Things To Do In Sugar House: Fun Activities; Where to Shop; Places to Eat

One of the oldest neighborhoods in the Salt Lake Valley, and the former location of the Sugar House Prison, Sugar House has become one of the hottest and trendiest neighborhoods in Utah. Which means there are plenty of things to do in Sugar House – from entertainment, great food, and fun places to shop.

Things to do in Sugar House: Entertainment

 

Sugar House is in the heart of the city, but there are all kinds of activities for runners, cyclists and swimmers.  Come to think of it, Sugar House is the perfect spot to train for that triathlon.  Bonus: these spots are perfect for families too.

 

  • Visit Sugar House Park – Sugar House Park, the former site of the prison, is popular year round.  Head to the park any evening during the summer and you’ll find all kinds of activities. From organized team sports, classes, families out with kids, and people taking laps around the park itself.  Winter calls for sledding on the hills surrounding the park.
  • Go Swimming at the Fairmont Aquatic Center – For fitness buffs, if running or cycling is not your thing, head over to Fairmont Aquatic Center and swim some laps in the pool. Or take your kids to the leisure pool during hot summer days to cool off.  They also offer classes and camps for your kids too. Swimming, gymnastics, and martial arts are just a few of their offerings.
  • Hike Parley’s Trail – Parley’s trail, connects the Bonneville Shoreline trail at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon to the Jordan River Parkway.  Walk, run, or ride part or all of the eight-mile trail that runs through the heart of Sugar House.  Don’t forget to check out Parley’s Historic Nature Park at the mouth of the canyon.

Things to do in Sugar House: Where to Shop

Sugar House is full of small, locally owned shops that range from quirky, to sophisticated to entirely unique.  Here are a few of our faves – the types of shops you can get lost in looking around.

 

  • Unhinged Boutique – a quirky little shop hidden behind Whole Foods Market on Highland drive.  A locally owned boutique offering an eclectic assortment of new, locally made, and found clothes, gifts, and accessories.  You’ll find something here for those hard to shop for (or just for yourself).  It is a browser’s paradise.
  • Central Book Exchange – a staple in Sugar House for decades; they claim to have over 90,000 items in their ever-changing inventory. This is one place in which, you could quickly lose a few hours. They also happen to be our neighbors! Go on, enjoy.
  • Got Beauty – a locally owned Salon, Spa, and Boutique. Find all your beauty needs and then some. They have some great gift options as well. 

Things to do in Sugar House: Places to Eat

From bars, little hole in the wall eateries and posh restaurants, Sugar House has dozens of great spots – all within a few blocks of the central business district!  You’ll want to explore on your own, but here are a few of our go-to spots.

 

  • The Ruin (Best Spot to Grab a Drink) – You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little.  Check out one of Sugar House’s newest bars, The Ruin. Tucked next to Hidden Hollow in Sugar House, you’ll find friendly people, good drinks and good food
  • Somi (A Taste of Vietnam) – Right near The Ruin, on Wilmington Plaza, you will find Somi, serving up their classic Vietnamese dishes. Their Lemongrass Beef Noodle pho is fantastic.  They also have great lunch specials.
  • BGR Sugar House (Best Place for a Fast Bite) – If a burger is more to your liking, head across the street to BGR: Burgers Grilled Right. They always have a monthly special you can only get for that month, and then it is gone. BONUS: you can get any of their burgers on a pretzel bun, what is not to love about that. Try the Korean BBQ, it may sound a little odd, but it is excellent.  They also have great vegetarian options.

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Best Places to Take Your Dog in the Winter

It may be cold outside, but your four-legged friend still enjoys being outside and getting that much needed exercise. There are several dog-friendly places to enjoy even in the winter months, and avid hikers love to ‘break trail’, just be sure to bundle up!

  • Elbow Fork-Millcreek Canyon

    A 4.8 hike, with moderate difficulty. On odd days, your canine can enjoy the space off leash.

  • Neffs Canyon- 4326 White Way, Salt Lake City

    A 5.5-mile round-trip hike that can be moderate to difficult, with some great views. No leash required.

  • Red Butte Road-Red Butte Canyon

    Within minutes of the University of Utah campus, this hike is 1.6 miles, perfect for a light workout day.

  • Grandeur Peak- Front side off of 3300 South

    Another 5.5- mile hike round trip, also moderate in difficulty. One of Utah’s quickest mountains to summit with beautiful views.

