Play disc golf
The free disc golf course up at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is an excellent way for the family to have fun and hike at the same time.
The course starts uphill from the bottom of the gondola. It starts out short and technical, with tunnel and treed shots. It winds back and forth up lower Gros Ventre and Tramline, shooting in open fields and tightly wooded areas.
The design incorporates three loops, each going a bit higher up the mountain. The lower 9- to 10-hole course can be played fairly quickly. Complete the upper loops for the full 18 holes, including some amazing downhill shots.
Bouldering and the Town Pump
Bring the kids over to Teton Boulder Park in Phil Baux Park for some summer fun, and also consider participating in the Town Pump.
The Town Pump is a summertime bouldering series competition. Held from 6 to 8 p.m., it starts in early June and runs on successive Tuesday evenings throughout the month. A youth division is available for climbers under age 14. This weekly event generates money for climbing holds for the boulder park. Visit jhtownpump.org
Take a swim at R Park...
If you haven't checked out the swimming pond at Rendezous Park (R Park), you need to! There's a sandy shore and the pond is perfect for swimming or simply cooling off your toes after biking there or taking easy hikes with the family on the trails in the park.
... or a hot soak at Granite Hot Springs or Astoria Hot Springs
The Granite Hot Springs pool is a big fave year-round but in summer you can make an entire day of visiting the area: swimming/soaking, picnicking, hiking and biking.
Astoria Hot Springs Park boasts five soaking pools, including a dedicated childrens' pool. There are three soak times a day year-round and you must make a reservation. Best news: There's a discount for locals! Visit astoriahotspringspark.org.
Listen to free (or almost free!) music
• Concerts on the Commons, 5 p.m. Sundays on Teton Village Commons/free
• JacksonHoleLive, at the base of Snow King; $5 for 18 and older/free age 17 and under. For schedule visit jacksonholelivemusic
• Music on Main, 6 p.m. every Thursday in Victor, Idaho, at Victor City Park
Fore! Play mini-golf
The state-of-the-art 18-hole miniature golf course at Snow King features water challenges including a waterfall and a pond!. The course travels through multiple levels and is a great activity for kids of all ages. (That means you too mom and dad!)
Adults and kids age 7 and up, $15; kids 6 and younger, $5. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through Labor Day weekend.
The King Rules!
In addition to mini-golf, Snow King offers more family-friendly activities than you can possibly imagine: Cowboys Coaster, Alpine Slide, bungee jumping, a maze, ropes course, scenic gondola ride, biking and hiking. It's a kid's adventure paradise. Visit snowkingmountain.com for more info and prices.