8 Affordable Things To Do in Salt Lake City in the Spring & Summer

8 affordable things to do in Salt Lake City – some of them are even FREE

This is a list of our favorite affordable things to do in Salt Lake City – some are right in the heart of the city and some are a little further out.  PLUS we asked some of you what your top affordable things to do around town and got some great suggestions! So, if you are new in town, just relocating to the Salt Lake City area or are a local and just need some inspiration to get out, here you go:

1.  Visit one of Salt Lake’s public parks

We have some amazing public parks in Salt Lake City – they offer everything from running trails, scenic spots to sit and read or picnic, playgrounds and splash pads for kids, and so much more!

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Liberty Park – with the Tracy Aviary, multiple playgrounds, volley ball courts, pavilions with tables and a beautiful lake.
  • Memory Grove – one of the most scenic parks in Salt Lake City, this park has a meditation chapel, all kinds of trails, City Creek running through the center and a trail up into the hills that connects with the Bonneville Shoreline trail.
  • Sugar House Park – this park also has a creek and a pond right in the center of the park.  There are several playgrounds, some wide open fields, a rose garden, a connection to the Parley’s trail, and one of the best protected jogging paths in the city.

2.  Visit the main downtown library

We have an award winning library in downtown Salt Lake.  Really.  It won the 2006 library of the year award for its stunning architecture and design.  That’s why it is on our list of affordable things to do in Salt Lake City!

Check out a book, attend a free class or lecture.  Check out a movie screening.  Grab a coffee and play with your kids in the children’s section.  Visit the art galleries or just hang out on the plaza outside.

3. Go camping

There are some great campsites within a very short drive of Salt Lake City.  Some that less than an hour and you’ll feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.  OR if you are willing to drive a bit further you can find some great spots in Central and Southern Utah and in the National & State parks.

Camping is one of the best affordable things to do in Salt Lake City – but in the springtime, always be sure to check the weather before you go.  It is less affordable if you have to pack up in the middle of the night during a major rainstorm and then get a hotel (speaking from personal experience).

 

Here are some good resources for campers:

4.  Visit a food truck

Salt Lake City is known for its food scene.  BUT eating out isn’t always affordable.  So our version of keeping things on a budget is to visit one of Salt Lake City’s numerous food trucks.

There are so many great choices and (sadly) no one complete list of food trucks in Utah, but here are a couple of places to start:

BONUS: Here are our top places to eat out in Sugar House.  Just in case you need a little night out on the town.

5.  Go for a bike ride

Another one of our affordable things to do in Salt Lake City is to take your bike out for a ride.  Don’t have a bike?  No problem! Salt Lake City has a bike share program in the downtown area.  There are quite a lot of protected bike lanes in Salt Lake City and lots of urban trails that lead to mountain or canyon trails and Salt Lake is a destination for road cyclists as well.

Here are some of the top bike trails around Salt Lake City:

  • Bonneville Shoreline Trail – this mountain bike trail that runs along the Wasatch Front where the ancient Lake Bonneville used to lap against the mountains.  You will find trail runners and even horseback riders on this trail.
  • Jordan River Parkway Trail – paved, flat, easy and running almost the entire length of the Salt Lake Valley, this trail runs along the river with lots of parks and protected wetlands to see along the way.  This is a great trail for families.
  • Antelope Island – road cyclists love biking across the 7 mile causeway to Antelope Island (pictured here from the air) in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.  Yes, there are antelope there.  And bison.  If you’re lucky, you might even spot a bald eagle or two.  There are also great mountain biking trails on the island.  Wear sunscreen and bring bug spray.

6. See some art

Salt Lake City is full of art museums, galleries and studios.  Plus there are some great (FREE) events that are focused on artists and creators.

Two of our favorites:

  • Salt Lake Gallery Stroll – taking place the 3rd Friday of every month.  Gallery Stroll connects artists, galleries, and the community in a downtown-wide art event.
  • Sugar House Art Walk – taking place once a quarter, this walk covers locations all throughout the heart of the Sugar House business district (including the Market Source Real Estate offices).

7.  Go for a hike

A hike is one of the best affordable things to do in Salt Lake City… it’s always free! There are numerous hiking trails around Salt Lake – and for every skill level.  From basic strolls that you can take with the youngest kids to strenuous all day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips.

