Best Things To Do & See In Park City Utah

Best Things To Do & See in Park City Utah  

Our most recent visit to the beautiful town of Park City Utah was just after Christmas in 2018. We wanted to write about the Best Things To Do & See in Park City Utah.  Joel and I were here to visit my sister and her husband at their home overlooking Deer Valley. There are so many things to do in this town whether you are a skier or a non-skier. They have lived here for many years, so they took us around to see the sights and to show us some hidden gems.

From the darling Main Street with all the local bars and shops to outlet shopping, snowshoeing, snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, and even spending a day in Kimball Junction, there are numerous things to do. Let’s get started with the ski resort areas.

TOP SKI AREAS

There are three main ski areas. They are Deer Valley, Park City, and Canyons. Park City and Canyons. Park City Resort is the biggest ski resort in North America. Deer Valley and Park City Resort have skiing and snowboarding.  According to the locals, Deer Valley is considered to have the best food.

UTAH OLYMPIC PARK

In 2002 the Utah Olympic Park was constructed for the winter Olympics. Although it was almost 20 years ago, it is still alive and well as a training center which develops Olympic athletes as well as a recreational facility for locals and visitors.

  • Ride the Bobsled

The bobsled ride is available both in the summer and winter months. During the winter months, you can ride with a professional driver down the track. During the summer they modify the bobsled with wheels, and it rolls down the track. Speeds get up to 60 miles per hour so be ready for an adrenaline rush.

  • Tubing

If the Nordic jump isn’t being used it turns into the tubing Zone! Enjoy an adrenaline-filled ride down the Nordic jump hill. This activity is open in both summer and winter.

  • Watch the Athletes

Watching the world-class ski jumpers was cool! They do this both in the summer and winter months. In the summer they land in a pool as opposed to the actual slope. You can watch snowboarders and skiers flipping in the air while drinking your hot cocoa.

  • Biking and Hiking Trails

There are miles of biking and hiking trails around the park. Pack a small lunch and enjoy the surrounding views of the park and bobsled track.

  • Ziplining

A favorite activity at the park is ziplining. There is a zipline ride for everyone!! Some of them are more intense than others and can get up to 50 miles per hour on the way down. There is also an option to ride alongside your family or friends. One of the great things about the zip lines is no matter which one you decide to take you will have beautiful 360-degree views.

  • Climbing Wall

The climbing wall is cool. You climb the wall without any ropes, and there is a pool that sits below you. If you fall, you’re going right into the water.

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Fly Fishing, Jordanelle Lake & Snowshoeing

 
  • Fly Fishing

Fly fishing the Provo and Weber River is an exhilarating experience. I am not a huge fisherman, but have gone a few times with my nephews and loved it! Beautiful views, crisp, clean air, and a few fish is a recipe for a fantastic day on the river. There are many guided tours of both the Provo and Weber Rivers. Just Google Guide Service on Provo River and you will have many choices. I don’t have a tour recommendation as we always went ourselves.

  • Jordanelle Reservoir

We are reminded of the beautiful Jordanelle Reservoir when we visit Park City, as we could see daily from the view at the house. During the warmer months, there are tons of fun activities that you can take advantage of on Jordanelle Lake. Kayaking is something that we love to do when visiting Jordanelle Lake. It’s great exercise,

  • Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing while in Park City Utah was a great experience. The 360-degree mountain and lake views are stunning. While staying in Park City, this was my daily exercise and wow was it fun!! Some of the common types of wildlife you will see are deer, elk, rabbits, and if you’re lucky or an unlucky depending on how you look at it, you might see a mountain lion. Skiing is the main attraction during the winter in Park City, but if you get the chance don’t forget to find a pair of snowshoes and hike the beautiful mountain ranges of Park City Utah. We used two different types of snowshoes, and they were both excellent. If you’re interested in a great pair of snowshoes, CLICK  HERE.

Park City, Utah

One of the many outdoor activities you can enjoy in Park City!

SUMMER IN PARK CITY

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Coming from California, we both love the warmer weather and Park City Utah does not disappoint during the summertime. People don’t realize that Park City Utah has a ton of activities in the summer. One of the things we love attending is the Park City Mountains Live Music summer concert series. The concert series takes place on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the summer and it starts in May. It is located at the Park City Mountain Village. Click here to see the calendar of events. 

