Free Places to Visit in Salt Lake City

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Be sure to visit these free places in Salt Lake City.  From movies, museums and tours there is always something to explore.

The Utah Film Center offers free film screenings to the community at several locations.  Some screenings may also include a post film discussion with the director, or other professionals to further the conversation on the topic of the film.  Locations of the free screenings within Salt Lake County include the City Library, Rose Wagner Performing Art Center and the Viridian Event Center.  Check the link for the schedule for upcoming films.

 

 

movie film

 

The Clark Planetarium  at the Gateway Mall has free interactive exhibits for children and adults to explore and learn about our planet and beyond.   It has an authentic moon rock sample on loan from NASA on display.  A popular exhibit provided guests allows them to select from among different planets to serve as their location while they acted in the role of a weather forecaster reading from a teleprompter the weather conditions.  New exhibits are regularly added.  Access to the exhibits is free.  There is a charge for tickets to see the Star shows and IMAX movies.

 

astronaut suit on display at Clark Planetarium

 

The International Peace Gardens exhibit is located in the Jordan Park at 1000 South 900 West in Salt Lake City. The diversity of twenty-six nations is represented through use of native plantings and garden architecture in allotted plots to represent their homeland and culture.  The garden was founded to increase understandings among nations.

 

Viet Nam garden at International Peace Gardens

 

Wheeler Historic Farm is located at 6351 South 900 East in Murray.  The 19th century farm has 75 acres with trails and wooded areas to explore.  It is open daily from dawn to dusk.  Thousands of agricultural artifacts from 1887 through 1940 are on display on the farm.  You can view and interact with a variety of farm animals, and enjoy a walk through the wooded areas.  Dogs on leashes are permitted.  There is a large playground, with a separate play area designed for toddlers.  Additional activities are available for a fee, such as milking a cow, or wagon rides.

 

cows in field at Wheeler Farm

 

Fort Douglas Military Museum is located at 32 Potter Street in Salt Lake City.  Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm.  Check the website for upcoming special events.

 

Pioneer Memorial Museum is on 300 N Main Street in Salt Lake City.  It is across the street from the Utah State Capitol Building.  Artifacts including a 1902 fire engine, stagecoach, medical and dental tools, furniture, portraits and much more.

 

Utah State Capitol Tours – located at 350 N State Street in Salt Lake City, volunteers offer tours on the hour from 9 am to 4 pm.  Reservations are not required for groups with less than 10 people.  If you prefer, brochures can be picked up at the Visitors Center for a self-guided tour.

 

 

 

Utah State Capitol Building

 

See the world-famous Tabernacle at 50 W North Temple in Salt Lake City.  Open for free public tours at the North and South gates, tours last approximately 30 minutes.  The acoustics from the 11,623-pipe organ is amplified by the Tabernacle’s curved ceiling. Check the website for the Tabernacle Choir’s rehearsal schedule.

 

Tabernacle organ

 

 

 

 


Posted on November 19, 2019 at 10:19 pm
John Hamilton | Posted in Places to visit, Salt Lake City, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Eating Vegan in Salt Lake City – Where to Go

Eating Vegan in Salt Lake City – Where to Go

 

Finding a vegan restaurant in Salt Lake City is easy; the difficult part is deciding which one you will choose. Dining out as a vegan hasn’t always been so easy in the past. While traveling with my extended family to a reunion in Iowa, I was delighted to see a menu offering a “veggie burger”.  My delight quickly turned to disappointment when discovering that their veggie burger was just a beef patty with a single leaf of iceberg lettuce on top. It wasn’t unusual for a waitress to suggest the “Chef’s Salad” as a suitable meal, which included egg, ham, cheese, and topped with a creamy dressing. After requesting eliminating them, it left you with iceberg lettuce with a slice of tomato. Many people simply didn’t understand what vegans ate. Traveling for business or on vacation, meant packing your own food.