Always pack plenty of snacks, lots of water, sunscreen, a small first aid kit and sunscreen when you go hiking in Utah.  Also be aware of weather conditions and wildlife.

 

Here are a few handy hiking guides:

8.  Go swimming

Swimming (inside or out) is nearly always affordable.  It’s fun, relaxing and a great family activity.

We have some really great choices here in Utah for both:

  • The Faimont Aquatic Center – Right in the heart of Sugar House.  This indoor pool offers swim lessons, classes, a lap pool and a leisure pool with a 2 story slide and a beach entry.  It is also right in a park – so you can go swimming and then visit the park as well.
  • Liberty Park Pool – open only in the summer, this outdoor pool in the one of our favorite parks!
  • Some swimming holes in Northern Utah – if you want to really have some fun in the great outdoors.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our list of affordable things to do in Salt Lake City! Have anything to add?  Let us know!

 

Top Sugar House Dining Spots You Don’t Want To Miss!

Our favorite Sugar House dining spots to nosh, drink, meet, chow, sip

Sugar House is known as a dining destination – from quick eats to stunning sit downs there are a host of options. Here are our TOP 5 Sugar House dining choices that cover the whole range.

 

1.  Kimi’s Chop & Oyster House

Right in the heat of Sugar House, Kimi’s is one of our favorite Sugar House dining spots.  You can find both a lounge with on point martinis, appetizers and oysters.  And for dinner?  THIS is the spot for date night.  They mix and mingle surf and turf like the pros they are.

Bonus?  The building is just beautiful.  It is the old Sugar House post office.  You have to see it to believe it.

2. The Dodo Restaurant

The Dodo is a classic Sugar House dining spot, a real neighborhood bistro.  Lunch?  Check.  Dinner? Check.  Brunch?  Check.  Kids Menu? Check.  And it is ALL delish.  They’ve been around in one version or another since the 80s, and for good reason.  The best part? Their pastries are just heaven.

 

 

3. The Soup Kitchen

Another iconic Sugar House dining location? The Soup Kitchen.  The first location opened in 1974 and they are busy every single day.  Look for the daily specials or if you just want pure comfort food, go for the classic tomato soup / grilled cheese combo.

The best part?  You can easily get lunch here for $7.00.  It also happens to be directly across from the Market Source Real Estate offices!

4.  Cous Cous Grill

Salads, wraps, bowls.  Cous Cous Grill is a tucked away gem in the heart of Sugar House, they have some of our favorite vegetarian options.  We love stopping in for a bite to go!

 

 

5.  O’Falafel

This is one of those slightly off the beaten path spots.  O’Falafel is just slightly west of the heart of the Sugar House dining scene.  Like their name suggests, they make the best falafel in town.  Throw in some hummus, and some baklava and you have an amazing meal.

Little hint:  Use lots of the hot sauce on your falafel – it only makes it better.

What are your favorite Sugar House dining spots?  We’d love to hear!

No.  Really – we are always trying to get to know the great places in our town.  Comments please.

Tiny Houses

One of the biggest growing trends in the past decade  is the tiny house trend that is that has caught hold across the U.S. today, but has it caught in Utah? You can see it in nearly every home-related television show now-a-days, but what exactly is a “tiny home” and the lifestyle that comes with it? A Tiny home is defined as 100 to 400 square feet. Downsizing and living sparsely obviously come with the smaller space, but nicely enough it comes with a smaller price tag. One of the greatest appeals to tiny living is the lure of living debt free and still owning a place to call home.

“Debt free” has more than a nice ring to it; it’s got a near mesmerizing chime. But living tiny is just as it sounds, hard. Know the challenges that come with tiny. It’s not just the fact that you have to try and fit your entire life into 400 or fewer square feet. Its where do you plant your tiny roots? Many land parcels and subdivisions won’t allow for homes to be built less than 1000 square feet or park RVs fulltime (which the mobile tiny homes usually get referred to as). Do you have a foundation or wheels, or even how do the utilities work? These and many other things can be eccentric or just downright tricky, but the benefits are definitely there. According to thetinylife.com 68% of tiny homeowners don’t have a mortgage to pay every month, while 55% have more savings in the bank than the average American, and 89% of the tiny life community has less credit card debt than the average American. Tiny house living isn’t for everyone though.

