Upon arriving in Friday night and checking in, we hit the town. There's a big mall called the City Creek Center which was mostly closing down, but still had a few people enjoying the outdoor fountains and benches. We wandered around until we were bored and eventually visited a local pub (more on this later).
The next day, we went down to Thanksgiving Point. There's multiple attractions there that you can pay for an inclusive admission pass. The Gardens is a very impressive site, as we saw a group prepare to take bridal photos at the location. We spent hours walking around and viewing the grounds.
The second most interesting point was the Museum of Ancient Life, which is basically a natural history museum. All the favorite dinosaur bones were there, and they had a fairly nice aquatic life section which a model of a megalodon shark head.
There was also a children's garden and a "Farm Country" area that taught children about farm life. Those sections were not as interesting, but we spent maybe an hour at each spot.
What luck! That very day, Salt Lake City was celebrating a Scottish Festival. Some vendors offered traditional Scottish food (and turkey legs), and sodas. None of the vendors sold alcohol, which was by design. They had several traditional sporting events which I don't know the names of, but we watched one where competitors launched small bales of hay across a pole vault bar. Another impressive sport was where competitors lifted a log on its end and tried to flip it in a straight and complete rotation. We didn't understand the scoring or who won exactly, but it was fun to cheer them on regardless.
I haven't done any research on this, but the alcohol rules seem awfully strict in the area. There are not very many bars in Salt Lake City, and we found it very weird for a Scottish Festival to be completely alcohol free.
On Sunday, we visited the Temple Square to visit a taping of the Tabernacle Choir, a show that has been running since the 1930s, I believe. It was a well produced and executed 30 minute production, and worth the visit on Sunday morning regardless of religious preference.
Afterwards we took an hour drive to get to Antelope Island from Salt Lake City. The admission for the causeway costs $9. We only spent a couple of hours there, but we managed to see antelopes and plenty of buffalo. At the end of the South route, there is a free ranch museum that explains the businesses that existed on the island. Definitely worth a relaxing day there.