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Jackson Hole is one of the wealthiest areas in the country. Still, there are lots of free things to do here. With much of the attractions in the great outdoors, there is an endless amount of free things to do in Jackson Hole. Take a peek at our list of the five best free things to do in this ski town:
1. Catch a symphony rehearsal. From early July until mid-August, the Grand Teton Music Festival offers chamber music and symphony concerts that can cost upwards of $50. But, sneak out to one of the rehearsals that the festival orchestra opens to the public, free of charge. Several days a week, you can take in the heavenly melodies at the morning or afternoon rehearsals.
2. People-watching. All year long, the Jackson Town Square offers great people watching. Summer crowds include cowboys, Harley riders, and tourists from around the world. In snowy winter, you can spot Olympic-hopeful skiers in town to train.
3. Dance the night away. A fixture in downtown Jackson since 1937, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar has free country-western dance lessons at 7 p.m. Thursdays throughout the summer. Swing on by this Jackson Hole legend to learn everything from country swing to the two-step. Trust us, your friends back home will be quite impressed with your new moves.
4. Take a hike. Between Memorial Day and mid-September, you can embark on the 7.2-mile hike up the Summit Trail at Teton Village. Once you’ve done all the hard work, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort rewards you with a free tram ride down to the base of the mountain.
5. See the bison. A herd of about 1,000 bison live in Grand Teton National Park. Thankfully, they can often be found in a part of the park that is completely free to enter. Set out on a drive to the small town of Kelly and continue north on Antelope Flats Road. You can usually find bison somewhere along this 20-mile drive. But beware, the bison are wild and are much faster than they look. They can run up to 35 miles per hour and jump fences that are six-feet tall. So we recommend you admire from a distance.