Dangers & Annoyances
Visit Salt Lake sells one- to three-day discounted attraction passes called Salt Lake Connect Passes, online and at its visitor center. But unless you plan to visit every child-friendly attraction in the town – and some outside of town – it probably isn't worth your while.
Gay & Lesbian Travelers
Many from the LGBTQI+ community here feel that the state is inevitably headed in a more progressive direction. That said, it is a very conservative state. Salt Lake City has Utah's only gay scene, however limited. Pick up the free Q Salt Lake (www.qsaltlake.com) for listings. Utah Pride Festival, held over one weekend in June, is a big party and parade. The town's closest thing to a gay-ish neighborhood is 9th and 9th (900 South and 900 East), where Coffee Garden is the neighborhood cafe. The Utah Pride Center has the largest LGBT library in the state, housed at the University of Utah Marriott Library.
Main Library Free wireless and internet access.
Note that it can be difficult to change foreign currency in Utah outside SLC.
Bike SLC (www.bikeslc.com) Invaluable map resources showing the best cycling routes in Salt Lake City and around, put out by the city.
Downtown SLC (www.downtownslc.org) Arts, entertainment and business information about the downtown core.
Public Lands Information Center Recreation information for nearby public lands (state parks, BLM, USFS), including the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Visit Salt Lake Publishes a free visitor-guide booklet; large gift shop on site at the visitor center.
Travel with Children
Salt Lake is a child-friendly city if ever there was one. The wonderful hands-on exhibits at the Discovery Gateway stimulate imaginations and senses.
Kids can help farmhands milk cows, churn butter and feed animals at Wheeler Historic Farm, which dates from 1886. There's also blacksmithing, quilting and hay rides in summer.
More than 800 animals inhabit zones such as the Asian Highlands on the landscaped 42-acre grounds at Hogle Zoo. Daily animal encounter programs help kids learn more about their favorite species.
Tracy Aviary lets little ones toss fish to the pelicans as one of its interactive programs and performances. More than 400 winged creatures from around the world call this bird park home.
With 55 acres of gardens, a full-scale working and petting farm, golf course, giant movie theater, museum, dining, shopping and ice-cream parlor, what doesn't Thanksgiving Point, located in Lehi, have? The on-site Museum of Ancient Life is one of the highest-tech and most hands-on dinosaur museums in the state. Kids can dig for their own bones, dress up a dinosaur or play in a watery Silurian reef. Lehi is 28 miles south of downtown SLC; to get there take exit 287 off I-15.