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12 of the Best Summer Activities in Park City

Experience Park City come alive in midsummer

The Vacationeer

Despite its reputation as a wild-west winter sports town, Park City also offers entertainment, relaxation and rustic sophistication. 

If you're planning a summertime getaway to Park City, check out these must-do warm-weather activities.

Hot air balloons in flight with mountains in the distance during summer in Park City, Utah.    

1. Soak in the Views on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

A bird's eye view of Park City and the surrounding area is a jaw-dropping way to make your trip unforgettable.

Peek over your floating basket onto the Cottonwood Canyons and glide over the majestic Uinta Mountains.

Local balloon guide companies Skywalker Balloon Company and Park City Balloon Adventures offer weather-dependent rides daily.

Sunrise moments above this historical mountain town make the early wake-up call worth it. 

2. Stand-up Paddle Boarding in Deer Valley 

In the heart of Deer Valley sits a small series of ponds ideal for stand-up paddle boarding. With no speed, boat wakes or waves to mess up your perfect form, enjoy gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains while gliding over the water.

You can spend hours floating here. For SUP board rentals, visit Park City SUP. They offer classes, demos and guided tours.  

3. Promenade Along Historic Main Street 

Of all the things to do in Park City in the summer, strolling Main Street is a must. Historic Main Street is one of Park City's main attractions. This charming former mining town is brimming with bars, restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops and spas.

Here are a few things to do on Main Street.

4. Explore the Mountain Trails 

Man in hiking gear enjoying the view in Park City, Utah during summertime.    

There are so many mountain trails to choose from, but the Armstrong Trail is one of the city's most popular.

Start at the Silver Star Cafe, and take the Silver Star chairlift for gorgeous views of the town. The first part of the trail has a serious elevation gain and rewarding views.

As it reaches a flatter stretch, the trail dips into the trees for a lovely forested experience.

The later portions of the trail continue beneath the canopy of evergreen trees, so you won't have to worry about becoming a sweaty, dusty mess.  

5. Raft the Rapids of Weber River 

Plan a trip down the Weber River with Park City Rafting and choose from two-hour trips to full-day excursions that are the perfect adventure for the whole family or solo travelers.

Lunch and plenty of thrills included. 

6. Saddle up for a Horseback Riding Adventure

See the stunning landscape around Park City on the back of a trusty steed. Only 20 minutes from Park City, North Forty Escapes offers horseback riding adventure in the mountains that will refresh your soul and revitalize you.

Vegetables on display at Park Silly Sunday Market in Park City, Utah.    

7. Take Your Appetite to the Park Silly Sunday Market 

Each weekend from early June through September, Main Street hosts a unique farmer's market, transforming the street into a spectacle of food, art, crafts, performances and costumes.

Some of the market's most popular food and drink includes lobster rolls and Bloody Marys.

8. Savor Wine and Cheese at Outdoor Concerts in Deer Valley

There are free concerts nearly every day of the week all summer long.

On Wednesday nights, there is an outdoor experience at the Deer Valley Resort Amphitheater. While the music itself is more than enough reason to stop by, the real treat comes in, bringing along a picnic basket and a cooler full of wine and cheese.

Deer Valley offers its own if you don't want to hassle with packing your picnic basket. Just make sure you reserve ahead of time. 

9. Enjoy the Last Friday Art Gallery Stroll

From traditional art to photography, sculpture and mixed media, you'll find a bit of everything in the galleries along Main Street in downtown Park City.

On the last Friday of each month, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., more than 20 art galleries open their doors for a free community "Last Friday Gallery Stroll," complete with light refreshments.

10. Mountain Bike Among the Wildflowers

Close up of summer wild flowers on a mountain biking trail in Park City, Utah.    

The mid-mountain trail is one of Park City's most famous and enjoyable trails offering 28 miles of exceptional mountain biking. Or try the Rail Trail, a ride perfect for the entire family.

There are several mountain bike rental companies in town to meet your bike rental needs.

11. Get Your Heart Pumping at Utah Olympic Park 

Built for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, these fantastic venues are available for public enjoyment. The bobsled runs even with no snow on the ground. The huge Nordic ski jumps are used for zip lines and unbelievable tubing rides.

Ropes courses present several challenges for both strength and agility.

If you aren't in the mood for athletics of your own, watch as a spectator, or take in the exhibits at the free on-site museums. 

12. Indulge Yourself at a World-Class Spa 

Those looking to soothe tired muscles and spoil themselves are certainly in the right place in Park City.

Book the Warm Stone Massage treatment at Waldorf Astoria Park City's elegant spa. Pair a yoga session or Tabata class with your massage at Waldorf's fitness and wellness studio. 

Sunrise Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Park City, Utah a glow on a summer night.    

Relax After a Full Day of Summertime Activities at Sunrise Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club 

Nestled in the heart of the action, Sunrise Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club, is ideally located, offering a launchpad to explore the area's activities.

Cozy up in a multi-bedroom, condo-like suite, complete with a full kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking mountain views. When you're ready to get out and explore, take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service.

Read Discover Two Utah National Parks, Plus Two Cities with Serious Buzz, on this Four-Day Road Trip for more summer vacation ideas.




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The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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