If hiking is not on the agenda for the day, take your furry friend to one of these dog-friendly patios:

 

  • Brewhouse Pub 1722 South Fremont Drive
  • Campfire Lounge837 East 2100 South
  • Caputo’s 15th & 15th1516 South 1500 East
  • Fisher Brewing Company320 West 800 South
  • Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria2121 South McClelland St
  • Pig and a Jelly Jar401 East 900 South
  • Pig and a Jelly Jar1968 East Murray Holladay Rd.
  • Prohibition151 East 6100 South
  • Proper Burger Co.865 South Main Street
  • Squatters 147 West Broadway
  • Taqueria 27149 East 200 South
  • Taqueria 271615 South Foothill Blvd
  • Taqueria 274670 South Holladay Blvd
  • Taqueria 276154 South State Street

Things To Do In 9th And 9th: Fun Activities; Where to Shop; Places to Eat

Tucked just a few blocks southeast of downtown and blocks north of Sugar House is a little residential and commercial neighborhood. Called 9th and 9th for the intersection of 9th south and 9th east.  There are plenty of things to do in 9th and 9th – with great eating, shopping and activities that could keep you here all day. 

Activities & Things to do in 9th & 9th:

9th & 9th is a great place to spend the day hanging out – with lots to do and lots of interesting people, it is a great spot for spending the day.

  • Catch a Movie at the Historic Tower Theater – Known for showing older and cult films all year, you can always catch a movie at the Tower theater. As part of the Salt Lake Film Society, the Tower features some of the best independent films all year, and during the Sundance Film Festival, you can catch many of the Sundance films there as well. Count on the Tower of Terror every October which includes regular showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Grab a Coffee & Conversation – Stop in for a coffee and some people watching at The Coffee Garden. A local institution so popular it put a Starbucks across the street out of business. For all things coffee and pastry in the 9th and 9th area, this is your spot.
  • 9th and 9th Street Festival – A summer festival that is not to be missed!  With plenty of music, food, art, family, and friends; there is always something exciting going on at the festival.

Things to do in 9th and 9th: Shopping

There is a cute little pocket shopping district here – with multiple independent shops. Here are a couple of our faves:

  • Hip and Humble – a local lifestyle boutique with two locations, the first in the 9th and 9th neighborhood. Here you will find clothing, gifts, books and home decor for all the ladies in your life. Guys, are you paying attention?
  • Just down the road a block from Hip and Humble is The Stockist. With clothing and accessories for men, women, and children as well as jewelry and home decor, you are sure to find something for everyone on your gift list. Or do a little shopping for yourself.

 

Things to do in 9th and 9th: Where to Eat

There are a bunch of great places to eat in the 9th & 9th area – all within a few blocks.  It is worth grabbing a drink and one spot and moving on to another for dinner.

  • Pizza Nono – You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little. Walk up the street a little to this little gem, Pizza Nono, for a simple but stellar traditional Neapolitan inspired pizza. High-quality ingredients, locally sourced when available, make for some excellent pizza. Go check them out; you won’t be disappointed.
  • After dinner, head around the corner to East Liberty Tap House for a drink or another bite. With an ever-changing menu, based on ingredient availability, they focus on quality food and drink. And their well-curated selection of craft beer on tap will keep you coming back, only six taps, but you know they will all be excellent.
  • And Publik Kitchen may be more of a breakfast and coffee place, but you can snag a great sandwich at lunch. Try the BLT or the Chicken Salad Melt for something truly inspiring. They make a great avocado toast too. 
  • Finally, if you are craving something sweet, look no further than Dolcetti Gelato! Utahns LOVE their ice cream.  And Dolcetti’s is some of the BEST!

 

Ready to explore all the things to do in 9th and 9th?  Here is more information about the area!

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Where the Fun is on New Year’s Eve

There is plenty to do in Salt Lake, and beyond, on New Year’s Eve. If ringing in the new year on the town suits your fancy, we have complied a short list of both family-friendly and adult options for you to consider.

Last Hurrah

This free event will be open to the public on New Year’s Eve and featuring live music on outdoor stages, as well as indoor games, food trucks and pop-up bars.  Draft beer, wine and hot chocolate will be served throughout the event.

The Gateway

8pm-12:10am

18 N Rio Grand

 

Hopkins Brewing Co. Grand Opening

Celebrating their grand opening with special guests, The Steve Lyman Trio, featuring Dan Waldis on piano, Mike Bordelaine on bass and Steve Lyman on drums. Doors open at 5pm, live jazz starts at 9:30pm.

Hopkins Brewing Co.

5pm

1048 E. 2100 South

 

Fireworks at University Place

Enjoy music and tasty foods from local food trucks. Fireworks show begins at midnight with FREE New Year swag while supplies last.
Food Trucks include: Kona Ice Hot Kocoa, Donut Kabobs and World’s Best Corndogs

University Place Orem

10:30pm-12:30am

575 E. University Pkwy

 

Zoo Lights

Last night to take in the Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo. Bundle up and meander around the zoo gazing upon hundreds of beautifully lit zoo animals. New this year are 10 life-size, animal shaped lanterns. Warm up with some hot chocolate or other tasty treats available.

