5 Salt Lake City activities to do this summer

Whether you are trying to beat the heat, get a workout in, or explore the city, we’ve got you covered. Salt Lake City has so much to offer – outdoor adventure, eateries, museums, and much more! Here are five suggestions for your summer to-do list.

Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden is located right above the University of Utah on Wakara Way. Explore 21 acres of gardens and five miles of hiking trails. Did we mention that U students get in for free? They also offer workshops and a summer concert series.

Hogle Zoo

For a fun break, take a stroll through the Hogle Zoo. They have eight major exhibits, such as the African Savana and the Asian Highlands. Plus, many events, including Pride with our Pride, Chalk the Zoo, Giraffes and Laughs, and Zoo Brew.

Hiking Emigration Canyon

Emigration Canyon is a beautiful area located just outside of Salt Lake City. For a nice hike, the Emigration Canyon Trail is a great option. It’s 7.6 miles out and back and only takes about 3-4 hours to complete. Along the way, several lookout points offer panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.

Picnic at Sugarhouse Park

Sugarhouse Park is the perfect place to read, study, or picnic! With over 110 acres, there is always space for a little outside fun. The park is located in Sugar House, a quick bus trip or drive down from the U. It’s a beautiful place to feel the Utah sun with friends and family.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Want to beat the heat and be immersed in art? The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is for you. With over 20,000 pieces, there is something that appeals to everyone. Don’t miss the unique”Hot Dog Bride” by Russell T. Gordon, a new addition to their permanent collection.

Summer 2023 will also feature special exhibits: “Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea,” where artists offer a more inclusive view of ideas about the American West, and “The Unique Perspective of Abelardo Morell,” featuring the photography of renowned Cuban- American artist.

UMFA is free to U students and also hosts a wonderful café.

Haylie Heale

Haylie Heale is a graduate of the David Eccles School of Business with degrees in Marketing and Information Systems. She is currently an intern for the Marketing and Communications department and a Diversity Ambassador for the Office for Student Inclusion.

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