Vacations are never long enough, especially summertime family trips to Jackson Hole. You definitely want to make sure your visit is as unforgettable as possible, and we’re here to help! From an exciting river trip adventure to a sunset concert series, here are a few of our suggestions for the best things to do in Jackson Hole during the summer:
Have a Rowdy Time at the Jackson Hole Rodeo
Bronc bustin’ and team ropin’ have been a part of Jackson Hole’s culture for over a century, and the rodeo is still one of the most exciting family-friendly activities in town. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., head to the rodeo arena at the foot of Snow King Mountain. This rodeo is the real deal, and it’s impossible to be bored with the lineup of high-speed barrel racing, bull riding and other classic events. Yeehaw!
Best View of Jackson Hole
Enjoy a ride to the top of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort via the famous red Tram – it will effortlessly zip you to the top in just twelve minutes! The perspective from the top is breathtaking. Take a short hike to explore some of the unique plants and animals that live in the mountains, and you might even discover some late-lingering snow! (Summertime snowball fight, anyone?) Refuel with a gourmet waffle at Corbet’s Cabin drizzled in brown sugar butter, slathered in Nutella, or get adventurous with the “Gateway” – peanut butter and bacon!
Refresh on a Float Trip down Jackson Hole’s famous Snake River
Can’t decide between the relaxing, stunning views of a scenic float and the heart-pounding exhilaration of a whitewater rafting ride? Fear not – Dave Hansen Scenic and Whitewater River Trips has the solution! Kids and adults alike will love the half-day trip that starts off with one of the best wildlife-viewing floats on the Snake River, and then transitions into an exciting, splash-filled whitewater adventure. Get ready to get wet; it’s guaranteed to be one of your top activities in Jackson Hole.
Trail Ride in Bridger Teton National Forest
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to see the Wild West like the settlers did, saddle up with Willow Creek Horseback Rides. And don’t think you’ve got to choose between rafting and riding – Dave Hansen offers a unique “Paddles to Saddles” package trip that lets you do both! You don’t have to have any experience on a horse, and buckaroos as young as 8 are welcome. Bring your camera! From your cowboy (or cowgirl) perspective, you’ll see some beautiful vistas, and maybe some wildlife.
Tour the Family-Friendly National Museum of Wildlife Art
Kids go wild for the interactive Children’s Gallery at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. It’s hands down one of the best Jackson Hole activities for families. The outdoor sculpture trail features stunning animal statues mixed into the sage-covered hillside. Exhibits inside showcase photos and paintings of wild creatures from around the globe. Finish it off with lunch overlooking the National Elk Refuge – did someone say rainbow trout fish and chips? Yes, please!
Dance It Out to Live Music Downtown
Head down to the base of Snow King Mountain and enjoy one of Jackson’s liveliest summertime concert scenes. Grownups can enjoy a locally-brewed beer, and the whole family can dig into one of the mouthwatering lineup of food options: pizza, tacos, noodles and more! Kick back on the grass and take in the tunes, or head toward the stage for plenty of high energy kid-friendly dancing action. These laid-back community parties are some of the best evening events in Jackson Hole!
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