Olympic Park in Utah is commonly targeted by families due to the wealth of things to do there. If you’re planning a trip to Utah, ensure it includes a few days at Olympic Park. You’ll need (at least) that long to enjoy a number of indoor and outdoor attractions.
Utah Olympic Park Comet Bobsled
Kids and adults are thrilled to race down the 2002 Olympic Sliding Track, home of events such as the bobsled and luge. Of course, the Olympic events took place in the winter, yet sleds are modified to roll down the concrete surface. Professionals take up to three passengers for a ride of a lifetime, reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour.
However, this ride is not for small children. Attendants must be at least 13 years of age and weigh over 100 pounds. Since the ride is physically demanding, those with neck, kidney, or heart problems should not ride. Moreover, those with high blood pressure, or those who recently have undergone surgery should stay on the sidelines. Call ahead since the ride may close due to extreme weather conditions.
Utah Olympic Park Discovery Adventure Course
The amateur, entry-level course is made for the park’s young adventurers. Adults can accompany little ones as long as they are under a certain weight limit. Of course, since it’s engineered for little people, adults need be prepared to duck, crouch, and get into tight spaces to complete the course.
Those who are under the age of 7 are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult. Also, participants must weigh at least 35 pounds to enter the course. Adults must not exceed 215 pounds. Workers will not allow those with open-toe shoes to do the course.
Utah Olympic Park Extreme Zipline
Imagine being an Olympian, soaring through the air and off the K120 nordic ski jumps. The extreme zipline, a short distance from Park City lodging, is the steepest in the entire world! Starting at the K120 jump, riders are propelled downward at speeds of 50 miles per hour, close to that of world-class Olympian jumpers. Since there are two ziplines, you can fly alongside a friend or family member. Participants must weigh between 100 and 275 pounds and shoes without heels or straps must be removed. As above, those with certain medical conditions or have recently undergone surgery should not attempt to go on the ride.
Utah Olympic Park Droptower
The advanced ride is designed for the gutsiest of adventurers. The 377-foot zip line soars attendants above the trees and finishes at the 65-foot high Drop Tower. From the top of the tower, there is only one way to go; you must step off the platform and experience a 65-foot freefall. Riders must weigh a minimum of 45 pounds and a maximum of 260. You must be able to step off the tower without assistance from staff. An adult chaperone is suggested for those 12 and under.
You don’t need to be a professional athlete to experience Olympian-sized thrills at this Utah park, a destination on every family’s must-go vacation list.
Angie Harris is a travel consultant with many years of experience in the travel industry. She enjoys the opportunity to offer her insights online. Her thoughts can be found on a number of different travel-related websites.