Another fun music event is the Deer Valley Concert Series which runs throughout August and September. It is located at the Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. To learn more about this concert series click here

  • SHOPPING

Main Street shopping is a must when you visit Deer Valley. They have numerous boutique shops, such as Lululemon, Gorsuch, many galleries and gift shops. Sprinkled in between the shops are cute restaurants and eateries along the way. I borrowed a pair of my sisters darling Sorel boots, and they were so warm and comfortable for walking around town in the snow. Here’s a link if you want to check them out. Click here. I’m not sure if they still have her style or not. You may want to check the Sorel website too.

  • KIMBALL JUNCTION

Another great place to visit is Kimball Junction, it’s filled with shops and restaurants like Maxwell’s and an outlet mall. There’s a fun bar called Bout Time which is a sports bar frequented by many locals.

Stop by The Szechuan Chinese Kitchen, if you are looking for great Chinese food.  If you’re looking for a sandwich shop Wasatch Bagel after skiing should fit the bill. If you’re looking for pizza, Devanza’s Pizza is the place to go for great pizza!

RESTAURANTS/BARS

  • No Name Saloon

We spent a lot of time on Main Street. We went to a Pub Grub restaurant called the No Name Saloon which is a locals hotspot in the area. They are best known for their Buffalo burgers, which are amazing. There is an outside patio with TVs and heaters that are year around. Be aware in the winter at night it’s packed. On a side note make sure to go upstairs and look at the United States map made up of all the 50 states license plates.

  • The Spur Bar & Grill

Another spot we tried is called The Spur Bar & Grill. It’s a laid-back Western Saloon which serves pizza, wings, and burgers. They have live music nightly. You do have to be 21 and over to get in.

  • The Seafood Buffet

If you are looking for an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet located in Deer Valley, try The Seafood Buffet. They have a wide variety of fresh seafood, poke, crab legs, oysters and sushi, to name a few. Plan on spending a few hours at this one and come starving!! It’s fabulous!! Quick Tip: They allow you to bring your own bottle of wine for a small corkage fee.

  • Fireside Dining

Fireside Dining is a unique experience, located in Deer Valley, and the food is excellent! They have a fixed price with four courses which are cooked over five stone fireplaces.

  • Riverhorse on Main

The Riverhorse on Main is in the top 200 restaurants according to Forbes. Park City awarded Riverhorse on Main “Best Fine Dining and Best Restaurant.” If you are looking for fine dining, wonderful ambiance and fantastic service you won’t be disappointed.

  • Prime Steakhouse and Piano Bar

The Prime Steakhouse is a must for fine dining; their food is terrific. This is a steak and seafood restaurant with a signature chocolate cake dessert. It’s a little pricier during the winter ski season. Their mud season begins in May and goes through summer, during this time they have a lot of two for one specials. A local secret is to pick up a copy of the Park Record newspaper for all the deals going on during your visit.

TRANSPORTATION

One fantastic benefit when visiting the downtown Park City area is the public transit system is free. The shuttle bus runs all through the Main Street area, and you can download an app which will show you by GPS where the bus is so you can time it correctly. Here’s a link to download the app. Click here. It goes all over Park City; it’s year-round and free. During the winter it runs from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., and during the summer it runs from 6 a.m. to 10 pm.

  • The Montage

One of the things we enjoy doing is taking the bus up the mountain to the Montage to see the gorgeous views and have a drink while sitting around the fire pits. The Montage has several restaurants bars and even bowling. Take the bus app to check out their fantastic view and take some pictures.

ACCOMMODATIONS

As I said earlier, we stayed with my sister so as far as accommodations we didn’t need any. New hotels are going up all over Park City. My sister said many people use Airbnb or stay in the resorts. If you choose to use an Airbnb I’ve provided a link where you will receive $40 credit. Click here. We have found that booking.com is a great site to use when staying at hotels we’ve included a link for your convenience. Whether you stay in one of the Resort’s or an Airbnb I don’t think you’ll regret your visit to Park City as there is so much to do and it is gorgeous whether it’s summer or winter. The area of New Park has many hotel and condominium accommodations also.

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If you are interested in seeing our Park City video it’s on this blog post above. I hope you found our tips to be useful and you are excited to visit Park City.  Feel free to pass on your experiences when visiting the beautiful Park City area. I’d love to hear from you.

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