Hotspots in Salt Lake City, UT
Take a look inside what it's like to make candy at the Sweet's Candy Factory tour. Learn how taffy is made and take a sample fresh off of the line. Learn the history of Sweet's Candy Factory and how it began and evolved into the candy we know and love today. You will also be able to view the workers in action as they make the chocolate and other candies. Learn each step the candy goes through before it is sent to the stores to be sold. Each candy is carefully inspected, weighed, packaged and shipped out for sale.
Once a family's backyard dream, the Gilgal Sculpture Garden is now a community park unlike any other. Nestled in between houses, if you are not looking for this garden you would never know it was there. With twelve original sculptures and over seventy engraved stones, it is the only identified "visionary art environment" in Utah. Kids of all ages will enjoy discovering this new and exciting place. Bring a picnic lunch, a blanket, and discover "Salt Lake's hidden secret."
Once known as the "Coney Island Of The West," all that remains now are remnants and traces of what used to be. The building known as Saltair today is located two miles West of where this once popular lake resort once stood. During the "Big Band Era," groups such as Glenn Miller marked the "largest dance floor in the nation" at Saltair as a must-stop on their tour. The old rollercoaster and carousel are long gone, but their memories still remain. As you walk out onto the beach you can see the frames and traces of where they once stood. Dishes still remain in the sand from the Ship Cafe that perished in a tragic fire in the 1920s. Pull out the cover of an old Beach Boys album, and you will see them standing on pillars in front of the once magestic Saltair; you can still go out and stand on those pillars today, but instead of a magestic building in the background, you will only see the frame of what it used to be.
Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Parleys Canyon, Louland Falls is a romantic mountain setting for your outdoor Spring, Summer or Fall wedding. The outdoor patio provides a breathtaking view of the forty-five foot natural waterfall. Louland Falls also has a fifty foot man-made waterfall that can be turned on in the second week of May until the third week of October, weather permitting. Ceremonies are typically held on the beautifully landscaped grassy area adjacent to the patio. A heated indoor pavillion off of the patio provides a warm covered area for serving food and beverages. Located just three miles East of Salt Lake City up Parleys Canyon, you don't have to travel far for a secluded mountain wedding.
The historic Old McMullin House is a great choice of wedding venue for your indoor or outdoor wedding. This Queen Anne style farmhouse was built in 1898, and the willow trees on the grounds were planted around the same time. Table linens and a decoration kit are included when booking your wedding here, as well as mood and tree lighting. A kitchen area is located inside the house, and is perfect for preparing food. The bride and groom will enjoy getting ready in their own unique historical rooms. A TV and DVD player are available for slideshows or other important media needs. With their onsite photo booths, guests will enjoy taking pictures as a keepsake for years to come.
Tour the Utah State Capitol and learn about how the Utah government is run. Tours are given at the beginning of every hour Monday through Friday beginning at 9:00am and ending with the last tour at 4:00pm. You are welcome to pick up a brochure for a self-guided tour, or enjoy the history and information from a tour guide. Your tour will start in the East lobby, where you will be guided through each part of the building, learning about the art and architecture along the way. You will also learn about the history of Utah and how it became the forty-fifth state in 1896. Beginning in 1999, the capitol buiding went through a renovation and seismic upgrade. On this tour you will learn the unique construction it went through to ensure it survives the massive earthquake that is predicted to hit along the Wasatch Fault in the upcoming years.
Walk on the moon and Mars, discover the cycles of the moon, and learn about black holes at the Clark Planetarium. All of the exhibits are free of charge, with a small fee added if you would like to experience a laser light show or IMAX movie. A giant Earth globe awaits you as you enter the lobby, and cycles through different information about the planet we live on. Learn about Utah's own astronaut, Jake Garn, and the significance he has had on space exploration.
Expose your kids to life with the animals at a real demonstration farm. Feel free to wander from pig pen to rabbit hutch to duck pond throughout the spacious, shady and welcoming atmosphere without spending a dime. Stop in the tractor barn and see 19th century tractors displayed alongside their modern counterparts. If you want to get up close and personal with a cow, you can attend a cow milking demonstration for only 50 cents. For a small fee, you can get a ride around the farm on a tractor drawn wagon or tour the beautiful historic house that sits on the farm. Wheeler Farm has many fun seasonal activities, such as corn mazes in the fall and light displays in the winter, so check the calendar on the website before your visit!
Technically outside of Salt Lake City, Thanksgiving Point is still a popular (and extremely close!) destination for Salt Lake City families all year round. Thanksgiving Point is so full of activities and attractions that you could really spend an entire week there. For the nature appreciators, there are 55 acres spread out in two gardens just itching to be explored. Little children will especially enjoy the activities in each different outdoor "room" of the Children's Discovery Garden. Or take your family to visit animals at Farm Country, where your kids can even ride a pony. The Museum of Ancient Life boasts the world's largest display of mounted dinosaurs and each exhibit is incredibly kid friendly with plenty of hands on activities. You can golf at the largest golf club in the state or even shop unique boutiques at Water Tower Plaza. Thanksgiving Point is always beautifully gardened, no matter what time of year.
Every September the community comes together for two days to create the Avenues Street Fair. Located just above downtown Salt Lake City in the historic Avenues district, over two hundred booths fill the streets with local artists, food, crafts, organizations and entertainment. A kids parade starts the fair, and the best costume award is handed out. The Avenues Street Fair has been held since 1970, and began as a remodeling tool exchange. Twelve local musical groups perform on two different stages, and enter a contest every year to be chosen as the entertainment. Each year a local artist is selected to create a unique theme for that year's fair.