hoglezoothisistheplace-1-of-11This morning, I decided to check out a couple popular SLC spots using the Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass, a card that gets you into all kinds of fun attractions all over the city, for one reasonable price.My neighbor, Michele, her daughter, and I decided to head up Emigration Canyon (Sunnyside Ave) and check out the Hogle Zoo, followed by This Is The Place Heritage Park, conveniently located right down the street from each other.The passes (one per person, infants get in free) were easy as pie to activate, and we were on our way.hoglezoothisistheplace-3-of-11 hoglezoothisistheplace-4-of-11We wandered the zoo, checking out the cougars, monkeys, zebras and African elephants (one is due to give birth this summer!) and I stopped at the Oasis Cafe, right next to the merry-go-round,  to grab a snack. Exhibits were well-marked, and a knowledgeable zoo attendant spent several minutes chatting with us and sharing stories about the animals.hoglezoothisistheplace-5-of-11After the zoo, we rolled downhill to This Is The Place. I knew there would be monuments marking where pioneers first arrived in the valley, and a good view of the city, but other than that, I had no idea what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how cool this place is!Once inside the gate, it's a pioneer town come to life, complete with folks in period costume, demonstrations, livestock, and a little passenger train you can hop aboard to save your feet. Sadly, we hadn't left enough time to check it out properly (I'm pretty sure I could spend an entire day there!), but we'll be back.hoglezoothisistheplace-8-of-11 hoglezoothisistheplace-7-of-11Details: Hogle Zoo, 2600 East Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah, (801) 582-1631, Summer Hours 9am-5pm.  This Is The Place Heritage Park, 2601 Sunnyside Ave, (801) 582-1847, 9am-5pm.