Originally Posted by blitz
Hello Every One:
Hoping some one can give me some advise about a summer time trip to Jackson Hole area. I know there are some locals who frequent this site--and I was hoping to get some ideas for activities for my family (Includes young kids) that would be somewhat off the typical tourist beaten path. Thanks much.
Lots and lots of things to do for a family, depending on your preferences and the ages of the kids. Most of these are pretty well known, but they are great fun and the kids will enjoy them.
* Whitewater rafting in the Snake River canyon - big enough water to be major fun but not so big as to be terrifying. Do a "paddle raft".
* Alpine Slide at Snow King Resort right at the edge of the town of Jackson.
* Climbing wall and bungee-trampoline at the base of the tram in Teton Village.
* Disc golf course at the base of the ski area in Teton Village. (young kids are probably too small for this)
* Easy mountain-bike trails at Teton Village. You can now take the Teewinot chairlift up with mountain bikes and then ride back down on the bikes.
* Ride the aerial tram and walk around up at the top. They also do guided nature hikes at the top.
* There's a kids' fishing pond in Teton Village that is stocked with trout. They're not super-easy to catch, but you can see them swimming around. If this interests you, let me know and I'll tell you the formula for the best way to catch them.
* In Grand Teton National Park, take the excursion boat ride across Jenny Lake and hike .4 miles up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. It's a beautiful boat ride, the falls are great, and you can watch the beginning rock-climbing classes as people are preparing to be able to climb the Grand Teton.
* If you're interested in wildlife viewing, get up really early in the morning (be in Grand Teton park no later than 6:30am) and drive the Moose-Wilson road or the park road between Moose and the Signal Mountain Lodge.
* You can take scenic raft rides on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. No whitewater, but the views of the Teton mountains are spectacular and you might see moose, elk, deer, ospreys and bald eagles. (A couple of rafts even saw wolves about a month ago.)
* There are many hikes around the area that are suitable for kids. The Bradley and Taggert Lakes loop is beautiful, as is the String Lake loop. Both of those are in Teton Park.
* For water recreation, people do swim at a couple of different places here. One is the "Wilson Beach", which is a cobblestone riverbank along the Snake River on the south side/west bank of the Hwy 22 bridge over the Snake River (about 4 miles west of Jackson). This is a very popular spot with local families and youngsters. It's completely unsupervised and the Snake is a big river, so you would want to look closely before deciding to hang out there. The other "swimming hole" is at String Lake in Teton Park. The picnic area accesses quite a lot of String Lake that has shallow water and a sandy bottom and families have lots of fun there.
* Horseback riding is also very popular with kids and there are a number of outfitters around who have various lengths and degree of difficulty rides.
* Kind of hokey but little kids seem to love it... there's an "Old West Shootout" on the town square in Jackson every evening at 6:00pm. A bunch of guys a women dress up in old west outfits and ride and shoot at each other.
* I don't know when you're going to be here, but the Teton County Fair runs from this weekend through Sunday, July 31. It's great.
* Then there's always Yellowstone National Park, which is an incredible place to visit.
* Something that we think is really fun is the Spud Drive-In over Teton Pass and just outside Driggs, Idaho (not far from Grand Targhee). It's one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters you'll find and it's really popular with families. They always have family movies and everybody parks the car and sits out in lawn chairs to watch the show. Their french fries are fantastic.
* Also in Driggs, the Warbirds Cafe is really cool. It's kind of a military aircraft shrine and a very good restaurant.
* Not for the kids but maybe for you - if you're here on a Sunday night. The Stagecoach Bar in Wilson (eastern base of Teton Pass) is THE place for locals to go on Sunday nights. They have a local cowboy band that plays and the place rocks. Bill Briggs - the first person ever to ski down the Grand Teton - is one of the band members. It's a dumpy little bar but great fun.
That ought to give you enough to go on.
Have fun and if you want to meet for a beer while you're here, drop me a line.