In Casper, there is never a shortage of good things to eat or drink. With an ever-growing variety of restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and more, Casper has it all. If you need some food on the go, try to catch one of the Casper-area food trucks. They often pop up in parking lots or at community events and offer a variety of food, such as BBQ, tacos, pork chops, and ice cream. Throughout the summer there are several weekly farmer’s markets, where locally grown produce and goods can be purchased. In addition, locals look forward to many of the exciting food and drink-themed events throughout the year, including the API Chili Cook-off, Booze and Bacon festival, Localicious, Chocolate Walk, and more.
Casper is the shopping mecca for much of the region. The Eastridge Mall is home to over 30 different stores and just down the road, the Blackmore Marketplace offers fan-favorites like Michaels, Kohl’s, Marshalls, and more. The Downtown area is smattered with local shops and boutiques that line their shelves with uniquely Wyoming products, many handmade or otherwise produced in the state. Cap off a day of shopping with a movie at one of the city’s four beautiful theaters (three of which have reclining seats!), or catch a performance at the Ford Wyoming Center. Events such as the College National Finals Rodeo, the Toughest Monster Truck Tour, and other awesome live acts are scheduled throughout the year.
The city is SURROUNDED by recreation opportunities of all kinds, especially outdoors. Casper Mountain is just a few minutes South of town and hosts a wide range of walking and riding trails, an archery range, a biathlon complex, and Hogadon Ski Lodge. Residents can ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, bike, or hike. No matter the season, Casper Mountain provides endless opportunities to get outside. The city itself is interlaced with trails and offers several dog parks that allow furry friends to exercise.
Another crown jewel of Casper is the North Platte river, which runs right through the middle of town. Not only is it a blue-ribbon trout fishery, but the whitewater park by the Tate Pumphouse even offers the chance to surf. Edness K Wilkins State Park is just a few minutes NE of town, and Ayres Natural Bridge, further east, provides the perfect venue for a family BBQ or company retreat. Take a short drive SW of town for some fun in the sun at either Alcova or Pathfinder Reservoirs. No matter which direction you choose, you’re sure to find an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Wyoming outdoors.
Casper is one of the cultural hubs of the state. There are several theatre groups in town, Wyoming Opera, Casper Children’s Chorale, dance troupes and more. The monthly summer Art Walk downtown showcases area-artists, some of which can be found in the local galleries such as Scarlow’s, Art321, and the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Other cultural opportunities come in the form of Nicfest, the Wyoming State Clay festival, and the annual sidewalk chalk festival just to name a few. Wyoming Symphony Orchestra plays at multiple venues throughout their season, as well as the Casper Municipal Band, the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps and others. Casper is also well known for its Beartrap Summer Festival held on top of Casper Mountain. Attracting locals and visitors alike, this two-day music festival brings in acts from all over the nation to play up in beautiful Beartrap Meadow. Enjoy live music, food truck fare, and even shop from local and regional vendor booths.
For Youth: The Natrona County Library offers many free programs, events, and services for children (aged 0 through 6th grade) and families. The Library offers Story Times online and in-person for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. The Library hosts weekly events that appeal to grades K-6 and include crafts, games, cooking, movies, book discussions, and more. For those in-betweeners, the Library haS weekly “Tween Mondays” for students in grades 4-6, with content and activities tailored to their specific age group. The Library also supports parents, caregivers, and teachers in their work with children. For the youth that aren’t kids but not yet adults, the Library offers special programming and services for those in grades 7-12, including teens-only book clubs, after-school activities, Homework Help, creative opportunities, games, and a special area in the Library where no adults or kids are allowed – only teens!
For Adults: The Library offers many business resources for adults. Workspace and meeting spaces provide those without a physical office the same capabilities and reliable broadband and tech that suit a busy professional. Services like Lynda.com, formerly LinkedIn Learning, provides adults a FREE platform to do an online course, learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. The library has a notary service to benefit the community. The business and professional support team helps build a thriving community for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Library provides ample meeting space, technology like computers, printers, but more advanced tech like video production, product photography studios, and a Creation Station complete with 3D printing software, print and package capabilities, and support from the knowledgeable librarians. The library has many educational resources, as well, depending on your interest.
Casper is an extremely family-friendly city with plenty of things to do to keep the kids entertained. There are several different museums including the National Historic Trails Museum, the Science Zone, Werner Wildlife Museum, the Tate Museum, and the Wyoming Veteran’s Memorial Museum. David Street Station is a local favorite, offering a free splash pad in the summer and ice skating around the community Christmas tree in the winter months. The venue also hosts hundreds of free community events throughout the year including the Summer Concert Series, Fallfest, Cinema at the Station, and Fiesta Wyo. In addition, Casper has a wide variety of other amenities including the Casper Recreation Center, Casper Aquatics Center, Casper Ice Arena, an outdoor skate park, and so much more!