Teen Time Out in Park City
Got teens, tweens? I do. And for a change of blogging pace, I thought I’d go straight to the experts - my 14 and 11 year old girls - to share some recommendations for fun, (and independent diversions) to keep your teens and tweens entertained on your next visit to Park City.
While skiing or riding is certainly the focus of your family vacation here in Park City where we live, there are plenty of safe and fairly inexpensive fun off-hill activities that are local teen favorites.
And here’s an insider tip: - Park City’s free bus service is a snowmama’s best friend, because as my daughter puts it, “the bus is great because you don’t always have to bug your parents for a ride, and it’s free.” The safe (I’m very comfortable having my teen ride the bus with a pal) shuttle service runs continuously throughout the day and night in Park City and the Kimball Junction areas. Check out schedules and route information here: http://www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?page=422
Here are my Snowteen and Snowtween’s Top 10:
Yellow Snow - located of the beaten path in Park City’s NoMA District (North of Main), Yellow Snow serves up an amazing selection of handmade ice cream and gelato, in a casual setting complete with board games, foosball tables and a stage which often features local teen bands.
Atticus Books and Tea House - Deemed as a really “hip” spot by my daughter, Atticus Books and Tea House is an eclectic and cozy spot filled with books, magazines, great music and menu of yummy organic hot chocolate, coffee and tea drinks.
Night Skiing at Park City Mountain Resort - It’s pretty awesome to live in a town where you can meet up with your friends and take a few turns after dinner - and after you finish your homework. That’s just what my 14-year-old and her friends do at least once a week. Dividing their time between Pay Day and the terrain park, there something to keep everyone happy.
Jupiter Bowl - the bowling alley, not the ski bowl (well that’s a teen favorite too, but we’re talking off mountain fun here). Located in the Newpark shopping district in Kimball Junction, Jupiter Bowl is a state-of-the art bowling alley compete with big screen TVs, electronic scoring, food, drink, games, and great tunes as a backdrop to bowling. Check out their student specials for weekday deals.
Redstone Cinemas/Cinemark(Holiday Village) Theater - The two spots to catch a movie in Park City. Cinemark is within a short walk/bus ride of Park City Mountain Resort and screens the latest releases in a clean and recently renovated theater. Redstone (located in Kimball Junction) has eight screens and a decent choice of options for kids of all ages, plus a Cold Stone Creamery next door for an apres movie treat.
Park City Ice Arena - Not surprisingly, a favorite of my hockey kid. The Park City Ice Arena - located just outside downtown in Quinn’s Junction - offers open skate sessions and lessons for skaters, hockey players, speedskaters and even curlers of all abilities. Rental skates and hockey gear (for beginners only) are also available.
Top off Their Toes - There are plenty of spots in Park City to treat your preteen or teen to a pedicure. And it’s a nice way to pamper their feet after a few days in ski boots. My girl’s favorites are Tip and Toe Nails and California Nails (both in Kimball Junction) and Neon Nails (Old Town).
Basin Recreation Field House - Teens can take a break from the slopes and head indoors for a lively game of Frisbee, soccer, lacrosse or take a few swings in a batting cage at the Basin Recreation Field House located in Kimball Junction.. Best to call ahead for availability.
Dolly’s Book Store - Our favorite Main Street shop to take out-of-town guests, Dolly’s is great destination for all ages of book lovers. Be sure to spot and say hi to “Mr. Dolly”, the resident cat.
Gorgoza Park - For downhill fun, off skis, nothing beats a few hours tubing at Gorgoza. A great independent outing for teens, safe and supervised, lift served tubing is sure to put a smile on your teen’s face.
Enjoy your visit to teen-friendly Park City!
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