The University of Utah considers the blooms of spring flowers, the colors of fall leaves, and the greenery of winter pines to be public resources. With that in mind, the university oversees the Red Butte Garden, a community funded, non-profit outdoor attraction. Across its hundreds of miles, visitors find opportunities to view seasonal foliage or simply relax outside with a good book.
Size: more than 100 acres, with miles of hiking trails, walking paths, and display gardens
Eye Catcher: the garden's springtime display of approximately 350,000 bulbs in full bloom
Don't Miss: the wide variety of roses that bloom along the Floral Walk and in the Rose Garden during summer
Ways to Explore: private and public tram tours and hikes during warmer months; snowshoe expeditions during the winter
Special Programs and Entertainment: events for kids; plant sales; gardening classes; film screenings; live shows in the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Pro Tip: complimentary WiFi suffuses the grounds, making the garden a scenic place to get some work done or play virtual farming games
In crowded classrooms, it's easy for the needs of individual children to be overlooked. Despite the best efforts on the parts of teachers and students alike, all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Sylvan Learning Center's nationwide network of tutors and resources seeks to fill in educational gaps and keep flagging students from elementary to high school up to speed.
Whether children struggle with reading, writing, or solving the complex logarithms necessary to get their jetpacks airborne, Sylvan's learning gurus help them chart a course through learning roadblocks. Initial skills assessments determine where students fit into the Sylvan tutoring regimen with a series of tests, diagnostic tools, and interviews. With a greater understanding of the needs of each student, tutors create custom approaches to keep students engaged and in command of the fundamentals.
SkinScience Institute is a site of instruction, but that doesn't mean its services aren't professional quality. The aesthetics students who perform them make use of popular Murad and Image skincare products, and they're overseen by highly trained skin experts. Many of the treatments are clinical in nature, including anti-aging peels and microdermabrasion sessions. Other services emphasize natural skincare methods, such as the clay and seaweed wraps that purge clients' pores of toxins and clients' heads of "The Song That Never Ends."
For the past 10 holiday seasons, A Holiday Light's illuminati have bedecked abodes with strands of brilliant bulbs. Teams of torch techs report to front lawns lugging ladders, fasteners, and all other equipment necessary to make eaves gleam, including six shimmering lengths, or up to 150 feet of lights, each inch of which homeowners get to keep. Deft designers crown rooflines, fixtures, and trees, and liven up lackluster house pets during the 25- to 45-minute installation. After the season draws to a close and the last of the holiday cheer has been shoved back into the basement, technicians return to remove the lights, ensuring the iridescent bulbs won't distract from the giant inflatable Gerald Ford set up for Presidents' Day.
As a full-body perfecting school, Skinworks and its aesthetic armada of students clear smooth, silky paths with a selection of waxing services. Improve Chunnel swim times with a full-leg ($35 for 60 minutes), arm ($15 for 30 minutes), or back ($30 for 60 minutes) wax, or de-fuzz smaller bodily tunnels, such as noses and ears ($7). Lips, chins, and navels bid strands adieu in one fell yank ($7), and bikinis suit up for competition with a 30-minute procedure ($15).
GolfTEC is staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who?ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC?s PGA specialists point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you?ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.