The most popular attraction in Yellowstone National Park is definitely Old Faithful. The crowds and traffic in general in the Old Faithful area alone will tell you this. However, this part of the park is much more than just the geyser that you can set your watch by. Here are 5 things to do at Old Faithful.
Old Faithful Geyser
The Old Faithful geyser has to be at the top. You can’t go to Yellowstone and not see Old Faithful go off. The geyser erupts about every hour and a half, so you won’t have to wait long if you miss it.
Grab a seat around the grand stands or sit on a rocking chair by the Old Faithful Lodge and enjoy. Another really neat thing to see is Old Faithful erupting at different times of the day. It looks so different erupting at sunset than it does during midday.
Another must when in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone is the Grand Prismatic. The colors that you will see here as you walk through the Midway Geyser Basin are just amazing. It looks like a painter’s pallet.
The walking trail through the Midway Geyser Basin is all boardwalk since the ground below is a thin crust with boiling hot spring underneath. Make sure you watch your step and keep an eye on little ones while walking through.
Lone Star Geyser
This is a fun one that gets you up close and personal to a geyser. First you have to ride your bike (or hike) 2 miles to get to the geyser. The trailhead is just east of the Kepler Cascades pull-out.
The Lone Star Geyser erupts about every three hours, so ask a ranger if they know an approximate time for the day you’re visiting. When we visited, we watched the geyser erupt for about a half hour! It just kept going.
You’re much closer to this geyser and there isn’t anything barricading the geyser, so again, watch little ones that may wander over thinking it’s a splash pad.
After you return from seeing the geyser, be sure to check out Kepler Cascades. It’s quite an impressive waterfall.
Old Faithful Inn
Back in Old Faithful Village, a great stop is the Old Faithful Inn. Stop over for a drink at the cozy Inn after watching Old Faithful erupt or doing a hike in the park. The rustic Inn has such a warm and comfortable feeling.
Firehole Lake Drive
Another really cool place to see active geysers is on Firehole Lake Drive. This is a short drive through a field of several geysers going off all the time. A few of them are so close to the road that you’ll drive right through the mist. If you need to pack a lot of sightseeing into a short amount of time, this drive is perfect.
When visiting Yellowstone, seeing Old Faithful is a must, but with these other attractions, you’ll be able to see more of this beautiful side of the park. For more information on these attractions as well as a few more in the Old Faithful area, check out our 8 Kid Friendly Activities by Old Faithful.
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