Apr 23

Things to do for Families in Yellowstone

The world’s first national park is a great place to explore and learn together as a family. There is no end to the number of options and activities available to you. The hard part is trying to figure out which one to do first! We’ve pulled together all the resources and information you’ll need to plan an unforgettable family trip to Yellowstone National Park. You’re sure to take home memories to last a lifetime.

Kid-Friendly Hikes in Yellowstone

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There’s so much to see and do in Yellowstone! Sometimes we don’t have time for a long hike, but we still want to get off the road and deeper into the park. We’ve rounded up some ideas for short hikes and walks ranging from 3/8 mile to three miles. They are appropriate for visitors of all ages, provide fantastic views, and offer informational trail signs to learn more.

Learn more about kid-friendly hikes in Yellowstone

Become a Yellowstone Junior Ranger

Children ages 4 and up can earn a Junior Ranger badge after completing an official activities booklet (available at visitor centers) that cover different aspects of the park like wildlife and geology. Adults – you can earn a badge, too! There is no age limit ????. The well-loved Junior Ranger program provides a wonderful introduction to the natural wonders of Yellowstone and how each individual can play a role in preserving it for the future.

Learn more about the Junior Ranger program

Explore a Yellowstone Visitor Center

Ten visitor centers and information stations are found throughout the park. Step inside one to talk with a ranger, discover more about the park’s wildlife and thermal features through exhibits for youth and adults, or simply to help plan your day’s adventure. You’ll also find Yellowstone Forever Park Stores at most locations. Stop in to say hello, become a supporter, and shop for books, maps/guides, clothes, and a multitude of souvenirs.

Learn more about Yellowstone’s visitor centers

Take a Yellowstone Forever Institute Tour

Perfect for all ages and ability levels, Private Tours provide a truly customized experience. Registering is easy—simply choose from a variety of themed options and your Yellowstone Forever Institute instructor will provide an adventure designed around your needs and interests. We’ll connect you and your youngsters to the stories behind the fascinating sights and sounds of Yellowstone. We now also offer half day Yellowstone Day Adventures tours of the park’s northern range. These tours are convenient and designed around wildlife watching experiences.

Learn more about Private Tours in Yellowstone

Camping in Yellowstone = Family Fun

Family in the Norris Camground

Camping in Yellowstone is a budget-friendly alternative to hotels, and also a whole lot of fun. It’s a terrific way to unplug, experience the park’s natural environment, and enjoy simple pleasures like cooking and eating around the campfire. Ready to plan your trip? Read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions about staying in a Yellowstone campground.

Learn more about camping in Yellowstone

National Park Service Activities

Our friends at the National Park Service will be offering interpretative walks, evening campfire talks, and other presentations and activities throughout the summer.

Find out more information online or stop by the nearest Visitor Center to find out what’s going on near you.

Find out more about National Park Service events