I think you’ll agree with me when I say that we all want to get the most out our travels. The most fun, the most delicious foods, and the most memories.
Cheyenne is a lively small town steeped in old west culture. You can have a seriously envy-inducing time with these things to do in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
#1 Dive Into Wyoming History & Culture
There’s so many ways to experience the old west culture and history of Wyoming while you’re in Cheyenne. These are a few of the best museums to visit while in the capital city.
1. Cheyenne Depot Museum
This museum is in a cool historic train depot that was built in the 1800’s. Wyoming is full of cowboy history and archeological finds, so this museum educated you on some other areas of Wyoming’s history. This is a good museum for family travelers because kids under 12 are free!
2. Wyoming State Museum
This is our favorite museum in Wyoming! It’s a free museum that features a lot of artifacts and information on Native Americans and the wild buffalo & dinosaurs of Wyoming. It’s a huge museum and I love that it has interactive activities that keep young kids engaged.
3. The Nelson Museum of The West
Dedicated to western culture and the “cowboy code” that people use to live by in Wyoming, this museum gives you an idea of what life was like on the American Frontier. They also have artifacts and artwork from Native Americans and Mexicans that called the old west home.
#2 See a Wyoming Rodeo
Cheyenne is home to Cheyenne Frontier Days, the worlds largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration. If you’re visiting Wyoming in July, August, or September, you’re in luck!
There are events, food festivals, concerts, art shows, tons of delicious carnival and chuck wagon food, as well as rodeos and other events during these months. A trip to Cheyenne really isn’t complete without seeing a rodeo. They have barrel racing, steer wrestling, wild horse racing and a lot more!
There’s a few ways to save money as well. First is military Monday where people with a military ID will get a free C stand rodeo ticket and free gate admission. There are also some days where you can get a free c stand rodeo youth ticket with the purchase of a full price adult ticket.
Read full details at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
#3 Taste Your Way Through The City
Since Wyoming in the north western part of the country, you get a unique fusion of foods in Cheyenne that are to die for. You can find Canadian dishes like poutine, then you also have some typical western dishes like chicken fried steak and bison burgers.
You can find an even bigger selection of foods, head to Sanford’s Grub and Pub. They not only have you covered when it comes to western and northern cuisine, but their menu was also full of southern dishes as well. As a southerner, I was thrilled to see things like the “Kentucky Blue Grass Bourbon Steak” and the “Smoky Mountain Blues Steak”. If you are a cajun fan, you can find plenty of deep south cuisine as well.
Sanford’s was one of the first places we went in Cheyenne and I can’t recommend it enough. The inside is decorated with old license plates, neon signs, unique statues, and Americana. Super great vibes and the best service!
We had the potato skins appetizer (9/10, would get again). My daughters got the grilled cheese kids meals which came with fries and applesauce (9/10, would get again- they put little sour patch kids in their applesauce). Lastly, I got the Liar Liar spicy chicken sandwich and cajun fries (10/10 the best chicken sandwich ever).
Something else we loved about Sanford’s was that kids get free ice cream with a kids meal. When you’re leaving the restaurant, head up front to the ice cream counter for their free ice cream! You can top it with sprinkles and take it to go.
Now that I’ve shared my favorite place to eat in Cheyenne, I want to talk about a few other places that are must visits.
1. Paramount Cafe
Do you like bubble tea? Espresso’s? Cheese & nut boards? Paramount Cafe has all of that and more. The cafe is built into a historic old building near Capital Avenue. They’re one of those little cafes that keep a black board sign out front adorned with a cute drawing a funny joke about coffee. You know what I mean? A must visit in Cheyenne!
2. Wyoming Rib & Chop House
Meat lover? This chop house was was awarded the Best Steak House In Montana and Wyoming, the only steak house in the nation to be awarded the best in two states. They also have award winning ribs as well as their specialty 16 oz. buffalo ribeye. If you’ve never been in the American west before and want to try buffalo, this chop house is the place to be.
3. Mary’s Mountain Cookies
Ready for dessert? You can get huge cookies and brownies at Mary’s! Get flavors like Oreo Crunch Avalanche, S’more’s, Snickers, and Orange Doodle. You can also get ice cream at Mary’s. If you’ve really got a sweet tooth try an ice cream stuffed cookie sandwich!
#4 Enjoy Natural Beauty In Cheyenne
If you’re looking for something free to do in Cheyenne, the best way is to be around nature. Sloan Lake in Cheyenne is perfect for natural lovers and budget travelers. You take advantage of the walking path around the lake, go fishing, or have a picnic at one of the picnic tables around the lake.
At Sloan lake, you’ll find the Cheyenne Botanical Gardens. The grounds, conservatory, and children’s garden all have free admission. Which is incredible because it’s the only botanical garden I’ve seen on my travels that has been free admission.
I love that the botanical gardens and Sloan Lake area is so perfect for a number of different travelers. Good for families, budget travelers, and nature lovers. You could spend the morning exploring the gardens, walk around the lake, then have a picnic lunch by the water.
There’s a fantastic variety of things to do in Cheyenne, Wyoming. From the natural beauty around Sloan Lake, rodeos, the culture & history, to all the foodie goodness, you can have it all in Cheyenne!
Only One Day
I have to tell you though, if you only have one day in Cheyenne you probably can’t do it all. If this is you and you want to get the most from your time in Cheyenne, I recommend you spend your morning exploring a favorite few museums, getting lunch & ice cream, hitting up the botanical gardens before watching an epic rodeo. Then, finish your day with dinner and drinks!
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