It's already August, and we feel like this summer has felt a little bit short. Anyone else agree? With all of the rain in June, so many events in July and now the heat of early August, we are determined to take advantage of the remainder of summer 2023.

First things first, let's slow things down. Let's take some time to appreciate the light that lingers on the peaks of Casper Mountain on on these late summer evenings and spend more time with our feet in the grass in the backyard with family and friends. 

To help you make the most of your final moments of summer in the 5150’, we’ve put together 7 Things to Check Off Your Family’s Summertime “Last Call List” below:

Two Children Camping In A Tent

1. Backyard Campouts

Sometimes, the best camping in Casper can be found in your own backyard. Smores, stargazing and sleeping bag snuggles, there isn't a better way to soak in family time before fall than that. Want to plan the most epic sleepover and end summer with a bang? Check out the 5150' sleepover bestie, Whimsy Ray!


Family at Rialto Soda Fountain in Casper
Photo: @rialtosodafountain // Instagram

2. Ice Cream Scavenger Hunt

With all of our delicious ice cream options, it’s no wonder 5150’ locals are so sweet! For a fun twist on your typical afternoon delight, visit two or three of Casper’s ice cream shoppes in one day, and rank your favorites. We recommend starting with local staples like Donnels Candies & Ice Cream or Rialto Soda Fountain. 


Child Floating the North Platte River
Photo: @blessedmummyrunner // Instagram

3. Soak Up the Remaining Sunshine on Casper's Waterways 

Whether a day at the public pool, a lake day or floating the river with your crew, there are plenty of ways to cool off and enjoy a lazy day on the water. Whatever your water muse, we hope you soak up our western waters as much as possible before summer fades. For more family fun that doesn't necessarily require being ON the water, don't miss Riverfest and our annual Duck Derby for some cute, quality time together!

Mother and Baby Hiking in Casper, Wyoming
Photo: @chy.dick // Instagram 

4. Escape to the Mountains

Escape the city and pack your gear for the great outdoors. From sunny family picnics (um, have you met THIS cute local picnic company?!) to Bridle Trail hikes, mountaintop camping, and more, there are some things that just hit different on Casper Mountain in late summer. Strap on your hiking gear or pack a lunch and some sketch books to enjoy Wyoming nature at its finest. 


David Street Station in Casper, Wyoming

Photo: @mhccwyoming // Instagram 

5. Cinema at the Station

If this is one of those things that “you keep meaning to do, but haven't gotten around to it yet” kinda things... trust us, you should. David Street Station plays the most epic family-friendly films that will let you enjoy a fun movie night with friends and other local families in our beautiful downtown. Find their upcoming shows here.


Father and Daughter in Casper, Wyoming
Photo: Sommer Grogan

6. One Last Summer BBQ

We hate to be the ones to say it, but soon enough the grills will be covered with a beautiful blanket of snowfall. So don’t wait - make the last barbecue of the summer a special one! If you haven't tried Frank's Butcher Shop yet, we really wish you would! You won't find better meat for that final grill out anywhere else.

Bloomery Farm Concert

7. Outdoor Concerts at Bloomery Farm 

If you missed their first concerts, Bloomery Farm has some more opportunities to catch live music at their magical farm this summer and fall. Enjoy the sweet sounds of music set against a peaceful backdrop on the edge of Casper. Check out the schedule here

While we all hate to see another summer in the 5150’ go, the good news is that there’s still PLENTY of time to fully take in the things that make a 5150’ summer the best! Did we miss anything on this list that you’re going to be taking full advantage of before school and cooler weather are back in full force? Let us know in the comments or by tagging us on social media @5150local