Best Family Activities in Yellowstone

October 8th, 2015 by

Best Family Activities in Yellowstone

It’s a scientific fact that along with finding yourself naked in front of your class, one of the most popular nightmares is missing out on all the good stuff you could have seen on your vacation. You plan to go here, but maybe you should have gone there! You went to that tour instead of the other! Oh, the horror!

Ok, so maybe it’s not exactly a scientific fact, but it should be. There’s nothing worse than getting home from a trip and having your neighbor say, “Oh did you see that one thing that’s the best thing of all the things?” And you fall to your knees in agony, because no you didn’t. You did not see that best thing of all the things. Where was your neighbor two weeks ago, huh! Well, we at Ressler Motors, we’re your neighbor. We will tell you about that best thing, because we care about your trip. So, when you are packing up the family to head to the first National Park in the U.S. make sure to check out this list of some of the best family activities in Yellowstone.

Old Faithful

This one is a given, and that’s why some people might skip it. But don’t! Yes it can be crowded, but it’s a must-see. The geyser erupts every 65 to 91 minutes (hence the name) and there are schedules to let you know when it’s happening so you don’t have to hang out if you don’t want to. And if crowds and close-ups aren’t your thing you can go into the Inn and watch the show from a few stories up.

Lamar Valley

If it’s wildlife you’re after, Lamar Valley is the place to go in Yellowstone! You can do it alone or take a wildlife excursion with a guide. Since most of these animals are crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk)(look we all learned a new word!), that’s when you should be on the lookout. Keep your camera ready as you could see bears, wolves, eagles, pronghorn, bison, bighorn sheep, and many more!

Junior Ranger Program

The Junior Ranger Program is perfect for kids ages 5-12. Just pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at a visitor center and complete some of the fun things the park has set up, like a scavenger hunt or quiz. When it’s finished, bring the booklet back to the visitor center and your child will be congratulated and will be part of an impromptu induction ceremony, complete with a commemorative Yellowstone Junior Ranger patch.

Grand Prismatic Spring

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the U.S. and is a phenomenal sight with it’s rainbow rings. The colors appear because of bacteria growing in the water and can change with the seasons. Definitely grab your camera for this one, it’s truly an extraordinary sight.

Boiling River

The Boiling River is exactly what it sounds like, except it won’t actually cook you. The hot spring entering the Gardner River is cooled by the mix of cold river water and makes for a relaxing hot soak in the middle of nature, no matter what the season! Grab your swimsuit and don’t miss this unusual spot!