Home to spectacular natural landscapes, beautiful countryside, awe-inspiring mountain views, and an array of outdoor and recreational activities, Wyoming is packed with things to enjoy with the whole family. From the world-renowned Yellowstone National Park and the Buffalo Bill Dam to breathtaking botanic gardens, natural hot springs, and unique museums that take visitors back to the days of the Wild West, here are some of the Cowboy State’s top things to see and do with children. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center
Located at the mouth of the Shoshone Canyon, the Buffalo Bill Dam was built in the early 1900s and, at the time of its completion, was the tallest dam in the world. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, today, the dam still stands as an impressive feat of engineering, and visitors can explore its history at the Buffalo Bill Visitor Center, which boasts an array of educational exhibits and a short film about the construction of the dam. Self-guided audio tours are available, and guests can walk to the top of the dam for breathtaking views. The Buffalo Bill Visitor Center is open every day from the beginning of May through to the end of September, and a free shuttle runs from the parking lot to the center.
4808 N Fork Hwy, Cody, WY 82414, Phone: 307-527-6076
2.Campbell County Rockpile Museum
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The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is a history museum that focuses on local and regional history and the rich culture and heritage of the people of Campbell County, Wyoming, and the Powder River Basin. The museum features a variety of exhibits highlighting each period of the history of the Powder River Basin, displaying an extensive collection of fossils, Native American artifacts, tools, weapons, saddles, and horse-drawn vehicles. Other interesting pieces in the museum’s collections include an original homestead shack, a sheepherder’s wagon, and a fossilized tree from 50 million years ago. Interactive exhibits include four videos related to the coal mining industry and transportation of coal from the local mines.
900 W 2nd St, Gillette, WY 82716, Phone: 307-682-5723
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The Casper Planetarium offers regular programs about the night sky, the planets and stars, and the universe as a whole in full-dome presentations using a cutting-edge Mediaglobe-II system. Visitors are immersed in distant parts of the world through 360-degree fully animated graphics presented in high definition, and brief live talks about things to observe in the current night sky. In addition to fantastic dome shows, the Casper Planetarium also features a variety of science-themed exhibits and interactive displays, presentations for school classes, and a series of Summer Astronomy Camps for children of all ages.
904 N Poplar St, Casper, WY 82601, Phone: 307-577-0310
4.Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is a public arboretum and park located in Lions Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Situated a few miles north of Cheyenne, the Gardens rest at an elevation of 6,200 feet and are home to a variety of hardy outdoor gardens that can withstand the region’s harsh climate and three greenhouses used for growing vegetables, tropical plants and propagation. The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens are associated with the High Plains Arboretum and functions as a traditional public botanic garden, local nursery and community garden for the region. The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens also feature an array of attractions to enjoy in conjunction with the gardens, including the Boy Scout House, the Discovery Pond, Gazebo and Zigzag Walkway, the Garden Labyrinth and the Glade, the Historic Locomotive and Tractor, the Horseshoe Arch Sculpture and Shelterbelt, and the Western Walkway. The Rotary Century Plazas feature plants from the three centuries spanning the history of Cheyenne from the 1700s to the 1900s.
710 S. Lions Park Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82001, Phone: 307-637-6458
5.Cody Trolley Tours
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Cody Trolley Tours offers an exciting and exciting way of exploring the town of Cody, which is famous for being founded by Buffalo Bill. Visitors can hop on one of the beautifully restored trolleys and cruise around the city while listening to friendly and knowledgeable guides relating the cultural heritage of the historic Old West with stories of past bank robberies, mysteries, and the life of town founder Buffalo Bill. The tour passes landmark homes, art galleries, and the Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir and includes pass-around relics, historical photos and audio clips, and witty narration. Cody Trolley Tours operate daily between late May and late September.
1192 Sheridan Ave, Cody, WY 82414, Phone: 307-527-7043
6.Continental Divide Dogsled Adventures
Continental Divide Dogsled Adventures offers exhilarating dog-sledding trips and tours through the Teton and Shoshoni National Forests that surround Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Area. Owned and operated by Iditarod veteran Billy Snodgrass, Continental Divide Dogsled Adventures offers a variety of trips from half and full-day mushing trips for adventurers wanting speed and snow to single overnight trips, and multiple overnight excursions for those wanting a full-fledged backcountry adventure. Overnight accommodations range from cozy yurts to log cabin lodging, and tours include professional guides, overnight lodging, meals, safety equipment, and air transportation.
