When most travelers think of Park City, Utah, the image of snowy slopes comes to mind. While Park City is considered a winter destination for good reason, don't discount the region for summer recreation. In fact, Park City is just as much fun for families in the sunshine. The following three activities top our list of things to do with kids while visiting Park City in summer:
- Tour the Utah Olympic Park: The Utah Olympic Park offers a full museum of Olympic artifacts and photos from the Salt Lake City games, but that's not what draws families: head outside to view the impressive ski jumps and take a tour to see the bobsled start hut. Look down and imagine flying down the course, or better yet, try it out. Those 16 and older can ride behind a professional driver on the only full-length bobsled track in the U.S. This invigorating ride isn't for everyone, but will be memorable! Kids can ride the gondola or try the high ropes course on-site.
- Live the cowboy life at Blue Sky Adventures: This working ranch just outside of Park City offers horseback rides, overnight stays, and hiking to suit any family. We enjoyed touring their barn and watching their wranglers at work as much as we loved our ride through the Wasatch Mountains
- Go mountain biking or zip-lining at The Canyons: Our favorite Park City ski resort is just as fun for families to visit in summer! The Canyons offers gravity-based (lift-served) mountain biking in their bike park, with rentals available in the village. If mountain biking sounds a bit intense, try the Canyons' zip-line. Kids and parents get the thrill of three lines, all from the mid-mountain lodge area, so no need to worry about strenuous hiking or long commutes to the action. Plan for a least a week's worth of outdoor fun in Park City in summer! Stay at a local resort or in a vacation home through a week-long vacation rental to save on lodging, and dine in Park City's beautiful downtown for farm-to-table, local fare.