Jackson Hole With Kids
Summer is at its best in Jackson Hole. Though Jackson Hole welcomes the snowy season the way only a mountain town can, there’s something uniquely sweet about the first few flowers that peek through the melting snow.
Like hibernating bears, the Grand Tetons rise to usher in a brand new season, and with it families looking to break out their hiking boots and bathing suits. There’s no shortage of things to do with kids in Jackson Hole, but there is a shortage of summer sun; by the end of June, daylight hours will already be slipping away.
Seize the season by putting a Jackson Hole vacation plan in place well before you set your sights on the town’s iconic arch of antlers. Start by taking a peek at 11 favorite things to do in Jackson Hole with kids, from shootouts to swimming pools.
11 Ways to Explore
Stay and Play at Snow King Mountain
Snow King Mountain really gets going just as soon as the snow melts. The mountain’s family favorite attractions include swinging through the Adventure Park, plummeting down the Alpine Slide, riding the Cowboy Coaster, or taking a scenic chairlift ride.
Ride the Aerial Tram
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Aerial Tram climes 4,139 vertical feet in just 12 minutes. From the top, you’ll catch panoramic views of Jackson Hole valley and the surrounding mountains. Stop for a family photo, then continue on to the many hiking trails.
Witness a Shootout
The Old West comes to town every evening during the spring and summer. Head to the town square at 6 p.m. to see this classic face-off. Be sure to arrive early--kids will want to stake their claim on a front-row spot.
Attend the Jackson Hole Rodeo
Kids of all ages will love catching a glimpse of real-life cowboys and girls every Wednesday and Saturday of the summer season as they take on bucking broncos and bulls. New to the rodeo? Check out our breakdown.
Rent Mountain Bikes
Though mountain biking can involve plummeting down a hill at high speed, it doesn’t have to! Jackson Hole is as bike savvy as it gets with tons of bikeways. Rent a bike on-site at Snow King Resort then head out to explore.
Experience the Bridger Gondola
The Bridger Gondola brings you and the family up to 9,095 feet. Hike the Wildflower Trail with your kids in tow, then enjoy lunch at the Deck. Even better? The Bridger Gondola offers free rides from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. now through September 15.
Play in the Pool
Work a little downtime into what is an otherwise action-packed vacation. Lounge in the sun as your kids splash in the heated outdoor pool. The pool is also adjacent to Hayden’s Post Kitchen & Bar so you can pop in for snacks for the kids and a beer or cocktail for yourself.
Explore the Teton County Fair
Usher in late July at the Teton County Fair, a family-friendly spectacle straight out of a storybook. The Teton County Fair has been a local favorite since it kicked off in 1956, and includes entertainment, live music, nightlife, and engaging 4-H showcases.
Visit the Children’s Museum
Sometimes a little inside time is just what a family vacation needs. Take a break from the action at the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. Your kids will love stepping into the day-to-day of a veterinarian or challenging their coordination in the Climber.
Hike In Rockefeller Preserve
This 1,106-acre wildlife refuge sits within Grand Teton National Park. Originally a ranch, the preserve is the perfect place to take in the Tetons without having to toil on a trail. Explore the many trails that lead to Phelps Lake, a perfect place for a cooling plunge.
Take an Old Time Family Photo
Capture your family’s journey to the Old West at Jackson Hole Old Time Photo. Step into the old west complete with a prop gun, or opt for a ski and mountaineering-style shoot. The shop also offers special photo editing to transport you and the family to a new locale.
Feel at Home in Jackson Hole
The next best thing to a day filled with adventure is having a homey place to return to. Snow King Resort’s guest condos feature up to four bedrooms and full kitchens yet still give you full access to the resort’s amenities. Make these condos your home in Jackson Hole.