Wyoming May 07, 2017
10 Fun, Affordable, and Family Friendly Ways To Spend An Afternoon In Wyoming
It can be hard to do things as a family. At best, a family excursion usually ends up with bored teens and pre-teens staring at their phones while their parents get increasingly frustrated. It can also be pretty expensive.
Thankfully, there are actually a lot of fun ways to spend an afternoon with your family that won’t break the bank. The ideas below are all selected with affordability in mind. Just make sure to get everybody to ditch the phones!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Take a hike (or a walk).
We could fill up this whole list with hiking in Wyoming’s national parks, but instead we’re going to just throw them all under one blanket. The cool thing about hiking is that it’s essentially just walking where it’s really inconvenient to walk, so as long as you don’t go anywhere too far off the beaten path, you won’t have to buy more than a few bottles of water and sunscreen.
2. Fish for free (June).
You could technically fish for free every day if you really wanted to, but we wouldn’t advise going without a license. However, in June, Wyoming has a free fishing day where you don’t need a license to fish. This year’s (2017) is going to be on June 3rd.
If you’re reading this in the future (if you are, hello from the past!), a simple search of "Wyoming free fishing day" will tell you when the next one is.
3. Take a road trip down one of Wyoming’s scenic byways.
Mark Goebel/ Flickr
Wyoming has many nationally recognized scenic byways, with Happy Jack Road and Beartooth Highway being notable stand outs.
4. Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center (Lovell, Wyoming)
The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center is a wildlife reserve for Wyoming’s mustangs. The institution seeks to inform people of the social dynamics within a mustang herd as well as their place alongside Wyoming’s other species.
5. University of Wyoming Geological Museum
Editor's Note: The Geological Museum is temporarily closed.
You know what kids love? Dinosaurs. So, take them down to UW’s Geological Museum which is home of the Allosaurus Big Al.
Pictured above is another exhibit at UW, the Pachycephalosaurus.
6. Grand Teton Music Festival
The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole features some of the most respected classical musicians in the world. Now, most people don’t really like classical music, but if you’ve never actually heard it live being played by a good orchestra, you have no idea what you’re missing. Classical music is kind of like the Grateful Dead; it's alright off of a recording but phenomenal live.
Pictured above is Yo-Yo Ma, who will be performing at the festival on August 1st.
7. Check out an eclipse.
For the first time in almost one hundred years, a total solar eclipse is coming to Wyoming. The eclipse is going to be most notable through the state’s center, basically cutting a line from Jackson to Torrington.
8. Big Country Speedway (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
While this wouldn’t technically be during the afternoon, Big Country Speedway is a cheap race track that hosts amateur race car drivers.
Last time I went, my ticket was under $10, so as a family outing it could easily end up being under $50 (when you include drinks and a snack or two).
9. Fort Laramie Historical Site
Fort Laramie was established in 1834, eventually going on to become an economic force in the area through trading with local Indian tribes. The fort was eventually purchased by the United States Army in order to offer military support to emigrants heading west.
The fort has been maintained since it was decommissioned and today serves as one of the main historical attractions in Wyoming.
10. Cheyenne’s Depot Plaza
Cheyenne’s Depot Plaza is home to a variety of events, including live music, art shows, and winter farmer’s markets.
What did you think of these ten ways to spend an afternoon? If you have any to add, tell us about them in the comments below!