Things To Do With Kids
As a University community, Laramie is full of young families with plenty of activities both indoor and out. Whether you're an outdoorsy family or seeking to expend a little energy with family-friendly activities indoors, Laramie has the amenities to make your stay fun for kids of all ages. Hop in, get the wiggles out, and find space for your sprouts to decompress here in Wyoming.
No kid's trip to Laramie is complete without a trip to the University of Wyoming campus to see the University of Wyoming Geological Museum. We highly recommend "Big Al" the Allosaurus and the Augmented Reality Sandbox. The Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium is also a winner with kids, along with the University of Wyoming Art Museum and its frequent hands-on events directed toward kids.
Don’t miss a trip to the Wyoming Territorial Prison to give kids a taste of Laramie's wild west outlaw days before statehood. And if your kiddos are into trains, definitely make a stop at the Laramie Railroad Depot to see the Snow Train up close. These bites of Wyoming history immerse kids in what life was like for the rough-and-tumble cowboys.
Energy Busters Indoors
The Laramie Recreation Center is a prime hub for kids any time of year. Whether you stick near the pool with giant water slides and lazy river, or set the kids loose to run in the gym, everyone is happy at the rec center. For the littlest tots, there is even a toddler play area with soft toys, imaginary play, and childcare. For the adults, catch a class or spend some time at the hot tub and sauna. Take a virtual tour here: https://cityoflaramie.org/859/Take-a-Tour
For a free option, we highly recommend Laramie's city parks. Undine Park with its splash pad and Washington Park with its wading pool are fan favorites. We also love LaPrele Park for the Huck Finn Fishing Pond, offering fishing for kids 13 and under – no license required.
Some of the best unique experiences are at Laramie's indoor activity centers. We recommend All Points West for laser tag, escape rooms, and arcade games. House of Pounce offers up indoor bounce houses so kiddos can really jump off the walls, and LEAP ninja warrior obstacle course is a great place for older kids and teens to hone their ninja skills, climb, and jump. There is also the always-classic Laramie Lanes for a family trip to the bowling alley, with lane bumpers and guides for the youngest bowlers.
Whether it is summer or winter, the mountains surrounding Laramie offer up unparallelled outdoor recreation for families, including camping, fishing, boating, canoeing, paddleboarding, climbing, and of course hiking. In winter, sledding is a must, as well as lessons for beginners at Snowy Range Ski Area. Laramie’s Basecamp can outfit your tykes with gear if you lack your own.
On an educational trek, the wildlife refuges outside Laramie offer additional learning as you experience the flora and fauna of Wyoming.
Check out our Laramie Summer Family Travel Itinerary for summertime, as well as our Winter Family Travel Itinerary, to match your experience with the weather. You may also be interested in our Water Activities for Families blog.