Times have certainly changed. Eating a vegan diet, whether it is for medical reasons, food allergies, environmental concerns, or compassion for animals, offers a wide variety of food to eat. Whether you reside in Salt Lake City, or are visiting for business or vacation, the first thing to do is pick up a free copy of the Utah Vegan Guide, which is updated annually by UARC. Typically these booklets can be found at local restaurants.

 

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This year, the guide has expanded beyond Salt Lake City, covering restaurants from as far north as Logan to as far south as Kanab and St. George, and includes many cities in between. They list restaurants which are 100% vegan, as well as others who offer vegan options on their regular menus.

 

 

The following are just a few of my favorites in no particular order. To be fair, for those that are not mentioned below, there are still more vegan restaurants that I haven’t eaten at yet.

 

Seasons Plant Based Bistro located at 1370 S State Street in Salt Lake City. It offers French and Italian cuisine, with a selection of local and imported beer and wine. On our first visit, the waitress inquired about any food allergies, and pointed out appropriate options from their menu. During our second visit, a few months later, the same waitress not only recognized us, but remembered my wife’s mushroom allergy. The food and service is wonderful.

 

Vegan Bowl located at 8672 S Redwood Road in West Jordan. It offers vegan versions of all your Vietnamese favorites including, ramen stir-fry, egg rolls, banh mi, noodle salads, rice bowls, pho, flan, and drinks, including shakes. Service is very quick.

 

Lil’ Lotus located at 2223 South Highland Drive in Salt Lake City. It offers vegan breakfast burritos, Navajo tacos, mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, and sliders. The food is very flavorful.

 

The Pie Pizzeria has several locations including Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Midvale, South Jordan and Ogden. This traditional pizzeria often makes it on the Best Pizza lists. They offer Follow Your Heart vegan cheese and other vegan options on their regular menu, in addition to a different specialty pizza each month. Their menu also includes Gluten free options.

 

Monkey Wrench is located at 53 E Gallivan Avenue in Salt Lake City. This vegan ice cream shop makes their ice cream in small batches and offers 16 flavors. They serve it in a cup, a cone, with a brownie, or as sundae or a banana split. Take a pint home with you. They also sell coffee, hot chocolate and vegan pastries.

 

Boltcutter  is located at 57 Gallivan Avenue, Salt Lake City. They offer vegan versions of Mexican classics such as street tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, as well as craft libations. Be sure to try their Buffalo cauliflower and nachos.

 

Buds is located at 509 E 300 South in Salt Lake City. They offer vegan sub sandwiches and salads, including the Pesto, Buffalo, Cheese Steak, Barbacoa. They have a walk-up window to order and pick up your food.  There is no indoor seating, although there is an outdoor patio with picnic bench seating, when the weather is nice. They are great sandwiches to take on the go, and be sure to try their zucchini chocolate chip cookies.

 

Passion Flour is located at 165 E 900 South in Salt Lake City. They offer authentic French pastries, tartines, crepes, sandwiches and coffee. They also take orders for wedding and specialty cakes.

 

Big O Doughnuts  is located at 248 W 900 South in Salt Lake City. They offer vegan gourmet doughnuts with flavors such as spiced apple cider, blueberry lavender, orange cardamom, matcha, rosemary brown sugar, cookies and cream, pumpkin pie, churro and traditional favorites such as Boston cream filled, lemon curd as well as apple fritters. They open at 7 am on weekdays, and 9 am on the weekends. Be sure to go early as they often sell out before their 3 pm closing time.

 

Vertical Diner  is located at 234 W 900 South in Salt Lake City.  Breakfast is served when you want it.  Whether you like it sweet or savory, they have menu items that are sure to please.  They offer comfort food with a selection of burgers, sandwiches, and specialty plates.  They provide catering on-site in their Jade room for up to 40 people or off-site for up to 500.

If you have a personal favorite that I didn’t mention, be sure to share it with me in the comments section below.

 

Upcoming Vegan events:

Vegan Mac Down SLC  Be sure to get your tickets for the 3rd annual Mac Down on Saturday, October 19th at Impact Hub on 150 State Street, #1, in Salt Lake City.  Nine local cooks have prepared their best vegan mac n’ cheese recipes to compete for your vote.  Enjoy music, games, prize giveaways and local vendors.


