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How to Have an Epic Day in Park City with Kids

things to do in Park City with families

How to Have an Epic Day in Park City with Kids

A lot of times when we are traveling, people ask us where we are from and they don’t easily recognize our little hometown in Utah. But, most often, they’ve heard of Park City, UT. 

And why wouldn’t they? It’s Utah’s hip town full of good food and fun activities. It hosted the 2002 Olympics and is frequented by the hottest celebs. We’re telling you, either summer or winter, there is something special about Park City. 

And because it is so special, we’ve created this blog post to show YOU how you can spend a day in Park City with kids. 

things to do in Park City with families

We LOVE Park City!!

First Stop: Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain Resort is home to one of Utah’s many incredible ski resorts and trust me, it’s just as fun in the summer as it is in the winter. Actually, I think it is MORE fun in the summer because my poor circulation makes me a fair-weathered skier at BEST. And considering I haven’t been skiing in 3 years shows that conditions have to be perfectly right for me to spend any serious time out in the snow. Besides, there are a lot of things to do in Park City besides skiing. 

ANYWAY, Park City Mountain Resort includes some of the most fun summer activities that Utah has to offer, in fact, they have some of the best things to do in park city with kids. Here is a list of our favorites:

Park City Alpine Slide

The Park City Alpine Slide is awesome. Just imagine 3,000ft luge style slides down a mountain. We’ve been to multiple alpine slides including the one in Whistler, Jackson Hole, The Great Wall of China, and even Switzerland and this one is still one of our favorites. Children between 35-47” must ride with an adult. To be the driver on this ride, you have to be 16 years and over 48” tall. Keep this in mind, especially if you are bringing multiple children. Single online tickets for this ride cost $12-$22 per person. 

The alpine slide park city with kids

Seriously, Becks face says it all!

Park City Mountain Coaster

Personally, I like this even more than the Alpine Slide but that is up for debate in our family (let us know in the comments if you like the alpine slide or the mountain coaster more). Think about your favorite roller coaster but instead of it being located in an amusement park, you are surrounded by the beautiful Utah mountains, fresh air, sunshine, and trees. Children between 38-53” must ride with an adult. To be the driver on this ride, you have to be 16 years and over 54” tall. Single online tickets for this ride cost $12-$27 per person. 

alpine coaster utah with kids

The alpine coaster is sooo much fun! It was Beckhams’s favorite!

Flying Eagle Zip Line

To be completely honest, I thought this one was a little lame. It is a pretty short ride and doesn’t last very long, BUT Beckham (age 6) thought it was the greatest thing ever. This ride may be a little cheesy for adults but your children will love it. It is a seated zipline and it does give you a great vantage point to see the park. All riders must be at least 42” tall. Single online tickets for this ride cost $12-$15 per person. 

ZipRider Zip Line

This park city zip line allows you to soar 110ft above the park. Watch mountain bikers whiz below you as you fly through the air. This ride is perfect for anyone with a competitive spirit as you can race your family members! This is not the most child-friendly ride as you have to be between 52-80” tall to ride, but this is the perfect ride for your teenagers. Single online tickets for this ride cost $28 per person. 

A few of our other favorite things to do at the Park City Mountain resort include the Legacy Launder, Mini Golf, Kids Ropes Course and Gem Panning. 

fun things to do in park city utah with kids

Okay, this was for sure not the adults favorite, but it is a little boys heaven! It was even equipped with fool’s gold.

Pro Tips to Visiting Park City Mountian Resort:

  1. Book the Adventure Pass – When it comes to purchasing tickets for the Park City Mountain Resort, we recommend purchasing the Adventure Pass. This day pass includes everything we talked about thus far, except for the ZipRider Zip Line. Online ticket prices for the adventure pass range from $47-$77 per person. 
  2. Purchase Tickets Online – When you purchase tickets online and in advance you can save up to 10% on the ticket sales. Make the smart decision and purchase online! Tickets can be purchased on the Park City Mountain Resort website
  3. Arrive Early – We recommend getting to the park right when they open at 10 am. Lines can be long and it can get hot during the day. It also helps to find a close parking spot especially if you are going to be hauling your children around all day. Just take our word for it and get there early.
  4. Bring the Right Apparel – Many of the rides require closed-toed shoes so come prepared to wear the correct footwear. We also recommend bringing a light jacket as it can be chilly in the mornings and evenings.
  5. Marriott Discount – If you are not from Utah and are traveling to visit Park City, note that all guests staying at the nearby Marriott receive 20% ticket prices at the park. For all inquiries and Park City Mountian Resort Hours, you can call the resort at (435) 649-8111

***Note: Park City Mountain Resort does not issue refunds due to bad weather or long lines. Check out the weather forecast and plan accordingly. 

Next Stop: Lunch

You could eat at the Park City Mountain Resort, but in our experience, we have found the food to be overpriced for the quality. We recommend getting out of the resort and into the city to find the BEST food. Here is one of our favorite spots to have lunch in park city.

