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How to do Jackson with a group of mixed-age children

Last time we visited Jackson, we needed to find something a 4 month-old and a 2 1/2 year-old could handle, but that would also be fun for older kids. The Aquatic Center was perfect, and it was nice to take a break from the other tourists. The Aquatic Center has a kiddie pool (3 feet deep) with little waterfalls and a little slide. For bigger kids, there is a big water slide (which was closed when we went, so you might want to call ahead). There is also a 25 yard lap pool, therapy pool, and hot tub. The kids all had a great time. Here's the hours and fees.

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The Raining Mushroom

Note: the big slide was closed while we were there, so you might want to check availability.

That afternoon we got some cold drinks and chocolate crossiants from Starbucks. We relaxed in Town Square while we waited for the shootout (FREE). The next day we visited the fish hatchery (FREE), which the boys especially enjoyed. Here's some more ideas for children of varying ages:

Try Phil Baux Park.

Stroll/bike on the pathway that goes right in front of the Flat Creek Inn. Here are the maps of the pathways and we have FREE bikes for our guests to use.

In the winter, there are 4 ice rinks in Jackson.

If you are having a family event, you can reserve a shelter here.

And here's some local hotpots to swim in.

String Lake is always a favorite for families. Get there before noon to get a parking spot. It's especially fun to canoe or kayak. You can rent one in Jackson, just make sure you get a permit at the Visitors Center first to prevent the spread of aquatic pests.

My sister, cousin, and me at String Lake in the 80s.

Prices at Flat Creek Inn have just dropped from the end of summer, so now is a great time to come enjoy for not as much $$$!

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