4338 US-26, Dubois, WY 82513, Phone: 307-455-3052
7.Curt Gowdy State Park
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Curt Gowdy State Park is a 3,395-acre public recreation area halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie that is renowned for its excellent outdoor and recreational activities. Nestled at the base of the Laramie Mountains, the state park has seven sections of richly varied landscape, flora, and fauna and features an extensive trail system boasting over 35 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There are three reservoirs, Granite, Crystal, and North Crow that offer excellent fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and other water-based sports. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the state park also offers other activities such as camping, climbing, rockhounding, and archery, and the Aspen Grove campground offers a free public horse corral for those visitors who would like to camp with horses.
1264 Granite Springs Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82009, Phone: 307-632-7946
Devils Tower is an iconic landmark and the first declared National Monument in the United States. The incredible geological feature is a laccolithic butte comprised of igneous rocks that rises 867 feet above Wyoming’s rolling prairies. The tower is a sacred site to the Kiowa Tribe, who inhabited the Black Hills region, as well as many other Northern Plains Indian tribes, who continue to hold sacred ceremonies at the tower, including sun dances and sweat lodges. Devils Tower was also famous with the country’s First Nations with cowboys, and today attracts rock climbers and stargazers who flock to view the incredible night skies in the park surrounding the tower.
WY-110, Devils Tower, WY 82714
9.Fort Caspar Museum
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Fort Caspar is a fully reconstructed frontier outpost of an old military post of the United States Army that offers visitors an insight into the history of the area and the development of the town of Casper in the mid-1800s. Named after U.S. Army officer Caspar Collins, who was killed in the 1865 Battle of the Platte Bridge Station against the Lakota and Cheyenne, the new Fort Caspar features several reconstructed buildings, including a replica of the Mormon ferry and a stockade. An Interpretive Center has several interactive exhibits and videos that document the history of Casper’s first 100 years with interesting items and objects from the museum’s collection.
4001 Fort Caspar Rd, Casper, WY 82604, Phone: 307-235-8462
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10.Fort Laramie National Historic Site
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Located near the town of Fort Laramie, Fort Laramie National Historic Site preserves one of the most important locations in the history of westward expansion in America. Initially established in 1834 as a fur trading post, Fort Laramie later became a military post along the westward migrating trails before being abandoned in 1890. Fort Laramie was the site of treaty negotiations with the Northern Plains Indian Nations in the mid-1800s and was a primary information hub along western routes. Today, visitors can explore the historic site on staff-guided or self-guided tours and learn more about the history of the fort through a variety of educational displays and 30-minute-long interpretive talks at the modern visitor center.
965 Grey Rocks Road, Fort Laramie, WY 82212, Phone: 307-837-2221
11.Fossil Butte National Monument
Encompassing more than 8,000 acres, the Fossil Butte National Monument was created to preserve the rich paleontological history of Fossil Lake’s ancient lakebed. The national park and monument can be explored on a 7.5-mile-long scenic drive with interpretative signage and two hiking trails that cater to all levels. There is a lovely shaded picnic area furnished with tables and charcoal grills where visitors can relax and enjoy the spectacular surrounding scenery. A modern Visitor’s Center features more than 300 fossils on display, including birds, fish, and a 13-foot crocodile, and other exhibits like an educational video, an interactive computer program, and a 'rubbing table' where visitors can create a fossil imprint to take home.
Kemmerer, WY 83101, Phone: 307-877-4455
12.Fossil Country Frontier Museum
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The Fossil Country Frontier Museum is dedicated to documenting the history of South Lincoln County and southwestern Wyoming through a range of interpretive and interactive exhibits, displays, and presentations featuring hundreds of artifacts from Diamondville and Kemmerer. Opened in 1989, the museum reflects the rich and varied history of the community through exhibits such as an early 1900s period dining room, a replica coal mine and assortment of coal mining equipment, paying homage to the area's rich coal mining history, various bootlegging stills and wine presses, and artifacts from the original J.C. Penney store.
400 Pine Ave, Kemmerer, WY 83101, Phone: 307-877-6551
13.Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is a 310,000-acre national park and reserve in northwestern Wyoming that features several significant attractions like the Jackson Hole Valley and the 40-mile-long Teton Range. Surrounded by dense national forests, the Yellowstone National Park, and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, the park forms part of the 18,000,000-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which is one of the world's largest mid-latitude temperate ecosystems. The magnificent landscapes within the park are ideal for outdoor recreational activities such as camping, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, bird and wildlife watching, and mountaineering.
