Here's what you need to know before heading to the land of Sundance.
Momlogic's Julie: My husband and I just got back from a trip to Park City, Utah, with our two kids, ages 6 and 8. Talk about a winter wonderland!
This is a great place to take kids on a family vacation. There is lots to do, so the kids were never bored. And neither were we!
It is such a quaint little town, but it is bustling with excitement. That's what makes it so unique.
Here are some of my top tips.
Where to stay:
Marriott MountainSide: This was an incredibly kid-friendly resort. It was located right next door to Park City Mountain Resort, which meant it was within walking distance to ice skating, sledding, and the slopes. The MAZE kids' club offers activities all day, and most of them are free. Studios start at $119 a night. We stayed in a two-bedroom condo (with full kitchen and washer/dryer), starting at $224 a night.
What to do:
Trolley ride down Main Street: This FREE (yes, FREE) trolley runs down Main Street where all the shops and restaurants are.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir: On Sunday mornings, you can see a free taping of "Music and the Spoken Word" in Temple Square. Be there by 9:15 AM.
Ski school at Park City Mountain Resort: The Signature 5 Program is designed for children ages 6 to 14. (They also have a Signature 3 Program for kids 3-5.) Each class is limited to five students or fewer per instructor, so kids get more individual attention and learn faster in a safer environment. It even includes lunch. My kids (who had never skied before) loved it, and it gave Mom and Dad a few hours of blissful kid-free time! ($163 for a six-hour lesson.)
Alpine Coaster: Ever gone on a roller coaster around a mountain? This elevated track winds you through more than a mile of loops, curves, and hair-pin curves at speeds up to 30 mph. But you can adjust your own speed if you need to go more slowly for the little ones. The kids adored this. ($20)
Ice Skating: Park City Mountain Resort has an open-air ice skating rink. They even have little walkers for the kiddos, which made things easier for my 6-year-old. ($10 includes skate rentals and all-day access.)
Tubing at Gorgoza Park: This was my kids' fave activity: Intertubing down a big hill at Gorgoza Park. A rope tow takes you to the top of the hill, and then you slide down in your intertube. Afterwards, enjoy hot chocolate in their cozy warming yurt. ($20 for two hours.)
Where to eat:
Jean Louis: This was a fancy restaurant that was totally kid-friendly. My children just loved the cheese fondue. (We got a $25 gift certificate for $2 at Restaurant.com when they were running an 80% off promotion.)
Good Thymes: Southern-style comfort food at affordable prices. Don't miss the homemade potato chips. The Park Record newspaper offered a 15% off coupon.
Cafe Rio: This Utah chain Mexican restaurant couldn't be beat. We went back twice, and I'm still craving the Cafe Rio Grilled Chicken Salad with cilantro dressing. Yum. And you get a kids' quesadilla free with the purchase of an adult entree.
Eating Establishment: Many people recommended The Eating Establishment to me for breakfast, and now I know why. The Hungry Miner entree (which comes in a skillet) is definitely a culinary experience not to be missed!
All in all, we had one of the best vacations of our lives in Park City. I can't wait to go back!