When you think of West Yellowstone, you think of cowboys slowly meandering down the dirt path, trusty steed by their side. Flash forward a century or so, and this little town has transformed itself into a family friendly oasis. Whether you need a family adventure, world class nature or a place to stop and relax, we’ve got four places ready for your family’s arrive.
Yellowstone National Park
Let’s just start with the big kahuna of parks. Yellowstone National Park is,
Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
Beyond that, however, there are ranger led activities for you and your budding scientist(s), and even a ranger led astronomy course. (A must if you have yet to really experience western stars). Yellowstone is full of lodging, campsites and activities, it’s a family memory packaged and waiting to be given to you.
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Montana is full of some of the most powerful wildlife in the world. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery center is a not for profit animal park where (you guessed it) wolves and grizzly bears that are no longer able to be in the wilderness serve as ambassadors of their species. The discovery center, in addition to allowing your family to safely view these incredible animals, has a raptor center, a naturalist cabin, a museum and several summer programs.
If you are a little outdoors weary, or want to share a different type of experience with your family—the Playmill Theater is well known for it’s family orientated productions, friendly people…and fudge. This summer they are producing, “The Foreigner,” “Damn Yankees,” and delightfully, “Mary Poppins.” Once you arrive, the company will introduce themselves, help you find refreshments (fudge. We cannot stress how important this is to the experience) and settle you in for a fantastic evening with your family.
Yellowstone Zipline Park
With an active family, it’s often hard to find an activity that fits a range of ages and abilities, luckily—Geyser Whitewater added to their family of fun and opened the Zipline Adventure park. The Zipline Adventure Park features over a 1000' of ziplining thrills on four different, family oriented ziplines. Even more exciting is the giant ropes course, featuring 49 challenge elements including spider webs, rope bridges, log bridges and much more. From 14' to 50’ off the ground, it offers an experience that will both thrill and challenge adventurers of all ages and levels. And…added bonus, it is self guided, so your family can move at their own pace.