Top 10 kid-friendly things to do in Park City, Utah in winter

We spent a few days in the little town of Park City, Utah, located in the Wasatch Mountain Range, and fell in love with this winter wonderland. Founded in 1869, Park City has a population of only about 8,500 people. Yet, this little town attracts thousands of tourists. Ironically, the number of tourists visiting yearly is actually bigger than the town’s population 😃.

Interestingly, only 20 years ago, Park City looked different and completely changed after the 2002 Winter Olympics Games, adding new properties to the valley. Park City’s ski resorts were the locations for skiing and snowboarding in the Winter Olympics Games!

Besides, each January, Park City hosts the Sundance Film Festival – one of the largest independent film festivals in the world. So you can imagine how busy it gets during that time.

If you are wondering if it is worth visiting a ski resort town when you are not skiing (or have little ones that aren’t ready yet to hit the slopes), the answer is yes, absolutely it is! You would be surprised at how many winter activities there are for the whole family. So let’s dive into family-friendly things to do in Park City in winter.

1. Go snow tubing

Tubing at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center

Nothing like a fast ride down the snowy hill on a super fast “donut.” We got the tickets for tubing at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center (about a 35-minute drive from downtown Park City). We suggest you get them at least a few weeks before your desired day since they sell out quickly.

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The 1,200-foot sliding lanes are the longest tubing lanes in Utah! We actually timed how long it would take to go down, and it was 30 seconds! The ride was way faster than we imagined; those lanes are as smooth as butter! This is definitely a must-do winter family activity if you are not skiing. It’s so much fun!

Tubing at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center

You get a 2-hour session, with several time slots available throughout the day, and that is plenty of time to enjoy the rides. Sophia even took a 15-minute break before hitting the lanes again.

💡 Good to Know

Kids only 3 and older can go tubing. Luckily, we were there with our friends and could leave baby Zoe with them. The cost of a ride was:

Adults $32.00
Kids (6-12) $30.00
Kids (3-5) $21.00

2. Visit Ice Castles

Ice Castles, Utah

Ice Castles is an attraction that features ice slides, ice sculptures, and frozen thrones! It is located only in 5 cities across America, and one of them is in Park City, Utah. Did you know the Ice Castles are built with 25,000 tons of ice?

Our girls loved going down the slides and walking through the long ice tunnels!

Ice slides at Ice Castles Utah

💡 Good to Know

When visiting the Ice Castles, remember a few things:

  1. Get your tickets in advance 
  2. Try booking an after-sunset time slot to be able to see LED-lit sculptures (we had to get 3 pm tickets since we combined Ice Castles with tubing in the same area; we wish we had come later)
  3. Dress in layers and wear winter shoes
  4. Although the time slot says 30 minutes, they let us in earlier, and we spent 45 minutes exploring
  5. It gets pretty crowded, so plan on going on weekdays rather than weekends

3. Soak in an outdoor pool

Outdoor hot tub at Hyatt Centric Park City, Utah

When visiting Park City (or any other snowy town) in winter, you ought to try soaking in an outdoor hot tub and heated pool! While the temperature outside dropped to 20F, it was 103F in the hot tub and 83F in the pool! Top that with snow falling from the sky, and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable experience!

The girls could not get enough of the winter spa, so we had to go in every day during our stay!

Outdoor pool at Hyatt Centric Park City, Utah

Sophia managed to bring some snow to the edge of the hot tub and built a few snowmen (with a special dragon snowman) while sitting in hot water!

4. Take a sleigh ride

Before taking a sleigh ride with Snowed Inn Sleigh Company

We took a 30-minute evening sleigh ride with Snowed Inn Sleigh Company. The sleigh had 3 rows and was pulled by two draft horses (how pretty are those!). We went to the top of the mountain, stopped to admire the city lights, and made our way back down.

This was our favorite winter activity, and it was just magical. The girls were really excited that they got to pet the horses!

💡Good to Know

We had a hard time finding the meeting spot for the sleigh ride. Be sure to arrive at the Park City resort parking lot early, at least 15-20 minutes before your sleigh ride departure time.

Try finding the Legends Bar & Grill, and the Payday Lift meeting area would be right around that restaurant’s corner!

5. Visit Main Street

Main Street Park City, Utah

You definitely need to take a stroll down Main Street Park City. Whether it’s during the day to see the colorful buildings or at night to enjoy the sparkling lights – Main Street is a perfect place to grab a bite, shop, or visit a museum!

Main Street Park City, Utah

6. Visit Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Games Museum

Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum in Park City, Utah

Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Museum is definitely a place to visit when you are in Park City, even if you are not a fan of the Olympic Games. It is dedicated to the Winter Olympics Games that took place in Park City inclusively. You can find the official Olympic medals, hold the Olympic torch, and try lifting the original 40-pound curling stone!

It is located in the same building as the Alf Engen Ski Museum, so you can explore both museums in one visit. There, you can learn about skiing outfits from different countries, trophies and see the evolution of skiing equipment throughout the years.

Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City, Utah

The museums are relatively small and are free of charge. The gift shop at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Games Museum offers a wide variety of souvenirs that commemorate the event. They sell a range of items such as clothing, keychains, mugs, and other memorabilia. We decided to get the girls Olympic medals as souvenirs, which they were thrilled about.

7. Have hot cocoa

At Atticus Coffee & Teahouse

When you spend a few hours outdoors and want to warm up, a quick hot cocoa stop would do the trick! Luckily, Main Street had some excellent coffee shops.

Java Cow Café & Bakery

We checked out a few local coffee places and enjoyed some hot cocoa and hot tea after a day of exploring. We loved Atticus Coffee & Teahouse and Java Cow Café & Bakery (just look at those snowflake sugar cookies!).

8. Go skating

Park City Mountain Resort skating rink

Another exciting winter activity that you should try is ice skating! Park City has only one outdoor skating rink located at the Park City Mountain Resort. The rink is surrounded by beautiful mountain views, and the atmosphere is festive and lively. They open daily and provide guests with skates; all ages are welcome!

9. Have an Après Ski

Lobster rolls at Freshies Lobster 

Après Ski is a French phrase that means “after ski,” referring to a social event with dining and beverages right after the skiing session. Although we did not go skiing on this trip, we still had a lot of fun and got tired from spending hours tubing and going down the ice slides. So our friends and us decided to treat ourselves to some delicious food right after.

We went to a lobster place we’d heard so much about, Freshies Lobster!

Freshies Lobster 

What can we say? We loved this place, and the food was delicious! Even the girls finished their lobster grilled cheese without hesitation! The restaurant also served some local beer if you would want to pair your lobster roll with it.

That being said, we suggest you have an Après Ski and indulge yourself with delicious food and drinks after spending a day in the snow. Thankfully Park City has a bunch of fantastic dining options, so you don’t have to worry about finding a great spot.

10. Watch a ski competition

Utah Olympic Park

Watching a skiing competition at the Utah Olympic Park was really cool. Have to admit, we did not completely plan this and just happened to be there, but watching the backflips and rooting for your favorite contestants was a very exciting activity!

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a winter vacation destination that offers a wide range of activities for the whole family, Park City, Utah should be at the top of your list.

From snow tubing and visiting Ice Castles to soaking in an outdoor pool and taking sleigh rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Take a stroll down Main Street and explore the charming boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. Immerse yourself in the history of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games by visiting the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Games Museum.

With so many options, Park City is guaranteed to provide a fun-filled and memorable winter getaway for the entire family.

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