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9 Completely Free Things to do in Jackson Hole (that are fun!) 2021

We get it, traveling and lodging can be super expensive. You want to get out and have fun but your budget is limited. Well no fear, we’ve got some great ideas for you so that you can still experience the wonder of Jackson Hole without spending a dime!

1. Watch the Shootout in Town Square

The shootout is a reenactment of what gun fights would have looked like back in the day. It’s free to the public and everyone is welcome to gather around and watch this heart pumping, thrilling show!

It is currently scheduled to start up again this summer (2021).

It happens at 6:00pm Monday-Saturday at the northeast corner of Town Square.

This is a must-see when visiting Jackson….plus it’s FREE! Bring your whole family and you will enjoy seeing this western shootout!

If you watch a video of what the shootout looks like, feel free to click here.

2. Go to the Jackson National Fish Hatchery

The Jackson National Fish Hatchery is a really neat place to visit. This is where they hatch and produce fish in order to help make up for loses from federal water projects. They also use the fish for research.

You can walk on a short path to the fish hatchery building where you will be able to go inside and see rows of fish. There are guides there who can talk to you about the fish and answer your questions. Then you can go outside and walk around the beautiful property.

Their hours are 8:00am-4:00pm.

The great part is that this is all FREE, and it’s a great way to learn more about wildlife and the environment.

3. Walk through Western Art Museums

Photo via: Wilcox Art Gallery
Photo via: Wilcox Art Gallery

Jackson Hole is filled with amazing art museums. Western art has a real beauty and charm to it. We highly recommend walking through a few of these museums just for fun, and you will be in awe of the art and talent that is presented.

One of our favorites is the Wilcox Art Gallery. There is art from many different artists displayed here, as well as art from Jim Wilcox who is known for his amazing landscape paintings. Best of all, it’s free to go look around!

Their hours are 10:00am-8:00pm.

4. Go on a Hike

Going down the mountain

Hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy and experience the unique beauty of Jackson Hole. There is nothing better than getting out into the mountains and enjoying nature. Plus, nature is FREE!

Here is a list of 11 great hikes around Jackson. We recommend the Phelps Lake Loop hike. It has the most stunning views!

5. Visit a Bookstore

Bookstores are always a treat. It’s especially fun to visit one in Jackson Hole and see the unique selection of books there. We recommend going to the Jackson Hole Book Trader. Check out this Google review and see if it doesn’t make you want to go here:

What a treasure! This quaint local bookseller is a delight to browse through and unwind while reading a book on the outdoor patio. They carry new arrivals, classics, children’s books, artwork, and rare first editions. Great atmosphere with friendly staff. Parking is limited but I was able to park at the front door. Prices competitive with online retailers, but so much better since you can touch the books & smell the pages. Wonderful.  –Austin Wolf

Hours are 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday. Bookstores are great because they are FREE to browse!

6. Wander through Yippi-I-O Candy Store

This is one of the best candy stores around. It’s full of yummy smells, bright colors, and every kind of candy you can imagine! Another perk is that you can get a little taste test sample of one of their yummy fudge flavors for FREE! We recommend the huckleberry fudge flavor, yum!

Check out this Google review:

This hole in the wall store is a must see. Not only do they have fudge and other homemade treats I also found some my favorite candy from my childhood. The unique part for me was all of the local huckleberry choices. I purchased tea bags, lemonade mix, jelly beans and lollipops. -Dduck275

We highly recommend checking out this candy store while you’re in Jackson!

Hours are 11:00am-6:00pm (on Sundays it closes at 5:00pm).

7. Walk around Town Square

The antler arch
One of the beautiful antler arches in Town Square

You can’t go to Jackson without visiting Town Square! This is a beautiful area right in the center of town, with an antler arch in all four corners. Walking through Town Square will give you a good feel of the vibe and atmosphere of Jackson. It’s also always fun to just sit and people watch!

If you want to see what Town Square looks light right at this very moment, click here.

You can click here to experience what it’s like to walk through Town Square.

You never know what you might see around Town Square…you might even run into a moose walking around!

Visiting Town Square is an absolute must when you visit Jackson!

8. Check out the Elk with your Binoculars

Jackson Hole is well known for being home to the National Elk Refuge. So while you’re here you should definitely go check them out! You can pull over on the side of the road, pull out your binoculars, and have fun watching this amazing herd of elk. Elk are majestic animals that are worth going to see.

