Not only is Salt Lake City a metropolitan area that offers many amenities and activities, but it’s surrounded by state and federal lands that offer many scenic recreational opportunities in nature as well.
Clark Planetarium and Gateway Mall
The only thing better than a fun, interactive educational activity with your family is doing it for free. Clark Planetarium provides an extensive range of exhibits that allows your children to explore space and science for free. There is a charge if you want to check out the 3D IMAX movies, though.
When you’re done at the planetarium, cruise through the attached 30-acre Gateway Mall, with its many exquisite shops, a myriad of tasty restaurants, and a movie theater with 12 screens.
Don’t miss Utah’s Hogle Zoo, which offers the opportunity to see many exhibits and animals up close. If you want to pay a little extra, you can join in the Animal Encounters, which offers the chance to get a little closer to the animals and interact with them, and to feed some animals like the giraffes. Be sure to sign up for this experience in advance.
Discovery Gateway Museum
With over 60,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, your little ones can experience many zones of exploration, from roleplaying a grocer in the child-sized town to “starring” as the anchor on the Media Zone’s news show.
This is just a tiny sampling of the many things to do in Salt Lake City. Add in the Natural History Museum of Utah, the Tracy Aviary, the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, Liberty Park, the Salt Lake City tabernacle, the Leonardo Museum, the many area ski resorts, floating in the Great Salt Lake, hiking the nearby canyons, plus much more, and you can be sure that your family will stay busy on your next trip to Salt Lake City.