Park City, Utah is one of the U.S.’s most popular winter destinations, but it’s particularly great for families. It is one of the few resort areas that is easy to access since it’s only a 45-minute drive from SLC airport. And trust me, you don’t want to get off a plane and then face a four-hour drive in snowy conditions. So, if you’re headed to Park City with kids (or even without them!), here are six things to do in winter:
Skiing at Deer Valley
Of course, skiing in Park City with kids is a must. But skiing at Deer Valley is even better! If you have kids, the ski school is excellent. I had so many families tell me they were in Deer Valley specifically for the ski school for the kids. We even took Jimmy for a private ski lesson and he’s only two. His instructor was fantastic and we were able to join the lesson since it was just a tiny slope for littles.
For adults, there are tons of routes and great skiing. If you’re looking for a great après ski spot, head to the St. Regis outdoor patio. You can access it from the slopes too!
Tubing at Gorgoza Park
If you’re looking for something cheaper, or for kids who aren’t up for skiing, tubing is a great alternative. Tubing at Gorgoza Park is a fun option right in Park City. They have bigger hills for older kids and a small hill for toddlers. For the youngest kiddos, Gorgoza Park even offers a little merry-go-round style tubing option.
Jimmy was too small for the big hill, but he loved the merry-go-round and the small hill. He even pulled his tube back up the hill each time on his own. Even at two, he’s super independent!
Take a walk down Main Street
I was just getting over the fly when we arrived in Park City so it was a great time to spend a leisurely afternoon on Main Street. Park City’s Main Street is one of those picture-perfect historic streets with a bunch of great small businesses. Grab a bite to eat, walk around, and even pick up a souvenir or two here. Jimmy picked out a really nice snow globe that we were so excited to bring home. Unfortunately, the snow globe met it’s end a few weeks later due to Jimmy’s butterfingers.
Dog sledding in Park City with kids
Dog sledding is one of those activities you’ve seen or heard of, but never actually think to do. Plus, I’m always nervous about animal abuse with this kind of thing. But, worry not, Park City is a fantastic place for dog sledding. I asked around and did tons of research and can say with certainty that each of the major dog sledding companies in Park City take fantastic care of their animals. It’s on the pricy side at around $300 per sled, but what a fun experience!
Visit the Ice Castles in Midway
The Ice Castles in Midway, UT were one of my favorite activities from the entire trip. Walking into a giant winter wonderland is such a cool experience. There are slides, water fountains, caves, and thrones to sit on. We had such a great time getting lost in the Ice Castles — I can’t recommend them enough! They don’t open until a few weeks into the winter season so if you want to visit them, make sure to plan your trip to Park City with kids accordingly — and definitely buy tickets in advance. Try for earlier in the evening so you can visit while there is still sunlight!
Visit Utah Olympic Park
Utah Olympic Park was build for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games as is now the host of several winter sporting events, including Olympics training. They have a bunch of activities, including obstacle courses, zip-lining, and rock climbing. You can even go bobsledding! Or, catch one of their events to see the pros at work!
So, if you haven’t been to Park City, get ready to have a blast! The Utah resort town is great for family trips or adult-only getaways!