Having Fun In Jackson Hole: 9 Tips Only The Locals Know
Jackson Hole is full of adventure, and we’re here to help you make the most of your Wyo vacation. Here are a few tips from our local Wise Guides on having fun in Jackson Hole, no matter what age!
Hire a fishing guide for the best spots
If you want an unforgettable fly fishing experience while you’re in Jackson Hole, then let the locals guide you to the best spots. There are lots of great local guide shops in town, so you really can’t go wrong. Book a trip with Grand Fishing Adventures, Westbank Anglers, or Jackson Hole Anglers for some of the best fishing along the Snake River. Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School is also another great option and they offer daily classes & trips.
Climbing opportunities in the Grand Tetons
If you’re up for the challenge, the Grand Tetons offer several mountaineering opportunities. With peaks climbing 11,000ft to 12,000ft+, the effort will be worth it when you look out over the summit of Teewinot Mountain, Mount St. John, Matternought Peak, South Teton, or The Jaw.
Hot springs with fewer people
The well-known Granite Hot Springs is a Jackson Hole favorite, but there are many local, less crowded spots to help you ease those tired muscles. Astoria Hot Springs is south of Jackson and they have recently renovated its beautiful facilities and pools. With a capacity of 60 people per session, you’ll definitely want to make a reservation early for this one!
Food and Drink
Best Locally-Owned Deli
It’s good to support local and the Creekside Market and Deli is a local favorite for the best sandwiches. Whether you’re looking for a place to stop for lunch or want to grab sandwiches to take on a day hike, you’ll find what you need at this one-stop-shop.
Find great restaurants on the back streets
There are some iconic restaurants around Jackson Town Square, but just a few blocks away are some of the best food and drink to be found anywhere. Thai Me Up Restaurant and Brewery has the best spicy Thai food to pair with an award-winning brew from Melvin Brewing. For Italian flair, try Glorietta Trattorria’s handmade pasta and wood-fired grilled ribeye or salmon. If you want some down-home cooking, plus a delicious eclair for dessert, stop at Miazga’s. Ohh so good!
Jackson has its own distillery
Jackson Hole Still Works has a passion for its product. They have a “Grain to Glass” approach, which means they source their grains locally, mill them in-house, distill, and bottle it all without taking any of the processes outside the distillery. They also have a very cool way of featuring Wyoming artists on their labels.
Things to do
Live music can be found in different places around Jackson. Listen to bluegrass every Tuesday night at the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill. Local band One Ton Pig has been playing here for the past 14 years and their live jams are always a crowd-pleaser. No matter what night you’re in town, you’ll find bands playing at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Come mingle with the locals on the dance floor.
Art is everywhere
Jackson is proud to be home to over two dozen art galleries and it’s fun just to take an impromptu art walk around town. You’ll find traditional mountain landscapes to contemporary art, and all forms of materials from bronze to pottery to blown glass. Many of the restaurants and bars also have great art pieces adorning their walls. For another great art experience, check out the calendar for the Fall Arts Festival, which takes place in September.
If you reserve a lane at the Hole Bowl, you just might find yourself next to the locals also having fun. The Hole Bowl is a great place to bring the whole gang together, no matter what age. In addition to bowling, you can challenge your friends and family to a game of pool, arcade games, skee ball, and more. They also have great food at the Pinsetter Restaurant or choose from the bar menu.
You now have the inside scoop from the locals to have a great time in Jackson Hole!