Many families come to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks to see the Parks, but there is a wealth of other activities in the area that are family friendly. Regardless of the age, experience level or aptitude, there is a ton of summer fun for everyone.
What to do for Kids Summer Fun
- Mountain Biking
If you didn’t bring your own bikes, check with the bike shops in Jackson to get fully equipped for a day or two of bicycling fun. There are many paved family friendly trails through out the valley. If the family is up for a little more challenge, try some of the mountain bike paths in the surrounding areas.
Fishing with kids can be both challenging and rewarding. There are plenty of places where the fish are biting which will keep your youngsters from getting bored. Be sure to take your camera, so you can get that all famous photos of your child with their first catch.
Grab an inner tube or two from the local tire shop and hop in Flat Creek for an easy and enjoyable tubing adventure right through Jackson.
For older kids, try paddling a canoe or kayak on a mountain lake. For younger ones, let them get their toes wet alongside a stream or lake shoreline.
Take a family friendly day hike on any of the many trails in the area. Pack snacks or a picnic and make a longer day of it. Be sure to take lots of water.
- Horseback Riding
Every child (and the child in all of us) loves the idea of riding a horse. Outfitters and guides can take the entire family on a ride from 2 hours to multi-day trips.
- Horse Pack Trips
Every member of your family will enjoy an excursion on horseback into the wilds of the Grand Teton National Park region. Make it an overnight trip or stay out for several nights. It will make for an unforgettable summer!
- Wagon Rides
There are age restrictions on horseback riding, however, children of all ages can enjoy jumping up into a buckboard or covered wagon and bumping along a mountain trail
- Whitewater Trips
Kids love the thrill of a wonderful whitewater trip down the Snake River. However, there are age restrictions, which may vary according to current height of the water. Be sure to check with local outfitters and guides before planning this activity.
- Scenic Floats
On a kayak, paddleboat or raft, take everyone on a scenic float. This is a great way to view wildlife in their natural surroundings.
- Tram Rides/Scenic Chairlift Rides
Take the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Peak or choose to ride the chairlift to the top of Snow King.
- Wildlife Expeditions and Tours
Have an experienced and professional guides take you and your family to the best wildlife viewing spots and point out all the wonders of this unique habitat.
- Downtown Jackson
If you want to stick closer to town, there are varieties of entertainment options for kids of all ages. These include: Alpine Slide, Miniature Golf, Melodramas, Movies, Museums, Rodeos, Swimming, Stagecoach rides, and Tennis. There are video arcades and games rooms in different locations around Jackson to prevent any permanent damage to kids from technology withdrawal.
Kid Friendly Summer Attractions
- Teton County Recreation Center
Swimming at the Teton County Recreation Center is available year-round, and includes a giant waterslide for kids and adults.
- Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum
The whole family can learn about the fascinating history of the area and enjoy hands on activities. Children receive an activity book and can earn a sheriff’s badge.
Winter Kids Fun
The winter is filled with snowy sports fun, and the kids will enjoy both the activities and the beauty of this fabulous region.
- Sleigh Ride
In the winter paradise of Jackson Hole, the kids will love to take a sleigh ride on quiet forest trails.
- Dog Sled Ride
Another fun thing for adults and kids alike is to go on a dog sled, pulled by huskies whose breath shows in the cold air.
Skiing, of course, is the most popular in this area, and you'll find ski resorts where you can get the little ones some lessons while the parents hit the slopes.