June 22, 2011

Staycation Day 1 - Salt Lake City Connect Pass

My husband and I were both born and raised in Utah. He lived in the Salt Lake Area until Junior High and then moved downtown to St. George. I lived in the Salt Lake Area until fourth grade and then moved to the Price/Castle Country Area. Then for the last five years he's actually worked as a teacher in the Salt Lake Valley.

That being said, we thought we were pretty Salt Lake savvy until we started planning our Vacation.  While doing our research we discovered that there were a lot of attractions that we had never heard of, or hadn't been to since we were little.  To make things easier - and cheaper - on ourselves, we decided to get the Salt Lake City Connect Pass. 

The Salt Lake City Connect Pass offers 13 attractions for one low price. For $48 per adult and $40 per child for a 3 Day Ticket we got admission to
  • Hogle Zoo
  • This is the Place Heritage Park
  • Red Butte Gardens
  • Tracy Aviary
  • Free Lunch at Lion House Pantry
  • Clark Planetarium (1 Dome Admission and 1 I-Max Theater Admission)
  • Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
  • Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort Tram Ride
  • Thanksgiving Point (1 Museum of Ancient Life and 1 Gardens Admission)
  • The Leonardo
  • Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts
  • Utah Olympic Park
My girls were most excited for Hogle Zoo, so we decided to go there first.  Both of my girls had been there before, but Bid was too little and didn't remember it.  She loved it!

The Natural History Museum of Utah was closed for relocation, but they moved some of their exhibits to the zoo.

After the Zoo we decided to go to This is the Place Heritage Park as it is literally right across the street from the Zoo.  I had never been there before so I didn't know what to expect. 

This is the Place Heritage Park was a step back in time to Utah's pioneer days.  There was an old school house, a number of old pioneer buildings, a blacksmith shop, mountain men, old Indian dwellings, and everyone was in pioneer attire.

To be honest my daughters didn't care about the pioneer aspect and we didn't get to spend as much time as we would have liked exploring the pioneer world.  But they did love the free train rides, the pioneer crafts, and panning for gold.

After hours of walking around in the heat, Bid totally crashed.  So we decided to take a break and went and checked in at our hotel - The Ramada Inn.  See my hotel review here!

After a power nap and a quick dinner, we headed to the Red Butte Gardens at the University of Utah.  The gardens are up on the Mountain and are a great blend of wild landscape with well manicured areas.  There are lots of different areas featuring different types of plants, and an amphitheater where they have free concerts.

The walk through the gardens, was a nice end to a long day.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a really groovy time ya'll are spending...I'm there with you in spirit...hehe Have a grand and wondrous adventure and may your camera always be handy~!! :D