Hogle Zoo

Salt Lake City

Asian Highlands, combining big cat habitats with architecture of the East, is one of several popular exhibits at Hogle Zoo. Kids enjoy Rocky Shores, where they can view polar bears and sea lions swimming underwater.

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1. This is the Place Heritage Park


Dedicated to the 1847 arrival of the Mormons, this heritage park covers 450 acres. The centerpiece is a living-history village where, June through August,…

2. Natural History Museum of Utah

1.03 MILES

Rio Tinto Center's stunning architecture forms a multistory indoor 'canyon' that showcases exhibits to great effect. Walk up through the layers as you…

3. Red Butte Garden

1.15 MILES

Both landscaped and natural gardens cover a lovely 100 acres, with access to 5 miles of trails in the Wasatch foothills. Check online to see who's playing…

4. Utah Museum of Fine Arts


Soaring galleries showcase permanent collections of ancient Mesoamerican and Mediterranean art, American and regional works, Chinese ceramics and more.

5. Olympic Cauldron Park

1.86 MILES

The University of Utah, or 'U of U,' was the site of the Olympic Village in 2002. This small, on-site park has giant panels detailing the games and also…

6. Gilgal Sculpture Garden

2.86 MILES

Talk about obscure: Gilgal Garden is a quirky little green space hidden in a residential neighborhood. Most notably, this tiny sculpture garden contains a…

7. Tracy Aviary

3.13 MILES

Located in the southwest corner of Liberty Park, this aviary delights bird-lovers with winged creatures from all over the world. Kids can feed pelicans…

8. Salt Lake City Main Library

3.62 MILES

You can do more than read a book at this library. Meander past dramatic glass-walled architecture, stroll through the roof garden or stop by the ground…