Not only is Salt Lake City the state’s capital and gateway to Utah’s numerous world-class ski resorts, but it’s steeped in a rich Mormon history -- and more recently, Olympic Winter Games history. Founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, Isaac Morley and George Washington Bradley, Salt Lake City is home to several museums and monuments that depict the story of the early settlers. A top tourist attraction is Temple Square, a three-block neighborhood encompassing many historic buildings. At the centerpiece, is the iconic Salt Lake Temple. With so many historic sites, just a walk through Salt Lake City can be educational for parents and kids alike. In addition, families visiting the week of July 24 can join the locals in celebrating Pioneer Day, a festive one-week event marking the anniversary of the Mormon pioneers' entry into the Salt Lake Valley. The annual event is celebrated with parades, a rodeo and a large fireworks show at Liberty Park. Utah’s pride in hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics can be seen in various Olympic-related venues. Although Olympic Park is located near Park City, visitors to Salt Lake City can see the actual Olympic Cauldron and other attractions at the Olympic Cauldron Park. Kids will also enjoy jumping through jets of water synchronized to the Olympic theme and other music at the Olympic Legacy Plaza Snowflake Fountain, located at the Gateway shopping center.