A Very Vegan Thanksgiving  will be held on Saturday, November 9th at Wasatch Elementary, 30 “R” Street in Salt Lake City. This is an annual fundraiser for Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary. Proceeds from this event helps to purchase animal feed and hay for the winter months. Doors will open at 5 pm, dinner will be served at 6 pm.  Silent Auction items will be available to bid on until 7:45 pm.

 

 

 


Posted on October 14, 2019 at 10:21 pm
John Hamilton | Posted in Food, Places to visit, Salt Lake City | Tagged , , , ,

4th of July Celebrations in Salt Lake County

4th of July Celebrations in Salt Lake County

 

The 4th of July is coming up soon and there are lots of fun options in Salt Lake County for celebrating the holiday throughout the entire day.

 

MagnaMagna Cooper Park located at 8950 West 2600 South. Activities include a flag ceremony, breakfast, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a parade, and music.  The fireworks display will begin at 10:00 pm.  Click on the link for the full schedule of activities.

 

4th of July Celebrations in Salt Lake County

 

Murray  – Murray Fun Days is held at the Murray Park on 296 E Murray Park Avenue.  Begin your day with breakfast in the park, watching a parade, a 5K race, a chalk art contest, a magician, a puppet show, children’s games, musicians, and much more.  Beginning at 10 pm, watch the fireworks display in the park.  (No personal fireworks permitted).  Click on the link for the full schedule of activities.

 

4th of July Celebrations in Salt Lake County

 

Salt Lake BeesThe Smith’s Ballpark at 77 West 1300 South in Salt Lake City.  Cheer on the Salt Lake Bees as they take on the El Paso Chihuahuas.  A fireworks display will follow the baseball game.

 

4th of July Celebrations in Salt Lake County

 

Sandy10000 Centennial Parkway.  Activities include a flag raising ceremony, a 5K race, spikeball competition, K9 demos, inflatables, crafts, games, food trucks, music and much more.  The fireworks display begins at 10 pm.  No personal fireworks or sparklers are permitted.  This is a pet-free festival; however, service animals are welcome.  Click on the link for the full schedule of activities.

 

4th of July Celebrations in Salt Lake County

 

South Salt Lake Fitts Park located at 3050 South 500 East.  Activities include a pancake breakfast, a 5K race, run or walk, a flag ceremony, a parade, live music, games and food.  Click on the link for the full schedule of activities.

 

4th of July Celebrations in Salt Lake County

 

This is the Place Heritage Park  – located at 2601 Sunnyside Ave in Salt Lake City. The Sons of the American Revolution will begin the day with a flag ceremony.  In addition to the regularly scheduled activities at the park, guests will enjoy the candy cannon, the ringing of the anvil and other special activities planned for the 4th of July.

 

4th of July Celebrations in Salt Lake County

 

West JordanVeterans Memorial Park at 1985 West 7800 South.  A full day of events is scheduled, including a parade, a carnival, a rodeo, music, and ending with a fireworks display.  Personal fireworks are not permitted in city parks.

 

Whether you celebrate the 4th of July privately, or at a community event, please be careful with fireworks.

 

Fireworks Restrictions Map

 

Fireworks Laws in Salt Lake County 

 

Fireworks can be frightening to pets.  Keep your pets safe, by leaving them inside at home.  Be sure to have current contact information on microchip, in the event they do get loose and run away.

 

 


Posted on June 23, 2019 at 5:56 pm
John Hamilton | Posted in Holidays, Salt Lake City | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Farmers Markets in Salt Lake County

Farmers Markets in Salt Lake County

 

It is the season for fresh produce at your local farmers markets, some are already open and others are scheduled to be opened soon.  It is a great way to support your local businesses.

Be sure to bring your reusable bags for your purchases.

Most merchants will accept debit and credit cards, but it is helpful to bring cash for those who don’t.  Many of the markets will also accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as well as Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) so be sure to ask if applicable.

