Kick off your day in downtown Jackson with a kid- and adult-friendly breakfast at E.leaven Food Company. Ready for some extra convenience? You can stock up for the rest of the day with one of E.leaven’s very popular and healthy boxed lunches, too!
Free All-Day Public Parking
- Home Ranch Parking Lot (Gill and North Cache)
- Downtown Parking Garage (Millward and Pearl)
Here are some tried-and-true outdoor spaces wholeheartedly endorsed by local parents. Break out your picnic, interact with Jackson Hole’s nature and history and let your kiddos get some exercise.
Phil Baux Park
Right at the base of Snow King Mountain. Kids can try their hands (and feet) at bouldering, scramble on the playground set, and picnic in the shade.
Cache Creek Nature Trail
Short, accessible hike along a boardwalk to a Forest Service picnic area. Dog-friendly, and appropriate even for the littlest rug rats.
This is a historic site on the National Elk Refuge, just a quick drive from downtown Jackson. Learn about early settler families and pair up with a docent to explore the ranch and scan for animal skeletons and tracks.
Rendezvous Park ("R Park")
Located in Wilson at the corner of highways 22 and 390, R Park features a swimming pond that is also perfect for kayaking and paddle boarding, easy hiking trails, bike paths and a sledding hill in winter. Many public events—such as stargazing—are held during summer and winter.
... the bright displays and heaping barrels of candy, fudge, taffy, and chocolate in every shade of the rainbow at Yippy I-O Candy Co. This shop has been a favorite haunt of both parents and kids for 20 years and counting. Your kids will love picking out their own candy bags from the A-Z selection—Atomic Fireballs to Zots!
Let your kids sample the wares at Teton Toys, where blocks, Legos, and other sets offer tactile fun. This will keep everyone occupied as you check out the shelves upon shelves of games, puzzles, educational gifts, and classic toys from all the gold-standard brands. Just head downstairs at Lee’s Tees and you’ve found your spot.
Ice Cream for All
Nothing goes better with the end of a day of family adventures than ice cream. Häagen-Dazs features a special just-for-kids confection called the Stellar Sundae. Served up in a unique dish, it comes with a choice of ice cream, two dry toppings and hot fudge. Even the pickiest eater is happy with toppings including gummi bears, Oreos, rainbow sprinkles, and mini M&M's. It’s a yum, yum.
Want to stay at the shops? Have your hubby swing by the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, kids in tow, for another hour or so—entries are good until 6 p.m.!
Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art! In search of inspiration? Young and old alike adore the Children’s Gallery. Check out the “Critter Cases” at the front desk and add a treasure-hunt twist to your family visit! The museum's Sculpture Trail is a favorite and now there are two kid-sized buffalo sculptures that kids are encouraged to climb on.
- Check out the multitude of kids’ activities at Teton Village or Snow King: From chairlift rides to bungee trampolining, the new Cowboy Coaster and Treetops Adventure Course to the alpine slide and mini-golf, these are great places to occupy a few hours at the base of a mountain.
- Rent bikes and cruise on the community pathways.
- Take an easy stroll on the Snake River levee and bring the dogs, too.
- Check out a calendar of family-friendly events at tetoncountykids.com.
With a multitude of kid-friendly shops, restaurants, and activities in the downtown Jackson area (and beyond!), it's easy to make the most of your family visit to our corner of Wyoming.