Family Vacation Guide: Summer in Yellowstone Country

Amidst the awe-inspiring landscape of Yellowstone National Park, lies a world of adventure perfect for the whole family! Beyond the Park’s borders, you’ll find a network of gateway communities, each offering a treasure trove of family-friendly activities.

From exploring rich Western history and culture to soaking in stunning mountain vistas and embarking on thrilling outdoor adventures, you’re bound to create core memories and forge unbreakable bonds among the scenic backdrop of Yellowstone Country. Let’s dive in and uncover the excitement that awaits in these vibrant towns—ensuring unforgettable family memories in every corner!

Cody, Wyoming

Summer Activities

Cowboy bronc rider at the Cody Nite Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming in Yellowstone Country

Cody Nite Rodeo: Experience the thrill of the Wild West with the legendary nightly rodeo that runs every night all summer long (June-August). The Cody Nite Rodeo embraces both seasoned professionals and amateur riders, welcoming them to participate in a range of events, from bull riding and barrel racing to team roping. 

The Nightly Shoot-Out: Witness thrilling shoot-out reenactments reminiscent of the Old West. Featuring lively performances and historical storytelling, performances run all summer long out front of Buffalo Bill’s Historic Hotel.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West: Explore five distinct museums within the expansive complex, including exhibits featuring Buffalo Bill Cody, Western art, Native American artifacts, firearms, and more.

Old Trail Town: Step back in time amidst this collection of historic buildings and artifacts from the late-19th century. This quaint town offers a captivating glimpse into the region's pioneer heritage and allows visitors to immerse themselves in the bygone era of the American frontier.

Cody Trolley Tours: Take a guided tour of Cody aboard a historic trolley, learning about the town's past and exploring its many authentic Western attractions.

Where to Stay

The Family-Friendly Scout Inn in Cody Wyoming in Yellowstone Country.

The Scout Inn: Enjoy a cozy retreat at The Scout Inn, offering comfortable accommodations and a rustic yet modern design in the heart of downtown Cody, Wyoming.

Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel: Immerse yourself in Old West charm at Irma Hotel—established by Buffalo Bill Cody himself—with beautifully appointed rooms and dining options at the Irma Restaurant.

The Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites: Discover comfort and sophistication at this centrally located hotel. Enjoy elegant accommodations and personalized service for a memorable stay in the heart of the Old West.

Family-Friendly Dining

The Trailhead Bar and Grill in Cody Wyoming in Yellowstone Country

Trailhead Bar and Grill: Savor wood-fired pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and comfort food classics at this family-friendly spot, perfect for a relaxed meal after a day of adventure. Indulge in creative comfort food and handcrafted cocktails. Masterfully made with locally-sourced ingredients, Trailhead offers tasty dishes guaranteed to satisfy every member of the family.

The Cody Cattle Company: Experience a taste of the Old West at The Cody Cattle Company, offering hearty Western-style meals and live entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Annie's Soda Saloon & Cafe: Enjoy classic comfort food and refreshing ice cream sodas at this charming spot, where the nostalgic soda fountain experience delights visitors of all ages.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Summer Activities

The Jackson Hole Playhouse perfect for family entertainment in Jackson Hole Wyoming in Yellowstone Country.I

Jackson Hole Playhouse: Embrace the arts with lively performances at Jackson Hole Playhouse, featuring classic musicals and comedy shows that are sure to entertain the whole family.

Grand Teton National Park: Go hiking, wildlife watching, or take a scenic drive to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Teton Range.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: Enjoy outdoor concerts, unforgettable festivals, and access to a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and scenic tram rides.

National Museum of Wildlife Art: Explore over 5,000 pieces of wildlife art from around the world, set against the stunning backdrop of the Teton Range. This museum offers a blend of indoor galleries and outdoor exhibits, making it a must-visit for art enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Jackson Hole Rodeo: Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as you watch courageous athletes compete in thrilling events such as bareback riding, bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, saddle bronc riding, mini bull riding, and more.

Where to Stay

The luxurious Hotel Jackson offering comfortable accommodations for families in Jackson Hole Wyoming in Yellowstone Country.

Hotel Jackson: Experience luxury and comfort at Hotel Jackson, offering elegant accommodations and modern amenities steps from downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The Anvil Hotel: Stay in style at The Anvil Hotel—a boutique hotel with Western-inspired design and cozy rooms—located just minutes from downtown Jackson and its attractions. Book the Family Bunk Suite for the ultimate family lodging experience.

Fireside Resort: Enjoy a unique lodging experience at Fireside Resort, offering luxury cabins perfect for families with modern amenities and easy access to outdoor activities in Jackson Hole.