Moose, WY 83012, Phone: 307-739-3399
14.Hot Springs State Park
Hot Springs State Park is a public recreation area in Thermopolis that is renowned for its hot springs and colorful terraces along the Big Horn River over which more than 8,000 gallons of water flow at a constant temperature of 135° Fahrenheit. The da-use park has a public bathhouse for therapeutic bathing where the water is maintained at 104 degrees, along with over six miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, picnic shelters, comfort stations, boat docks, and fishing. The Hot Springs State Park is also home to a large bison herd that visitors can view up close during feeding times in the off-season when park rangers give these giants of the plains an extra dose of vitamins.
220 N Park St, Thermopolis, WY 82443, Phone: 307-864-2176
15.Lander Children's Museum
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The Lander Children's Museum is designed specifically for children of all ages and features a variety of fun, interactive, and immersive exhibits and programs that enable children to learn through play. The educational museum was founded to provide a place for children to explore, discover, and learn through adventure and play and features hands-on displays where children can role-play, such as a grocery store, a design workshop, and an art room. The Lander Children's Museum also offers a variety of field trips and programs for scouts and girl guides, and the museum can be rented for private functions and events like birthday parties.
465 Lincoln St, Lander, WY 82520, Phone: 307-332-1341
16.Museum of the Mountain Man
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Located in the heart of Pinedale, the Museum of the Mountain Man was established to preserve the famous historical sites of the fur trade in Wyoming and is named after the men who dedicated their lives to the fur trade and to exploring the American wilderness. The museum is home to several permanent exhibits, including Jim Bridger's rifle, a collection of Winchester arms, an authentic Shoshone sheep horn bow, and an elaborately furnished buffalo-hide tipi. There are also occasional temporary exhibits that cover various topics relating to the Old West that change throughout the year. The museum is open every day between May and October.
700 E Hennick, Pinedale, WY 82941, Phone: 307-367-4101
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17.Old West Miniature Village and Museum
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The Old West Miniature Village is a unique miniature re-creation of Wyoming and Montana's history from between the 17th and 19th centuries. The spectacular miniature re-creation spans 7,000 square feet with 66 scenes telling the story of life in Cody and the Wild West, including scenes like Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the Oregon Trail with 1,000s of figurines. The Old West Museum in Cody features several collections of artifacts, period clothing, and weapons that showcase the life and times of the western town. The museum offers a map to guide visitors through the museum, as well as audio recordings, and admission to the museum is free, which is open from mid-May to mid-September.
142 W Yellowstone Avenue, Cody, WY 82414-8735
18.Stagecoach Adventure and Old West Cookout
Visitors can take a journey back in time to the days of the Wild West on a Stagecoach Adventure and Old West Cookout at the Roosevelt Lodge Corral in Yellowstone National Park. Stagecoach tours of the park are given in replicas of the original stagecoaches, which played a significant role in the history of Yellowstone National Park, transporting guests from area train stations to the park’s attractions. Tours follow a two-mile track around the Roosevelt and Tower areas, offering visitors the chance of seeing an array of wildlife. Another fantastic experience is the Roosevelt Old West Dinner Cookout, which allows visitors to arrive at a cookout site by stagecoach or on horseback and enjoy an all-you-can-eat cowboy buffet and sizzling steaks and live entertainment in the form of a cowboy singing songs and telling stories of the Old West.
Roosevelt Lodge Corral, Tower-Roosevelt Junction, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, Phone: 866-439-7375
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19.Tate Geological Museum
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Located on the campus of Casper College, the Tate Geological Museum is home to a collection of more than 3,000 fossil and mineral specimens that span geological time from the Precambrian to the Holocene Epoch. Highlights include an 11,600-year-old Columbian mammoth known as Dee, a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Stan, and fossilized footprints of flying pterosaurs. Visitors can observe the working fossil preparation laboratory or explore the interactive 'Dino Den' filled with hands-on activities designed for children of all ages. The museum is open six days a week, year-round, and there is no admission fee.
125 College Drive, Casper, WY 82601, Phone: 307-268-2447
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20.Teton Raptor Center
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Established in 1991, the Teton Raptor Center cares for and rehabilitates injured and displaced raptors to release them back into the wild. The center has a fully-equipped rehabilitation facility that cares for over 130 birds and offers a range of educational programs regarding the birds of prey and the vital role they play in the ecosystem. Dedicated to advancing raptor conservation through education, research, and rehabilitation, the center takes the birds off-site on educational outreach programs to schools and community events and offers private tours of the facility by appointment only.
5450 WY-22, Wilson, WY 83014, Phone: 307-203-2551
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21.The Science Zone
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The Science Zone is an educational science-centric center that promotes informal science education through innovative and interactive exhibits, after-school classes, outreach programs, and science camps. Designed for children of all ages, the museum is an educational playground with a twist, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore the world of science with exhibits featuring bearded dragons, hairy tarantulas, pythons and iguanas in the Zoo Zone, an Engineering Zone and a Bubble Zone. The center hosts live demonstrations, Lego robotics shows, and can be hired for special events like birthday parties.
