It’s no secret that I love the mountains, so needless to say, visiting Grand Teton National Park was high up on my list of places to visit. We spent some time this summer in Jackson Hole, WY and visited Yellowstone, the Tetons, and much more. I wrote about our trip to Yellowstone in another post, so this one is all about Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park!
We stayed in two different hotels
- The Jackson Lake Lodge: This is a fantastic lodge in Grand Teton National Park. It is driving distance from Yellowstone National Park and still away from the crowds to the North (Yellowstone) and to the South (Jackson Hole). There are also gorgeous views of the Tetons that are not to be missed.
- Snow King Resort Hotel: Snow King is walking distance from downtown Jackson Hole and also has endless entertainment onsite. If you have kids, this place is seriously perfect.
With these two hotels and a full week, here is everything we did:
Spend an afternoon (or three) downtown
We loved hanging out downtown. It’s such a cute area and there is a ton to do.
- Visit the public parks: Jackson Hole has multiple public parks that are better than any I’ve seen elsewhere so it’s endless fun for younger kids. The park next to Snow King Hotel has a bunch of bouldering walls alongside the standard swing set/jungle gym set up.
- Dining: I loved Persephone Bakery for breakfast since they had a nice outdoor patio. And Local Restaurant & Bar was great for dinner.
- Shopping: There are a bunch of toy stores, art galleries, and gift shops as well as some really nice speciality shops. I bought a few souvenirs on this trip since there were so many great options.
- Walking: The downtown area is so fun to walk through. The central park area is decorated with giant antler arches that are fun to take pictures with and for the kids to check out.
Visit Teton Village
If you’re staying in Teton Village, you’ll likely spend a ton of time there, but even if you’re staying elsewhere, it’s worth a visit. There are so many activities, I won’t list them all. But some of our favorites were the:
- Community park: Jimmy spent at least two hours at the park here, going down the slides and running around the water area.
- Gondola and aerial tram rides: These are both enclosed rides so they’re safe and you get awesome views of the mountains.
You can also scale the climbing wall, jump on the bungee trampoline, play disc golf, practice yoga, and tons more.
Hike and/or climb in the Tetons
I’m not gonna lie, climbing in the Tetons was easily my favorite activity of the trip, even if Jimmy wasn’t involved. A friend and I did a day-climb with Exum Mountain Guides and had a great time. If you have older kids, they can even join in the fun. Or, if you have younger kids, there is a ton of hiking in the Jackson Hole area.
Take a boat ride or rent a canoe
There are boat options in a bunch of places, including Jackson Lake and Jenny Lake. The Jenny Lake ferry drops you off on the other side of the lake. From there, it’s a quick hike up to Hidden Falls. Depending on how old the kids are, you can keep going, or just hang out and enjoy the waterfall.
You can also rent canoes or stand-up paddle boards, depending on which body of water you’re currently visiting.
Even more to do during summer in Jackson Hole
Because we only had a week, we weren’t able to do everything we’d hoped. Here are a few things we weren’t able to do, but heard great reviews of:
- Visit the Jackson Hole Rodeo on Thursday nights
- Grab drinks at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
What are your favorite things to do during summer in Jackson Hole?