Family-Friendly Dining

Sidewinders in Jackson Hole Wyoming has a game room for kids making dining fun in Yellowstone Country.

Sidewinders: Dive into flavorful American cuisine at Sidewinders, offering a diverse menu of burgers, sandwiches, and salads in a casual and family-friendly atmosphere.

Liberty Burger: Enjoy gourmet burgers made with locally-sourced ingredients at Liberty Burger, a family-friendly restaurant known for its creative burger combinations and relaxed vibe.

Merry Piglets Mexican Grill: Savor authentic Mexican cuisine at Merry Piglets Mexican Grill, featuring a wide menu of tacos, burritos, and fajitas in a welcoming setting perfect for families.

Bozeman, Montana

Summer Activities

Grizzly Bear from Montana Grizzly Encounter in Bozeman Montana in Yellowstone Country. Fun family activity and chance to to see live bears.

Montana Grizzly Encounter: Marvel at the beauty and strength of rescued grizzly bears at Montana Grizzly Encounter, while learning about vital bear conservation efforts aimed at preserving these magnificent creatures for generations to come.

Museum of the Rockies: Discover exhibits on dinosaurs, Native American history, and the natural history of the Rocky Mountains.

Bozeman Hot Springs: Rejuvenate in the soothing embrace of the hot springs, partake in fun family-friendly events, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the great outdoors at the campgrounds. 

Float the Madison River: Drift along the gentle currents of the Madison River, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and abundant wildlife. Relax while creating a memorable experience for all ages to enjoy in the heart of Montana's picturesque landscape.

Hyalite Canyon: Venture into the breathtaking wilderness of Hyalite, where you can hike scenic trails, picnic by the tranquil Hyalite Lake, and marvel at cascading waterfalls.

Where to Stay

Try Tipi Glamping at Bodhi Farms in Bozeman Montana in Yellowstone Country.

Bodhi Farms: Experience a unique stay at Bodhi Farms, offering Tipi Glamping on a sustainable farm just outside of Bozeman. Nestled in the outskirts of the town center, the property provides a peaceful retreat with farm-to-table dining options and a plethora of outdoor activities.

Courtyard by Marriott Bozeman: Enjoy modern accommodations and convenient amenities at Courtyard by Marriott Bozeman, located near downtown Bozeman and close to attractions such as the Museum of the Rockies.

AC Hotel by Marriott Bozeman: Immerse yourself in contemporary elegance at AC Hotel by Marriott Bozeman, featuring stylish rooms, a rooftop restaurant with stunning views, and a convenient location near downtown and outdoor recreational areas.

The Sapphire Motel: Discover the Sapphire Motel's retro vibrance in downtown Bozeman. With its eclectic decor and comfortable accommodations, this boutique hotel offers a nostalgic yet cozy atmosphere for your family retreat.

The Lewis and Clark Motel: Uncover comfort and convenience at the Lewis & Clark Motel in Bozeman. This family-friendly (and family-owned!) destination offers inviting accommodations and easy access to all of Bozeman's attractions.

Delicious pizza at the family-friendly AC Benchmark in Bozeman, Montana and Yellowstone Country.

AC Benchmark: Experience casual dining with a modern twist at AC Benchmark, featuring a diverse menu of American classics and international flavors. Snack on kid-friendly, delectable dishes like Neapolitan pizzas in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

Tanglewood Grill + Tap: Delight in a culinary journey at Tanglewood, serving up locally-sourced dishes crafted with fresh and flavorful ingredients in an atmosphere perfect for a memorable dining experience with family.

The Farmer's Daughters: Enjoy wholesome breakfast and lunch options at Farmer's Daughters, a family-friendly restaurant renowned for its healthy fare, hearty portions, and farm-fresh ingredients. Don't miss their refreshing smoothies, adding a nutritious touch to your meals that are a favorite among kids. 

Big Sky, Montana

Summer Activities

A family whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana in Yellowstone Country.

Montana Whitewater: Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting (for all levels of rafters!) and create unforgettable adventures on the Gallatin River amidst breathtaking mountain scenery and abundant wildlife. 

Yellowstone Scenic Tours: Avoid the hassle of planning, driving, packing lunch, and paying for Park fees with the help of Yellowstone Scenic Tours. Explore the wonders and majesty of Yellowstone National Park on a custom tour perfectly tailored to your family’s interests and needs. 

Lone Mountain Ranch: Navigate scenic trails on horseback, go fly fishing on mountain streams, try a guided hike, or give 3-D archery and ax throwing a try. 

Big Sky Town Center: Visit the Town Center for shopping, dining, and family-friendly events such as outdoor concerts and farmers' markets.

