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
Every Friday during April, Wyoming Stargazing hosts free, public stargazing events from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson. Experts from the stargazing organization set up on the large lawn right next to the Center. During these events, you’ll have access to a giant Dobsonian Telescope with a 20-inch primary mirror to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There are also several iPads with the Star Walk application installed on them so you can explore the heavens while others are looking through the telescopes.
Starting May 4th, the free stargazing programs move to Rendezvous Park (R Park) in Wilson, from 9-11 p.m. near the north entrance to the park off Hwy 390. There is no need to RSVP for these programs—feel free to show up for whatever portion of the program works for you. And don’t forget to wear a warm jacket!
Walk the Sculpure 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 on May 20th! 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.