You think of Jackson Hole Wyoming and you immediately think: SNOW. And who could blame you for that – it’s one of the most renowned winter playgrounds in the world. Yet, there’s the spectacular Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks that you really want to explore on your summer vacation. And now you’re also wondering, “what is there to do in Jackson Hole Wyoming… that doesn’t involve snow?”
At 2.95 square miles, the town of Jackson may not be very big, but summer time activities abound in the town of Jackson and the larger valley we call “Jackson Hole Wyoming.” Whether you’re looking to sit back and relax or get your adrenaline pumping, there’s something for everybody.
White Water Rafting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
White water rafting in Jackson takes place on an 8-mile stretch of the Snake River. With a mix of beautiful scenery and exciting class two and three rapids, rafting on the Snake is a family friendly activity for the adventure seekers among us. Rafting adventures take about 3 hours from door to door and with departure times starting as early as 8:30 and going as late as 4:45, are a great half-day activity option.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art
Visiting the National Museum of Wildlife Art is a prefect rainy or relaxing day activity. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm in the summer and holds over 5000 pieces of art depicting a wide variety of wildlife. Admission is $14 dollars for adults and $6 for children 5-18. The museum is also home to the restaurant, Palate, offering delicious lunch fare and beautiful views of the Elk Refuge and Sleeping Indian.
Snow King Mountain
For family friendly adventure in the town of Jackson, look no further than Snow King Mountain. Also referred to as the Town Hill, Snow King offers summer time activities including the Cowboy Coaster, miniature golf, scenic chair lift rides and the Tree Top Adventure ropes course. You can also stretch your legs on a hike without having to get out of town by going up the access trail to the top of Snow King. The trail is steep and can be a little difficult if you’re not used to hiking or adjusted to altitude, but if you’re up for a challenge the reward is a good work out and an even better view from the top. You can also take the chair lift to see the spectacular view of the Jackson Hole Valley.