Break from downhill and venture downtown. From Wild West antics to Andy Warhol prints, exploring Jackson as a family can be fun and freewheeling.
- Old Time Photos: Refashion your family as a brood of carousing cowhands or grizzly gamblers at Old Time Photos. The transformation is made complete with vintage costumes – feathered and festooned – and kitschy sets – think rustic saloon or western boardwalk. With portraits printed in minutes, you can frame a memory that will make your family smile for years to come.
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not: From a two-headed deer to a collection of barbed wire, Ripley’s Believe It or Not blows minds, young and old. From the truly odd to the deeply mysterious, Ripley’s is a distinctly curious experience for the whole family; everyone will puzzle over the more than 200 exhibits. Kids delight in the zaniness of it all, while adults leave with a list of things to Google.
- Jackson Hole Playhouse: Only in Jackson could you see a professionally-produced musical in a classic Western saloon setting. Enjoy sarsaparilla and popcorn in the ornate lobby before the show begins, and then file into the intimate theater. Tucked in seats feet from the stage, everyone feels part of the dramatic action.
- Art galleries: Soak up some culture by hopping between the 30-plus art galleries that pepper downtown Jackson. From wildlife art masters like Carl Rungius to modern icons like Andy Warhol and emerging talents like Jackson’s own Craig Spankie, the galleries cover wide territory. Pick up a copy of the Jackson Hole Gallery Association’s map – tucked inside local magazines – and plot your own educational stroll.
- Local shops: Locally-owned and -loved shops ring Town Square, and many stock items for all ages. For toys, turn to Teton Toys with its bounty of top brands or MADE and Workshop for their artisan-made playthings. Jackson Bootlegger features treads of all sizes, while Teton Mountaineering and Skinny Skis carry all the gear and garments you need to adventure outside. For refreshments, Yippy I-O Candy Co. specializes in sugary treats, Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream scoops only natural ingredients and Betty Rock Café mixes killer milkshakes.