Davanza’s

We ate at Davanza’s for lunch. Located right off Mainstreet, it’s a very relaxed atmosphere where they serve burgers, sandwiches, street tacos and are famous for their pizzas. The retro decorated spot is a Park City kid-friendly restaurant where you don’t need to stress out whether your kid is being too loud or eating with his hands. Make it easy on yourself, ya know? Everything is fairly priced and the food is good. You can check out their menu on their website

Later: Explore Main Street

I like to think of Mainstreet as the heart and soul of Park City. Main Street has so much of the flair and culture that makes Park City… well, Park City. Here are our Main Street highlights (all of which are free things to do in park city): 

park city in one day

things to do with kids in Park cityFind Banksy

If you haven’t heard of Banksy, well you’re living under a rock. Banksy is an anonymous street artist based out of the UK. He is famous for his humorous and political paintings. Banksy happened to stop in Park City and created 3 pieces of street art, two of which are still visible and free to see. Both are right off the main street. Their addresses are here and here. Your kids will love this graffiti art! 

banksy art in park cityDolly’s Bookstore

Dolly’s Bookshop is the cutest little bookshop that has books for everyone’s interests. But even better than the books are the 2 fat cats that freely roam the bookshop! Check out this little store and see if you can spot the cute kitties. They were super nice to us and let us pet them. Be aware that when the bookshop is super busy, the cats may find a place to hide. Try to visit during a time when it isn’t as crowded. Check out their website for hours and location.

visit dolly's bookstore park city utahExplore! 

Main Street is so much fun because there is a little something for everyone. Roam the streets. Check out stores that may interest you. Go into the many local art shops that dot the street. Walk around and enjoy being outside!

Lastly: Stop for Dessert

How can you not end the most epic day in Park City without dessert? You just can’t. It would be a crime. There are many great places to find something sweet to nibble on in Park City but we want to share our number #1 go to: 

Java Cow Coffee & Ice Cream

The ice cream at Java Cow is amazing. Everything is homemade in-store with all-natural ingredients. They have a great range of unique flavors to choose from that your kids will love to sample. Java Cow really has the best ice-cream in Park City and you’ll love enjoying it at their family-friendly shop. Check out their website for flavors and location. 

Thank you so much for reading this blog post about things to do in park city. I can’t wait to see all of the fun you have while visiting Park City with kids! If you liked this blog post or found it helpful, please share it with your friends. And of course, tag us in your adventures on Instagram @ourfamilypassport. Love you all!

Xo, Sav

For more Utah posts! See our other Utah Guides here! An Honest Review to Salt Lake City, A Perfect Day at Sundance, Epic Southern Utah Hikes with Kids

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10 Comments
  • Medha Verma
    Posted at 00:51h, 08 September Reply

    Although most of your recommendations are for families, and I do not have any kids, I would still love to visit Park City. The mountain resort specifically looks so exciting with the zip line, the alpine slide and the mountain coaster. Also, walking on the main street, finding Banksy’s art and having ice cream at Java Cow sounds like the perfect way to spend the day!

  • Danijela
    Posted at 00:53h, 08 September Reply

    I’m one of those who are not really familiar with the area, but I do like what you wrote about Park City. Seems like a nice location to have some fun with kids.
    Love your tips regarding the Park City Mountain Resort. Good to know that it’s better to book online. Any discount is helpful when traveling with kids, right. :) Main street also looks charming. Nice photos, by the way. :)

  • Rosemary
    Posted at 14:33h, 08 September Reply

    Thanks for showing this side of Park City, Utah. True, while I haven’t visited Utah, Park City is what most people talk about. What I love about this article is the focus on the summer time. The Alpine looks like so much fun…something, I’d love to try. For the food, I always prefer to get out of the touristy spots and it sounds like Davanza’s is a winner. Great article and I do hope to visit Utah soon.

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 07:04h, 09 September Reply

    I love that you have a mountain coaster – it looks like an amazing one! I first tried mountain coasters last year (yep, not just for kids ha ha) and I was nervous at first (because I’m a big wimp) but it was so fun and I would love to do this in Park City too.

    • kamree
      Posted at 15:03h, 01 October Reply

      Hahahah! Laughing at the big whimp!! Did you like it???

  • Danik
    Posted at 07:09h, 09 September Reply

    Fantastic ideas here. I hope to do a road trip when my daughter is about 4 or 5 years old and Utah is in the plans, so have kept this page bookmarked if I do come to Park City. I have to admit, never heard of the place before but sure does look like fun and a place which caters for children.

  • melody pittman
    Posted at 09:53h, 09 September Reply

    What an adorable town! We just had friends move to Park City and I’ve never been to Utah so I think we have found a trip we need to take. Love the rides for the kids. How fun! Must have ice cream store!

  • Adonis Villanueva
    Posted at 10:46h, 09 September Reply

    I’ve been to Park City, Utah a couple of years ago on a Snowboarding trip! I had a blast. There are so many things to do outside of skiing and the Sundance Film Festival! I didn’t know Banksy did a few pieces of art in Park City. That would be fun to discover and search for! I agree, the food in the resort is a bit overpriced.

  • Chris Bloomfield
    Posted at 17:06h, 10 September Reply

    The alpine slide and the coaster look like so much fun! I am sure my kids would love this place. My kids would definitely like to visit the book shop too, it’s like you have outlined the perfect day! Looks like I am going to have to plan to spend some time in Park City next time we are in Utah.

  • Nicole LaBarge
    Posted at 23:19h, 10 September Reply

    I love when you have a place in town like Java Cow that has all natural ingredients. And I cannot imagine having a slide down a mountain in your town! SO cool.

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