15 Best Things to do in Utah With Kids

Park City isn’t just a ski town, and it isn’t just for grown-ups. Utah’s favorite playground is the perfect home base for all kinds of year-round family-friendly activities. We’d go so far as to say that the best things to do in Utah with kids are all right here in Park City. With that said, we’ve snuck in a few extra favorites in nearby communities like Heber, Midway, and Salt Lake City.

1. Alpine Coaster

Everyone loves a roller coaster. Park City doesn’t have any theme parks of its own, but it does have mountains. Gravity powers an exciting thrill ride at Park City Mountain as the Park City Alpine Coaster speeds down the mountain in a series of daring twists and turns. Little thrillseekers are allowed to ride along with an adult.

Best Enjoyed in Summer

Alpine Coaster at Utah Olympic Park

2. Ice Skating

Strap on your skates and take to the ice. Kids love to zip around the rink when they aren’t falling on their butts. Fortunately, there is plenty of time to practice, because Park City is home to year-round skating facilities. In the winter, you can skate at the base of Park City Mountain. During warmer months, you can head over to the Park City Ice Arena (which is actually open all year) during their free skate periods.

Best Enjoyed Year-Round

Kids ice skating with parents

3. Make Some Art

Park City is beautiful. All that alpine grandeur really feeds the creative urges. Commemorate your visit with a unique piece of hand-crafted art. Kids are invited to put brush to canvas at the Paint Mixer or expand their artistic horizons with a class at Kimball Arts Center. They offer classes and camps in a range of media, including everything from pottery to book binding.

Best Enjoyed Spring and Summer

4. Enjoy a Museum

Park City has a rich history—explore it! It may not seem as thrilling as a coaster, but sometimes the best thing to do in Utah with kids is to expand their minds. Highlights of the local museum scene include the Park City Museum on Main Street, which covers the entire evolution of our town from a mining encampment to a world-class ski destination, the Alf Engen Ski Museum at Utah Olympic Park, which celebrates the history of Park City’s signature sport, and the Olympic Winter Games Museum, which is packed with memorabilia from the 2002 Games. 

Best Enjoyed Year Round

5. Heber Valley Railroad

Cast yourself back in time and experience the cutting-edge transportation science of the 19th century. This historic railway lets you step into the shoes of the miners that founded Park City and is a super fun way to travel the Wasatch Mountains. Kids especially love special train rides like the Princess & Pirate Train and the Wizard’s Train (which will not take you to Hogwarts, sadly)

Best Enjoyed Year Round

Heber Valley Railroad in Utah

Image / Visit Utah 

6. Zipline

Ziplining is basically falling with style. Park City and the surrounding area are filled with dozens of ziplines. You can find zipline attractions at the Canyons Village area and at Utah Olympic Park. If you go further afield, the world’s longest zipline over water can be found at Jordanelle Reservoir. Ziplines aren’t great for the smallest guests, but older kids will love them.

Best Enjoyed During Summer and Fall

7. Go Hiking

Sometimes you want to tell your kids to “take a hike.” Sometimes you even mean it literally. Park City is home to hundreds of miles of trails. There is a perfect hike for everyone around town. Even the tiniest tots can waddle along on some of the level, paved circuits near Main Street. Teens can tackle tough climbs that yield gorgeous mountain views and the painted splendor of aspen forests. One of our favorite hikes is Armstrong Trail which we wrote about last year.

Best Enjoyed During Spring, Summer, and Fall

hiking armstrong trail in park city during fall

8. Go Biking

All that trail is just as appealing on two wheels as it is on two feet. Even familiar trails become exciting and new when explored on a bicycle. Leisurely rides and challenging romps alike are available in abundance. One of the great things about bikes is that you can travel much further on wheels. Biking lets you try some of the longer trails that would be off-limits for day hikes. A 26-mile trail is a grueling marathon on foot, but a reasonable afternoon ramble on a cycle. Check out the Mountain Trails Foundation to find the best long-distance rides around Summit County.

