Red Butte Gardens, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Recently, the tots and I went to explore Red Butte Gardens along with some friends from the Rocky Mountain Mammas meetup group. We started our journey by pushing our strollers through the fragrance garden, rose garden and medicinal herbs garden before stopping to feed the ducks and fish at the grasslands area of the park.

Beautiful plants lined the path all around, but my favorite were the pear and apple trees growing up the archway that surrounded the path near the rose garden.

The best part of the trip was the Children’s Garden Area. Big E and little g loved the kid sized house, complete with tree trunk seats. A sandbox, lizard statues and kid friendly displays on vegetable gardening were fun to play in and around.

We spent most of our time in the water, however. Red Butte Gardens boasts a rattlesnake fountain splash pad that was perfect for spontaneous soaking. Tots can travel inside the rattlesnake tunnel (a trellis with creeping plants covering the top) through to the snake’s head, complete with fangs and a flickering tongue fountain.

I had never been to Red Butte Gardens before, so I didn’t know this splash pad even existed. If I had, I would’ve come better prepared; Big E ended up riding home in his soaking wet jeans.

The outing was a fun one, but probably not worth the general admission price of $10 for adults, $6 for children. If you enjoy exploring the local flora I would suggest an annual pass, or become a University of Utah student since they get in for free.

Red Butte Gardens:
Distance: Varies
Difficulty: Easy, paved trails are stroller accessible
Tips: Don’t forget a water bottle, sun screen and a camera. The place is truly beautiful.

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Author: Mountain Mom

Hi! I'm Mountain Mom. I live with my husband and three young kids in the mountains near Sundance, Utah. When we're not hiking, biking, skiing and camping, I spend my time doing Mom stuff and reading. Summer of 2016 we traveled over 7,000 miles along the US National Park to Park Highway.

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