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Itinerary: Jackson Hole with Kids (1 Week)

A week of fun filled activities and attractions for the whole family.

A week of fun filled activities and attractions for the whole family. Spend some time in Grand Teton National Park. Head out on a whitewater or scenic rafting trip. Enjoy a horseback ride and wildlife tour. Experience the Wild West with a visit to the Rodeo and a Chuckwagon dinner.

Pricing Key: $ ($1 to $25) | $$ ($25-$50) | $$$ ($50-$100) | $$$$ (over $100)

Day 1: Arrive and Settle In

Depending on when you arrive, kick off your family vacation to Jackson with an aerial tram ride, overlooking the entire valley, followed by the Jackson Shootout, a free event your kids are sure to love.

Tram Ride

Enjoy a Tram Ride to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, towering above the valley at 10,919 feet and offering great views in every direction. Kids will love looking out the tram windows as you gain elevation.

Cost: $$
Location: Teton Village
More Information: 307-733-2292

Town Square Shootout

Return back to town by 6pm for the Town Shootout on the Square, an ongoing summer event that takes place every night from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The show is a fun theatrical performance, involving Wild West characters such as outlaws and officers.

Cost: Free
Location: Jackson Town Square

Dinner in Town

See the list of Kid Friendly Restaurants below.

Day 2: Explore Grand Teton National Park

Dedicate the day to exploring Grand Teton National Park. Start off with a visit to the park's visitor center. Then enjoy a short boat ride and an easy hike to a huge waterfall. Keep watch for wildlife in a few key locations and then fill up on great BBQ before returning to your accommodations.

Craig Thomas Visitor Center

A must before entering the park, stop by the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming. There are a number of interactive displays, a short film, a small store, and lots of information. Kids can pick up Junior Ranger packets here.

Enter Grand Teton National Park

The fee to enter the park is $25/vehicle. This pass is good for 7 days in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Alternatively, you can purchase an annual park pass for $80, which provides access to all national parks.

Take a Boat Ride across Jenny Lake

First things first, drive north on the Inner Park Road toward Jenny Lake. Turn into the South Jenny Lake Junction and take a Jenny Lake Boat Ride across the lake to the entrance of Cascade Canyon. Round trip rides cost $10/adult and $5/child and take roughly 10 minutes in each direction. Alternatively you can walk 3.5 miles along the Jenny Lake trail to the other side and ride the boat back across.

Hike up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point

From the boat dock on the west side of the lake, hike up to a huge hidden cascade, called Hidden Falls. The hike is 1.2 round-trip from the boat dock and takes roughly 1.5 hours. If the kids have more energy, continue on up to Inspiration Point from Hidden Falls (an additional .8 miles and an extra hour hike).

Picnic Lunch at String Lake

Head a little further north and turn into the North Jenny Lake Junction. Park at String Lake and find a sandy spot along the shores to enjoy lunch. If it is a warm day, String Lake is shallow enough that it serves as a great swimming hole.

Note: Before you leave Jackson in the morning, stop by a grocery store or a sandwich joint, like Backcountry Provisions, and pick up a bag lunch and some snacks.

Drive up Signal Mountain Road

Continue further north and turn right to follow the Signal Mountain Road. It winds up to almost 8,000 feet, offering great views over Jackson Lake and the Teton Range.

Look for Wildlife

There are a handful of places that you may spot wildlife like moose, coyotes, elk, deer, and bison in the park. Here are a few top wildlife viewing areas:

  • Oxbow Bend: From Signal Mountain, head north to the Jackson Lake Junction and turn right. Oxbow Bend Turnout is on your right and is a great spot for viewing bald eagles, osprey, and moose.
  • Antelope Flats: Continue South along the Outer Park Road and turn left onto Antelope Flats Road. Drive out for a short distance and look for bison.
  • Moose-Wilson Road: On your way back to Jackson, take an alternative scenic road that joins the South Entrance of the park and the small town of Wilson. From the Outer Park Road, turn right at Moose Junction and then left onto the Moose-Wilson Road, just before the entrance station. Moose and sometimes bear can be spotted along this road, especially at dusk. Note that the road is partially paved/partially gravel.

Dinner at the Q Roadhouse

The Q Roadhouse is a fun family friendly restaurant located on Teton Village Road. Enjoy ribs, hush puppies, fried pickles, and more.

Day 3: Whitewater Rafting

Spend your third day in Jackson Hole on the water. Kids will love the thrill of white water rafting in the Snake River Canyon. Alternatively, enjoy a laid back scenic float on the flat water sections through and just south of the park. After cooling off on the water, check out one of many fun kid oriented attractions in town. Wrap up the evening with a combination dinner and theatrical performance.

Whitewater Rafting and Scenic Float Trips

There is a wide variety of rafting trips offered in the Jackson area. Take your pick from whitewater trips down the Snake River Canyon, scenic float trips through Grand Teton National Park, and scenic floats through wilderness areas just south of the park. All trips can be combined with a riverside lunch or dinner. Age minimum: 6.

