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Spend a Day on Jackson Hole Town Square

For one day, put aside the usual recreational activities commonly associated with a visit here in the Tetons and instead savor "adventure" on the famous Jackson Hole Town Square.
Antler Arches - Jackson Hole Town Square

A different sort of way to enjoy a full summer’s day in Jackson Hole can involve heading over to the historic and decidedly Western Town Square for hours of fun and food in and around the heart and soul of Jackson. Bring your walking shoes, your wallet and your wide grin, simply park your vehicle on or near the square, and get ready for a unique and memorable experience.

Traveler Tidbit: Originally an informal town square of dirt — first “inhabited” by cattle in the early 1900s — the area slowly emerged into George Washington Memorial Park in 1934, becoming forever known as Jackson Town Square. It became and remains the cultural, civic and mercantile heart of the Town of Jackson.

Grab Breakfast at…

The Bunnery, PersephoneCafe Genevieve or Snake River Roasting Cafe.

Traveler Tip: Whether you choose Cafe Genevieve or not for this morning meal, nevertheless make sure to purchase a bag of the eatery’s amazing Pig Candy. Cooked in-house daily, the thick applewood-smoked bacon, coated with a blend of sugars and spices, has been featured on Food Network’s “Triple D” and "The Today Show.”

Jackson Hole History

Go Visit the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum

Located at 225 Cache, take in the many fascinating exhibits of the early days of Jackson Hole as well as embark on a one-hour guided tour of downtown’s historic sights and buildings beginning at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The tour cost is $10 for adults, $6 for students, people age 60-plus and students. Children age 5 and under are free. The museum itself is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Walk a few blocks north from the museum to the National Elk Refuge and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Cache and explore the exhibits and view of the National Elk Refuge.

Jackson Hole Town Square

Take a Horse-Drawn Stagecoach Ride Around the Square

The Jackson Hole Stagecoach, led by two Clydesdale horses, has been circling Jackson’s Town Square for 65-plus years and is more than 100 years old. Everything is original just like in the 1800s. It’s the only stagecoach in the United States you can ride on top of (perfect for kids) and is a big attraction for our European guests. Four to six passengers can fit into the Old West stagecoach, for a 10-minute trip throughout downtown Jackson. Tickets are $6 to $10 and can be purchased in the Stage Stop Building.

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Indulge In an After-Lunch Goodie

Buy an ice cream treat from Haagen Daz or choose some classic or modern-day candy favorites from Yippy-IO—the sweets emporium of Jackson Hole—and bring your delicious dessert over to the square’s park for some fun people-watching.

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Take the Inevitable Selfie Under the Arches

No bucket list trip to Jackson Hole is complete without having snapped a souvenir photograph of yourself under the iconic elk antler arches! Wave at the webcams set up high above and across the southwest and northeast sides of the Town Square park.

FUN FACT: Each arch is comprised of 2,000 antlers.

Enjoy Some Retail Therapy

We recommend stops at locally-owned stores such as: Teton Mountaineering, MADE, Belle Cose, Skinny Skis, JD High Country Outfitters, Valley Bookstore, Workshop, Two Grey Hills, JW Bennett, J.C. Jewelers, Jackson Hole Jewelry, DanShelley Jewelers, and Mountain Man Toy Shop.

Maybe do an afternoon wine tasting at New West Knifeworks at 98 Center St., and ogle the variety of custom-made knives that represent the cutting edge of cutlery.

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Ringholz Studio - Jackson Hole

Check Out the Art Galleries

Jackson Hole is one of the top art towns in the West. Offering everything from Western to contemporary visual art and sculpture, our galleries will keep you enthralled. Pop into Tom Mangelsen’s Images of Nature, Gallery Wild, Turner Fine Art, Ringholz Studios, Altamira, Heather James Fine Art, and/or Two Grey Hills.

Let the Kids Loose

If you have kids in tow, let them burn off some steam for half an hour and enjoy the playground equipment and grassy lawn in Miller Park, located just a few blocks from the square.

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Get Your “Real” Wild West on

Experience the Town Square Shootout, the longest-running shootout in the country. At 6 p.m. nightly, (except Sunday), cowboys, gunslingers and saloon girls—all actors from the Jackson Hole Playhouse—gather on the northeast corner of the square for a fictional and musical reenactment of frontier town justice. While they use real guns during the shootout (and yes, the sound is loud) please rest assured: They are shooting blanks.

Gather Restaurant Jackson Hole

Finish Your Day With a Yummy Dinner

Head over to one of our recommended restaurants: Gather, Kitchen, SUDA, Kampai, Figs in Hotel Jackson, Bin22, Coelette, Orsetto, Snake River Grill, or the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar Steakhouse. Or choose dinner and show at the Jackson Hole Playhouse. This summer's musical production is "Annie Get Your Gun."

The Last Word

Who knew there was so much fun, food and fascination to be had in downtown Jackson? A day spent wandering and indulging in the delights on the iconic Town Square will prove to be a special memory of your visit to the Hole.

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