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Great Salt Lake

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111 Reviews
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Basics

Seeing the Great Salt Lake typically means visiting one of two Utah state parks, Antelope Island State Park or Great Salt Lake State Park. Guided tours of the vast inland sea give visitors an opportunity to see the Great Salt Lake State Marina, catch brine shrimp (aka sea monkeys) in the salty water, swim in the lake, and spot some of the 250 species of nesting and migratory birds that spend part of the year in this wetlands habitat. Hikers and mountain bikers head to wildlife-rich Antelope Island or the lake’s long shoreline. At 75 miles (120 kilometers) long and 35 miles (56 kilometers) wide, the lake is all that remains of Lake Bonneville, an ice age lake that covered much of the region some 30,000 years ago.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salt Lake City

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Education on the river...
Mr_B, Jul 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
The boat ride was awesome experience and the guides were especially talented and knowledgeable. Will definitely recommend it!
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Great experience
Laura_V, Jul 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The tour was excellent. Our tour guide was funny, knowledgeable, and engaging, and made the trip that much more fun. We were able to swim in the lake and get some nice gadgets from the visitor center afterwards. Highly recommend it. Go with your bathing suit already on and bring a change of clothes.
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Thxs for the experience!
RiLee_M, Jul 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
Learning about the history and facts of all the Great Salt Lake! Who knew it never freezes! Great guide as well!
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Worthwhile and informative afternoon
Karen_H, Jul 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Tour guide was very informative and entertaining! Had a special needs man on bus, who could have been an issue and she handled him and the situation beautifully! Kudos! That takes a special talent while keeping everyone else happy!
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Great
Donald_S, Jul 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
Very knowledgeable and polite guide. Would recommend to others. If he didn't know an answer he looked it up.
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Take a chance on floating in America’s version of the Dead Sea!
Marisa_E, Jun 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The tour gave you a nice experience of Great Salt Lake, you can go swimming and experience the float. It was smelly and to know why the brine fly and shrimp cause that odor. It was fun watching seagulls eat the flies and a sworm of black cloud ( flies) moving away from the seagull. Great facts of the economic growth that comes from this Great Lake!
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Recommend seeing.
Rosannenay, Jun 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The history of the great salt lake before we arrived at the site was most interesting. The site itself was a natural beauty.
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Salt lake
Audrey_B, Jul 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Great tour. Interesting history that we would not have known if we just drove to the park by ourselves.
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Stinky but great service!!!!
crussell, Jul 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Great tour just not sure the actual lake was worth it. But, the organization and tour guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyable!!! I would suggest that the description state that there are showers and changing rooms at the park. If I had known that I would have gone for a float.
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Fun to do!
Noemi_H, Jul 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
Loved being able to see the sand and the rocks 12 feet beneath us. Also, enjoyed walking into the water. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
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45 minutes is perfect
Lara, Jun 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
Entertaining education of the Great Salt Lake. Tour guide was funny and kind and we had a good tour group.
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a good time visiting the great salt lake
AriGreenberg, Jul 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The guide was super friendly. He got there on time and the tour was really interesting. I don't think there was a question that he didn't know the answer to

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Great Salt Lake is a must-see for outdoors enthusiasts and first-time visitors.

  • Bring insect repellent plus sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water; the climate here can be hot and dry.

  • The lake is quite shallow; the maximum depth is 35 feet (11 meters). Swimming is allowed but be prepared for flies, lots of brine shrimp, and an odor caused by the high salinity of the water.

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How to Get There

The Great Salt Lake sits northwest of Salt Lake City. Exits on interstate 80 and 15 will take you there. Most visitors explore the various points of interest around the lake by car. A causeway (via Interstate 15 to State Route 127) gives automobile access to Antelope Island.

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When to Get There

There’s no bad time to visit the Great Salt Lake—timing largely depends on what you want to do. Swimmers and sunbathers should visit during the warm summer months when the lake offers a refreshing break from the heat.

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Bonneville Salt Flats

To get a sense of how big the Great Salt Lake was when it was a vast inland sea, pay a visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats just outside of Salt Lake City. The land here is among the flattest places on the planet, stretching across 30,000 barren acres (12,140 hectares).

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