Best Enjoyed During Spring, Summer, and Fall

woman mountain biking in the mountains in spring

9. Woodward Park City

One of the newest additions to Park City, Woodward has it all. This is an all-seasons sports park with a huge number of activities to try. With such a wide range of sports on display, you’re sure to find a favorite in short order. Jump around on the trampoline park. Shred on the half-pipes (both snowboard and skateboard versions). Hold on for dear life on the tubing lanes. There is enough to enjoy at Woodward Park City to keep your kids entertained for weeks.

Best Enjoyed Year-Round

woodward park city interior play zone

Image / Park Record

10. Enjoy a Concert

Summer is concert time in Park City. There are several free concert series that play across town each year, spanning genres from orchestral symphonies to fresh bluegrass. Pull up a blanket and park your kids on the lawn for a free show. Some venues permit bringing your own food, while others sell picnics on site. Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain coordinate the biggest shows of the summer, so make sure to check their annual schedules for more information.

Best Enjoyed During Summer

live music in park city

11. Ski!

Of course, the best thing to do in Utah with kids might just be skiing. Park City has the best snow in a state already known for the quality of its powder. With three major ski areas loaded with trails, bowls, terrain parks, and more, this is the perfect place to bring your kids for a day on the piste. You can just keep coming back for more—there are hundreds of runs to experience!

No matter what you want to do with your kids, we have the perfect place for you to rest and recuperate. Book your stay with All Seasons Resort Lodging and experience Park City’s finest family activities.

Best Enjoyed During Winter

woman skiing on a bluebird day in park city utah

12. Utah Ice Castles

A wonderland of glittering ice rises from the snows of Heber Valley each winter. Carefully sculpted by hand and beautifully lit, the surreal spires of Utah Ice Castles are built anew on a yearly basis a short drive south of Park City in Midway, Utah. Indulge your inner Elsa (or Arthas Menethil) while you enjoy frozen thrones, twisting tunnels, and sparkling slides. Every year is a new experience. Discover it anew each winter. Make sure to stick around after dark to get the most out of the haunting illumination.

Best Enjoyed During Winter

ice castles in utah

13. Hogle Zoo

Stay connected to the natural world and marvel at the diversity of our precious planet with a trip to Utah’s Hogle Zoo. The zoo is home to a large cast of creatures from the expected to the exotic. There is always something exciting just around the corner thanks to a packed events calendar, including cold-weather traditions like the colorful ZooLights program. For a truly unique experience, participate in one of the zoo’s animal encounters—where guests can go behind the scenes to touch and feed select critters from around the park.

Best Enjoyed Year-Round

hogle zoo in utah

Image / Hogle Zoo

14. Clark Planetarium

Your trip might start in Park City, but Clark Planetarium invites you to reach for the stars. Slip the surly bonds of earth and experience a variety of out-of-this-world exhibits, shows, and events. There is something here for kids of every age, from tiny tots just beginning to grasp the basics of space to budding college-level astronomers. Or you can skip the science and just enjoy a far-out Zeppelin light show show in the dome theater.

Best Enjoyed Year-Round

15. Lagoon

If you are game for a bit of a drive, you won’t regret spending the day at Lagoon! Utah’s premier amusement park is a thrilling experience in every sense of the word. An ever-growing collection of coasters is balanced with the splashy joys of the Lagoon-A-Beach water park. You can spend all day soaking in the lazy river or jumping from thrill ride to thrill ride. If you find yourself wanting more, make sure to take advantage of their “Bounce Back” program for another day of fun. You’ll probably need it.

Best Enjoyed During Summer

Lagoon Utah water park

Image / Lagoon 

Whether school’s out for summer or you just want to spend some time with the kids, All Seasons Resort Lodging has the perfect family lodging for your fun-filled trip. Reserve the perfect condo, townhome, or vacation home and start making memories with the people you hold dear. Your stay is always backed by our Lowest Rate Guarantee.

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April 6, 2020

Written by Michael Purser

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