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.
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.
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.
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.