THIS IS THE PLACE HERITAGE PARK
2610 East Sunnyside Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84108 (801)582-1847
The West…just as it was! Step back in time with a visit to This Is The Place Heritage Park. The non-profit This Is The Place Foundation manages Utah’s premier living history attraction, our historic 450-acre Utah state Park. Our mission is to preserve and promote the heritage and history of Utah. You’ll find it alive in storied accounts of the settlement of the West, told by our knowledgeable interpreters in a setting of original and replica historic homes. You’ll also see artisans and interpreters demonstrate 19th Century frontier life in a working environment. While you look on, the blacksmith explains his trade while he creates items used elsewhere in the Village and the furniture-maker turns ordinary wood into a masterpiece!
A lively variety of domestic skills are demonstrated in Village homes. You can watch wool being carded and spun into yarn that will be colored with a kaleidoscope of dyes made from native plants, many grown right here at the Park. At another historic building, candles are being dipped layer-by-layer over a small open fire in the back yard and quilting demonstrations are sure to leave you warm at heart!
A visit to the Park is not a tour of historic artifacts behind velvet ropes and glass, but a true experience of life as it was in the early days of the West. The Native American Village offers a window to a world long since gone, where members of Utah’s indigenous tribes interpret the history of their native people. You can also enjoy the Park from the comfort of one of our three replica trains and see and hear the history of the settlement, or simply spend the day walking the quiet streets on your own.
Elsewhere in the 450-acre Park is our Visitors’ Center, the welcome center of the Park. There you’ll find one of our newest attractions, the Heritage Park Preview exhibition, along with one of Utah’s finest gift and souvenir shops. The ZCMI Mercantile inside the Park is filled with old-fashioned gifts and candy and is sure to be one of your most memorable shopping experiences during your visit.
It’s hard to describe the magic of Candlelight Christmas. We’d like you to experience it! The Village is decorated like a Currier & Ives card, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time when you join us for this enchanting event.
You’ll enjoy a visit with Father Christmas and see real live reindeer (taking a break from their duties at the North Pole)! In the quiet of the Village the live Nativity scene is sure to touch the hearts of young and old alike. The Heritage Village Carolers return each year for an encore presentation, providing an inspiring backdrop to the glitter of lights, the glow of warm fires and the smells of Christmas.
Take home a little bit of Christmas by joining in the fun of making crafts and homemade decorations in one of the decorated historic homes or pioneer cabins. And you can save all your holiday shopping for your visit to the Park. The Gift Shop at the Visitors Center and the ZCMI Mercantile have Salt Lake’s best selection of unique, all-occasion gifts for everyone on your list!
Observe a Christmas like the pioneers did – quieter, simpler, fun for all. Make Candlelight Christmas part of your cherished family traditions. Bundle up and join us for an event you’ll be talking about for years to come! Now that’s a family memory!
One of our most popular events will return again in 2011! Join us for this special event as we celebrate the Relief Society. You will be treated to historic interpreters in pioneer dress that will relate stories of early Relief Society members.
Space is limited and reservations are required so call 801-924-7545 early as this is one that will definitely sell out!
MARCH 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2011 evenings and MARCH 19 daytime
The cost is $3 per person. Light refreshments will be served.
It’s not scary at the Park during the day, so put on your costumes and come to the Village for a fun-filled event! Visit the Story Witch, go trick-or-treating, and with pony rides, train rides and take-home crafts your little ones will want to return for Little Haunts year after year! Make it part of your family’s Halloween tradition.
2nd 3rd 4th Week of October
All Aboard! Enjoy a spectacular view of the Salt Lake Valley and the Park when you climb aboard one of our three replica trains. You’ll hear the story of the settlement, and see dozens of landmarks by riding one of the most popular features in the Park, the This Is The Place Railroad.
If this is your first visit to the Park, here’s a hint. Before you do anything else, ride the train around the Village to see all the Park has to offer. Then you can plan where and what you’d like to visit once you get off!
While not exact replicas, two of our train engines represent the Jupiter and 119 that met at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869 to complete the first transcontinental railroad. The newest addition to our train fleet is the Blackhawk, named after the first train that completed the journey from Ogden, Utah to Salt Lake City. Additionally, a “mini-train”; on tracks runs around Settlers’ Pond especially for children to enjoy as part of their visit to the Park. Hear the clacking of the rails and the steam of the engine like days gone by.
Admissions: Adults $5.00, Children (3-11) $3.00, Seniors (55+) $3.00
Train Ride Hours 10am-4:30pm Monday – Saturday, 11am-3:30pm Sunday
This is the Place Heritage Park
2601 East Sunnyside Ave Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1453 (801) 582-1847