Ski resorts, amusement parks and museums are just some of the exciting Utah attractions for kids that you can explore on your family vacation. As you search for places to add to your itinerary, be sure to check out nearby hotels full of kid-friendly amenities.
Many families flock to Utah for its kid-friendly ski resorts, such as, Alta ski resort. As one of the oldest in the country, Alta is ideal for first-time skiers, since a quarter of its 2,200 acres are beginner trails. This resort is one of Utah's top attractions because it receives an average of 540 inches of snow each year, and stays open from mid-November to late April. Alta also provides free skiing after 3 pm at the Albion Basin, which is a slow, gentle slope that is perfect for beginners.
There are plenty of other ways for you to get the best value out of your ski getaway. Discount travel and airfare sites typically offer vacation packages that combine discounts to many Utah family attractions with airfare and lodgings at participating hotels. In addition, popular Utah attractions for kids charge more for tickets on the weekend, so you may want to get your fill of the slopes early in the week.
Utah is also home to the Hogle Zoo, which features over 800 animals in natural habitats. With special events, live shows and spectacular exhibits like the Asian Highlands, the Hogle Zoo is consistently ranked one of the best tourist attractions in Salt Lake City, Utah. You'll have easy access to the zoo from nearby hotels, such as the Grand America Hotel. This hotel offers plenty of family-friendly amenities such as 24-hour room service, babysitting services and a kids' pool, while keeping you close to many top Utah attractions for kids. You'll be within walking distance of the Capitol Theatre and Clark Planetarium, and less than three miles away from the Raging Waters Seven Peaks Water Park. Filled with kid-friendly rides, water slides, and a shaded picnic area, a visit to Raging Waters is one of the most fun tourist attractions in Utah.
Utah Olympic Park in Park City, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, is another must-see attraction for families. In addition to being one of the most famous tourist attractions in Utah, Olympic Park serves as the training grounds for many Olympic athletes. Watching them practice is an amusement within itself, although there's plenty of other activities, such as ziplining, bobsledding, ice-skating and zooming down the Alpine Slide. Park City also has numerous kid-friendly hotels right near Olympic Park, such as the Hyatt Escala Lodge. With free shuttle service to the downtown area, laundry service, and suites equipped with kitchens or kitchenettes, this hotel provides many convenient amenities for traveling families. The Hyatt Escala is also close to many Park City, Utah attractions for kids, such as the Kimball Art Center, the Ice Arena and the Park City Golf Club.
With so many things to do with kids in Utah, you will find plenty of inspiration for your next memorable family vacation. All you have to do is decide which attractions appeal to you the most, and start them adding to your trip plan!