As the city’s second-largest park, Liberty Park in Salt Lake City is one of the more popular parks in the area and for a good reason. The park is not only full of great amenities like WiFi, ponds and an aviary but it is also very historic and important for the foundation of the city and for its Mormon population. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was owned by the founder of Salt Lake City, Brigham Young. In the pioneer days, it was known as Mill Farm and after the death of Young, the city bought the land from his estate, officially turning it into a park. If you’re looking to spend some time in one of the best parks in Salt Lake City, Utah, here is a guide to Liberty Park!
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Things to do
Like many parks, the things to do stretch as far as your imagination will allow it and will also depend on who you’re traveling with. Hanging out solo? Why not just sit on a bench and watch the world go by? Hanging out with friends? Take a walk around to the pond and check out the geese or ducks nearby. All of those things are great but it wouldn’t be the city’s most popular park if there wasn’t a lot more to do like:
Issac Chase Mill
Issac Chase Mill was built in 1847 and is the oldest commercial space in the state. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mill is said to have saved many lives during the famine in the 1850s and as Ms. Chase baked up to 16 loaves of bread at a time from the flour milled here. Brigham Young also took partnership in the mill with Issac Chase just two years after it opened.
The Chase family operated their mill and lived on the property and along with the mill, their home also still stands. Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts currently resides in the home and admission is also free. Crafts, music, and dance are all shown here showcasing art from all walks of Utah life. Since 1980, over 200,000 people have visited and taken part in the free programs hosted here.
For the ornithologists out there, check out the Tracy Aviary, only one of two true aviaries in the entire United States. The aviary is located on 8 acres (3.2 hectares) of land within Liberty Park and they host exhibitions featuring birds from all over the world. A Salt Lake City local named Russell Lord Tracy founded the aviary in 1938 and after donating his entire bird collection, it became open to the public.
Dress as per season
Liberty Park is pretty straight-forward as far as big city parks go. Depending on what you want to do and what you plan on doing while you’re there, you should dress accordingly. A good pair of shoes that are comfortable are good if you plan on standing activities, for example, and if you want to explore Tracy Aviary and Salt Lake City in the winters, it can get cold and wet so bring something warm for your feet if you plan on being here during the winter months.
Depending on the time of year, there are many activities that go on in Liberty Park. In the summer months, Sundays are always busy with people bringing their dogs and having a drum circle and Chase House is always hosting events and activities, so check their website find out for more information about what’s going on that week.
How to get there
Luckily, Salt Lake City was established on a grid system so getting around is fairly simple and easy. It’s important to note that the “center” of downtown’s origin is Temple Square with most streets and roads leading from there.
Getting around by car is again, fairly easy to do in Salt Lake City as the grid system of the city makes it easy to navigate since it is mostly just going in a straight line. Liberty Park offers free parking for those arriving with a vehicle.
Salt Lake City is very bike-friendly with distinct lanes and marked bike paths can be found all throughout the city. There are even bike tours offered for those who want to explore the city and the park has bike paths for those who wish to ride through the park as well as areas to lock your bike.
Most of downtown Salt Lake City is a free fare zone with a standard one-fare ride costing 2.25 USD elsewhere in the city and a day pass costing you 5.50 USD. Service ends around midnight and be sure to take note of holidays and seasonal timetables changes.
How to book tickets
As this is a public park most access to the facilities here are free including some of the amenities and attractions like Chase House. A visit to Tracy Aviary is chargeable but very affordable as well with 5 USD being the regular cost, 4 USD for students and 3 USD for children. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Reservations for sports fields, gazebos, and even weddings can be made here. Check out their website for more information.
Liberty Park information
Address: 600 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105, United States
Official website: Liberty Park
Department of tourism: Visit Utah
Opening hours: 8am - 11pm (daily)
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