If you’d rather hand over the wheel to someone else and concentrate on the scenery, park concessionaire Grand Teton Lodge Company (tel. 307/543-2811; www.gtlc.com) offers 4-hour bus tours of the park, with an emphasis on ecology and wildlife-watching. Adult tickets cost $70 and kids’ tickets (ages 3–11) are $32; tours run late May to early October. The company also runs Yellowstone tours, and you’ll get a discount for signing up for both. There are also several aquatic tours on offer on Jackson Lake, including a scenic cruise; a kids’ cruise; a geology-focused tour; and breakfast, lunch, and dinner tours with al fresco meals on Elk Island. Tickets range from $32 to $67 for adults and $14 to $38 for kids.
Several companies out of Jackson also offer small-group tours of the park. Brushbuck Tours (tel. 307/699-2999; www.brushbucktours.com) is one of the best: Sign up for half-day, full-day, or multiday tours built around wildlife-watching and photography. Prices start at $450 for a half day and $700 for a full day for one or two people in summer. The more affordable Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris (tel. 307/690-6402; www.jacksonholewildlifesafaris.com) is also popular for its wildlife-centered tours in Grand Teton and Yellowstone, ranging from a half day to 5 days in length. Tours cost $145 to $275 per person for single-day summer trips. Both outfitters also offer winter tours.
The excellent Teton Science Schools ★★, 700 Coyote Canyon Road, Jackson, WY 83001 (tel. 307/733-1313; www.tetonscience.org), runs several immersive all-ages programs on five campuses. Besides summer camps and student-focused options, travelers can sign up for a variety of adult and family programs. Especially popular: biologist-led Wildlife Expeditions, from half-day sojourns to multiday trips, designed to be crash courses on the park’s wildlife. Some programs add hiking, floating, and sleigh rides to boot.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.