The Great Indoors: Staying Inside in Jackson Hole
You’re making vacation plans with friends when suddenly someone mentions it: the outdoors. Your idea of the outdoors is a walk through the backyard to get to the mailbox. Everyone is gung-ho about Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and someone even makes reservations at Flat Creek Inn. You could be the worst and back out, but FOMO gets the best of you. If this sounds like you, then read on because I’ve rounded up some of the best indoor activities Jackson has to offer.
While shopping technically does involve walking outdoors from store to store, you’ll get to experience the thrill of the great indoors at hundreds of small shops, galleries, boutiques, and bookstores scattered through Jackson Hole. A personal favorite, Gaslight Alley, features a variety of shops literally steps away from each other so your time outside is only as long as your stride. Here you’ll find an amazing bookstore (see link above), the cutest boutique souvenir shop, and a sweet shop with chocolates and sweets from around the world. Any indoor enthusiast worth their salt will know that chocolate and a book in your hotel room beats a muddy trail any day.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Even if you don’t appreciate being among wildlife, you can still appreciate it from the indoors! Founded in 1987, the National Museum of Wildlife Art holds more than 5,000 works of art from around the world. Featured artists include Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, there’s even an outdoor sculpture trail you could wander before heading back inside for lunch at the Palate restaurant. Be sure to check the website for current hours and ticketing information.
Jackson Hole is home to a plethora of delicious restaurants and there’s surely one for every palate. While I’ve tried a few (hello, Bubba’s BBQ), this comprehensive list written by a true Jackson foodie is where it’s at. Or venture out and start your own list! Let us know in the comments what you find.
Jackson Hole Playhouse
A Jackson Hole mainstay, the Playhouse is a can’t-miss. Housed in the oldest building in Jackson, the Playhouse is committed to bringing people together through art, laughter, fine dining, and community. A quirky dinner theater playing performing some of your favorite classic westerns (and more!) this place is sure to be your new favorite indoor Jackson experience. You can choose dinner and a show, or just the show. But either way, you’re sure to have a great time. As always, check the Playhouse website for what’s on and showtimes.
And last, but certainly not least:
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum (JHHSM) was founded in 1958 by an archeologist and western history enthusiast. The museum focuses on the archeology and history of Native Americans in the area. It also features exhibits on the historical industry, i.e. fur trading and homesteading and the move to tourism and skiing. If you’re up for a light outdoors activity, the JHHSM offers free hour-long walking tours of historic downtown Jackson. Before planning your visit, make sure to check their website for seasonal hours.
While that rounds out my list, this in no way covers all the indoor activities available in Jackson. So before you pretend you have an urgent work deadline and bail on your friends, come experience the best of what Jackson has to offer! To start your indoor adventure, visit Flat Creek Inn or call us at (307) 733-5276.
Breanne Kunz was raised in the Pacific Northwest but grew up spending summers in Idaho frequently visiting Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park. She is a wife and mom who likes to write. She occasionally travels (not as much as she’d like) and always eats.
Photos courtesy of:
InSapphoWeTrust from Los Angeles, California, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons