In Park City, Utah, kids enjoy summer in the mountains for a variety of reasons, but mostly because they get to run around in the outdoors. It brings a smile to their face to simply explore the mountains, valleys and rivers to find new, exciting things around every turn.
- Alpine Slide
Kids as young as two years old can go on this slide, where they can pretend to be in the Winter Olympics, sliding down the hill on a sled. The steep curves and hills will scare them a little, but excite them even more.
- Wagon Rides
Take the kids to meet the horses up close and personal; they'll love feeding sugar cubes and carrots to these beautiful animals. To complete the experience, they get to go on a wagon ride through the mountains, seeing the landscape from a different perspective.
- Gondola Rides
It can be difficult for small children to hike up to the high vantage points over the valley, so take them on a scenic gondola or chairlift ride. It will drop the group off at a lookout, with the mountains all around and the valley stretched out below.
For kids, there's something incredible about just staying upright on two wheels. Whether pedaling around town or taking an adventure on the mountain, families have plenty of options to explore Park City in a safe and fun manner.
- Hiking & Backpacking
It's no surprise to find kids and adults on the hiking trails in the mountains. The trails are well-maintained, appropriately marked, and there are plenty of resources to direct visitors of all ages to an appropriate trail.
- Horseback Riding
Of the many things to do in Park City for kids, one of the most enjoyable and easiest is mounting a horse, grabbing the reins and riding along the trail. Pretending to be cowboys and explorers, they'll love the time on the trail.
Teaching a child how to fish is one of life's gifts to parents, so take the opportunity to make it happen in Park City, where there are reservoirs and rivers in the mountains around town, perfect for dropping a line.
- Whitewater Rafting
There are no class IV or V rapids, so the rivers around Park City are perfect to introduce kids to the thrill of riding the bow in whitewater, paddling as a team, and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
- Scenic Flights
Launching from just outside Park City, kids will love quietly rising up in a hot air balloon or a scenic flight. Both options cover huge amounts of ground, giving an exciting and educational perspective of the mountains and canyons.
- Kayak & Canoe
Put the kids in the middle ("riding duff") or give them a paddle and have them try it out for themselves. Powering yourself out into a lake is a unique experience for kids of all ages, just don't forget the fishing pole.
Parents often think that children are too young to start rock climbing, but, under professional supervision, kids as young as 6 years old will be thrilled to climb up walls, come down, and then test their limits again.
Skiing and snowboarding should be enough to keep the kids thrilled while on a Park City vacation but just in case it's not there's tubing, sledding, ice skating, eating, bowling and so much more.
- Alpine Coaster
The Alpine Coaster at Park City Mountain Resort isn't a real rollercoaster but kids won't care. The elevated track tugs you to the top and gravity sends you winding through curves at speeds up to 30 mph. It's a bit pricey for one ride but worth at least one time. Prepare to be begged for seconds.
Tubing works for anyone looking for a rush and a laugh. Lifts take you and your inflatable ring to the top of the tubing lanes so you can zip down without all the work involved with regular sledding. Most lanes are lighted so it's the perfect apres ski activity.
Several touring outfitters can lead you and the fam into the backcountry on snowmobiles for a couple of hours or a full day of trekking.
You don't have to go far to get views of the snow-capped Rockies. Park City's Mountain Trails Foundation builds and maintains hundreds of miles of trails even in the winter. Strap on some snowshoes and get walking. It's so much fun you won't even notice you're getting a workout.
- Ice Skating
Throw on some warm clothes and socks, and head over to one of two ice rinks in Park City. Park City Mountain Resort has an open-air rink; the Park City Ice Arena is near the intersection of Hwy 224 and Hwy 40. You don't even need skates. On site rentals are available at both places.
- Train Rides
All aboard the Heber Valley Railroad. Trains depart daily or take the Tube 'n Train Adventure that includes tubing hill at Soldier Hollow and a scenic ride down Provo Canyon.
If you don't feel like driving up to Deer Valley's Montage Hotel for their four bowling alleys, a darts room, Wii stations and a classic arcade for teens, you can take a free shuttle to Kimball Junction and Jupiter Bowl. The upscale bowling ally is also a restaurant, arcade and sports bar with big screen TVs.
Park City has two state-of-the art movie theaters that often show family films. In town, there's the Holiday Village Cinema, and at Kimball Junction the Redstone Multiplex Theater.
- Live Entertainment
The Egyptian Theater Company on Main Street offers family friendly stage and musical performances throughout the winter.
- Park City Museum
Learn all about Park City's history through interactive exhibits and historical artifacts. There's even an authentic territorial jail to 'inspect'.
- Swaner EcoCenter
Programming for youth and adults, interactive exhibits, an innovative theater, and space for unique events, the EcoCenter is designed to inspire a deep respect for the natural world. Kids will love the kids play area, complete with climbing wall and child-friendly exhibits.
- Utah Olympic Park/Alf Engen Ski Museum
Check out the interactive exhibits depicting the history of skiing in the Intermountain West and step into a virtual-reality ski theater or sign up for a Learn-to-Fly ski jumping clinic outdoors at the Park.
Just about every hotel has a jacuzzi or swimming pool. But you won't be able to get the kids out of the South Summit Aquatic Center in Kamas, 20 minutes east of Park City. The pool has water slides, a lazy river, indoor play area, and climbing wall. Kids under 3 are free.