Are you looking for the best things to do in Park City, Utah? This guide covers the top Park City attractions… and beyond!
Park City is synonymous with film festivals and world-class skiing, but this resort town has plenty more to offer visitors!
This guide will showcase what to do in Park City, regardless of what time of year you are visiting!
Did we miss any places to visit in Park City? Let us know in the comments!
In this post...
Best Time to Visit Park City
Without a doubt, the winter season remains one of the best times of the year to visit Park City, particularly between December and March for those who love winter sports.
Despite the fact that it’s cold and snowy, the city is known for its winter sports and events. Here, you can go skiing and even see the Sundance Film Festival.
With that being said, it’s also a popular place to visit in the summer to escape from the heat.
Best Things to Do in Park City, Utah
1. Visit the Mountain Village Resort
The Mountain Resort is a great place to stay during the winter skiing season, but during the summer, the mountain brings on a new set of adventures.
The summer season runs from Memorial Day weekend through the first weekend of October.
Begin your adventure by taking the scenic chairlift to the top of the track, climbing aboard the luge, and sliding down the 3,000-foot Alpine Slide.
The run makes for an exhilarating ride through all the twists and turns and is one of the longest mountain coasters in the United States.
The Mountain Coaster is Utah’s version of your favorite amusement park’s roller coaster. The coaster twists and turns down the mountain at speeds up to 25 mph.
You can also enjoy spending the day panning for gems, zipping over the tree tops on their ZipRider, playing disc golf or mini golf, mountain biking, or bouncing on the Legacy Launcher trampolines at the Mountain Resort’s Adventure Park.
Address: 1415 Lowell Ave, Park City, UT 84060
2. Become an Olympian at Utah Olympic Park
The Utah Olympic Park was built for the 2002 Winter Olympic bobsled and ski jumping events. Today you can explore the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum.
At the Ski Museum, explore the interactive and virtual exhibits about ski jumping, cross-country, freestyle, alpine skiing, and snowboarding. Housed in the museum is also the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame.
The Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum entrance features Olympic banners used to decorate Salt Lake City in 2002.
Continue through the museum to see exhibits on curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ski jumping, bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, ice hockey, and speed skating.
In the Tracks Exhibit, you will find the helmet and skeleton sled from gold medalists and a silver medalist’s spiked Luge glove.
The Ski exhibit features the ski suite of Shannon Barke along with her skis. Then head to the curing room, where you can try to lift the curling stone.
To get the most out of your experience at the Utah Olympic Park, take the 1-hour guided tour lead by former Olympians.
This tour will take you through the museum and shuttles you to the top of the ski jumps and sliding track. Throughout the hour tour, learn more about the 2002 Winter Olympic Games on these grounds.
During the winter, join a professional bobsled pilot and ride down the same track the 2002 Olympians did. This is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Before leaving, head to the ski jumps and try out one of their two ziplines.
Address: 3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, UT 84098
3. Take a Dog Sledding Tour in Park City
Get off the beaten path and explore snowy mountain trails while reclining on a dog sled as the huskies and other arctic breed pups do all the work.
If Park City is not in your winter plans, Rancho Luna Lobos also has a dog sled safari adventure in the summer.
A unique dog sledding experience, meeting the dogs, and learning about the sport and the local kennel should be on your list of not-to-be-missed adventures while in Park City.
4. Take a Tour of the High West Distillery
Ski or walk into the High West Saloon just off Main Street and try a sampling of their premium whiskeys, or enjoy a dinner of hot spiced fried chicken or the Schnitzel pork loin cutlet perfectly paired with High West Distillery’s craft whiskeys.
Stay a bit longer and tour the saloon with its historic décor. The general store within the saloon has bottles of your favorite aged whiskeys and barrel-finished cocktails to go.
Note: You must be at least 21 to enter the Saloon and General Store.
The distillery, which is a 25-minute drive away, offers tours Wednesday through Sunday on the hour from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
On the 45-minute tour, you will learn about their distillation process and see their bottling operations while learning about High West’s whiskey history.
Following the tour, there is an optional whiskey tasting.
Address: 703 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060
5. Explore Historic Main Street
Park City’s Main Street features over 40 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places that feature Queen Anne, Victorian, and Spanish Revival architecture.
In these beautiful buildings, you will find plenty of places to shop, eat, and be entertained.
The Park City Museum, near the center of town, has exhibits featuring this mining town’s history and the official Park City Visitor Center.
What is nice is if you don’t want to walk, there is a free trolley that offers stops along Main Street and connects to various ski lodges and park-and-ride areas.
Historic Main Street is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir, get a new ski wardrobe, learn a bit about the town through the historic statues, and grab a bite to eat before spending the night at a local hotel.
Park City Museum offers Guided Summer Walking Tours on weekdays at 2:00 PM most of the summer.
6. Peruse the Park Silly Market
This open-air market, which is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, combines a street festival and a farmers’ market.
For nearly 20 years, people have gathered to enjoy live music, partake in gourmet food, and meander through the local artisan booths.
Here you will find artisans selling antiques, preparing gourmet foods, and showcasing their artwork and crafts. The kids will also enjoy stopping by and participating in the kids’ activities.
The market is free to explore and is pet friendly.
Address: 780 Main St, Park City, UT 84060
7. Attend the Sundance Film Festival
For over 40 years, people have been flocking to Main Street during the independent film festival to catch a glimpse of a movie star, watch a movie screening, or take a class on film.
The festival includes an array of films, including short films, documentaries, dramatic features, episodic content, and series.
Throughout the day, be part of the audience for panel discussions and conversations with filmmakers.
The 2024 Sundance Film Festival will be held from January 18 through the 28th throughout various Park City venues.
