Built for the 2002 winter Olympics, but converted to a training and vacation destination Utah Olympic Park scores vacation gold with families.
Host to the bobsled, skeleton, luge and nordic ski-jumping events in the 2002 Olympics, the spectacular park is now a year-round training and activity park. Located a convenient 28 miles east of Salt Lake City in Park City, the facility has something for every age and thrill level. Adrenaline junkies 5 and up can try their hand at the adventure courses, and older kids can zip line, take a comet bobsled ride or even a rocket skeleton ride where they’ll experience up to 5Gs of force. There’s also ice skating, curling and perhaps one of the biggest draws—the chance to launch from the Olympic-style ramps, just like an Olympic ski jumpers. Open during the summer months, the freestyle training pool sets participants up with the gear and instruction then sets them off the ramps, flying into the air and ending with a ‘soft’ landing in the 750,000-gallon bubbled aerial pool. (The bubbles make the landing extra soft.)
Day passes range from the $275 Gold Plus pass to the $15 Youth Bronze Day pass and the park also offers several free sights and events. Your day at Utah Olympic Park may not win you medals, or a Wheaties box cover, but you’ll certainly gain major points as best trip planner ever.