After the high summer temperatures, everyone in Salt Lake City is ready for the brisk weather and beautiful scenery of fall. This is an all-seasons outdoor city, and though these activities can be enjoyed any time of year, they are all the more special to experience in the fall. So pack your sweater, sunglasses, and camera, and get ready to enjoy the top 9 things to do in Salt Lake City this fall:
1) Red Butte Garden
One of the largest botanical gardens in the region located on the campus of the University of Utah, Red Butte Garden features over 21 acres of gorgeous developed gardens, five miles of hiking trails, an outdoor concert series with shows year-round, and award-winning educational programs. Fall events include plant sales, a bonsai show, orchid show, glass art show, and Halloween and holiday-themed events for the entire family.
2) Tracy Aviary
Tracy Aviary provides up-close experiences with birds of all kinds in a beautiful natural setting 363 days a year. As the largest and oldest aviary in the nation, it is committed to caring for birds and nature through education and conservation. Learn about more than 130 different species of birds through exhibits, field trips, and fun special events like Oktobirdfest.
3) Salt Lake Trolley Tours
Whether you are a local or considering becoming one, Salt Lake Trolley Tours are sure to delight. Learn all about the city’s historic districts and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and weather from the unique perspective of an old-fashioned trolley car. The entertaining conductor and his sidekick motorman will keep you laughing and learning with his dozens of historical, theatrical tales.
4) Sugar House Park
There’s no better way to enjoy the splendor of fall in Salt Lake City than to immerse yourself in nature. At Sugar House Park, experience 110 acres of lush green space turn vivid shades of gold and orange against a snow-capped mountain backdrop. The large pond is home to flocks of migrating birds, and there are pavilions, soccer and baseball fields, volleyball courts, a basketball court, playgrounds, and an amphitheater for public use.
5) Liberty Park
There’s more than enough natural beauty in Salt Lake City to go around, so if you find yourself on the other side of town from Sugar House, stop by Liberty Park for a few minutes or several hours. Enjoy the tree-lined walking and running paths, tennis courts, paddling boats, amusement park, playground, picnic facilities, and more.
6) Wheeler Historic Farm
This public park and working farm offers a glimpse into how Utah farms operated around the turn of the century. Visitors can tour the original farm house and home, attend a milking demonstration, go on wagon rides, and visit the Rosebud Country Store. In the fall rw apple and pumpkin picking are always fun activities for the whole family.
7) Ensign Peak
To get the full scope of fall beauty in Salt Lake City, or to watch an impressive sunset, take a short hike up to Ensign Peak to view the entire valley. Fun fact: it was from this peak that the city’s founders laid out their plans in the late 1800s.
8) Pony Express National Historic Trail
Immortalized in a 1953 western film, the Pony Express National Historic Trail was the means by which men carried mail by horseback from Missouri to California in only 10 days. Though it was terminated with the advent of the telegraph , the trail’s impact and legendary stories live on. At this national park you can learn more by visiting museums, historic sites, churches, and even original trail segments.
9) Big Cottonwood Canyon
For an ultimate outdoor Utah experience, though even more amazing against a backdrop of golden-hued trees and misty fog, strap up your hiking boots and head to Big Cottonwood Canyon. There are several popular hiking and mountain biking trails, and a few legendary rock climbing areas. Or if you prefer a more relaxed activity, take the scenic drive to witness postcard-perfect views of the canyon and surrounding mountains.
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