Known as Utah's hidden secret, the Gilgal Sculpture Garden began as a hobby in Thomas Child's backyard, and quickly grew into a beloved Salt Lake public park. One of the sculptures looks like the Sphinx, but has the head of Joseph Smith, a leader of the LDS church. A stack of books, hands reaching out of rocks and a rock gateway are a few of the sculptures you will see. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day among these marvelous creations.
Location: Salt Lake City
Take a free tour of this candy factory, and discover what it's like to make candy from start to finish. Sample a piece of taffy right off the assembly line and watch through a window while candy makers decorate lollipops and other treats. Get a glimpse of the secret room where all the recipes are stored.
Location: Sweet's Candy Factory, Salt Lake City
Learn about the sun, moon, stars and planets at the Clark Planetarium. Favorite activities are the "walking on the moon" and "walking on Mars" exhibits, where visitors can take pictures of themselves "walking" on these surfaces. Exhibits on planets, eclipses and black holes are all things you can learn about at the planetarium. Sen. Jake Garn, Utah's very own astronaut, has his own display at the planetarium, and you can even purchase astronaut food to try.
Location: The Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City
Learn about the government of Utah and how lawmakers pass laws on a free tour of the Utah State Capitol. Download a Capitol bingo sheet from their website ahead of time to keep kids busy and entertained for the duration of the tour. The building was recently renovated to make it more earthquake-safe, and your tour guide will show you all of the engineering that went into this project. Watch for beehives and other prominent Utah symbols throughout the capitol.
Location: Utah State Capitol on Capitol Hill, Salt Lake City
Founded in the late 1920s in E.T. town, the Benson Grist Mill is a great place to learn about the history of the pioneers and the people who settled the Tooele valley. Climb the narrow stairs to the top of the mill and experience how water was used before electricity to power the mill. Historic homes on the property provide a glimpse of what life was like for this group of people more than a hundred years ago.
Location: Tooele County
More than 100 different fire trucks are on display at this museum in Tooele County. You will learn about equipment used by firefighters in the past, and stories of tragic fires in the area. Many of the trucks and collections have been donated by firefighters from around the state. The firehouse area teaches children about the importance of fire safety.
Location: Deseret Peak Complex in Tooele County
Run by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, this museum has multiple levels of historic treasures and collections. It has been named the world's largest collection of artifacts on one particular subject. When the pioneers traveled to Salt Lake City, they brought many of their precious belongings that reminded them of home. Many of these items survived the long trek to the valley and are on display here. The history department of the museum is a great place to do research on your pioneer ancestors.
Location: Salt Lake City
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