The second portion of my recent family vacation out west took place in Park City, Utah. (If you missed yesterday’s recap of Bryce Canyon, you can catch up here).
Our main goal of the trip was to see both Yellowstone National Park and Bryce Canyon, and since Park City is about halfway between the two parks it made for a perfect place to stop for a few days in the middle of our vacation. Although Park City is mostly known as a ski town, they have a ton of fun activities to do in the summer too!
One of my favorite things we did in Park City was visit the Olympic Park where the winter Olympics took place in 2002.
Not only was it really cool to explore a place where so many famous Olympic athletes once competed, but there were a lot of fun activities in the park too! We decided to tackle the alpine slide first, which required a ski lift ride all the way to the top of the mountain. Can you spot us in this pic? We are the tiny dots in one of the seats to the top left of the welcome sign.
From there we waited in a brief line, and then hopped in an alpine coaster to make our way down to the bottom. My sister could have easily ridden by herself, but we were told we would go faster if we went together 😉
They weren’t kidding- the ride was really fast and we had so much fun! Rounding the corners was a little scary, and we even had to pump the hand-held breaks a bit. Here comes Fabio in his slide!
After the alpine slide, Fabio and I tried out the GIANT zip line which my sister was too small to go on. It was a ton of fun, and took us really fast and really high!
Here we come!
Then Fabio went with my sister on the smaller zip line, which he said was still a lot of fun. My sister LOVED it.
Afterwords she wanted to go again and again and again and again…until eventually we convinced her to try something else. From there we all wound up doing a fun ropes course!
It was a lot of fun and was actually pretty challenging! There were a lot of times where you had to hold up your whole body weight, so it was equally challenging for Fabio and me as it was for my sister.
At the first obstacle my sister was terrified and I thought she was going to give up, but by the end of the course she had tackled every obstacle and wasn’t afraid of anything. I was so proud of her! She did an awesome job.
There was a zip line at the end, which was a nice reward!
After the ropes course there was one more activity we wanted to do, but unfortunately it started thundering and lightening so it closed early. Luckily my stepmom spoke with the management folks and explained that we wanted to do one more activity (we had paid for an all day pass) and asked if we could come back for a few more hours the next day. Luckily they said yes!
The next morning after a run around Park City, we headed back to the Olympic Park to try out the Drop Tower! For this activity you ride a zip line over some tree tops and land on a tall tower. From there, you jump down to the ground – either with a regular rope or with a bungee-like rope that gives you a free fall feeling.
My sister went first and opted for the regular rope, and although she was really scared to jump off at first, she did it eventually and had a blast.
I went next and chose the bunjee rope! It was terrifying as I free-fell through the air, and I’ll admit that I screamed and kicked my legs around like a bug.
It was so much fun though.
Fabio used the bungee rope too and he also loved it!
After the Drop Tower we headed over to the pool to watch some of the skiers practice their jumps. There were some amazing jumpers there – some of whom were my sister’s age – and it was so cool to watch them practice!! They were amazing.
Next we checked out the Olympic museum, which had some really cool stuff! My sister and I obviously didn’t waste any time in taking these goofy photos.
After the park we headed to downtown Park City to relax with a few snacks and beverages. It was such a fun little town, and I bet it’s so nice and cozy in winter.
After that, we went back to the hotel to relax!
Question of the day: Do you like to ski or snowboard?