September 8, 2017
Park City is just a short drive from anywhere along the Wasatch Front. It makes a great getaway for locals especially during the "off season" (late Spring, Summer and Fall).
There are usually quite a few deals for hotels and condos during the off season. A great place to check for a good deal on Park City lodging is Groupon. Once you have found a great deal on lodging, use our list of 12 Free Things To Do in Park City to plan some fun adventures!
12 Free Things To Do in Park City
Park City's iconic Main Street dates back to the 1800's when it catered to the silver miners. Today it is home to stores, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and galleries. It is a popular place for locals and visitors. Some of our favorite stops are Dolly's Bookstore (Dolly is a large cat) and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
Mountain Biking is big in Park City. There are over 400 miles of trails. Park City has been designated as and IMBA Gold Level Ride Center, so bring your bike and explore some of the best trails in the world. Click here for interactive maps.
The Family Tree Visitor's Center is located on Main Street. The Family Tree Center helps visitors learn more about their ancestors. My family was able to log in to the computers and learn some new things about our ancestors as well as watch a short movie. If you are at all interested in your ancestors, it was a fun stop!
Main Street Trolley
We love to ride the free Trolley that runs up and down historic Main Street. It is so nice after a long day of shopping and site seeing to sit down and let the Trolley take you to your next stop. The Trolley is part of the Park City Free Fare Transit System. There are free public transit options all around Park City, Kimball Junction, and local recreation areas. Go to Park City Transit for maps and schedules.
The Kimball Arts Center is an art museum that hopes to inspire and connect us through art. The Kimball Arts Center sponsors the very popular Park City Kimball Arts Festival every August. Check it out, it is open daily and is free.
If you are over 21, you can make reservations to take a complimentary tour of the High West Saloon or Distillery. The Saloon is located in Old Town Park City and the Distillery is 20 minutes outside Park City in Wanship, Utah.
Leisurely wander through the open air Silly Sunday Market or Wednesday Farmer's Market and enjoy local art, flavors, and music. The Silly Sunday Market runs Sunday's from 10 am - 5 pm from June through mid-September on Park City's Main Street. The Wednesday Farmer's Market is located at the Canyon's Resort every Wednesday from 12 pm - 5 pm from June through October.
Geocaching is a great way to get outdoors and explore. It's like treasure hunting! Park City is an especially beautiful place to explore and there are a fair number of caches in and around Park City. To find out more about Geocaching in Utah, go here.
Both the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum are free. These interactive museums highlight the history of skiing and the 2002 Winter Olympics. Go to Museums at Olympic Park for more info and hours.
Park City boasts over 400 miles of hiking trails, through some of the most beautiful scenery you will find anywhere. If you find that you are ready for a rest after hiking up the mountain, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort both allow hikers to ride the chairlift down the mountain for free. If you are ready to put your hiking shoes on, check out this comprehensive list of 21 Park City Hikes from Park City Magazine.
Park City hosted the 2002 Olympic Ski Jumping events and still serves as a state of the art training center today. You can go to The Utah Olympic Park and watch the athletes race down the ski jumps and land in a million gallon pool at the end, free of charge. Parking is free too.
Park City has become known as a community with a vibrant music and arts scene. During the summer months, you can find many free outdoor concerts with the majestic Wasatch Mountains in the background. Go here for a list of free, outdoor concerts.