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10 Things to Do with Kids in Jackson Hole this Summer

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. 

Mom and daughter with mouths open laughing / screaming as they ride down Snow King Mountain's Cowboy Coaster.
Credit: Snow King Mountain

1. Snow King Mountain

One of our favorite places! Whether you’re hitting up the new gondola for a ride to the top, swinging through the Treetop Adventure Course, riding down on the Cowboy Coaster, or racing on the Alpine Slide – Snow King Mountain has activities for kids of all ages.

2. 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.

3. 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. 

4. Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art

Wildlife encounters aren’t just for the national parks. At the National Museum of Wildlife Art you’ll stand face to face with life-size sculptures on our outdoor trail, take in vistas of the National Elk Refuge, and experience wildlife of the world through art of all mediums in our curated collection and exhibits. Kids can get hands-on in the Children’s Discovery Gallery with life-size diorama, animal costumes, and puppet theater.

Two little girls climb on and through Bison sculptures on the sculpture trail at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Credit: National Museum of Wildlife Art

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 Snow King Resort 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.

Group of 4 children sit on the steps of the pool at Snow King Resort splashing in the water while they cool off from a hot summer day in Jackson Hole.

8. 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.

9. Visit the Jackson Hole 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.

10. Take a Scenic & Wildlife Tour

Snow King Resort is the only resort in the town of Jackson that provides in-house tours exclusively for our guests. Take a half-day and explore points of interest throughout Grand Teton National Park while you search for wildlife! Minimum age for children is 6 years old on a public tour, but no minimum age for families looking to book a private tour.

Photo of the famous mormon row barn. The mormon row barn is an old log building that still stands in Grand Teton National Park with the Teton Mountains behind it as the sun light peers over the mountains during sunset.
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Looking For Family-Friendly Anytime? Jackson Hole’s Got You Covered

Not that there’s anything wrong with Disney World, but if you’d rather trade princesses for wildlife and castles for mountains, then we’ve got the perfect kid-friendly destination for you to consider – Jackson Hole, Wyoming. What’s more is that it’s family-friendly year-round.

No matter which season you’re able to grab the kids and go, Jackson Hole will be ready to show your family a great adventure!