Hogle Zoo

5:30pm-9pm

2600 E. Sunnyside Ave.

Noon Year’s Eve at the Aquarium

Celebrate the New Year a little early. There will be a count down and confetti blast at the stroke of noon on Monday, December 31 with friends from B98.7 There will be a live DJ in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., along with prize drawings, photo booth, and other fun activities for the whole family.

 

Living Planet Aquarium

11am-1pm

12033 S. Lone Peak Pkwy

 

Masquerade Ball at the Zermatt

Clad the family in masks for the family-friendly Masquerade Ball at the Zermatt Resort, it is sure to be a good time. Complete with food, a cash bar, party hats, a DJ and midnight balloon drop and toast (alcohol-free options available), this will be a memorable evening.

Zermatt Resort

Until 1am

784 W. Resort Drive, Midway

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Things to Do at Christmas Time in Salt Lake

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Things to Do at Christmas Time in Salt Lake

It is the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many fun things to do at Christmas time around the city. You can find an activity that is perfect for families, friends and couples who want to enjoy the holiday goings-on and embrace that festive spirit. From outdoor holiday light displays to indoor fun, there is lots to see at Christmas time in Salt Lake.

Festival of Trees until 12/1

This event officially kicks off the spirit of Christmas. Hundreds of beautifully decorated trees are on display for purchase, benefiting Primary Children’s Hospital. In addition, there are shops filled with handmade crafts, treats and more. Prices Vary.

The Santa Shack in Sugar House until 12/22

Children of all ages can visit Santa in his festive shack this season. The shack is open Monday through Friday from 3:30pm to 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 11am-7pm. Visiting Santa to tell the jolly fella what you want for Christmas is free, there are photo packages available for purchase.

Zoo Lights until 12/31

This year marks the 12th anniversary of Zoolights! With over 200 animal displays, all lit in holiday glow, you can meander around the zoo with a hot cup of chocolate and take in all the sights. New this year are 10 life-size animal shaped lanterns that are sure to be impressive. And don’t forget to visit Santa at his station. Prices vary.

Lights at Temple Square until 1/2

Christmas lights are a glow on the grounds covering 35 acres of Temple Square. Decorations are hung throughout, along with nativity scenes placed along the way. Enjoy a free concert from a variety of groups that will be performing daily in six venues.  FREE

Christmas in Color until 12/31

Load the family up and experience a synchronized light display from the warmth of your car. Set to classic holiday music favorites, you’ll gaze upon dancing snowman, giant candy canes and tunnels of flickering lights.

$25 per car

The Grand America Holiday Stroll until 12/31

Stroll through the Grand America and take in all the imaginative window displays that are hand-crafted through-out the main floor. Cross off each one on your map so you are sure not to miss any! The tour finishes up at the live size gingerbread house where guests can take a photo op and receive a free cookie.

FREE

 

Strut Your Mutt with Market Source Real Estate

Market Source Real Estate very proud to be supporting Best Friends Animal Socity throughout 2018.

Every time we sell a home in 2018, we are making a donation to Best Friends.  After all, they are our next door neighbors at our new office!

We’re raising money to help end the killing of pets in America’s shelters. And we plan on having a lot of fun doing it!

Did you know that every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters simply because they don’t have safe places to call home? We think that number should be zero.

This year, we’re also participating in Strut Your Mutt, as a sponsor with both a team and also a booth at the event! Want to participate?

We need your help, too.

You can support Best Friends by making a donation to our team page HERE. It will help homeless pets and will support their efforts here in Salt Lake City and their animial reffuge in central Utah.

When you join our Strut Your Mutt team and donate $15 or more here on our page (or directly at the Best Friends booth at the festival while mentioning Market Source), you qualify for a FREE Market Source leash for your pup or mutt or dog or fur baby. All you have to do is come see us at our booth at the festival!*

During the Strut Your Mutt festival, we will be hosting a doggie PHOTO BOOTH at our tent where you can get a great professional photo, and postcard sized print for free at the event. We have a lot of costumes for your dog, just in time for halloween! It will be fun and free!

Get your FREE Market Source Leash!

Your donation of $15 on either the Market Source team page OR in person at the Best Friend’s booth at the event (when you mention us) will get you this hefty leash you can use to Strut Your Mutt.*

This cause means so much to us and we are grateful for your help. Together, we can Save Them All and reduce the number of homeless pets to zero.

Thank you for your support!  – Jeremy & Monique

*While supplies last.  You must pick up your leash in person at the Market Source booth at Strut Your Mutt with proof of $15 minimum donation.

 

DONATE TO STRUT YOUR MUTT & BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY HERE:

http://support.bestfriends.org/goto/marketsource 

Find out more about Stut You Mutt & Best Friends Animal Society HERE:  www.bestfriends.org