Salt Lake City is my hometown and we spend many of our weekends and school breaks exploring all the free ways to enjoy Salt Lake City with kids. Whether you’re vacationing in Utah, or you’re a local family looking for ways to get out of the house, we have a list of ideas.
Here are my favorite FREE things to do in Salt Lake City with kids.
Parks and Gardens
Liberty Park – This is Utah’s oldest and best known public park. Located a few blocks from downtown, Liberty Park has a large adaptive playground and tracks for walking, running or rollerblading. You’ll also find courts for horseshoes, bocce ball, basketball, volleyball, baseball and tennis. The Chase Home Museum of Folk Arts is free. You can enjoy the Tracy Aviary, carousel, swimming or paddleboats for a fee.
Sugarhouse Park – Sugarhouse Park is another of Salt Lake City’s most popular parks, but with 110 acres, there is plenty of room to spread out. There are two playgrounds, sport courts and a wide road to accommodate walking, running and biking. Sugarhouse Park hosts one of Utah’s biggest Independence Day celebrations and has a great sledding hill in the winter too.
Wheeler Farm – This free urban farm is especially good for younger families. Wheeler Farm is a working farm and visitors are welcome to visit the cows, horses, chickens, pigs, sheep and other farm animals during daylight hours. There is a fee for activities like wagon rides, milking the cows, house tours and for special events. This 19th century farm has been preserved at 6351 South 900 East.
International Peace Gardens – Replicas of landmarks from 28 countries are represented at the Salt Lake City International Peace Gardens on the west side of the city. There is a playground, picnic area, and trail to the Jordan River Parkway nearby. Find the International Peace Gardens at 1000 South 900 West.
Gilgal Garden – This is a quirky public park that you probably won’t find unless you know where to look. It was once the backyard garden of an LDS bishop who expressed his faith through stone and sculpture. Find Gilgal Garden at 749 East 500 South in Salt Lake City.
Red Butte Garden – Is a beautiful public garden near the University of Utah that is lots of fun for families and it is well worth the price of admission. However, Red Butte Garden hosts four FREE days each year. Here are the dates for 2015. If they are out of date, try this link for current information.
- Pioneer Day, July 24
- Labor Day, 1st Monday in September
- Dumke Day, 1st Monday in October
- Holiday Open House and Art Fair, 2 days in early December