Museums and the Arts

Things to do in Cheyenne

Southeastern Wyoming is a year-round playground offering many exciting activities both indoor and out and Little America is close to many of these.

While Cheyenne Frontier Days dominates this region for 10 days every July, many visitors also enjoy the State Capitol Building and many recreation areas. Once here, you will discover the Southeast region is brimming with abundant cultural and recreational activities.

The Daddy of 'em All has been kicking up dust since 1897 with the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western Celebration. The first Frontier Days was held as a cowboy roundup that featured bronco busting and steer roping contests as well as pony races. More than 100 years later, Cheyenne Frontier Days is a 10-day festival of rip-roarin' excitement, featuring the world's best PRCA rodeo action and Western entertainment. It's non-stop activity and hospitality at its Western best!

Visit the Cheyenne Depot Museum, one of the most significant passenger depots in the American West and acclaimed one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings among Henry Van Brunt’s commissions, and discover why it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Leave infused with a deep historical understanding of the transcontinental railroad industry, attend an event at the plaza, or take a train excursion! There is fun for the entire family at the Cheyenne Depot Museum.

Home to more than 20 exhibits, both temporary and permanent, the Nelson Museum of the West is dedicated to the preservation of fine Cowboy and Native America objects as well as fine Western art. Currently the collection consists of more than 6,000 artifacts. Visit the Nelson Museum of the West and observe America’s past during the present. Current exhibits include Art of the First Americans, Kids’ Stuff, “and I don’t wear bloomers!”, They Saddled the West, Artistry in Silver and Steel, Trail Dust, The Ute Chieftain, and The Army in the West.

Cheyenne is not all cowboy hats and spurs.  The Cheyenne Civic Center hosts many performing artists from near and far, including popular singers, dancers and touring productions. It is home to the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra , a professional symphony that is regarded as one of the best in the nation for a community this size. Other groups, such as the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players and a host of talented high school artists, help provide the community with a variety of cultural activities that continues through the year.

Located in Lions Park, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is a free community garden with over 30 unique notable features. The gardens are open 365 days a year during daylight hours. Get together with your friends and family, pack a picnic, explore the solar powered conservatory, walk through the exterior gardens, or enjoy a concert.
If you have kids, take them to the Paul Smith Children’s Village, a space filled with numerous specialty, interactive landscapes including a natural wetlands, gravity powered water works, farmers windmill, solar pumps, sculptures, world vegetable garden, prairie plantings, a “Secret Garden”, art/crafts plaza, historic sheep wagon, tipi village, puppet theater, and more!

You can even hop on one of Cheyenne’s oldest trolleys for a fully-narrated tour of the most interesting sites and historic buildings in Cheyenne on the historic Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley Tour. The lively narration provided by the veteran conductors will captivate you as you journey through Cheyenne’s historic districts. Tour and uncover the city’s western and railroad heritage.

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