Park City Packs in the Family Fun
Park City’s wealth of things to do, both on and off the slopes, attracts families
from around the world every winter. In the summer, however, winter snows
give way to even more family-friendly ways to spend the day—no hand warmers
or clunky footwear required.
Park City’s best hotel swimming pool, beautifully appointed and comfortable suites with kitchens, and close proximity to trails, restaurants, activities, and the free citywide bus system is what you’re in for with a stay at the Grand Summit Hotel (4000 Canyons Resort Dr, parkcitymountain.com/grand-summit), a no-brainer for families with children. Room configurations range from studios and traditional hotel rooms to condos and three- to four-bedroom penthouses.
Fitting it all in is the biggest conundrum you’ll face in planning for your clan in Park City. A few no-fail options include: spending a cool and watery afternoon at Deer Creek, Jordanelle, or Rockport state parks (stateparks.utah.gov); hitting the pump track outside or trampolines and ramps inside at Woodward Park City (3863 Kilby Rd, woodwardparkcity.com); watching former Olympians soar at a Flying Ace All-Stars show or seeing Park City from above on a zip-line tour at the Utah Olympic Park (3419 Olympic Pkwy, utaholympiclegacy.org); letting gravity guide you down Park City Mountain Adventure Park’s alpine slide or alpine coaster (1345 Lowell Ave, parkcitymountain.com); or meeting the pack before heading out on a summer dogsled safari at Rancho Luna Lobos Rescue (4733 Brown’s Canyon Rd, Peoa, lunalobos.com).
Casual eateries serving approachable and tasty fare abound in Park City. Head to the top of Main Street to the Wasatch Brew Pub (250 Main St, wasatchbeers.com) for elevated pub favorites served on a shady deck. Big Dipper’s (227 Main St, bigdipperpc.com) well-deserved claim to fame comes from its menu of more than a dozen sandwiches served with au jus. Your kids will be impressed with the flashy moto décor at Billy Blanco’s Motor City Mexican Burger + Taco Garage (8208 Gorgoza Pines Rd, billyblancos.com). The always-festive vibe at Sammy’s Bistro (1890 Bonanza Dr, sammysbistro.com) drowns out even the most enthusiastic toddler-age diners. And no family vacation is complete without stopping for a homemade ice cream cone from Java Cow (402 Main St, javacowparkcity.com).
Mix It Up
Learn a little about Park City’s gritty history while making the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end with a Park City Ghost Tour (parkcityghosttours.com). These 75-minute tours are packed with fascinating and true tales of Park City’s rough-and-tumble silver-mining days and the spirits of the dead still regularly encountered in and around Main Street’s historic buildings.