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Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City

(4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
A major botanic garden that tests and displays regional horticulture, Red Butte Garden remains one of Utah's secret gems. Encompassing over 40 hectares (100 acres), this sprawling nature park features both landscaped and natural gardens with a network of hiking trails and walking paths extending all the way to the foothills of the Wasatch Range. Operated by the state's flagship university, the garden offers you a chance to spend a day exploring vast natural areas. Or, pick up useful ideas for landscaping your backyard by taking a class with horticultural experts. Check online to see what's blooming, and time your visit to catch one of the garden's outdoor performances. Plan to visit Red Butte Garden and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Salt Lake City attractions using our Salt Lake City tour planner.
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  • Red Butte is such an excellent place to go on a casual date (wife or otherwise). It is just a beautiful well maintained facility. It has a small art gallery area to warm up the walk, and then outside ...  more »
  • I visited in early spring, with daffodils nearly in full bloom and blooming trees just opening their buds. I liked the variety of gardens & species, and there is something for everyone, even if early ...  more »
  • Really enjoyed my visit to the garden. The staff at the desk was very kind and welcoming. I believe I paid $12 for the ticket. It was still early spring in late March but it was a clear sunny day. The...  more »
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  • Red Butte Garden is far and away my favorite place in the more "civilized" part of the Wasatch--maybe because it's a lovely balance and counter-balance of the "gardens" of the foothills and the intentional spaces and plants of the Garden. I love Red Butte year-round. I wouldn't say it's serene. There are usually at least a few curious children (other than my own) bounding about. There is, however a sense of calm that pervades at Red Butte. It's also a wonderful place to see a show. The natural amphitheater acoustics and the sound technology mix for great sound. And the views are fantastic.
  • We had our September wedding here at the Rose House and it was the most lovely evening! The staff made everything seamless. The gardens are such a beautiful backdrop for a wedding and the Rose House itself is such a cool structure! I can't say enough about the wonderful people who make this place function on a daily basis and during special events. They were so kind and helpful from the very first communication to the day of the wedding. I would highly recommend considering Red Butte for a wedding or special event or just for a truly lovely day strolling through the amazing gardens. Our wedding day was so incredibly beautiful because the area is tended with extreme care. You will love your time here and will find yourself wanting to go back!
  • No matter the season, the garden is AMAZING! The garden is always changing and there is always something new! The staff is great! Fantastic events like Garden After Dark that we look forward to and has become a family tradition. I wish they would do a Christmas light event.
  • If your a local or college student then you can get in free or save some money. It's 12 dollars for adults and for me that was too high. The garden was ok, but nothing spectacular. Stayed about 30 mins and left. If your not into looking at random flowers, then this probably isn't the place for you. I'm sure my mom or grandmother would have a higher appreciation.
  • This place is the best! Kids love the play area and hiking around. It's so beautiful and great for taking pictures. Highly recommend getting a membership if you have a large family or plan on going more than a few times. I have seven people and it costs the same to go once without the membership as it does to just buy it.