A Park City family vacation is always a good idea. Just a 45-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City, this quaint city nestled in the mountains has the look and feel of the classic American West. Many local Utahans spend their free time participating in Park City activities; it's the place to be when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, you won't run out of things to do in Park City with kids. Whether you choose to visit in the winter to take advantage of the Olympic ski venues and beautiful snowmobile trails or you prefer summertime hikes, the entire family will enjoy the many Park City activities in this mountain getaway.
When choosing a kid friendly hotel in Park City, there are several great options. For those who want to stay downtown near the historical district while also being central to many Park City attractions, the Marriott's Summit Watch Resort Park City is a fabulous place to stay. This hotel offers adjoining rooms to accommodate large families and each guest room has a microwave and refrigerator. There is also an outdoor pool and an on-site restaurant. This hotel is also close to many Park City tourist attractions like Olympic Park and Main Street where you will find fabulous dining, entertainment and shopping.
Families will want to add Park City Mountain Resort to their list, because it hosts several different activities year round. Another top Park City tourist attraction is the training grounds for the U.S. Olympic Ski and Snowboarding Team. During the winter months, families can enjoy the resort’s ski and snowboarding runs, many of which were carved up by Olympians in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Parents can put the kids in classes where they will receive personal instruction on skiing and snowboarding.
In the summertime, a favorite attraction at the Park City Mountain Resort is the Alpine Slide. This cement slide is more than 3,000 feet of luge-like track that will get your adrenaline rushing as you fly down the mountain at fairly high speeds. You wind around the luge-track on a cart--and yes, it does have a brake so you can control your speed if your little one is less than amused by speed. Family members of all ages will enjoy this Park City activity; even the locals make it a point to ride the slide a few times a year. The resort also has a zip-line that will take you from nearly the top of the mountain to the bottom, a climbing wall and numerous bouncy trampolines at the Legacy Launcher.
After you have had your fill of those fun activities, there are still more things to do in Park City. Take your family on a hike or ride some mountain bikes along one of the many trails around the area. Just be sure to make enjoying the great outdoors a top priority on your list of things to do in Park City with kids, they will thank you for it. The swimming pool back at the hotel will be a welcome place to relax after a day of exploring all Park City has to offer.