Park City is the perfect place for a family reunion. With all there is to do, you can make family time memorable and amazing anytime of year!
Being stationed overseas can be fun and exciting, but it is also hard being so far away from family. We spent two weeks in Utah this summer for the Kelly family reunion. My family came to visit from Montana for a couple of days, too!
We have spent time in Utah, but this trip we were able to do a lot that we’ve never done before. For the Kelly family reunion we rented an Airbnb in Park City. Matt is the second oldest of eleven children…which means that the house was full of siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews! It was so much fun being able to catch up with those we hadn’t seen in more than two years!
With such a big house and so many people to catch up with, we were completely content just hanging out at the house. We did go on a few outings that left us in love with Park City!
First of all, this area is beautiful during the summer. You always hear about the first class resorts and the amazing skiing during the winter but I think that there is so much to offer during the summer, without the cold weather!
Willow Creek Park
There was a great park nearby equipped with 2 great playgrounds, basketball/tennis/pickleball courts, a large field, a dog park and trails to walk. We went there a couple times for different activities and it was perfect! The field was especially great for the human pinata game we played with the kids. Of course, a football game was inevitable with the Kellys getting together! The park was convenient for those that wanted to play tennis: one spouse would watch the kids while the other played, then we would switch.
The outlet mall here is pretty nice, and always fun to visit (even if just window shopping)! It seemed like these outlets didn’t have super good deals at the time, but the coupon book that we picked up from the customer service center helped.
Pro tip: Most outlet malls have a coupon book you can pick up from the customer service desk. Usually you need to buy it but if you are military you can often get it for free or at a discount!
Downtown Park City has all the charm of an old 19-century mining town, mixed with the new and updated class of a resort town. We stopped and got some snacks at a restaurant, The Eating Establishment. The Irish fries were delicious!
There are chairlifts that go pretty much down to the main street in between some of the shops. I can imagine how much fun it would be to ski through town! We got on one of the lifts and took about a 20 minute ride to the top where there was part of an old mine. The ride was long but it was incredibly peaceful and the views were out of this world!
Pro tip: The cost of the chairlift was approx $25 per person. Kids under 4 were free. The wristband gets you on multiple chairlifts so start early and go on all of them to get your money’s worth!
This was the highlight for me! I liked it so much that when my family came from Montana we took them here even though we were staying over an hour away.
You can spend a whole day here or you can stay for an hour, it’s up to you! There is free admission to the park and museums. Both times we went we didn’t stay for very long, and all we did was watch the ski jumpers. But it was so cool! Here is what happens: A skier decked out in a wetsuit, helmet and full ski gear skis down one of several steep ramps with a jump at the end. When they go off the jump they may just jump or do flips and tricks! Then they land in a large pool of water, jetted with bubbles for softer landings! All age groups and skill levels were practicing. There were children skiing down and jumping in the water, and even professional athletes practicing for the Olympics doing all types of tricks!
I could have watched this all day. Say you don’t want to just watch, though – you can even sign up to do it! At this park you can watch and enjoy as people try their hands at different Olympic skills or you can actually try them yourself!
Here are a few activities Park City Olympic Park has to offer:
- Extreme zipline
- Freestyle zipline
- Extreme tubing
- Alpine slide
- Discovery course
- Canyon course
- Summit course
- Drop tower
- Climbing wall
- Airbag jump
- Mountain challenge
- Scenic chairlift rides
It all looked like so much fun! We got there in the afternoon both times and didn’t have a lot of time to spend there. We just enjoyed watching the ski jumpers immensely. I think that the next time we are in Utah we will definitely plan a day trip there. They have day passes that make it cheaper than paying to do the activities individually so going for the day makes sense.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo
Thirty five minutes away from Park City is the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. We visited the zoo with my family later in the week when they came to visit. I’m not a zoo person but the kids had fun seeing the animals. There was a very impressive gorilla that we spent a lot of time looking at.
We usually spend our time in southern Utah exploring Zion. It’s my happy place! With that being said, I really am so excited to go back to Park City!