Park City, Utah, and the surrounding area are home to a wide variety of different year-round activities. From hitting the slopes in winter to biking one of the many trails that grace our beautiful town in summer– there is no shortage of activities in and around Park City.
Whether you are a local looking for a weekend activity or a traveler visiting for a short time, it can be challenging to choose from activities around the city. One place we’d like to highlight this month is the Utah Olympic Park in Summit County, Utah.
A winter sports park built for the 2002 Winter Olympics, it still features a wide variety of activities to participate in during the summer months. From the adventurous (ziplining) to the educational (visiting a museum), there is no shortage of fun things to do at this historic location.
Free Activities at Utah Olympic Park
You could spend a whole day at Utah Olympic Park without spending a dime. This is an Olympic training facility, so usually, you can watch Olympic athletes and hopefuls train.
In addition to top athletes from around the country, the Welcome Center has two free museums: The Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Winter Olympic Games Museum. The ski museum is a fun way to learn about skiing in Utah and why Utah has the “Greatest Snow on Earth.” It has many participation activities that are great for kids.
The Winter Olympic Games Museum is full of historical memorabilia from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
The park also has a fun feature for younger children called The Discovery Zone. It’s a free playground with a great view of the tubing hills and zip lines.
For those looking to eat in the fresh air and sunshine, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of the many picnic tables around the park. They are generally located near the activities, so you’ll have something fun to watch.
Activities that Cost Money
For adventurous families with older children and teens, we recommend purchasing a Gold Pass. With this pass, you’ll get unlimited access to all the activities at the park except the Comet Bobsled and Guided Tour. If you’re strapped for time, you can just choose one or two of the paid activities and still have a blast.
We recommend arriving early in the day, as The Zip Lines, Alpine Slide, and Adventure Courses usually have long lines.
Closed-toe shoes are required for most activities. You will also need to sign a liability waiver for most activities, so be prepared. Some activities have a minimum and maximum weight, so check this online before arriving.
Olympic Park’s Extreme Tubing allows you to take a ride down the landing hill of a Nordic Ski Jump in an inner tube. This is not for the faint of heart, as you can gain speeds up to 50 mph and enjoy the thrill of soaring just like an Olympic Nordic ski jumper.
These are the same ski jumps that Olympic athletes train on, so we wouldn’t recommend doing this unless you love an adrenaline pump!
This activity takes place on the Nordic Ski Jumps and features two different hills (K64 and K90). Participants will be required to do the K64 before progressing to the K90.
We highly recommend the Zip Lines at Utah Olympic Park. It is the steepest zip line in the world, meant to imitate the ski jumping experience.
For family members under 100 pounds or anyone who doesn’t want an extreme zip line experience, try the shorter Freestyle Zip Line, which is open during the summer.
Utah Olympic Park has three ropes courses where you work your way through various elements high off the ground.
This features the Canyon Adventure Course for ages 7, the Summit Courses, and the Discovery Course for ages 5+ on the other side of the park.
The Alpine Slide is a good family activity for children of all ages. It is smooth and comfortable and offers impressive views of the Snyderville Basin.
The controllable sled on this ride lets riders determine how fast or slow they would like to go on a course that includes 11 turns.
The Drop Tower features a 377-foot-long zip line to a 65-foot tower. After arriving at the tower, the only way to get off is to jump.
But don’t worry, you’re hooked to a special line that controls your fall, so you land gently on your feet. The first step is the hardest, and there is only one way down once you reach the top!
On a guided tour, you’ll ride a bus to get an up-close look at the Olympic venues and training facilities and learn more about them. This is a good option for anyone who loves the Olympics.
The tour includes a ride aboard a shuttle bus and a drive to the top of the world’s highest Nordic ski jumps and one of the fastest sliding tracks in the world. The tour lasts one hour and features many fun stories about the history of the venue.
For only $80, you can ride with a professional bobsled driver on an Olympic track! The track was home to bobsled, skeleton, and luge events during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games.
For the summer season, the bobsleds are modified to roll on the track’s concrete surface. They can reach speeds up to 60 mph, all in less than a minute.
We think spending a day at Utah Olympic Park should remain at the top of everyone’s to-do list.
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