You can see what they look like right now by watching the live webcam link above. This is the view from the Flat Creek Inn, which is a great place to stay if you visit Jackson:). It is located right across the street from this amazing National Elk Refuge.

9. Visit the Teton County Library

Photo via: Teton County Library

It’s always fun to check out local libraries when traveling to new places. The Teton County Library is a real treat! This library has very high ratings on Google and is very loved by the local community.

Their hours are M-Th 9:30am-8:30pm, Fridays it closes at 6:30pm, Saturdays it closes at 5:00pm, Sundays it’s open from 1:00pm-5:00pm.

You can get a taste of what local life is like by walking around the library, or even sitting down and enjoying a book!

 

If you have any favorite free things that you like to do in Jackson Hole, please leave them in the comments!

We hope you enjoy your time here in Jackson. We’d love to have you come stay here at the Flat Creek Inn when you come! See our current specials here.

See you soon!

Free Family Fun in Jackson Hole Wyoming!

Every summer for the last few years my little family has gone to visit Jackson Hole. We love going there because of the fun atmosphere, the extreme beauty, and also all of the fun things you can do as a family…for FREE! (We’re all about cheap or free fun in our family;). Let me share a few of our favorite free activities to do in Jackson Hole…

Phil Baux Park

(Photo via TripAdvisor)

One place we always stop at when we go to Jackson Hole is Phil Baux Park. We LOVE this park! It’s the perfect place for a picnic and just to take a rest and soak up the scenery. The reason why we love this park is because it’s different from any other park we’ve ever been to (and we’ve been to a lot of parks!). The coolest feature of this park is the rock wall that is open for anyone to use. It’s basically a couple of giant “rocks” with footholds and handholds all over them. It is legitimately challenging and it’s a fun for kids and adults alike. Both my kids and my husband have a lot of fun rock climbing there.

We also love that this park has a covered pavilion and plenty of picnic tables and shade. We usually bring a picnic lunch and there’s always a good spot for us to eat it. My kids also enjoy the fun playground and swings. I love that the park is nestled right next to Snow King Mountain which is absolutely breath taking, and the view is unbeatable. If you like hiking, Snow King even has a 2 mile trail to the top which looks really fun to try, but very steep. When our kids get a little older we’re definitely going to hike to the top. #Goals. If you go to Jackson Hole, for sure check out this park!

 

Jackson National Fish Hatchery

 

This fish hatchery is just up the road from the Flat Creek Inn, a little ways outside of Jackson Hole. The cool thing about this place, beside the fact that it’s free, is that it’s educational and hands on. You can tour the hatchery and see some of the 200,000 Snake River Trout in different stages of development. This is something that young kids will love. It’s fun to get so close to the fish and see how they look as tadpoles and as full sized trout in the many many tanks inside the hatchery. There are some volunteers that guide you through the facility and educate you about the fish and what happens to the fish when they are full grown. I was really impressed with the volunteers that led our group. They had enthusiasm and passion for what they were doing, and they were volunteering all the way from Florida!

Another neat thing about the hatchery is that right outside the facility is the Sleeping Indian Pond where the public is allowed to fish. They suggest that it’s especially great for young kids or “first time anglers.” It’s a beautiful pond with a gorgeous view. It’s great for bird watching, wild life citing, and scenic photography. My family enjoyed going to the hatchery and we’ll probably go there again.

Town Square

This is obviously a must see if you have never been to Jackson before. It’s a fun place to walk around and see the western vibe of Jackson Hole that makes it so unique. There are the iconic antler arches (you must get a picture of your family standing under these!). There are many fun shops nearby and you’ll see old-fashioned horse drawn carriages going past. It’s a good place to people watch and just sit and catch your breath for a second! But, the one thing you must do on Town Square is go to the shoot out! They do this every night in the Summer (except Sundays) at 6:00PM. It will get your heart a racin’! Your kids will definitely get a kick out of seeing this fun (and family friendly) shoot out! Oh, and did I mention that it’s free? Why yes, it is!

 

 

So there are a few great places to go if you’re looking for some free family fun in Jackson Hole Wyoming! Good luck on your adventures and please post in the comments any other places you’ve found in Jackson Hole that are free and fun for the whole family…we’re always looking for more!

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