salt Lake but you’re not sure where to start?

Here are 25 free things to do around Salt Lake, so you can explore a bunch of fun things around the Salt Lake valley without breaking the bank!

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1. Gilgal Sculpture Garden

This is a public park in Salt Lake City that has original sculptures, and stones engraved with different texts, scriptures and poems. It’s open 7 days a week and is located at 749 E 500 S in Salt Lake City.

2. Olympic Fountain & Splash Pad at The Gateway

The plaza in the middle of The Gateway outdoor shopping center features a large fountain and the names of the volunteers of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The Gateway is located at 400 W 200 S in Salt Lake City.

3. Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge in Draper

The Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge spans 185 feet across the canyon in Draper, and connects the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Make sure you wear closed toe shoes when you’re hiking, and be sure to watch for rattlesnakes in the area. You can access the trail head either from Hidden Valley Park in Sandy, or the Orson Smith trailhead in Draper.

4. The Eagle Gate Monument

Spanning 76 feet across State Street and South Temple, this arch was built in 1859 to mark Brigham Young’s property entrance.

5. Pioneer Log Cabin

Formally known as the Deuel Pioneer Log Home, this is a surviving log home built by pioneer settlers who arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Located on West Temple across from Temple Square.

6. Wheeler Historic Farm

This is a real working farm operated by Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation. Check it out 7 days a week with livestock, a park and walking trails. Located at 6351 S 900 E in Murray.

7. Utah State Capitol

One thing you definitely shouldn’t miss is the cherry blossoms at the Utah State Capitol building in Spring. There are hundreds of cherry trees that were given from Japan after World War II. Located at 350 N State Street in Salt Lake City

8. Governor’s Mansion

The Governor’s Mansion offers free public tours of the home by volunteers of the Utah Heritage Foundation. Located at 603 E South Temple in Salt Lake City.

9. Salt Lake City Public Library

The City Main Library houses more than half a million books and materials in a 240 thousand square foot six story structure. Check out the rooftop terrace, which gives a 360 degree view of the Salt Lake Valley. Located at 210 E 400 S in Salt Lake City.

10. Fountains at City Creek Center

The fountains at the center of City Creek were designed by the same firm that created the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. Located at 50 S Main Street in Salt Lake City.

11. South Physics Observatory

Every Wednesday night, you can visit a free public star gazing party to see galaxies, planets and more. Located at 115 S 1400 E in Salt Lake City.

12. Brigham Young Family Memorial Cemetery

Visit Brigham Young’s family cemetery and see his marked grave, along with his wives and children, and a statue to commemorate the pioneers. Located at 140 E First Avenue in Salt Lake City.

13. Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Originally known as Hotel Utah, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building has a beautiful lobby with a huge, crystal chandelier, and the FamilySearch center to do genealogy research. Located at 15 E South Temple in Salt Lake city.

14. Cathedral of the Madeleine

The cathedral was completed in 1909 and features a Spanish Gothic interior with murals and stained glass. Located at 331 E South Temple in Salt Lake City.

15. Temple Square

Stroll the meticulously manicured grounds of Temple Square for an afternoon of reflection. Located at 50 N Temple in Salt Lake City.

16. Liberty Park

There are plenty of free activities to try at Liberty Park, including horseshoes, tennis, or a simple picnic on the grass. Located at 900 S 700 E in Salt Lake City.

17. Sugar House Park

This is a huge park in the Salt Lake Valley with over 110 acres of green space, a pond and pavilions. Located at 1350 E 2100 S in Salt Lake City.

18. Ensign Peak

Ensign Peak includes a nature park and hiking trail to a monument, where you can see the Great Salt Lake and the entire Salt Lake Valley.

19. White Memorial Chapel

Across the street from the Utah State Capitol building is the White Memorial Chapel, which is a carefully rebuilt church building used for weddings and special events. Located at 150 E 300 N in Salt Lake City.

20. Pioneer Memorial Museum

The Pioneer Memorial Museum houses photos and artifacts from Utah’s pioneer settlers. Located at 300 N. Main Street in Salt Lake City.

21. Fort Douglas Military Museum

See real tanks and artillery from Utah’s military history, and tour the fort which protected early mail routes and housed troops. Located at 32 Potter Street in Salt Lake City.

22. Church History Library

Records from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are stored at the Church History Library, which is over 230,000 square feet in size, and features a time capsule that was sealed in 2009. Located at 15 E North Temple in Salt Lake City.

23. Clark Planetarium

There are plenty of free exhibits at Clark Planetarium, including telescopes, a pendulum and facts about the solar system. Located at 110 S 400 W in Salt Lake city.

24. Utah Museum of Fine Arts

The museum features nearly 20 thousand works of art and exhibits from around the world. Located at 410 Campus Center Drive in Salt Lake City.

25. Salt Lake City Council Hall

This building was constructed in 1864, and was originally the Old Salt Lake City Hall. It was moved to Capitol Hill in 1961. Located at 300 State Street in Salt Lake City.

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