an era where work, school, e-mail, voice mail, cruising
the web or surfing the TV channels absorbs what little
free time families enjoy together, many parents are opting
to take vacations with their children. Families travel
here together in an effort to remember how to enjoy each
other's company — not ship the kids off to a babysitter.
The mountain retreat of Park City offers an abundance
of wonderful family activities — both relaxing and exhilarating
- for kids of all ages to enjoy!
City Mountain Resort
is a great place to begin with the Alpine
Slide and Little Miner's
Park. What kid would want to miss racing down
the mountain on the Alpine Slide? Seated in sleds, passengers
zoom down the half-mile parallel tracks racing each other,
instead of racing for the school bus! The exhilarating
rush felt winding down the mountainside has kids begging
for "just one more ride," while the peaceful beauty of
the chairlift ride over wildflowers, aspen trees and bird's
eye mountain views will have parents quickly agreeing.
local stables offer rides of a more old-fashioned variety
in their horseback tours,
yet they're not without excitement. A real adventure for
children is mounting a horse and taking a ride into the
mountains, just like the cowboys and miners did on these
very hills over 100 years ago. Horseback rides offering
meals are also available for a real taste of western lifestyle.
A short drive to Bar-K-Wranglers, ABC Hay Rides or the
Snowed Inn Sleigh Company results in hay rides for the
entire family. Nearby Blue Sage also offers horse-drawn
wagon rides with dinner and entertainment. The spirit
of the Wild West truly comes alive for modern families
when they mount their steeds or climb aboard a wagon and
head off into the sunset.
number of historic Park City events were designed to appeal
to the child in all of us, and cater to the delighted
attentions of our youngest residents and visitors. Both
the Fourth of July and Miners'
Day celebrations schedule kids' games in City
Park in addition to the traditional fun of parades, fireworks
and hotdogs roasting on open barbecues. The annual Art
Festival incorporates a children's program to further
the learning and enjoyment of its young visitors.
engage your children in a bit of Park City history, take
them to the Museum
at 528 Main Street, where they can engage in hands-on
activities, and poke their heads into the old territorial
jail. Its stark concrete walls and brick cells are real
eye openers for fascinated young ones. The Park
City Silver Mine Adventure is another kid-friendly
and fun way to learn about Park City history. This attraction
has numerous interactive exhibits and displays, plus the
chance for the kids to play miner themselves when they
sift for gemstones or descend 1,500 feet into the Ontario
those kids who want to explore the mountains at their
own pace, the lift-served mountain biking and hiking at
Deer Valley Resort
and Park City Mountain Resort
will appeal. Meandering rides through aspen forests or
adrenaline-raising downhills offer variety to suit the
entire family. For those who like speed, the Utah
Winter Sports Park will thrill those brave
enough to try the "rocket ride" — a self-steering, single-man
sled that careens down the Olympic bobsled tracks, dropping
400 feet to the finish line. Those not up for quite that
much excitement can sit on the Sports Park's outdoor patio
and watch aspiring freestyle aerialists showing off their
moves and then landing in the sparkling splash pool below.
don't have to spend a lot of time or money for their kids
to enjoy Park City's summer season. The simple pleasures
of swimming, day hiking, playing on a park jungle gym
or savoring an ice cream cone while sightseeing are satisfying
and inexpensive ways to wile away the summer hours. Three
nearby reservoirs offer water activities of all kinds,
and many of the town's condominium complexes offer pools
for guests' enjoyment. Park City also has two public outdoor
swimming pools: one operated by the city, and the other
by a private health club. Both are accessible to visitors
for a nominal fee. The free town-wide shuttle bus makes
it easy for older kids to get around on their own, too.
private companies and mountain resorts in town offer summer
camp activities and outdoor adventures designed specifically
for kids. Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort
and the Park City Recreation Department provide summer
day camps open to visitors, and the Norwegian School of
Nature Life offers an array of nature excursions and adventures.
From arts and crafts to nature hikes to river rafting
or rock climbing, these summer programs ensure a good
night's sleep for any active child! Day care facilities
such as Miss Billie's Kid's Kampus and Creative Beginnings
provide full-service child care, field trips and activities.