The Sundance Film Festival is where it all begins. You never know; you may see a film that becomes a #1 blockbuster or receive critical acclaim.
8. Visit the Kimball Art Center
The Kimball Art Center is one of the oldest nonprofit art centers in Park City and is well worth visiting.
For over 50 years, visitors have enjoyed exploring contemporary and historic artwork in the various galleries as they stroll through Kimball Art Center.
Stop in and open your mind to various sculptures, paintings, photographs, and more by national and local artists that fill the Kimball exhibits.
If you have more time to explore, sign up for an art class, workshop, or even a summer art camp.
Admission to the museum is free and open Tuesday through Sunday, beginning at 10:00 AM.
Address: 1251 Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT 84060
9. Check Out the Park City Museum
For over four decades, the Park City Museum has been showcasing exhibits on how the mining town of Park City has changed into a skiing destination.
Meander your way through the permanent exhibits entitled “From Around the World” that deals with early settlers, to working underground in the “Mega Mine and the days of Ore” exhibit.
Then head to the basement to “The Dungeon: Park City’s Territorial Jail” exhibit to hear stories of Park City’s most notorious guests. The Great Fire of 1898 exhibit showcases the $1,000,000 worth of damage, and don’t miss the 1926 fire truck.
The museum also features temporary exhibits and an area for local artists.
While visiting, the Park City Museum is the perfect place to check out and learn about the town.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Admission is $15 for adults and $11 for Military, Seniors, and College Students. Children between the ages of 7 and 17 are $5.
Address: 528 Main St, Park City, UT 84060
10. Go Skiing at Deer Valley Resort
If you have come to Park City for skiing, then the Deer Valley Resort should be your home away from home. This luxury mountain ski resort is one of the most popular resorts in Utah.
The resort offers 20 chairlifts that head to more than 100 ski runs, while the resort’s ski school has over 500 instructors and is one of the United States’ largest.
All that skiing will surely make you hungry. The resort has 15 options for you, ranging from luxury fine dining dinners to casual ski-in, ski-out quick bites between runs.
Plan on spending the night or nights at Deer Valley? Deer Valley Resort can book your hotel room, condominium, or luxury home at the base, mid-mountain, or upper mountain areas.
They offer lodging at over 40 different properties.
While winter is all about skiing, summertime at the resort means mountain biking 70 miles of trails, hiking to the top of Bald Mountain, and taking in the best sounds of summer at a concert.
Note: Snowboards are prohibited on the slopes.
Address: 2250 Deer Valley Dr S, Park City, UT 84060
11. Enjoy the Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in the U.S. and a training ground for the U.S. Ski Team slalom and giant slalom skiers.
This spectacular resort is perfect for the Average Joe Skier since they have a variety of slopes, half-pipes, and terrain parks fit for every difficulty level.
The Park City Mountain has 41 lifts to get you to 14 bowls, eight terrain parks, six half-pipes, and over 300 trails.
During the winter, they offer Snowboard and Ski School, which will make beginning skiers more confident during their time on the slopes.
During the summer season, enjoy sliding down the mountain on the alpine coaster, try your hand at wall climbing, or perfect some of those jumps on the trampoline.
For those who want to enjoy the atmosphere, there are plenty of shops, spas, and some of Park City’s best restaurants to enjoy, and with complimentary transportation within the resort, everything is easy to access.
Lodging accommodations have as many choices as the ski slopes; choose between hotel rooms, condominiums, lodges, and private homes. You can even select a ski-in or ski-out accommodation.
Address: 1345 Lowell Ave, Park City, UT 84060
12. Take a Park City Ghost Tour
After a day of skiing or time at the spa, spend the evening on an adventure through the historic district on a Park City Ghost Tour.
Join your guide each evening at 8:00 PM as you will hear gruesome and grim tales of Park City’s paranormal as you walk by the Kimball Arts Center, the Imperial Hotel, and other Park City haunts.
You will even have a chance to try your hand with some paranormal investigating tools.
Tours are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 16 and younger. The 75-minute walking tours are at 8:00 PM during the summer and 7:00 PM throughout the winter.
13. Take a Drive to Guardsman Pass
When you want to get out and take a scenic drive, a drive to Guardsman Pass is the perfect destination between May and November.
In the spring and summer, the wildflowers along the alpine meadows are beautiful, while the foliage is just breathtaking in the fall.
As you wind your way up to 9,700 feet, look for wildlife. You will find several observation pull-offs along the 7-mile route from Park City’s Main Street to enjoy the river and mountain views.
Once you reach the Guardsman Pass summit, you will find parking and restrooms.
Even though the distance is not great, give yourself an hour of traveling time each way to enjoy the fantastic view, and don’t forget your camera!
Where to Stay in Park City
If you’re looking for the top options for where to stay in Park City, here are some of our favorite picks!
- Black Rock Mountain Resort (on-site restaurant and pool)
- YOTELPAD Park City (super close to ski lift!)
- Newpark Resort (luxury living in Park City!)
- Best Western Landmark Inn (mid-range option)
Did we miss any of the best things to do in Park City? Let us know in the comments!
More Utah Travel Guides
- Day trips from Salt Lake City
- One day in Salt Lake City
- Best things to do in Moab
- Bonneville Salt Flats
- Where to go camping in Utah
Pin this Park City Things to Do Guide
Laura Gray is a travel blogger and retired teacher. She is from Western Pennsylvania but has lived in Virginia for the past 30+ years. During the summer months, you will find her enjoying the beach in her hometown when not out on an adventure. Laura thrives on creating itineraries to make the most of each place she visits. She enjoys exploring National Parks (Laura has explored 1/3 of all the US National Parks), waterfalls, and beaches. Her travel blog posts have been featured on nearly a dozen sites.