 

Markets Currently Open:

 

Fridays

          Liberty Park Farmers Market – on 700 East 1300 South in Salt Lake City (North of the Duck Pond) on Fridays from 4 pm to dusk through October 4th.

 

Saturdays

          Daybreak Farmers Market – on SoDa Row, 11274 Kestrel Rise Road in South Jordan, on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm through September 28th.

          Downtown Farmers Market – Liberty Park at 350 West 300 South in Salt Lake City on Saturdays beginning on June 8th through October 19th from 8 am to 2 pm. They also offer a free bike valet, and an enclosed off-leash dog area.

 

Sundays

          Park Silly Sunday Market – on Historic Main Street in Park City on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm, June through September.  (No market on August 4th, 11th, or 18th) Although this market is not in Salt Lake County, it is well worth the drive to Park City for their open-air market and street festival with lots of food, arts, and live music

          9th West Farmers Market (The People’s Market) – near The International Peace Gardens at Jordan Park at 1000 South 900 West in Salt Lake City on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm through October.

          Wheeler Farm Sunday Market – 6351 South 900 East in Murray on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm through October 27th.  On the last Sunday of each month, they also feature young vendors at the Children’s Market.         

 

Wednesdays

          Sugar House Farmers Market – at the Fairmont Park on 1040 East Sugarmont Drive in Salt Lake City on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm through October.

 

Farmers Markets in Salt Lake County

 

Markets Starting Soon:

 

Fridays

          Murray City Park Farmers Market – at 200 East 5200 South in Murray from 9 am to 2 pm from July 26th through October 26th.  Will be open on Fridays and Saturdays

 

Saturdays

          Market at Gardner Village – at 1100 West 7800 South in West Jordan from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays beginning July 13th through October 26th.

          Murray City Park Farmers Market – at 200 East 5200 South in Murray from 9 am to 2 pm from July 26th through October 26th.  Will be open on Fridays and Saturdays

          South Jordan Farmers Market – at the Jordan Towne Center, 1600 West Towne Center Drive (10600 South) in South Jordan on Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm beginning on August 3rd through October 19th.

 

Tuesdays

          Tuesday Harvest Market – at Pioneer Park, 300 South 300 West in Salt Lake City from 4 pm to 8 pm beginning on August 6th through September 24th.

 

Wednesdays

          Sugar House Farmers Market – at the Fairmont Park, 1040 East Sugarmont Drive in Salt Lake City on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm starting in July through September.

 

Thursdays

          University of Utah Farmers Market – Tanner Plaza at 201 South 1460 East in Salt Lake City on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm beginning August 22nd through October 3rd.

 

 


Posted on June 9, 2019 at 4:05 pm
John Hamilton | Posted in Food, Places to visit, Salt Lake City | Tagged , , , , ,

The Hunt for Easter Eggs & Other Festivities

The Hunt for Easter Eggs & Other Festivities John Hamilton Homes

 

The search is on for Easter eggs and hunting for them will be on land and under water, in the morning and after dark.  While some events are free and do not require registration, other events do require advance tickets and will sell out in advance.

 

The Hunt for Easter Eggs & Other Festivities

 

April 6th & 7th

Storybrook Play Cafe will hold their annual Woodland Bunny Brunch & Easter egg hunt on April 6th and 7th from 10 am – 11:30 am.  Visit with the Easter bunny.  Eggs are hidden throughout the play space.  Tickets include egg hunt and waffle brunch. Tickets price range from $15 -$30 according to age.  (see link for details)

 

The Hunt for Easter Eggs & Other Festivities John Hamilton Homes

 

 

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Heber Valley Easter Bunny Train    enjoy a 40 minute round-trip train ride with the Easter bunny on board.  Each child will receive an Easter egg.  Be sure to arrive early to enjoy baby animal petting zoo at the depot, and to watch the magician who will be performing 30 minutes before the train departure.  Children 2 & under do not require a ticket.  $5 for children 3 to 11, $15 for ages 12 & over.  See website for tickets, and departure times.

