If you’re looking your next family-friendly vacation hub, Casper, Wyoming is the place for you. Located in central Wyoming, Casper is easy to get to and has lots of activities for kids of all ages to do. Whether your kids love to ski, swim, learn or simply relax, there are endless activities the whole family will enjoy on your Wyoming vacation.
Read about all the ways to have fun in Casper here:
1. Play in the snow
Casper Mountain has lots of options for winter activities, including downhill skiing and snowboarding at Hogadon Basin Ski Area. When you come, don’t worry about bringing gear - there is a rental shop at the lodge. Other activities that don’t involve downhill skiable terrain include cross-country skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
2. Hike to a frozen waterfall
Sitting at the bottom of Casper Mountain is Garden Creek Falls. In the winter, the waterfall turns into a perfectly frozen ice sculpture. A short walk from the parking area (only about 10 minutes, perfect for the kids) at Rotary Park will take you to the base of the waterfall. And while you can snowshoe to the waterfall, you’ll also be able to walk to it with a good pair of snow boots. This is the perfect place to take a winter family photo, so be sure to dress in your best winter outfits.
3. Enjoy museums
Soak up Casper’s indoor offerings with culture and history at local museums. A local favorite is the Tate Geological Museum, which is the home of Dee – a Columbian mammoth – and Lee Rex, the first T-rex found in Wyoming to stay in Wyoming. Additional museums kids will love include the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Fort Caspar Museum, Casper Planetarium, Werner Wildlife Museum and the Science Zone.
4. Swim, relax and enjoy
Located indoors, the Casper Family Aquatics Center offers a warm escape from the outdoors. The center has an indoor pool and waterpark, with two waterslides, a lazy river, a lap pool and hot tubs.
5. Discover downtown
Downtown Casper has shops for everyone, including the kids. One of the top must-visit stops is Rialto Soda Fountain, where everyone can enjoy an old-fashioned soda. Other downtown shops include Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters, a nine-floor western store, WyoMade where you’ll find all your favorite Wyoming souvenirs and Frosted Tops, serving some of the best cupcakes and cookies in Casper. Be sure to swing by Donells Candies for a sweet locally made treat.
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