Today I had plans to meet up with some local moms, including my friend Megan and her little boy, to have a little exploration of the International Peace Gardens in Salt Lake City. I decided to take Chester and Daniel into daycare and just have a Dexter and mommy day since he’s been feeling a little neglected lately and has been asking for a little extra time with me.
We headed out a little earlier than planned and arrived at the Peace Gardens before the other ladies did. I was worried since I’d never been there before, and I wanted to be sure to find the place and get a parking spot. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was immediately blown away by the beautiful grounds and the tranquil atmosphere.
It wasn’t a typical park, but a gorgeous landscape filled with eclectic scenery from different countries in the world.
The Peace Gardens are open from dawn to dusk between May 1 and September 30 each year. They are located on the banks of the Jordan River in Jordan Park and were established in 1947. Twenty-eight countries are represented at the gardens, which are maintained by the Salt Lake City Parks Department, where they are planted with colorful flowers and foliage.
Once everyone arrived, we had a ton of fun just walking around and exploring the various countries and what ornaments had been established in their name. My particular favorite was Denmark, which had a reproduction of The Little Mermaid. It was somewhat less exciting since the water around it had evaporated, but it was still cool.
Dex loved the ornamental lions and kept trying to climb them. He was also super excited about a giant head in Mexico!
The other moms had all brought young babies with them, so Dex was kind of on his own when it came to playing and exploring. But he found tons to do just running around, climbing hills and jumping off of things.
All in all, it was a beautiful day and beautiful surroundings. While it didn’t last too long (babies get tired and mamas have to take them home for naps), we really had a good time just taking in the atmosphere and enjoying what the gardens had to offer.
It’s a perfect place to relax or have a picnic, and I totally recommend it for families looking for something nice to do or just needing to get out of the house. It’s also a great way to teach world history and learn a little something.
Have you been to the International Peace Gardens? What did you think? Any recommendations for other cool things to do in SLC?