 

The Hunt for Easter Eggs & Other Festivities

 

April 13th

Help support the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter at their ALS Spring FUNdraiser & Easter Egg Hunt to raise awareness and funds for Utah families impacted by ALS.  Additional activities include games, prizes, face painting and cotton candy.  Cost is $5 per child or $20 per family.  April 13th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  It will be held at the Murray Park, 296 East Murray Park Avenue. – Pavilion 3.

Christmas Box Village Run  a 5K race to raise awareness and funds to support teens in foster care.  This family friendly event includes a free Kid’s 1 K, Carnival, Easter Egg Hunt and Silent Auction.  Held on April 13th at Lakeridge Junior High School, 951 S 400 West in Orem, Utah.

The Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) will hold their annual Food Free Easter Egg Hunt for participants who have concerns about food allergies.  Pre-registration is necessary due to a limit of 200 participants, for age 12 & under. Cost is $6 per person.  It will be held at the Southwood Park, 296 East Murray Park Avenue in Murray at 10:00 am on April 13th.

 

The Hunt for Easter Eggs & Other Festivities

 

April 19th & 20th

Riverton City Easter Egg Hunt for Kids & Teens Check the website for details.  Night time hunt for teens ages 13 – 18 for candy and cash-filled eggs on April 19th at 9:00 pm.  Be sure to bring your own flashlight and basket.   At the Riverton City Rodeo Arena, 1300 West 12800 South.

On April 20th, children 12 & under will hunt for candy and toy-filled eggs at 10:00 am.  The hunt will take place at the Riverton City Park, 1452 W 12600 S.

West Valley City Parks & Recreation Family Fitness Center Easter Events  The following events being either on the 19th or the 20th, see website for details: Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt, Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt, Outdoor Easter Egg Hunt, Indoor Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Egg Plunge and Breakfast with the Bunny. 5415 West 3100 South, West Valley City.

 

 

 

April 20th

 

Kearns Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt Ages 2 -10, hunt begins promptly at 9:00 am on the Oquirrh Park Soccer Field at 5670 South Cougar Lane, Kearns.  Call the front desk (385) 468-1715 for questions.

Northwest Recreation Center – Egg Hunt & Egg Dive  Hunt for eggs on land or in the pool.  April 20th, 9:00 am on the NWRC soccer fields for ages 3 -12.  Cost is $3.  From 6:00 – 7:00 pm, diving for eggs will take place at the Northwest Recreation Center Pool.  For ages 3 -12, the egg dive is divided into 4 age groups, and includes a shallow water egg hunt, egg dive, log rolling, in water climbing rock.  1255 Clark Avenue, Salt Lake City.  Call the front desk (385) 468-1305 for questions.

Petersen Family Farm Easter Egg Hunt Hunt for Easter eggs hidden throughout the farm.  Pay $0.50 per egg, you decide how many you want to find.  Be sure to open the eggs before leaving, as some will include passes for educational workshops, gift cards, and other fun prizes.  April 20th, 9 am to 2 pm.  11887 South 4000 West, Riverton, Utah.

Redwood Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt Bring your own basket, free candy, prizes and meet the Easter bunny, for ages 12 & under. April 20th the egg hunt begins at 9:00 am sharp on the west side of Redwood Recreation Center, 3060 S Lester Street, West Valley City.

South Jordan City Spring Spectacular Meet the Easter bunny at South City Park, 11000 S Redwood Road at 10:00 at the free Easter egg hunt.  Festivities continue throughout the day at the Fitness & Aquatic Recreation Center, including magic shows, face painting, balloon artists, crafts, meet your favorite Mascot at the Mascot Alley, and Easter Pool plunge. See website for times and details.

Thanksgiving Point Easter Eggstreme Egg hunts take place every half hour between 10:30 to 1:00 pm on April 20th at Electric Park.  The Easter bunny will be available to meet and take photos with the children.  Additional activities include jumping on inflatables, face painting, and riding the cow train.  Check website for prices, save by buying tickets in advance.  Activities are scheduled from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi.

