Thanks to its world-renowned ski slopes, incredible range of hiking trails and crisp mountain air, Jackson Hole will keep the whole family happy throughout the seasons. Here are the five best family-friendly hotels that even adults will love, from cozy cabin-style lodging to luxurious tents.
Surrounded by wilderness, Jackson Hole might be considered the ultimate adventure playground. However, this hidden treasure isn’t just for thrill-seekers; Jackson Hole also plays host to many kid-friendly activities, including wildlife safaris, camping and educational programs for even the youngest of aspiring park rangers.
Snake River Lodge, nestled below the mountains in Teton Village, features rustic log architecture, Western decor and a cozy atmosphere – perfect for families looking for a home away from home. Kiddies will enjoy the heated swim-through, indoor-outdoor pool and grotto waterfalls, evening nature talks, wildlife safaris and the new Junior Ranger Program, while adults catch some R&R in the stone saunas and steam rooms, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, the 17,000-square-foot (1,580-sq.-m.) spa, fitness room and lounge areas. Plus, there are homemade cookies and hot chocolate, a Back Country Adventure Center for outdoor adventures, and concierge services for finding family-friendly activities in Jackson Hole.Pro tip: take the kids next door to the famous Jackson Hole Mountain Aerial Tram for unforgettable views of the mountain.
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The Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole is where luxury meets the outdoors. The resort offers many kid-oriented activities, babysitting and a multitude of kids’ items in case you’ve left them at home (think playpens, strollers and baby toiletries), and with multi-room suites available, complete with a full kitchen, en-suite laundry and a living area, families can feel right at home. Other perks include Base Camp activities, the Kids Club (games + more), an outdoor pool and jacuzzis, ski and snowboard lessons and Explorer Backpacks – an adventure kit with sun paper, a compass and binoculars.
With its cozy log cabins, picnic tables and outdoor BBQs, Cowboy Village Resort is perfect for families looking for that camping feel without breaking the bank. Located in the heart of downtown Jackson, guests can still experience the beauty of Wyoming’s wilderness (just a short drive from the Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park) while also taking advantage of the lively town center, shopping and restaurants. All cabins come with kitchenettes, or you can opt for the lodge family suite, complete with a full kitchen, flat-screen TV and twin bunk beds for the kiddos. Plus, there’s laundry on-site, free shuttles and an indoor pool and jacuzzi.
Fireside Resort is bringing extravagance to the tent. Famed for its ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) accommodations, Fireside is where families can enjoy the fun of camping without the hassle. While the kids may not appreciate the fine linens, king-size bed, or ‘Glamping Butlers,’ adults can relish in the posh amenities while the kiddos have fun sleeping under the stars, roasting marshmallows over their own private campfire and falling asleep to the sounds of nature. Choose from a cozy cabin or large, luxurious tent; and with its prime location just minutes from Grand Teton and Jackson, there’s plenty of things to do, including skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling in the winter, and hiking and fishing during the warmer months.Pro tip: book early and save on a family-friendly package.
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Teton Mountain Lodge manages to make family-friendly feel chic. The calm and waterslide-free pool will keep parents happy, and the spa even has a range of treatments that kids will love – from the Young Athlete Massage to the Little Fingers & Toes nail-painting treatment. There are three skiing mountains just minutes from the hotel, so you can hit the slopes with little ones knowing you’re just moments from the warmth of the hotel should they get tired. Rooms come in a range of styles, including a three-bedroom penthouse for an extra-luxurious stay.