Fun for all seasons at the Foothill Cultural District
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October 21, 2016
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The change of seasons is a
wonder, and nowhere is it celebrated more than in the Foothill Cultural
District. Look to the east of the Salt
Lake Valley – the leaves are turning red and gold, harvest-time pumpkins and
late-blooming fall flowers dot the landscape. It’s a great time to bring the family and make
a day of it at the Foothill Cultural District’s nine attractions, all within 2.5 square miles.
Here's where you can play
Famous throughout the Intermountain West, Utah’s Hogle Zoo is located at the eastern edge of the Foothill Cultural District. Prepare for a zoo ablaze with the colors of the season. Boo at the Zoo gives kids of any age a real treat, while BooLights, the newest of the zoo’s dazzling presentations, opens just in time for Halloween – and following on the heels of BooLights is – what else? – ZooLights, a holiday extravaganza of decorations sure to “DeLight” kids and adults alike.
Tracy Aviary lies just to the west of the foothills and houses some of nature’s most exotic birds, many of which are now extinct in the wild. Andy, the Andean Condor, often seen roaming the walks of the Aviary, is now 50 years old, but doesn’t look a day over 40.
Foothill Cultural District is home to three museums, the Natural History Museum of Utah, which is renowned for its dinosaur collection -- much of which was discovered here in Utah.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts features European works from the 14th to the 19th Century to today’s renowned contemporary artists. Fort Douglas Military Museum, soon to open its new exhibit space, protects and preserves Utah’s military history.
As Utah State’s official arboretum, Red Butte Garden cultivates and displays the plants indigenous to this area as well as a range of exotic, peculiar specimens including a garden full of medicinal plants. Don’t forget to stop at Red Butte Garden’s gift shop where you’ll find a stunning array of gardening books; super educational toys for the young scientist on your list and spectacular jewelry, china and art.
Travel back in time at This Is The Place Heritage Park and explore authentic Utah pioneer cabin. Dressed in western garb, volunteer re-enactors give visitors a look at the daily tasks of Utah’s pioneer settlers. A Native American village features performances and on-site craft demonstrations.
The Foothill Cultural District is event Central, no matter the occasion. Each attraction has its own unique meeting and wedding facilities. One such outstanding venue is the University of Utah’s Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium, a site that rises to lofty heights, offering a panoramic view of the entire Salt Lake Valley, the Oquirrh Mountains and the Great Salt Lake.
There’s no place like home,” some say. Hold on a minute! Not if you and your family are looking to eke out just one more fun-filled day at the Foothill Cultural District. The University Guest House Hotel puts out the welcome mat every day of the year – and offers a special FCD room rate to boot. The pillows are soft, the Wi-Fi and breakfast are free, and that’s hard to beat!
As the Holiday Season gets closer, remember Foothill Cultural District attractions
have their own Gift Shops. Whether it’s a gift of art, nature, toys,
sterling silver jewelry, ceramic pottery or gardening books, you’ll find
cherished gifts at the District’s
attractions. Parking is free and each
venue is open weekends
and at least one evening a week.
-Compiled by Linda Hunt, Foothill Cultural District
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