Family-Friendly Travel Tips: Things to Do in Jackson Hole with Kids
Jackson Hole is an extraordinary place to explore with your family — with kids of all ages. There are the obvious activity options, like playing in the snow in the winter and appreciating natural beauty year-round, but the fun lies off-the-beaten-path, too. The Jackson area offers something for everyone in your family, whether they love animals, the outdoors, movies, or pizza. If you’re looking for some new ideas on how to vacation in Jackson Hole with your family, then look no further! We’re going to discuss some unforgettable must-see spots, as well as some of our favorite restaurants where you can grab a delicious meal and keep your little ones amused.
We think Jackson Hole is an unforgettable place for families because it offers so many different things for every member of the family. Whether you want to go hiking through one of America’s most beautiful national parks or just have a relaxing day fishing on the Snake River, Jackson Hole has something for everyone. We’re going to break it down into 3 categories: activities, events, and restaurants. We hope you and your family have a blast and we’d love to hear what you liked best!
A family trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming will be one for the books when it’s packed with exciting activities.
Snow King Mountain
Don’t let the name fool you — as the mountain is open year-round — and full of fun things to do in Jackson Hole with kids. Whether summer or winter, the Cowboy Coaster is a wild rollercoaster-type ride of loops, twists, turns, and curves that show off the natural landscape as you zoom 45 stories down — past hikers, skiers, and snowboarders. Speed demons welcomed. Save time and complete your online liability waiver here. If you want the same views at a much slower pace, there’s also a brand-new scenic gondola that replaced the Rafferty Lift, a classic visitor favorite. We highly recommend stopping by Snow King Mountain on your trip — they also have miniature golf, a zip-line, and a ropes course to keep your kids busy — for hours of uninterrupted fun. Check out the full range of activities on their website.
One of the most unique experiences the area has to offer, this adventure takes guests on a 3 – 4 hour guided boat tour down the Snake River on a beautiful, solid, vintage wooden boat. Sit, relax, and point out all the exciting wildlife as you float by. Book on a Friday and get a free 45-minute Raptor Encounter at the Teton Raptor Center, a great spot if you have any birders in the family. Learn all about the local flora and fauna from your guide and take pride in educating your kids while on vacation. Book your tour here.
Take a Hike
Lighten up your day by taking some time out to hike and explore the landscape up close. The Snake River is a great place to hike with your family because you can see lots of wildlife, including bears! Just remember — never hike alone in bear country — always have someone else with you when exploring this scenic area. There are also plenty of national parks nearby. Want a reliable guide? Hole Hiking Experience is known for knowledgeable, friendly guides that know all the best spots for views, wildlife, and local fun. Sign up for a hike or butterfly-catching adventure for the whole family.
Stargazing with Teton Skies
Stare up at the evening sky in awe at the Teton Heights Observatory for “astronomy under dark skies” near Grand Teton National Park with Astrophysicist, Ryan Hennessey. There are different programs offered through the winter season, like telescope viewings and planetarium shows. Your family will be sure to enjoy breathtaking views of the galaxy from the top of the world, surrounded by some of the area’s most beautiful panoramas. You definitely don’t want to miss the sunset — as the dusk sky changes from yellow, to brilliant orange and rusty reds in an orchestra of colors before letting the stars of the show appear. Reserve your spot here.
The Spud Drive-in
When it comes to things to do in Jackson Hole with kids, The Spud is one of the first thoughts. At this iconic local drive-in movie theater, you can watch family-friendly movies on most weekends all throughout the year with kid-friendly food, like burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and the famous “Spud Buds” available for purchase. For those 13 years of age and older, there are PG-13 movies at the late show. The occasional film festival comes through, as well. Check out their website and Facebook page to see upcoming movie schedules. For an extra treat – grab huckleberry shakes at nearby Victor Emporium first!
If you’re looking for events to attend in Jackson Hole with kids, you’re in the right place.
Jackson Hole Rodeo
One of the best outdoor rodeos in Wyoming, this summer event at the Jackson Fair Grounds would be a blast for the whole family — even if it’s not your kids’ first rodeo. With barrel racing, bull riding, bareback bronc riding, and plenty of food and drinks, this is a great opportunity to show your kids what the wild west is all about. Most rodeo events are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in June, July, and August. Learn more at their website.
Music on Main
Music lovers, unite! This free, all-ages outdoor concert series invites artists from all over the world to Victor City Park in Idaho (not far from Jackson). Bring your own chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert surrounded by natural beauty. Learn about this year’s lineup here.
Each March or April, when Jackson Hole is rampant with skiers, there’s an incredible 3‑day concert series called Rendezvous Fest. With many stages and a variety of music from rock to country, everyone in your family will be able to find something they can sway to. Enjoy local food, beverages, and art, too. Pair this with a spring ski vacation on your family trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and you’ll have a full schedule. Did we mention it’s free? Get updates about the next Rendezvous Fest here.
Delicious, family-friendly places to take the whole crew out for a meal.
Just inside the historic and stunning Teton Valley Inn, enjoy one of the best dinners around at the Calico Restaurant (open 4:30 pm — 9 pm daily — reservations recommended). An inviting atmosphere and extensive menu choices for kids and adults makes sure everyone finds something to their liking. From pizza to pasta, the menu skews Italian but has lighter choices like salads for those not in the mood for a heavier meal. Is food not enough to keep your little ones entertained? Keep an ear out for live music and occasional storytelling at this family-friendly favorite restaurant. The kids will love running around the acre and a half grass-covered yard during warm weather, too. Check out the Calico Restaurant website for more!
Bubba’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant
If your family is full of BBQ fans (or fans of large portions), Bubba’s is the spot! With tasty options that your kids will love for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, your whole family will be begging to come back — daily. Don’t miss the blueberry pancakes and make sure to try the pulled pork and the brisket. Check out the menu and more at the Bubba’s website.
Snake River Brewing
When you’re looking for things to do in Jackson Hole with kids, you’ll need to make a stop at Snake River Brewing. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating (and places for the kids to run amuck), this local joint is a favorite. You and your offspring will be entertained by the dozen TVs, a foosball table, and video games to pass the time. The main floor isn’t where all the fun is, so be sure to ask for upstairs seating. With a fresh remodel, this restaurant will be a comfortable place to unwind after a day exploring Jackson Hole. Visit their website for more details.
A local favorite and visitor destination, The Bunnery offers sizeable portions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a fun western atmosphere. Kids are welcome, the staff is friendly, and the display case is packed with drool-worthy items fresh from the in-house bakery. The Kid’s Breakfast Club is a family favorite, and the restaurant even offers a bowl of Cheerios for your pickiest eaters. You can enjoy meals here every day of your family trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and still try something new every time. Check out The Bunnery menus here.
We hope this blog post helps you find some creative ideas on what Jackson Hole offers for the whole family. If you’re still looking for suggestions or want help booking any activities, reach out to the Clear Creek Concierge and we’ll do our best to make your family trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming unforgettable.
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There is so much to do in Jackson Hole. Rush downriver in a kayak. Ride horseback through a sea of golden grass. Cast a line into water clear as the sky, while the fish flash by like stars. There’s hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and of course, skiing. The Clear Creek Group affiliates with the best service providers in the area, people as passionate as we are about providing great experiences. We can arrange anything imaginable, from backcountry pack trips and heli-skiing to the selection of a personal chef.