Wheeler Farm Easter Egg Hunt  Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt with an option to hunt for eggs on the lawn or in the woods.  Pre-registration is required, and opens on March 20th.   Visit with the Easter bunny and enjoy a wagon ride.  April 20th, 9 am – 2:30 pm.  Wheeler Historic Farm, 6352 South 900 East, Salt Lake City.

 

The Hunt for Easter Eggs & Other Festivities

 

 


Posted on March 24, 2019 at 12:48 pm
John Hamilton | Posted in Holidays, Salt Lake City | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

A Diversity of Vegan Dining in Salt Lake City

 

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Salt Lake City offers a diversity of vegan restaurants.  If you ever wondered what a vegan eats, the SLC VegFest would give you some ideas.  The 3rd annual SLC VegFest organized by the Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC) was held at Salt Lake City Main Library Plaza on Saturday, September 8.  The event offered a kids’ area, live music, beer garden, cooking demonstration, a film showing, and expert speakers.

Vegan Panini’s, gyros, crepes, ice cream, pastries and much more was available to purchase from food trucks, bakeries and local restaurants.  It was a great opportunity to try many different options all in one place.

 

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The event is attended by thousands of people each year, and continues to grow.  Many people are interested in learning more about vegan diets, whether for ethical reasons, environmental concerns, or for improving one’s health.

A Vegan Kids Panel featuring children ranging in age from 5 to 17 responded to questions about being vegan and how they handle different situations when eating at school, attending birthday parties, social events, and while traveling.  They also shared their experiences when celebrating holidays, such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.  They offered tips about prepping food for the week, and easy food to take on the go.  One of the panelists stated that a friend asked her if she just ate grass.  Although none of the children ate grass, they did share what their favorite foods were, and several stated that they enjoyed preparing food at home themselves.

Whether you prefer American classics, Italian, Mexican, or Asian dishes, Salt Lake City has many vegan options for dining out.  UARC has a free SLC Veg Dining Guide which can be found at many local businesses, or can be downloaded from their website. Their Dining Guide identifies restaurants that are entirely vegan, vegetarian and those are who UARC partners (providing special offers or discounts to UARC members).

 

 


Posted on September 8, 2018 at 9:14 pm
John Hamilton | Posted in Food, Salt Lake City | Tagged , ,

Take a Seat on the Living Room Hiking Trail

Sandstone slabs made into furniture

Sandstone Furniture on the Living Room Trail makes a comfortable seat to relax and enjoy the panoramic views of Salt Lake City.

 

The Living Room Hiking Trail offers a short, but challenging hike for beautiful views overlooking Salt Lake City.  The trail is approximately 2.5 miles roundtrip. The elevation at the start of the trailhead is 5,000 feet with an elevation gain of 967 feet.  Dogs are permitted on this trail.

 

How to get there

From Foothill Drive, turn right onto Wakara Way and then right on to Colorow Road.  The trailhead is on the east side of the street.  Parking is available on both sides of the street.

Trailhead coordinates: 40.759301, – 111.8211300

Living Room coordinates: 40.763196, – 111.811905

 

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The start of the trail offers some shade, but most of the trail does not.  Be prepared to bring a hat, protection from the sun and plenty of water.  I also recommend using hiking poles, not only because it is easier on your joints when you are walking; but they can also be used as a splint or crutches in an emergency.

 

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There are multiple hiking and biking trails that split off which can be confusing for some people who are looking for the Living Room Trail.  When you see the pipeline marker 174, you are heading towards George’s Hollow be sure to continue east (towards the mountain).  When you reach the wooden post (photo is taken facing west) you will see two paths.  Take the path on the right and continue heading east.

 

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The trail varies from dirt, gravel to rocky areas.

 

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The Living Room is a great spot to relax, eat a snack and take in the view of the city.

 

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At this point, most people make the return trip back.  However, if you would like a longer adventure there are many other trails to explore.

