9 Endorphin-Packed Family Adventures in Park City, UT

Family Adventures in Park City, UT

Photo Credit: Tristan Loper

Park City is known for celebrity watching, indie films, and glitzy living.  What many people don’t know is that this mountain town in Utah is also the perfect destination for active families with children. We are lucky enough to live about 20 minutes from Old Town Park City, and we make full-use of the proximity.

If your kids like to ski, swim, and soar, consider Park City for your next vacation.  Here are 9 endorphin-packed family adventures in Park City, UT.

Ski at Park City resort.

Skiing at Park City Resort

A the top of Park City’s First Time lift with my 4 year old

If you’re visiting in the winter, skiing is probably top on your list of activities.  Skip Deer Valley, the ritzy resort in town, and take your kids to family-friendly Park City resort instead.  As the largest ski resort in the U.S., Park City has terrain for every skill level as well as daycare, private lessons, group lessons, and specialty clinics.

Swim in a crater.

The Homestead Crater

Photo from Homestead Resort

Twenty miles south of Park City, the Homestead Crater provides a unique swimming experience. This geothermal spring is located at the bottom of a 55-foot rock crater.  Your family can swim, snorkel, or even take a paddle board yoga class.  Advanced reservations are required.

Tube at Gorgoza Park.

If skiing isn’t your thing, or you need to rest your legs for a day, head over to Gorgoza Park for lift-served tubing.  Big kids and adults can take a daring run on one of 7 high-speed tubing lanes; younger tots may prefer Fort Frosty, a play area for kids 8 and under.  Still haven’t had enough fun?  The kids can take out a mini-snowmobile on their groomed track.

Mountain bike at Trailside Bike Park.

Trailside Bike Park

My little ripper at Traiside Bike Park

Summer is just as fun (or more fun) than winter in Park City.  Rent bikes from White Pine Touring, and then head to Trailside Bike Park for some mountain biking fun.  This massive bike park has something for everyone.  Beginners can practice on the very mellow Yaba Daba Do trail, while experts can test their skills on wooden features and dirt jumps.

Pedal on the scenic McCleod Creek and Millenium trails.

If mountain biking sounds a little too intense, try out some of Park City’s miles upon miles of paved bike paths.  Try a loop on the McCleod Creek and Millenium Trails. You’ll have the opportunity to take a break to explore the playground at Willow Creek Park.  Any local bike shop should be able to head you in the right direction and provide you with a map.

Splash at the public pools.

A healthy local tax base has resulted in Park City’s world-class public recreation facilities. The Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center (PC MARC) is no exception.  Two seasonal outdoor pools include a waterslide, water play feature, lazy river, and lap lanes.  You’ll never want to leave.

Paddleboard at Jordanelle Reservoir.

Paddle boarding at Jordanelle Reservoir

Paddle boarding at Jordanelle Reservoir

A stone’s throw from historic Old Town Park City, Jordanelle Reservoir provides a totally different experience.  At Jordanelle State Park, families can build castles on the sandy beach, rent paddle boards from the marina, or take a boat out to for fishing.

Bobsled at the Utah Olympic Park.

The Utah Olympic Park provides thrill-seekers with plenty of adrenaline year-round. During the summer, kids can try zip-lining, extreme tubing, or rock climbing.  If you have a teenager, come in the winter.  Kids 13 and older can have an once-in-a-lifetime experience bobsledding on the 2002 Olympic Sliding Track.

Take a hike at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.

Explore the 10+ miles of pristine trails at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.  Chances are you won’t be hiking anywhere fast as there is so much to see, smell, and feel at this wildlife preserve.  In addition to enjoying the trails, kids can join in on educational programs or try rock climbing on the indoor wall.