Park City, Utah is a small, picturesque town chock full of Victorian homes nestled 7000 feet up in the Wasatch Mountains. The town, which is home to roughly 8000 people, sees 600,000 visitors each year. Once a struggling silver mining community, the town’s fortunes changed after the first ski resort, Treasure Mountain, opened there in 1963. Today, there are plenty of popular tourist attractions in Park City.
10. Tanger Outlet Center
If you like to get great deals on your favorite brands of clothing and gifts, check out Tanger Outlet Center, located six miles north of town at 6699 North Landmark Dr. This outlet mall has 65 major name brand outlet stores, including Bass, Polo Ralph Lauren, Eddie Bauer, Chico’s, LOFT, Samsonite, Gymboree, Old Navy, Colombia Sportswear Company, Carter’s Babies and Kids, Vans, and more. Regular mall hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The mall will be closed on some holidays.
9. Gourmand Food Tour
If you aren’t sure which restaurants you’d like to try during your visit to this resort town, why not try several? The Gourmand Tour takes diners on a trip down Main Street to a number of local restaurants, and also to a couple of art galleries and the Park City Museum. Guests will have an opportunity to meet some of the chefs, and even take home some recipes. This tour is a fun and tasty way to see the historical downtown, hear some interesting stories, and eat great food while meeting new people. Tours take place on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Reservations are required.
8. The Paint Mixer
The Paint Mixer is a paint and wine studio. Guests are presented with one piece of artwork for all of them to reproduce. They receive two hours of painting instruction, and receive wine instruction as well. No painting experience is necessary. Events are fun and social. Visitors drink wine or beer while creating a piece of art. To attend, choose an event on the calendar, and reserve your space online. The beverages are included in the cost. They offer painting events for children, and book private events, too. They have 120 pieces to choose from.
7. Hay & Sleigh Rides
If you’d like to do something that you can’t do in very many places, try a sleigh ride. The town has sleigh rides or hayrides, depending on the season, available through several companies. Rides can be for just a couple, or for public groups of up to 40 people. Some tours are strictly scenic, while others take riders to a restaurant or resort that is included in the package. A sleigh ride in this scenic mountain town would be romantic for a couple, or a fun thing to do with the whole family. Either way, it will be memorable.
6. Utah Olympic Park
This facility was the site of some of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Today, it is used as a training facility for serious athletes. The venue is open to the public to watch sporting events, participate in a variety of sports that change with the seasons, or attend a fantasy camp. Visitors can browse one of two museums, take a guided tour, hike the trails, go ziplining, or take the Mountain Challenge. Kids over 5 will love Extreme Winter Tubing, available in the winter months. Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum are open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day, and admission is free. Guided tours take place three times each day. Other free amenities include Discovery Zone, Hiking Trails, and Mountain Challenge. Passes for other activities can be purchased at the website.
5. Jordanelle State Park
Jordanelle is a popular recreation area which is open every day, year round. It has a reservoir which visitors can use for boating, fishing, ice fishing, and water sports. Boat slips and launch ramps are provided. Seven campgrounds offer all different types of camping, and showers are available. Just five miles out of town, this reservoir area is a beautiful place for picnics, hiking and biking, and bird watching. Making camping reservations by phone is advisable, as the campgrounds are often full. Jordanelle has an event center that offers a beautiful view, which can be reserved for weddings, reunions, and other gatherings.
4. Park City Museum
A good way to get familiar with the town is to visit its museum. Located at 528 Main Street, the center is right on the main drag. The town built up around silver mining, and contains remnants of its past. Main Street has 64 Victorian era buildings on it that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The 12,000 square foot museum has lots of artifacts and exhibits showing what life were like in the town at the turn of the last century. Some of the exhibits are interactive. Climb into an old mining car or visit and old jail cell. The center is open all year, but hours vary. Kids 6 and under get in free.
3. Sundance Film Festival
If you’re in town in January, you could attend the Sundance Film Festival. This world famous festival celebrates independent films. It was started by Robert Redford, and has been running since 1978. The festival is ten days long and is spread across four cities. It attracts 40,000 people each year. The schedule is available at their website, along with a variety of ticket packages. Tickets can be purchased at the festival, but most will be sold out. There are plenty of free events that are part of the festival, so those who can’t get tickets can still enjoy themselves.
2. Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter
The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is part of Utah State University. The preserve is 1,200 acres of land that is a refuge to wildlife. Visitors can trek more than 10 miles of trails, and spend some time in the 10,000 square foot center, which is loaded with interactive exhibits. The trails are great for mountain biking, bird watching, snowshoeing, and more. The center is dedicated to educating the public about conservation and environmental science. Visitors can take a guided tour, go up a climbing wall, check out the exhibits, and more. The center, at 1258 Center Drive, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
1. Park Silly Sunday Market
If you are looking for the best things to do in Park City with your friends on a summer weekend, don’t overlook this Sunday Market. Sundays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, June through September, Main Street comes alive with pop-up tents covering the wares of 400 vendors. Activities include face painting, a climbing wall, and free outdoor concerts. There’s locally grown food, antiques, handcrafted art, kid’s activities, a beer garden, and more. There’s even a Bloody Mary bar. Don’t miss this cool event, which draws 13,000 each week. There’s no admission charge.
Whether you prefer mountain biking or shopping, there are lots of great places to visit in Park City. The town has snowy winters and mild summers, providing different recreational activities depending on the season. Whatever the season of your visit, be sure to pack your sunscreen. The high elevation can lead to sunburns, even in winter.