Visit the National Fish Hatchery
Jackson Hole is home to the National Fish Hatchery and this little-known local attraction is fascinating. Located four miles north of the town of Jackson and adjacent to the National Elk Refuge, the National Fish Hatchery welcomes visitors for free tours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (except on federal holidays) for a close up view of Snake River cutthroat trout. Observe fish in several indoor tanks and view photographic displays of spawning and stocking.
Check Out the Night Sky With Local Astronomers
Wyoming Stargazing offers free, year-round, public stargazing events every (clear sky) Thursday, when the temperature is above zero degrees Fahrenheit, in the northwest corner of the Stilson parking lot off Hwy. 390 and 22, behind the bus hut where there are no lights. Astronomy educators use one of their large aperture telescopes to show you planets, stars, planetary nebulae, galaxies, and more. There is no need to reserve your spot in advance; just come and go as you please.
Walk the Sculpture Trail at Wildlife Art Museum
The National Museum of Wildlife Art boasts a three-quarter-mile Sculpture Trail, designed by award-winning landscape architect Walter Hood. The famed trail places sculpture against the striking Gros Ventre Mountain Range backdrop and the National Elk Refuge. There is no fee to amble around and appreciate impressive sculptures of bison, moose, elk, birds and more. The trail also features something for the kiddies—two climb-on buffaloes, the only "please touch" sculptures.
Almost Free: Granite Hot Springs Pool
The Granite Hot Springs Pool opens for the summer season in late May. Located in the Granite Creek area, about a 30-minute or so scenic drive from downtown Jackson, this thermal pool is a favorite among locals all year round. It is especially a welcome retreat in spring after a very long, very snowy and cold winter! Cost: Adults $8/kids $5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 307-690-6323.