Summer Activities in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Summer is the best! School is out, the weather is warm, and spirits are high. However, sometimes we run out of stuff to do in the summer. Here are a few local activities for you and your family to do this summer!

1. Cheyenne Frontier Days

Cheyenne Frontier Days is a Wyoming staple. Cheyenne Frontier Days is one of the largest rodeo events in the world. It's a two week long event that takes place every summer during the last two weeks of July. There are many free events like pancake breakfasts, the air show, the parades, and the Indian Village. There is also professional bullriding, the fair, the rodeo, and night shows! It's a huge tourist attraction, and it's a ton of fun for all ages!

2. Cheyenne's Wild West Museums 

Have you ever wondered about Cheyenne's history? Well there are multiple museums in Downtown Cheyenne that highlight the rich history of Cheyenne! The Wyoming State Museum has permanent exhibits that include a historic overview of the National Park Service in Wyoming, which home to 6 NPS sites; an extensive collection of Native American artifacts; displays and showcasing common wildlife; information about the state’s mining industry; and the story of fossil discovery in Wyoming, including a full-sized Camptosaurus skeleton. Hands-on exhibits and a scavenger hunt engage even very young children in Wyoming history. From September through May, the first Saturday of the month offers free programming with different themes. The Cheyenne Depot Plaza, is the cultural hub of Cheyenne, this area includes the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, the Cheyenne Depot Museum, and is the starting point for the Cheyenne Big Boots exhibit that spans the city. The plaza itself includes a number of statues and is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. The Frontier Days Old West Museum includes a display of historic carriages and an extensive Western art collection. The Depot Museum tells the story of the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Union Pacific Depot and the Railroad it is named after.  The Union Pacific Main Yard can be viewed at the west end of the Depot – a great draw for railroad enthusiasts.

3. The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens are beautiful. It's home to nine different gardens. It is such a scenic and peaceful place. It is located in Lions Park, so you could easily make it a day trip with the family, and go to the park as well! There is also a children's center which could also be great for families! They also offer classes like mandala painting and noon meditation classes!

4. Hiking

Hiking is always an enjoyable activity! Here in Wyoming we have some of the most beautiful views. Right between Cheyenne and Laramie is Vedauwoo and Curt Gowdy State Park. Vedauwoo is more of a climbing area, so if you're into rock climbing that would be the place for you! Curt Gowdy has tons of hiking and biking trails. It is also between Crystal Lake Reservior and Granite Reservior, so you could go fishing and paddle boarding!

Overall, Cheyenne is a very family friendly area. If you want to stay indoors there are options for you, and if you want to be outside there are options. Cheyenne is a very diverse community, full of activites to do. Whether you live here, or are just visiting, you're bound to love it here!

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