Located: 3419 Olympic Parkway
Park City, Utah
Have you ever been to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City? I took the family for the first time last week and the whole family just fell in love with the place. The park has a museum, an olympic freestyle pool with ski jumps, a discover playground, chair lift, hiking trails, ziplines, alpine slide, ropes course, bobsled ride with a professional driver on the full length olympic track, climbing wall and freestyle shows.
This place is packed with activities that the whole family can enjoy. We started out at the museum that my kids loved. There’s olympic and Utah ski history, including past ski fashion. They also have an amazing exhibit all about the 2002 winter Olympic games. It was a walk down memory lane seeing all the photos, how downtown looked with giant olympian photos, pins that I remember standing in line to collect, the beautiful Utah animal props used in the opening ceremony, the torch that lit the cauldron at Rice-Eccles Stadium, medals won at the games and so much more. The kids kept asking questions about the Olympics and learned so much.
On the main floor we had fun with all the interactive activities. We learned about avalanches and saw movies of how fast they form and travel. There is some virtual skiing you can do while wind blows in your face and snow falls. The museum is free to visit and virtual games are $1-$5.
Outside we took the kids to the discovery play zone where they climbed a climbing wall, played on a ropes course and watched people zipline over head. We also took a ride up the chair lift to see the trails and and beautiful view. All of these activities were also free!
Another highlight of the park was watching athletes training down the freestyle track, doing some amazing tricks 60 feet in the air and landing into a huge swimming pool. We could have watched them for hours. You can see athletes training most days and watch them for free but there are also freestyle shows throughout July and August on Saturdays 11:00 am and Sundays at 1:00 pm. We are excited to go see a show this summer. There will not be a show this week on the 4th of July. Shows are $7-$12 a person. See their website for more details and a full menu of all the exciting activities and their prices including an unlimited day pass to go nuts on as many activities as you can!
We spent a few hours playing at the park and since we had some tiny kids and babies, we didn’t do any of the extra fun zipline, bobsled or alpine slide activities but we had such a blast and we were able to do all the free activities. It really is a place that is friendly for all ages and now my husband and I are planning a date night so we can go fly down the mountain together. I think that the Utah Olympic Park is a place that you’ll want to visit over and over again and it’s right off the Kimball Junction freeway exit. Have fun and share your photos with us when you visit the park, they may just end up here in our summer series! Use #saltskysummer and direct message us @saltskyutah.
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