Temple Square is Utah’s number one tourist attraction. So if you are LDS or not, this 34 acre square is a must see! It draws millions of visitors a year and consists of the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle (home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir), the Assembly Hall and two visitors’ centers. Temple Square also has exquisite gardens and interesting historical sites, as well as 4 restaurants, church history museum, conference center, church history library, Joseph Smith Memorial Building and Relief Society Building. Also featured are the largest genealogy library of its kind in the world and the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Each year there are over 2000 events at Temple Square and most of them are free to the public.
The gardens at Temple Square include 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants, and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world. The gardens are redesigned every six months and replanted by hundreds of volunteers. Free one-hour garden tours are given May through September. You can call (801) 240-5916 for scheduling.
Temple Square is truly amazing during the holidays. The lights are gorgeous and the grounds are spectacular. This video show the transformation into the lights at night!
Where is Temple Square?
When Salt Lake City was formed, it was set up to revolve around the temple. Therefore, Temple Square is at the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. It is surrounded by streets named “Temple” – West Temple, North Temple, East Temple and South Temple. Take the 400 S or 600 S I-15 exit and go east. Then turn north on West Temple or East Temple.
Where to Park at Temple Square?
- Make sure you arrive early
- Some additional parking besides the map above has charges. This website helps find more parking.
- Lots fill up quickly
- Mass transit is also available, with both the TRAX light rail system andUTA buses serving the downtown area.
If you are a Utah resident or a tourist, Temple Square is a MUST! It is gorgeous. There are free guided tours, but you are also welcome to wander the beautiful grounds and gardens at your leisure. If you have any questions, the missionaries in dress clothes and a black and white name tag are more than happy to help! Just ask away. You won’t regret visiting Temple Square!