Being sold direct from the builder and riding the gray area of zoning laws leaves tiny home finding their plots in more rural communities instead of the urban scene. In general, tiny housing is a lifestyle born out of necessity; a necessity that Utah doesn’t have. We are very much still growing. In 2016 Wasatch Front was recognized, by the National Association of Realtors, as home to more mansions than any other U.S. city. In 2017 Utah has been repeatedly been chosen among the top markets in the U.S. in Forbes, Realtor,  Tiny housing may catch along the Front soon, so don’t fret, but for now the tradition of larger families and backyard basketball courts keeps Utah housing on the larger end of the scale.

If you would like to learn more about tiny living in your community or just want to explore your options reach out to us here.

 

Death of a Shopko

A little over 27 years ago, developers negotiated with the city and RDA to develop the land and I-80 freeway exit in Sugar House. Part of the plan was to close off two streets and create the Sugar House shopping area we all know. Despite this, developers are again working on changing the shopping center. The days of Shopko and its large parking lot have come to an end. Soon, demolition of the Shopko will begin, and a new rebirth of the space will start to take place…

Check out the rest of our article at http://utahstories.com/2017/04/death-of-a-shopko/

 

Rising Skylines – Are you ready?

The Wasatch Front has been dubbed the “Silicon Slopes” and a “super incubator for tech companies.” Salt Lake itself has been compared to San Francisco from 20 years ago. Of course, we want to welcome the growth, the boom, and all the benefits that come with it, while still evading that growth’s disadvantages. How, and what are some of those hindrances? Skyscrapers and large tenements amongst quiet neighborhoods. Many communities have spoken out against ‘too-tall’ structures or larger developments around Salt Lake. (more…)

Which Neighborhood Fits Your Lifestyle?

Sugar House? 9th & 9th? University? Downtown? The Avenues?  Aaahhh!

Which of these 5 Salt Lake City neighborhoods best fits your lifestyle?                                                     

Moving to a new area – whether it be a new city or even a new part of the city – can be very intimidating.  It takes living somewhere and truly experiencing it within your own lifestyle to fully understand the area around you and what makes it so great.  We always think our own neighborhoods are the best!  So what in the world do you do when everyone is telling you that you should move to their neck of the woods?                            

Take our quiz and remember the answers you selected for each question – mostly a’s, mostly b’s, etc.  After the quiz, you can find your results and learn more about the neighborhood that picked you!


What do you want to do when you wake up on a sunny Saturday morning?

  1. Head to the park with my dog and coffee
  2.  Play frisbee in a field with my friends
  3.  Hop on the train and hit the stores
  4.  Do some yoga and grab a coffee
  5.  Eat a local brunch and do some window shopping

 

What types of restaurants do you eat in the most?

  1.  Local restaurants where I can meet the owner
  2.  I enjoy the eclectic menus of other countries
  3. I like famous steakhouses and unique menus
  4.  I  love farm – to – table eateries
  5.  Smaller bistros really set the mood

 

What is your ideal mode of transportation?

  1.  Carpooling with my friends to save the earth
  2.  I have a bicycle and/or a longboard
  3.  UTA – Trax System
  4.  I have two legs that work great
  5.  My sturdy vehicle!

 

Where do you like to spend your evenings?

  1.  At the Art Walk
  2.  Attending cultural events
  3.  At bars
  4.  Hanging outside with other locals at festivals
  5.  In a candlelit eaterie with tapas style dining

 

Which activity do you do on a regular basis?

  1.  Going to the park
  2.  I love sporting events!
  3.  Mall. Movies. Meals.
  4.  Local boutique shopping
  5.  Museums and Gallery openings

 

If you answered mostly A’s … then Sugarhouse is where you should be!

If you answered mostly B’s … then you should move to the University Area!

If you answered mostly C’s … then you would love living Downtown!

If you answered mostly D’s … then 9th & 9th is your best bet!

If you answered mostly E’s … then the Avenues is waiting for you!


 

It can be scary moving to a new city with new people and new places.  After the fear goes away, the excitement settles in and that’s when you make your move!  Selecting the right neighborhood will make all the difference in the world in your new life.  To get a better feel for each of these neighborhoods, take a look at our Pinterest page and see what tickles your fancy!