10 Best's Top Freebies in Salt Lake City: Highly Recommended, Regardless of Budget Size

Salt Lake City is the perfect destination for the active person. Surrounded by the peaks of the enormous Wasatch Mountain Range, and filled with attractions of every variety, Salt Lake Valley offers something for everyone. Whether you’re into history, religion or outdoor activities, you’ll find yourself faced with a lifetime’s worth of exploration in Salt Lake. And surprisingly, a good many of these attractions cost absolutely nothing to enjoy.

One of the most unique features of Salt Lake City is its pivotal place in the Mormon religion. Considered the world headquarters of this young religion, Salt Lake City is the home of the world-famous Temple Square, and numerous related points of interest. Among the best of these are the totally free Family History Library and Tabernacle. The Family History Library, which holds the world’s largest collection of genealogical records, can be used by anyone of any faith. The Tabernacle, home of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, holds practices and concerts year-round. And guess what? They’re free to attend; you must simply reserve a ticket online.

Outdoors fanatics and history buffs have a lengthy list of free attractions to consider, as well. Take a jog on the expansive Bonneville Shoreline Trail System, hike to the Fifth Water Hot Springs, or visit the Fort Douglas Military Museum.

If these top 10 attractions don’t totally pack your itinerary, consider a trip to any of these free attractions: Governor’s Mansion, Liberty Park, Church History Museum, Memory Grove Park or Bonneville Salt Flats.

Joseph Smith Memorial Building


A $45-million renovation transformed this building from a spectacular hotel into office space for the Mormon Church. Visitors may take guided tours to learn about the building and its uses over the past 70 years. Beyond its history, the building...  Read More



Though the Mormon Church is undeniably the historically and culturally dominant religion in Utah, it certainly isn't the only. This dramatic Roman Catholic cathedral, completed in 1909, was built to mimic Romanesque style on the outside and...  Read More



Mormons were the first permanent settlers to arrive in Utah, founding Salt Lake City in 1847. Attracted by the utter lack of other people, this religious group intended to found a nation of their own. However, the U.S. Federal Government denied...  Read More

Utah State Capitol Building
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This awe-inspiring building proudly sits high on Capitol Hill overlooking the city. A stately Corinthian, neoclassical revival-style building, the Utah State Capitol Building was constructed mostly of native granite, quarried in the surrounding...  Read More

Daughters of Utah Pioneer Memorial Museum
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The Daughters of Utah Pioneers is an international organization committed to preserving the history of Utah's early settlers. This museum contains four stories, each dedicated to illustrating different aspects of the human history that shaped...  Read More

Fifth Water Hot Springs


Located south of Salt Lake City (and east of Spanish Fork), Fifth Water Hot Springs is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Utah. Requiring a hike to reach, these naturally heated pools serve as a soothing reward for tired legs....  Read More



In the Mormon faith, family is one of the absolute most important and sacred concept; Mormon doctrine asserts that families are forever connected through the church's sacred ceremonies. In an effort to maintain and document these connections,...  Read More



Constructed over the course of four years and completed in 1867, the Tabernacle is home to the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Its 11,623-pipe organ looms 30-plus feet over the congregation, and a curved ceiling enhances the building's...  Read More

Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Photo courtesy of Ted Percival


If standing in Salt Lake City, look at the foothills towering above town, to your north and east. It is there that the Bonneville Shoreline Trail crisscrosses above the city, covering roughly 100 total miles. This trail has no map, but instead...  Read More



Salt Lake City has been the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since their arrival to the Great Basin in July 1847. Temple Square itself is the spiritual and symbolic center of this unique religion. Covering 10...  Read More


Meet Christine Balaz

Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous...  More About Christine