SLC Tourist, Edition #2: Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version, Round 2)

My oldest loves picking dandelions wherever she goes.

My oldest loves picking dandelions wherever she goes.

After a brief hiatus, I’m back with SLC Tourist Edition #2: Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version, Round 2).  I realized after I had posted the previous list of things to do that I missed some of my favorite places/parks to visit with my kids.  I’ll focus (mostly) on places beyond Salt Lake City proper for this post, in case you’d like to venture outside of the city limits.

Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version, Round 2)

  • Parley’s Way Park (Tiny park at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon, this park has a huge sandbox and wonderful playground equipment especially for younger kids, 18 months+. 2843 Wilshire Dr, Salt Lake City)
  • Rooftop gardens of the Main Salt Lake City Library (Fun view of the city. 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City)
  • Rooftop gardens at the Conference Center (Take a free garden tour! 60 West North Temple, Salt Lake City)
  • Sugar House Park (Plenty of places to play, picnic, and explore. 2100 South from 1350 East to 1600 East, Salt Lake City)
  • Tanner Park (2760 South 2695 East Heritage Way, Salt Lake City)
  • Evergreen Park (Lovely pavilion, playground equipment, and picnic tables. 3425 South [Evergreen Ave.] 2230 East, Millcreek Township)
  • Canyon Rim Park (Large pavilion and great playground equipment. 3100 South 3100 East [Grace St.], Millcreek Township)
  • Big Bear Park (One of my all-time favorite parks from my childhood, this park features excellent old-fashioned metal playground equipment. 9695 South [Onyx Lane] 930 East, White City Township)
  • Veterans Memorial Park (You MUST visit this park.  There is a HUGE playground that’s more like a giant wooden fort.  It’s a place for kids’ imaginations to run wild.  Pack a picnic and spend several hours here. 1985 W. 7800 South, West Jordan)
  • Wheeler Historic Farm (FREE and fun for kids.  This is a fully functioning farm complete with farm animals. 6351 South 900 East, Murray)
  • Copperton Park (If you’ve never heard of Copperton, you need to visit.  You’re not able to visit the copper mine in nearby Bingham any more, since the landslides took away the visitor center, but you should still make a point of visiting Copperton at least once in your life. Make a half-day trip out of it. It’s a quaint little town tucked far away from anything else, but there are some terrific well-preserved historic homes and other buildings. 8791 West Park Street, Copperton Township)
  • Mountview Park Splash Pad (Huge water play area. 1651 E Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights)
  • Gateway Olympic Fountain (Kids can run around in the fountains wearing swimsuits.  No shoes required. 6 N. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City)
  • City Creek fountains (Don’t plan on taking your shoes off at this fountain.  Security guards are pretty picky about kids keeping shoes and clothes on.  Make sure your kids wear flip-flops/sandals and a t-shirt over that swimsuit. 50 S. Main St., Salt Lake City)
  • Mack Park (Beautiful park worth visiting if you’re ever in Logan or Smithfield, Utah)

That’s all I can think of right now.  I’m sure more will come to me as soon as I publish this post.  Enjoy!

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SLC Tourist, Edition #1: Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version)

SLC from 600 North, by Justin Wheatley

SLC from 600 North, by Justin Wheatley

Even though I’ve lived in Utah (specifically in and around Salt Lake City) pretty much all of my life, sometimes I like to pretend that I’m a tourist in my own backyard.  I’m a travel junkie, but opportunities to hop on a plane and explore a new city/country are usually few and far between these days, so adventures in discovering new venues in my own home town feed the travel bug inside of me.  Visiting the same old sites with new eyes keeps life interesting.  (Having two little ones in tow when I venture out also helps me see these places with fresh eyes.)

Anyway, I decided to focus my next few blog posts on great things to do in and around Salt Lake City.  Most of these are kid-friendly, with a few exceptions, that I will note.

  • Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version)
  • Things to Do (Arts & Culture Version)
  • Things to Do (Shopping Version)
  • Must-Try Restaurants

Most of these things are free or low cost (an added plus for a thrifty mom, with the exception of the restaurants, of course).  I really love Salt Lake City and all that it has to offer a mom with two young kids (and another kid on the way).  These are just a few of my favorite haunts.

Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version)

  • Memory Grove (Utah Heritage Foundation offers tours during the summer – check the website)
  • Liberty Park
  • Lindsey Gardens (426 N “M” Street – a great park in the Avenues)
  • Shipp Park (479 E 4th Avenue)
  • Bonneville Shoreline Trail (catch one trailhead by driving all the way to the top of “I” Street in the Avenues)
  • Silver Park (126 West 500 North – a tiny gem of a park)
  • Heber C. Kimball Park (in between State St. and Main St., just north of North Temple)
  • Brigham Young Historic Park (100 North State Street – a great place for free concerts in the summer)
  • Salt Lake City Cemetery (a good place to find the headstones of many LDS prophets)
  • Ensign Peak (great views of the Salt Lake Valley)
  • Reservoir Park (South Temple and 1300 East)
  • Gilgal Gardens (so weird because of its crazy sculptures, you have to check it out – 749 East 500 South)
  • Miller Park (1708 E 900 S – close to the 15th & 15th neighborhood)
  • Salt Lake City Garden Park Ward (not a park, but the grounds are gorgeous and a must-see – 1150 E Yale Ave.)
  • Jordan River Parkway
  • Steenblik Park (fondly known as the “cat park”, for its giant cat statues – 1050 W 800 N)
  • Riverside Park (1490 W 600 N)
  • Red Butte Gardens

Dreams do come true in La Jolla

My husband and I spent the past few days in sunny San Diego.  Sans kids.  A small miracle, if you ask me.  (BIG thanks to grandmas and grandpas who were willing to care for our kiddos while we spent some time out of town.)

The main purpose for the trip was the yearly National Art Education Association convention (held this year in San Diego) that my husband attended.  With him in conferences all day, that gave me some much-needed solo free time.  Believe me, as a mom, I rarely enjoy solo time, wherein I have the freedom to do whatever I please, so this opportunity that came with the trip was most certainly welcomed and appreciated.

On a particularly fine morning, I ventured from San Diego to La Jolla, a gorgeous area of southern California to which I would gladly return.  My mission in La Jolla: visit the world-renowned Salk Institute, designed by famous architect Louis Kahn.  The Salk Institute has been on my bucket list of “buildings to visit before I die” ever since I learned about this iconic building in architecture school.  I signed up for the guided architectural tour (I highly recommend it), and I was so happy I did.  I learned so much about the Salk Institute’s architecture that I never would have, and I gained a wonderful understanding and an even greater appreciation for the building.  With all of the anticipation that I carried with me before actually experiencing the building, let me tell you, that this place did not disappoint.

For some experiences, there are no words.  The fewer words I use to describe my experience at the Salk Institute, the better.  So I leave you with some photographs.  Enjoy!

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