Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Outdoor Vacations: Jackson Hole, WY

This small Wyoming town has a charming Old West vibe, plus lots of activities for children of all age.
 

Learning Benefits

Why go?
Why not? With the Grand Teton range in the distance, this small, fun-to-roam town has a charming Old West vibe, plus lots of activities for children of all ages. To learn more, click here.

While you're there
Take a day trip to nearby Grand Teton National Park, go white-water rafting on the Snake River, and don't miss the chance to ride the 100-passenger Aerial Tram, which rises 4,139 vertical feet before reaching the summit of Rendezvous Mountain and some of the best views in the Teton Range. While you're on the mountain, hike the trails or enjoy Corbets Cabin's famous "top of the world" waffles, slathered in your choice of brown-sugar butter, Nutella, or peanut butter and bacon! Later, make a reservation at Bar J Chuckwagon. In addition to enjoying hearty, Old West-style fare—BBQ beef, pork ribs, grilled rib-eye steaks, and lots of sides—the kids can visit the Western Village, chat with the wranglers, sample Dutch-oven biscuits, and take a spin in a horse-drawn wagon. There's also a Western music variety show complete with cowboy tunes and kid-appropriate stand-up comedy.

Where to stay
Accommodations can be pricey in Jackson Hole, so book as early as possible. The Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole is a great place to begin; room rates start at $179 a night and include free Wi-Fi, an airport shuttle service, a laundry facility, and a daily paper; plus, there's a fitness center and a clubby Western-style lobby with comfy leather chairs and a wood-burning fireplace.
* All hotel prices are approximate.

Insider tip
Check out the Jackson Hole People's Market, now in its fifth season, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through September 17. Held at the Snow King Ball Field, there's food from local farmers, producers, and restaurants; live music; local beers on tap; and artisans selling everything from clothes and jewelry to glassworks. There'll also be outdoor movies every Wednesday, starting at dusk, beginning August 6.

Download activity sheet

PLUS:
See Glaciers in Alaska
Cruise Maine's Coastline
See History in Philadelphia

Find Just-Right Books

The Reading Toolkit