Cost: Pricing varies depending on trip type and age.
Trip Info: Whitewater Rafting Trips | Scenic Float Trips

Afternoon Family Fun

Head back to town for an afternoon of one of these fun kid activities:

Mountain Coaster at Snow King: Cruise down a thrilling roller coaster on Snow King Mountain.

Cost: $
Location: Near entrance to Snow King Hotel.

Alpine Slide: A fun activity for the whole family (ages 2 and up), fly down 2,500 feet of winding track.

Cost: $
Location: Near entrance to Snow King Hotel.

Amaze'n Jackson Hole: A summer only maze is located on Snow King Ave at the base of the town ski area.

Cost: under $
Location: Snow King Avenue, across from baseball field

Shop on Town Square for a Souvenir T-Shirt: Tons of shops line the town square.

Head to a city park and play on swings: There is a park right in town on the corner of Deloney and Milward.

An Evening at the Jackson Hole Playhouse

Enjoy dinner and a play at the JH Playhouse. Kids will be entertained from dinner through the performance. Tickets sell out quickly so book ahead.

Cost: $$$
Reservations: Call 307-733-6994

Day 4: Wildlife Tour

Kids will love trying to spot big furry animals like moose, elk, and bear and a wildlife tour is a great option. Alternatively, take the kids on a guided hike where tour guides will point out wildflowers and wildlife, making the hike an interactive experience for all ages. Finish the day with a stagecoach ride around town square and dinner in town.

Wildlife Tour or Guided Hike

Wildlife tours and/or guided hikes come in all shapes and sizes.

Cost: $$$$
Reservations: Wildlife Tours | Guided Hiking Tours

Stagecoach Ride on Town Square

Head to the south side of the Jackson Town Square and look for the small wooden shack that says “Stagecoach Rides.” Hop in a horse drawn carriage and tour the town.

Cost: $
Location: Jackson Town Square

Dinner in town

Day 5: A Museum and a Chuckwagon

This well rounded day will provide a bit of education (at the Wildlife Art Museum), a ton of warm weather fun, and a highly entertaining evening with music and great food (the Chuckwagon).

Wildlife Art Museum

This museum offers something for all ages with a number of displays, artwork, movies, and a fun kid's corner. The museum also hosts events like Family Fun Days and a Summer Film Series. Check out the Museum Event Calendar here.

Cost: $
Location: Head north of town towards Grand Teton National Park. Look for the somewhat camouflaged museum on the left side of the road near the Elk Refuge.

R Park: Head to the western short of the Snake River to find a new park, developed by the Jackson Hole Land Trust, that features nature paths, a bridge across the Snake River, and access to slow moving river water.

Cost: Free
Location: Drive toward Wilson and park on the west side of the Snake River Bridge.

Water Slide: Another fun afternoon option for kids is to head to the Teton County Recreation Center which is home to a huge water slide. Kids and parents will have a blast at this indoor pool and fun center.

Cost: under $
More Info: Call ahead for water slide hours: (307) 739-9025.

Biking

Rent a couple of bikes and ride along Jackson's paved trail system, in the national park, or along a number of dirt trails. A couple bike shops in town offer bike (and carriage) rentals.

Cost: $$
More Info: Find Bike Rentals here

Chuckwagon Dinner

Finish the day with a chuckwagon dinner, an evening of yummy food and entertainment.

Cost: $$
Reservations: Required. Take a look at all Chuckwagon Dinners here.

Day 6: Horseback Riding

Kids will love horseback riding through the mountains that surround Jackson. Complete your day, and your last evening in Jackson, by heading to the rodeo.

Horseback Ride

Two hour rides are probably the best option for families and kids, providing ample time to enjoy the ride but not too much to make for a sore bum.

Cost: $$-$$$
Reservations: Required. Take a look at all Horseback Riding Outfitters.

Saturday Night Rodeo

This is a must for all Jackson visitors and is great for all ages. Kids are invited into the arena in the middle of the show for fun activities. Grab dinner in the stands: hot dogs, popcorn, and soda.

Cost: $
More Info: The rodeo takes place every Wednesday and Saturday night at 8pm at Teton County Fairgrounds. No reservations required. Call (307) 733-7927.

Day 7: Departure

On your way out of town, swing by the Jackson Hole History Museum.

JH History Museum

The Jackson History Museum really crams in a lot of interesting exhibits into a small space. Check out all the blockbuster movies that feature Jackson, as well as a huge stuffed bison. They have a small store that offers unique gifts and souvenirs as well.

Cost: under $10
Location: On Cache, a few blocks north of Town Square.

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Jackson

Jackson is filled with many great places to eat. Take a look at all Jackson Restaurant Menus Here. The Bunnery, Bubbas BBQ, Merry Piglets, Dornan's Pizza & Pasta, Mountain High Pizza Pie, Q Roadhouse, Sidewinders Bar & Grill are great choices for dining out with the whole family.

Lodging and Tour Reservations

Summer is busy in Jackson, Wyoming, so make sure to book lodging far in advance. Find tons of Jackson Hole Lodging Options like hotels, resorts, cabins, B&B's, and campgrounds. Many activities can be scheduled once you arrive in Jackson but it is still a good idea to book ahead for outings like Whitewater Rafting, Chuckwagon Dinners, and Wildlife Tours.


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