111 W Midwest Ave, Casper, WY 82601, Phone: 307-473-9663
22.Wild Mustang Tours
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Enjoy an authentic American wild mustang experience with Wild Mustang Tours, which explore the McCullough Peaks Wild Mustang Area to see herds of magnificent wild horses and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Tours depart daily from Cody and journeys through the McCullough Peaks Wild Mustang Management Area, where knowledgeable guides will relay the fascinating history of Cody, Buffalo Bill Cody, the indigenous people, and local tribes that call the area home, and the famous volcano. Visitors will have the chance of spotting an array of local fauna and flora, including wild mustangs, black-tailed prairie dogs, golden eagles, coyotes, and pronghorn antelope.
1119 12th St, Cody, WY 82414, Phone: 307-587-6988
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23.Wind River Heritage Center
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The Wind River Heritage Center is a wildlife and wax museum that documents the history of the area through an extensive collection of artifacts and mounted wax figures. The wildlife museum features 62 full body mounts of a variety of animals, including big game, birds, fish, furbearers, and trophies, as well as artifacts and objects like 1900’s-era farm equipment, arrowhead collections, antique saddles, a trapper’s cabin, and Western artwork. The center offers docent-led guided tours, a history book library, living history reenactments, films, symposiums, and a variety of educational programs year-round.
1075 S Federal Blvd, Riverton, WY 82501, Phone: 307-856-0706
24.Wyoming Dinosaur Center
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The Wyoming Dinosaur Center is a museum and working dig site where over 30 full dinosaur skeletons have been found and exhibited. Constructed after dinosaur remains were found at the nearby Warm Springs Ranch, and it is one of the only dinosaur museums in the world that has a real excavation site within driving distance. The museum boasts more than 30 mounted dinosaur skeletons, including the only Archaeopteryx on show in North America, a display of a 35-foot Tyrannosaurus rex charging a Triceratops, and a Supersaurus known as "Jimbo." The museum also features a variety of educational exhibits, and visitors have the opportunity to visit an authentic working dig site.
110 Carter Ranch Rd, Thermopolis, WY 82443, Phone: 307-864-2997
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25.Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is a world-renowned wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot that spans for more than 3,500-square miles across three states and features spectacular natural scenery made up of hot springs and gushing geysers, lush forests and alpine rivers, majestic mountains, and dramatic canyons. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1872 as the first national park in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site today, the park is home to the famous gushing geysers known as Old Faithful, as well as a wealth of fauna and flora, ranging from bears and wolves to elk, bison, and moose.
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168, Phone: 307-344-7381
25 Fun Things to Do in Wyoming with Kids of All Ages
- Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center, Photo: xujiemaqing/stock.adobe.com
- Campbell County Rockpile Museum, Photo: Campbell County Rockpile Museum
- Casper Planetarium, Photo: Casper Planetarium
- Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Photo: pixarno/stock.adobe.com
- Cody Trolley Tours, Photo: Cody Trolley Tours
- Continental Divide Dogsled Adventures, Photo: Elenarts/stock.adobe.com
- Curt Gowdy State Park, Photo: Curt Gowdy State Park
- Devils Tower, Photo: Ulf/stock.adobe.com
- Fort Caspar Museum, Photo: Fort Caspar Museum
- Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Photo: Zack Frank/stock.adobe.com
- Fossil Butte National Monument, Photo: rossforsyth/stock.adobe.com
- Fossil Country Frontier Museum, Photo: Fossil Country Frontier Museum
- Grand Teton National Park, Photo: jack-sooksan/stock.adobe.com
- Hot Springs State Park, Photo: tamifreed/stock.adobe.com
- Lander Children's Museum, Photo: Lander Children's Museum
- Museum of the Mountain Man, Photo: Museum of the Mountain Man
- Old West Miniature Village and Museum, Photo: Graphic PhotoArt/stock.adobe.com
- Stagecoach Adventure and Old West Cookout, Photo: bizoo_n/stock.adobe.com
- Tate Geological Museum, Photo: Tate Geological Museum
- Teton Raptor Center, Photo: Teton Raptor Center
- The Science Zone, Photo: The Science Zone
- Wild Mustang Tours, Photo: Azaliya (Elya Vatel)/stock.adobe.com
- Wind River Heritage Center, Photo: Wind River Heritage Center
- Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Photo: Wyoming Dinosaur Center
- Yellowstone National Park, Photo: susanne2688/stock.adobe.com
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