If you plan on camping or staying at a lodge in the Park, book your stay at least 2 months in advance. Spots fill up quickly, especially in the summer. Download the Yellowstone app prior to driving to the park. It is very helpful, but there is little-to-no internet/wifi access in the park to use it. Be sure to pick up a Ranger’s wildlife sighting guide for your kids as soon as you get to the park.
Some areas of Yellowstone are not stroller accessible. Make sure to bring a backpack or sling for little ones. In general, keep close to those kiddos who tend to wander off. Signs everywhere in the Park indicate that the ground is unstable and visitors should keep to the paths. Be prepared to possibly sit in “traffic,” especially during peak season.
The earlier the start, the less people are out. As it gets closer to lunch, more people are out and about.
I personally would not take small children to Yellowstone in the winter—especially if you are camping. Even in August, the temperature dropped to the low/mid-40s during the night and in the morning. By noon it had warmed up considerably but I can imagine the winters in Yellowstone are brutal.
National Park entrance fees can be spendy, so if you plan on visiting more than one in a year, purchase a National Park Pass. Fuel up and grocery shop outside the park. Gas and groceries inside the park are more expensive.
This family-friendly tour of Yellowstone National Park takes you to some of the must-see sights in one of America’s greatest national parks. Kids will love to spot wildlife as you drive through the park and each stop provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature. Start your day with the awe-inspiring eruption of Old Faithful Geyser. Even little kids will be mesmerized by the steaming water shooting from the ground. Next, head to the Artist Paintpots for a leisurely walk around the colorful pools. Early morning light is particularly pretty. End your day with the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. This Yellowstone for kids itinerary will certainly be a memorable day for all!