Ousel Falls Trail: Take a family-friendly hike to Ousel Falls, a beautiful waterfall located just outside of Big Sky.

Lone Mountain Rodeo: Witness the excitement of traditional rodeo events like bull riding, barrel racing, and roping against Montana's stunning backdrop. Cheer on talented riders and immerse yourself in the rich Western heritage for an unforgettable evening.

Where to Stay

The Wilson Hotel in Big Sky Montana set up for summer fun for the whole family in Yellowstone Country.

The Wilson Hotel: Discover refined mountain luxury at The Wilson in Big Sky, Montana. This boutique hotel offers stylish accommodations, personalized service, a game room, and abundant amenities to provide the perfect retreat for families.

Lone Mountain Ranch: Experience a Montana dude ranch at Lone Mountain Ranch, offering cozy cabins and a variety of family-friendly activities such as horseback riding and fishing.

Rainbow Ranch Lodge: Enjoy rustic elegance at Rainbow Ranch Lodge, located on the banks of the Gallatin River, with cozy accommodations and outdoor activities for families to explore.

Family-Friendly Dining

Family friendly dining in Big Sky Montana at Horn and Cantle in Yellowstone Country.

Horn and Cantle: Delight in locally-inspired cuisine amidst an ambience of rustic charm. Savor dishes crafted with care and enjoy warm hospitality for a memorable family-friendly dining experience.

Hungry Moose Market & Deli: Grab a quick and delicious meal at Hungry Moose Market & Deli—a local favorite known for its made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and gourmet snacks perfect for families on the go.

Montana Jack: Enjoy classic American fare and comfort food favorites at Montana Jack, a family-friendly restaurant serving up hearty meals in a casual and welcoming atmosphere.

Livingston/Paradise Valley, Montana

Summer Activities

A family in boats fly fishing on a guided tour with Yellowstone River Outfitters in Paradise Valley in Yellowstone Country.

Yellowstone River Outfitters: Boasting a patience for teaching children, Yellowstone River Outfitters’ knowledgeable guides lead anglers of all ages along the scenic Yellowstone River. Plan a family-friendly fly-fishing adventure and provide your family with an unforgettable opportunity to enjoy the thrill of angling in Montana's pristine waters.

Pine Creek Falls Trail: Traverse through lush forests and rocky terrain while exploring the natural beauty of Paradise Valley. Offering stunning views of cascading waterfalls and scenic vistas, this hike is a wide, flat, easy hike fit for the whole family.

Main Street, Livingston: Explore historic Livingston with a stroll along Main Street. Discover eclectic shops, charming boutiques, renowned restaurants, and galleries showcasing local artwork, all while soaking in the ambiance of the Livingston Depot.

Chico Hot Springs: Rejuvenate with a soak in the soothing water of Chico Hot Springs, offering a tranquil escape that the whole family will enjoy amidst Montana's stunning natural landscapes.

Bear Paw Outfitters: Experience the rugged beauty of the region on horseback. Meander through lush meadows, traverse scenic trails, and soak in panoramic mountain views, creating unforgettable memories of your equestrian adventure in Montana's wilderness.

Where to Stay

Family Friendly lodging at Sage Lodge in Paradise Valley offering a luxury stay with plenty of outdoor activities in Yellowstone Country.

Sage Lodge: Discover luxury and serenity at Sage Lodge, offering upscale accommodations, fine dining, and plenty of outdoor adventures for the whole family.

The Brick House Mansion: Experience elegance and charm at Brick House Mansion, a historic bed and breakfast offering luxurious accommodations and personalized service in Livingston.

Under Canvas (North Entrance): Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at Under Canvas, providing a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience with luxury glamping accommodations near the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Family-Friendly Dining

A retro in-and-out diner in Livingston, Montana in Yellowstone Country.

Mark's In and Out: Indulge in classic American diner fare at Mark's In and Out. Perfect for a quick and satisfying meal, Mark’s is known for its burgers, fries, and milkshakes.

Gil's Goods: Savor a variety of delicious dishes including sandwiches, salads, homemade baked goods, and burgers—all served in a welcoming atmosphere that captures the essence of Livingston’s culinary scene.

Fireside Room: Delight in a cozy Montana dining experience at the Fireside Room, where families can gather in both indoor and outdoor spaces set against the stunning backdrop of Paradise Valley. The comforting crackle of wood-burning fires makes this restaurant an ideal spot to savor delicious cuisine together.

Each destination offers a distinct and memorable experience, ensuring that every family departs with cherished memories and a desire to return. In these gateway communities of Yellowstone Country, diverse attractions and warm hospitality await, promising unforgettable adventures for the whole family.


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