Located at the base of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City offers student travel groups many experiences involving art, history, culture, entertainment and recreation. Special events and attractions for school trips vary from symphony performances and dinosaur museums to art galleries and ski resorts. With the inviting atmosphere of a Western town, Salt Lake City mixes metropolitan amenities with year-round outdoor leisure.
Top Student Travel Attractions in Salt Lake City
Clark Planetarium is a state-of-the-art astronomy museum featuring the Hansen Dome Theater, an IMAX 3-D theater and exhibits that are free-of-charge. The Living Planet Aquarium showcases aquatic animal habitats from around the world while educating students about the conservation of Earth’s ecosystems through exhibits and programs.
Utah’s only arboretum, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, contains 18 acres of botanical gardens, including 11 themed gardens, summer outdoor concerts and several miles of hiking trails. Boondocks Fun Center features bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf, laser tag and a picnic pavilion.
Popular Sightseeing Tours in Salt Lake City
Great Salt Lake Boat Tours offers a guided educational tour of the scenic Great Salt Lake that focuses on its wildlife and geological features. Live the life of a farmer at Wheeler Historic Farm, where students can milk cows and ride a tractor. Temple Square, a ten acre complex in the heart of Salt Lake City, offers group tours of the six-spired temple that is the symbol of the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints.
The Gallivan Center provides numerous performance areas for rent, including the amphitheater, patio and terrace. The Grand Theatre is available to outside groups for rent at an affordable price. With small, intimate spaces and stadium seating, Hale Centre Theatre has group-friendly accommodations of up to 610. The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center has a 500-seat theater that hosts a variety of events.
Student Accommodations in Salt Lake City
Comfort Inn Downtown at Salt Lake City Plaza offers 85 rooms centrally located in the city. Hampton Inn Downtown, near the Salt Palace Convention Center, has 158 rooms. Located near Temple Square, Howard Johnson Express Inn has 96 guest rooms. The Royal Garden Inn offers 180 rooms and is situated within walking distance of the Salt Lake Convention Center and Temple Square.
Food & Dining
Student-friendly restaurants include: Big Apple Pizzeria, Ruth’s Diner, Diamond Lil’s, Fuddruckers and Coachman’s Dinner & Pancake House.
Student-Friendly Festivals & Events
Several annual festivals and events in Salt Lake City include: Living Traditions Festival in May, Utah Arts Festival in June and Utah State Fair in September.
Salt Lake City’s student-friendly activities will ensure a unique and educational experience in Utah’s state capital. Situated in a large valley between two mountain ranges, the city will make student trips exciting and eventful.