A Family-Friendly Guide to Exploring Grand Teton With Kids

So you’re visiting Wyoming with the family and wondering, “What are some fun places for kids near me?” While the Cowboy State offers many attractions that are well-suited for adventurers of all ages, experiencing Grand Teton with kids should definitely be on your itinerary as one of the top destinations for families seeking a nature escape.

Why Grand Teton Is a Must-Visit for Families

A wooden sign that reads Grand Teton National Park in the foreground and a large, open field of snow and the snow-covered Teton Range in the background.
Welcome to Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton is a major draw for families thanks to its vast array of outdoor offerings. Whether you’re eager to navigate scenic hiking trails, cool off on a paddle board excursion, spot wildlife or introduce your kids to the art of fishing, this park is bursting with family-friendly activities.

10 Family Travel Tips for Grand Teton

Not quite sure where to start with your trip planning? Gear up for a grand time with the family using this list of helpful travel tips.

The snow and tree-covered Teton Range behind a forest of trees at Grand Teton National Park.
Behold the beauty of the Teton Range

1. Pack Comfortable Walking Shoes & Clothes

A woman hiking a long a mountain trail with a forest of trees and bodies of water in the distance at Grand Teton National Park.
Enjoy unmatched views on a scenic hike

If you’re planning to explore Grand Teton with kids, the first step is dressing for the occasion! You’ll be doing quite a bit of walking, so be sure to bring a sturdy pair of hiking boots, hiking sandals or running shoes. As far as clothing goes, keep in mind that the park’s elevation rises from 6,320 feet, and weather changes at higher altitudes. This means the temperatures can get cool here, even on a summer afternoon, so the key is to wear comfortable layers. Here’s a brief list of items that need to make it into your suitcase:

  • Breathable, moisture-wicking T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts. 
  • Convertible pants. 
  • Light jacket as an outer layer (this will keep you warm during chilly morning hikes and can be taken off once the temperatures start to rise). 
  • Hat for sun protection.
  • Swimsuit and water socks if you plan on swimming.
  • Waterproof rain jacket (afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer).

2. Stay Hydrated & Make Personalized Water Bottles for the Kids

Two people hiking with backpacks on a trail through a forest of tall trees in Grand Teton National Park.
Bring the essentials for a safe and memorable hike

Hydration is essential during your family adventure, so lightweight water bottles that are easy to carry are a must for your packing list. If you want to add a little Grand Teton flair, personalize your bottles with stickers from the park store to give the kiddos an extra special memento to commemorate their trip.

3. Download Travel Wyoming’s Trip Planning App

As you gear up for your family-friendly activities, remember to download the Travel Wyoming Trip Planner App. Whether you’re looking for something in particular or just want to get a lay of the land, this handy travel assistant can be used to create a personalized itinerary in real time.

4. Bring Binoculars to Spot Wildlife from a Distance

From black bears and bison to elk and pronghorn, Grand Teton is home to a variety of animals that are sure to delight little explorers. Just remember to bring a pair of binoculars so the kids can view wildlife at a safe distance and take in the distant landscapes. 

A moose standing in tall yellow, orange and green grass surrounded by trees with yellow and orange leaves at Grand Teton National Park.
Keep an eye out for the local residents

 5. Arrive as Early as Possible

A wide shot of a landcape covered with brush and trees and the Teton Range in the distance at Grand Teton National Park.
Watch the sunrise over the Teton Range

“The early bird gets the worm” is sound advice when it comes to visiting Grand Teton with kids. Arriving at the start of the day is ideal for a few reasons: 

  • This is when wildlife is most active.
  • You’ll avoid the midday heat.
  • Mornings offer the best light for photos.
  • The kids will be bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and eager to explore. They’re likely to become drowsy when their afternoon nap time or bedtime rolls around.

6. Visit the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center

Stopping by the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center is a great way to kick off your family-friendly activities or give the kids a little break from being outdoors. This sprawling 22,000-square-foot space houses fascinating exhibits on everything from history to wildlife, along with ranger-led programs, park films, trail information and so much more. Access to the center comes free with park entrance.

7. Pack Extra Snacks & Prepare for a Picnic

Keeping your body fueled is crucial while you’re out and about, so be sure to pack extra snacks and water for the whole family. If you’d like to dine beneath the wide Wyoming skies, pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the 10 picnic areas within Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.

8. Visit Jenny Lake in the Afternoon

The Teton Range and a forest of trees circling around Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Forest.
Make a splash at Jenny Lake

Set at the base of the Teton Range, Jenny Lake is considered the centerpiece of the park and is one of its most popular areas. While you’re here, hop aboard a boat shuttle or scenic cruise, check out the visitor center or trod down one of the various trails to see Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point and other natural wonders.
If you’d like to extend your time here, consider staying at Jenny Lake Lodge. This AAA Four-Diamond full-service resort boasts elegant, historic cabins, tasty local dishes and a variety of activities such as horseback riding and rafting.

9. Practice Bear Safety

A small tent and a pick up trick in a small clearing within a forest of tall trees in Grand Teton National Park.
Stay bear aware during your camping trip

Both black and grizzly bears can be found throughout the park, so it’s important to come equipped with some safety tips. Here are some ways to stay bear aware while you’re visiting Grand Teton with kids:

  • Ensure that your presence is known by making noise on the trail. 
  • If you’re camping, secure your food in a location that’s away from camp and out of a bear’s reach.
  • Should you encounter a bear, do not run, climb a tree or drop your pack. If the bear is unaware of you, move away quickly and quietly. If the bear is aware of you, back away slowly.
  • Bring bear spray with you, just in case.
  • Read any bear safety signs you come across.

10. Live in the Moment with a Disposable Camera

Add a retro touch to your adventure by taking a disposable camera with you! Once you return home, develop the pictures and consider creating a collage or scrapbook. Unlike storing photos in your phone’s gallery, this physical approach gives your cherished memories a more tangible form, making these a treat to look back at for years to come.

FAQ: Things You Should Know for Grand Teton

Got a few more burning questions? Take a peek at our FAQs before planning your family-friendly activities in Grand Teton.

Where should I stay when visiting Grand Teton with kids?

A child walking in front of wooden building surrounded by trees at Grand Teton National Park.
Find a base camp fit for your adventure

If you’re wondering where to stay with kids in Grand Teton National Park, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a quick list of on-site lodging options to get you started:

Is Grand Teton National Park a good place to visit with kids?

A lake lined by trees on the right side and the Teton Range in the distance.
Bask in the serenity of nature

Yes! From natural attractions and wildlife viewing to interactive exhibits, Grand Teton is essentially the ultimate field trip—perfect for sparking curiosity and nurturing young minds.

How many days do you need in Grand Teton National Park with kids?

Plan for one to two days at the park to give your family time to really get immersed and explore at leisure. If you’d like to venture into neighboring Yellowstone National Park, you’ll want to tack on an additional two to three days.

The post A Family-Friendly Guide to Exploring Grand Teton With Kids appeared first on Travel Wyoming.

This article: A Family-Friendly Guide to Exploring Grand Teton With Kids has been curated from our friends at Travel Wyoming and the original in it's entirety can be found here: https://travelwyoming.com/article/family-friendly-grand-teton/