 

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Take-a-Seat-on-the-Living-Room-Hiking-Trail

 

You may want to consider beginning your hike an hour before sunset for a stunning view.  Be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight if you will be hiking down after sunset.  You may want to hike the trail during different seasons for a great display of wildflowers or fall colors.

 

Living Room Trail video

 

Other interesting hikes:

Ogden’s Waterfall Canyon Trail

Moonshine Arch – Hidden in Plain Sight

Fall Foliage Makes the Wind Cave Trail a Colorful Hike

Cascade Springs – Accessible Nature Walk

The Maybird Gulch Trail – A Trail Less Travelled

 


Posted on August 13, 2018 at 2:50 am
John Hamilton | Posted in Outdoor Living, Places to visit, Salt Lake City |

Where to go for 4th of July Celebrations

Where to go for 4th of July Celebrations

From flag raisings, breakfasts, races, parades, games, entertainment and fireworks there are plenty of activities to celebrate from dawn through dark on the 4th of July in and around Salt Lake County.  Here are some of them.  If you know of any others, please add them in the comment section.

Jordan Park – 1060 South 900 West, Salt Lake City.  Fireworks beginning at 10:00 pm at the North end of the park.

Magna Copper Park – 8950 W 2600 S, Magna, UT, Flag Ceremony at 7:00 am, Lions Club Breakfast from 7:00 am–11:00 am.  5K Fun Run at 7:30 am.  Watch the parade at noon on Main Street and return to Magna Copper Park for games and inflatables from 2:30 to 10:00 pm.  Music from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and fireworks beginning at 10:00 pm.

Where to go for 4th of July Celebrations

Riverton – 12830 South 1700 West, Riverton, Utah.  July 4, Bike and running races, 10K, 5K, 1-Mile, and the Tour De Riverton bike race.  Chuck Wagon Breakfast from 7 am to 10 am.  Games, food and activities at the Riverton City Park throughout the day.  Fireworks begin at 10:00 pm.

Sandy City Hall – 10000 S. Centennial Parkway, Sandy.  Flag Raising and National Anthem at 6:50 am followed by a 5K.  Games, inflatables, crafts, food, and entertainment from 10 am to 10 pm. Fireworks Sky Concert at 10:00 pm.

Where to go for 4th of July Celebrations

South Salt Lake Freedom Festival –Wednesday, July 4, the day kicks off with the 5K/Fun Run at 8 am.  At 9:30 am the Parade will make its way to Fitts Park, 3050 South 500 East, South Salt Lake; where the Freedom Festival will run from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park, Wednesday, July 4 from 4:00 pm to Midnight at 3003 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Utah.  Music, games, prizes, concessions and vendors.  Fireworks start at 10:00 pm.

Where to go for 4th of July Celebrations

West Jordan – 8000 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah.  Watch the Grand Parade as it makes its way from City Hall to 7000 South from 10:30 am to noon.   Carnival and park activities including entertainment stage at the Veterans Memorial Park at 8030 S 1825 W from noon to 11:00 pm. Fireworks start at 10:15 pm.

Where to go for 4th of July Celebrations

The noise from fireworks can be frightening to pets

If you have pets – it is best to plan to leave your pet at home.  Fireworks can be very frightening to animals and cause them to run away.  Be sure that their micro chip has been updated with current contact information in the event they do become lost.  Be sure to check your yard and other areas where they walk or play for leftover fireworks debris, which can be dangerous if your pet plays or tries to eat it.


Posted on June 20, 2018 at 10:33 am
John Hamilton | Posted in Holidays, Places to visit, Salt Lake City | Tagged , , , , ,

How to Have Fun in Salt Lake City without Busting your Budget

How to Have Fun in Salt Lake City without Busting your Budget

Whether the Wasatch Front is where you live or if you are planning a visit, there are plenty of activities going on in and around Salt Lake City that are fun and free or low cost to participate in.

This is the Place Heritage Park  2601 E Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.  Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm.  There are over 50 historic homes and buildings to visit.   On Huntsman Day, (scheduled on June 15th this year) admission is free for everyone thanks to a grant from the Huntsman family.  What could be better than free admission?  How about a free ice cream cone?

