Utah Olympic Park#3 in Best Things To Do in Park City
Utah Olympic Park was the home of several events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and is still an official training site for current and future Olympic athletes. Admission to the park and several of the park's attractions are free, including the Alf Engen Ski Museum, the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum, the Discovery Zone obstacles course, the Mountain Challenge course and several hiking trails. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, visitors can ride with a professional driver on the signature Comet Bobsled to feel the same g-force and blazing speed that Olympic competitors enjoy. Other activities – all priced individually – include three levels of climbing and ropes tours, a zip line and a one-hour guided tour that visits the world's highest Nordic ski jumps.
Most reviewers call this former Olympic site a "must-see," even for nonskiers, and said that the free museums were a great way to learn about Utah's ski industry and the 2002 Olympic Games. Those visitors who took the daring Comet Bobsled ride (which takes passengers down the 2002 Olympic track) said it was a truly unique experience and well worth the price.
Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City off Interstate 80 at Kimball Junction and accessible locally on Park City's free buses. The park and its free museums are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but certain activities, such as the Comet Bobsled and the Canyon Adventure Course, do cost extra. Guided tours of the facility cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids 12 and younger. You'll also find a souvenir shop and a cafe on-site. Learn more about available activities and rates on the Utah Olympic Park website.
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#1 Historic Park City
Park City sits in the valley between Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Once a silver mining town, it has seen booms and busts, as well as a devastating fire that destroyed a large portion of the town in the late 19th century. The Historic Park City area preserves its western mining heritage with a charming mix of boutiques, galleries and restaurants. The Park City Museum, located about midway on Main Street, features exhibits detailing the history of the mining town turned ski mecca and is also home to the official visitor center. What's more, a free trolley runs the length of street if your feet need a break.
Recent visitors loved the variety of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars in Historic Park City, noting there's something for every taste from souvenir joints to ski boutiques. Many recommended a visit to the museum to get a feel for the town's mining history, while others complimented the free transit and the convenience afforded by bedding down in this area. Families enjoyed the historical statues along the street and the availability of clean public restrooms.
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