Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. Casper is the second largest city in the state, according to the 2010 census, with a population of 55,316. Only Cheyenne, the state capital, is larger. Casper is nicknamed "The Oil City" and has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field. In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation in Forbes magazine's list of "the best small cities to raise a family".
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5 based on 398 reviews
if you have any interest whatsoever in the astonishing story of how people moved east to west 150 years ago then this is a must. the story is well told with each area describing a period in time with lots of videos and interactive tools. the children love it too. they even have a wagon you can get in to and it then seems to have to ford a river. the central diorama is beautifully done with lights and narrative picking out the figures. and well done the designers for including the Native Americans in the centre, so often they are air brushed out of Americas history.
4.5 based on 24 reviews
I stopped in to test the rum and walked out with a bottle of vodka. I am a rum drinker, but this tasted to much like tequila that I could not even finish the sample they poured for me. I ended up purchasing a bottle of vodka to take to a friends vodka tasting party. Hope people like it better then I liked the vodka.
The staff was friendly and the place is charming, but the location is in an industrial park. You have to be looking for it to find it, it is not something you would stumble into.
4.5 based on 148 reviews
You can see the replica fort and teepees from the parking lot, it is easy to get to and there is plenty of parking
4.5 based on 9 reviews
We have taken four of our children (2-10) to Jump Craze for some extra physical activity during the winter. The park is quite fun, and the kids enjoy it. There is an area especially for the toddler-sized kids which worked well for our two-year-old, and the older kids played a lot of dodgeball in the area set aside for that. There is a perch from which parents can watch the kids, but it is also possible to walk and sit out in the park to keep a close eye. The only thing keeping this from 5 stars is the price - not something we can do very often, and be ready to pay for the special socks too the first time you go.
4.5 based on 113 reviews
A nice place to spend an hour or so. It's free, there is free parking near by, and they have many interesting displays. Many things of interest nicely displayed in a relatively small space. It's definitely worth a visit if you have the time.
4.5 based on 34 reviews
Unbelievable that this beautiful park and waterfall are just less than a 10 minute drive from downtown Casper. Easy to make this a quick Stop or to spend a day hiking. Easy parking. No entrance fee. Although it was drizzling in Casper, just the tiny piece up the mountain we were able to have it snow on us! Lots of fun for someone from Texas to get snow in September! Pronghorns everywhere!
5 based on 22 reviews
The Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum is a non-typical military museum that is exclusively focused on the personal, intimate, and sensitive stories of Wyoming Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces spanning the Spanish-American War to the modern War on Terrorism. The museum covers all branches of service, all ranks and all conflicts as well civilian components such as the Civil Air Patrol, Cadet Nurses, Merchant Marines and the Civil Defense Agency to name a few. The museum was established in the original Enlisted Men's Service Club at the Casper Army Air Base, a WWII military training site that was activated on September 1, 1942 and decommissioned in March of 1945. Roughly 16,000 B-17 and B-24 bomber crewmen trained there during that time. From 1945 through the late 1960s it served as an Air National Guard training site for fighter squadrons and eventually became the Casper/Natrona County International Airport. The museum houses nearly 700 individual Wyoming Veteran's stories and over 25,000 artifacts spanning uniforms, photographs, archives, weapons and a library. We provide guided tours, hands-on activities and community presentations. We also participate in the Veterans History Project, through the Library of Congress. We are a research institution for the public with a full access policy.
Museum is not large but they have huge collections and rotate the displays frequently. Displays run from WWI to current day with large quantities of material from when the Casper airport was The Casper Army Air Force bomber training base. Staff makes a point of meeting all visitors personally to both hear their stories and share the stories of the vets who have displays up. My group visited the area to locate WWII airplane crash sites and were aided and entertained by Mr. John Goss who has encyclopedic knowlege of Wyoming and the material in the museum and the veterans and families who have donated their collections. The personal touch makes this a fabulous place to visit. The archived photos bring the history to life.
4.5 based on 25 reviews
Unique collection of wildlife exhibits! Visited primarily for the opening of "Windswept", a Wyoming-specific juried art show this time. It's always fascinating to see the widely varied wildlife collection. Friendly, knowledgeable docents. This museum appears small from the outside but is surprisingly larger than it seems.
Located near Casper College just 2 minutes from downtown.
Good for all ages.
Free parking in a fenced lot.
4 based on 33 reviews
The Nic does a great job of finding exhibitors and sharing commentary about the different works of art. The museum is kid-friendly and routinely exhibits high school art work as well as professional work. On Wednesday evenings in the summer there is free music outside and Tuesdays feature a farmer's market. The Nicolaysen is a great place to visit in any season, but summer is extra fun.
3.5 based on 50 reviews
Decent shows but sadly the seating is awful! In the interest of monetizing things they installed several thousand extra seats by making each one substantially smaller - hopefully you "like your neighbor"!
It's backfired, attendance is down - they're talking about spending millions to tear out the seats and do something different.
ALSO get there extra early - they just installed metal detectors and screening takes forever. I don't like it, but I get it, sort of...
I'm surprised certain performers contracts didn't require it sooner.
Bottom line? Managed by out of town (out of touch) company...
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