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll Do you appreciate viewing Art?  Would you enjoy speaking with the artists?  The Gallery Stroll is scheduled on the 3rd Friday of every month; except for in December, when it is held on the 1st Friday of the month.  Here is the list for June’s Gallery Stroll.  It is a free event.

Cool Air Concert Series Plaza Deck, Snowbird Center 9385 S Snowbird Center Dr.  Snowbird, Utah 84092.  Bring your lawn chairs and coolers for a free concert every Saturday beginning June 16 through August 11 and enjoy a free concert with local and national bands.

Mondays in the Park in front of the Chase Home Museum in Liberty Park 600 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105.  Listen to folk and ethnic music and dance on selected Monday evenings during July and August.  Pack a picnic, blankets or lawnchairs to enjoy the free performances.

How to Have Fun in Salt Lake City without Busting your Budget

Red Butte Garden  300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 has six scheduled days  for free admission every year.  Take a relaxing walk among the beautiful botanical garden.

How to Have Fun in Salt Lake City without Busting your Budget

International Peace Gardens 1060 S 900 W (Inside Jordan Park).  The cultural diversity of 28 nations represented through native plantings and garden architecture.  Open year round, free.

Natural History Museum of Utah 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108  has four scheduled days every year for free admission.

Hogle Zoo  2600 E Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.   Military Appreciation Day is on July 4, 2018 free admission for service men and women, their spouses and their children under age 18.

How to Have Fun in Salt Lake City without Busting your Budget

Wheeler Historic Farm 6351 South 900 East, Murray, UT.  Visit this 19th century working farm for free, year round.  Walk through the 40 acres of woods.  There are fees for wagon rides, milking the cows and special events.

See free screening of dramatic, documentary, and independent films at venues including the Salt Lake City Library, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and other locations throughout the state.  See the Utah Film Center’s schedule for upcoming films.

Children can get a ZAP summer passport at the Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County or Murray city libraries for free and discounted destinations to enjoy throughout the summer.


Posted on June 14, 2018 at 5:39 pm
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The Jordan River Parkway – a network of trails

The Jordan River Parkway - a network of trails

The Jordan River Parkway is an urban park with a network of non-motorized trails that runs along the Jordan River.  The Jordan River flows north from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake wetlands, through Utah, Salt Lake and Davis counties.  The concept for the Jordan River Parkway was developed in the 1970’s to address flood-control, but also included opportunities for recreational use.

The Jordan River Parkway - a network of trails

Bicyclists, walkers and runners enjoy the trail.

The mixed-use trail is used by bicyclists, runners, skaters and walkers.  There is also a separate equestrian trail.  Dogs are permitted on-leash.  Picnic areas as well as playgrounds can be found at various points along the trail.  With the beautiful backdrop, it is not unusual to come across artists sketching or painting the scenery.  Whether you prefer early morning, day time, or evening use, it is a perfect way to relax in nature without leaving the city.  There is no charge for day use or parking.

The Jordan River Parkway - a network of trails

Fishing at the Jordan River Parkway

For some people, the Jordan River Parkway is a perfect place to relax and catch dinner.  If you are fishing  in the Jordan River, be sure to follow the general statewide regulations.

The Jordan River Parkway - a network of trails

Hundreds of species of plants and animals can be found along the Jordan River Parkway’s ecosystem.  It is the perfect place for birding.  These are some of the birds that can be commonly found at the Jordan River Parkway.  In addition, you may see a variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

The Jordan River Parkway - a network of trails

The Jordan River Parkway - a network of trails

The Jordan River Parkway Trail Bridge

In November, 2017 a 120-foot arch bridge over rail yards was completed to enable existing trails to be connected, providing more than 100 miles of continuous off-street paved trail for bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.  It doesn’t matter at what point you enter the trail, or the path that you take, you are sure to find a fun time.


Posted on June 11, 2018 at 7:33 am
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