THINGS TO DO
Things To Do Near Parkway Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
Casper is without a doubt the destination city of Wyoming. Casper has the perfect combination of amenities and natural resources to entertain, inform and challenge the leisure traveler. The second largest city in the Wyoming, Casper abounds with opportunities for both cultural exploration and recreation. When you’re in Casper, you'll find more than 20 museums dedicated to subjects ranging from territorial history and geology to modern art as well as an award-winning symphony. For those looking for outdoor adventure, Casper truly has it all from world-class fly-fishing, breathtaking hiking, biking, golfing and rock climbing. in the winter, Casper Mountain part of the Rockies, offers downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more. Listed below is a mere sampling of the amusement, entertainment, education and enlightenment you can experience in our charming city, and most within an easy drive of our hotel in Casper, WY.
Arts & Cultural
The Casper Planetarium offers visitors and locals a cutting-edge classroom where they can delve into the mystery and magic of the night sky. The kids will learn about the constellations and how to identify them. There are plenty of special programs running throughout the year that both enthrall and educate: programs about the origins of the universe and life on earth, time-specific information about the positions of the planets and constellations, early astronomers like Galileo and the tools they used (and invented) to explore the universe, holiday programs and more. Casper and central Wyoming are ideally suited for astronomy enthusiasts. Beneath the vast, starlit sky, constellations are easy to identify, the planets shine even brighter, and the soft glow of the Milky Way is a cinch to spot. Smart phone apps with GPS capabilities put what you've experienced at the Casper Planetarium into a real-life context, making Casper a place of wonder and fascination for budding young astronomers and star-gazing parents. Be sure to visit this great local resource. The Planetarium is open to the public on Saturday nights with shows at 7:00pm and 8:00pm.
Fort Caspar Museum & Historic Site
Fort Caspar Museum & Historic Site features a reconstructed 1865 fort and trading post where commercial businesses were established. It recounts the military history of the fort as well as the importance of the trail. The fort is fully furnished, and it has a modern Interpretive Center with exhibits related to central Wyoming history.
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a historic site. It offers explanations on the importance of the trail and why it became so important. During the 1800’s Wyoming became the focus of Western expansion. Wyoming’s prominence in history of these trails made it the logical choice as the home of the interpretive center of the trails.
Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center
The Nicolaysen brings a diverse range of work from local artists, as well as regional, national and internationally renowned artists. The Discovery Center brings individuals into the world of creativity. There is also a Museum Shop with many interesting items for sale. Call 307.235.5247 for more information.
Salt Creek Museum
This museum is a showcase for some important Central Wyoming history.;Exhibits chronicle the Salt Creek Oilfields from 1889 to the present, oilfield workers and their families, and a history of the area, including the Teapot Dome scandal.
Points of Interest
Casper Mountain has great terrain for snowboarders of all levels from rank novice to seasoned expert. Hogadon Ski Area offers plenty of groomed trails.
North Platte River
Fishermen from around the world come to Casper to fish the North Platte River, one of the west’s blue-ribbon trout streams and one of the world's top destinations for fly fishing. Between Casper and Grey Reef Reservoir, the North Platte offers the float trip of a lifetime. A 73-mile back country byway departs Alcova reservoir to take fishermen south to the Miracle Mile of the Platte. Closer to the city of Casper, the Platte River Parkway offers fishing access to the river, a white water park with a kayak course and an 11-mile paved path for biking or jogging.
Hell's Half Acre
Closer to Casper is the geologic oddity Hell's Half Acre, a craggy horseshoe-shaped gorge that drops away from an otherwise flat plain where Highway 20 runs east. The 150+ ft. deep gorge, actually 320-acres total as it spreads south, is filled in one section with jagged rock spires, naturally sculpted into nightmarish chaos by an ancient offshoot of the Powder River.
Just a short drive from our Parkway Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Eastridge Mall features over 90 shops, including iconic stores such as Macy's, JC Penney, Target, Best Buy and Dick's Sporting Goods.
Sports & Entertainment
Casper Events Center
From world-class concerts like BB King and Sir Elton John, to rodeos, tradeshows, family events and special events like the Broadway in Casper series, this topnotch event facility also boasts comfort, ample parking and plenty of food outlets.
Three Crowns Golf Course
Renowned course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. was given the task of turning the reclamation site of a former oil refinery that once was the largest producer of gasoline in the world into a world-class golf course. The result is the inspired Three Crowns Golf Club, which opened in May of 2005 and instantly became recognized as the best public course in Wyoming.
Casper Golf Club
The Casper Municipal Golf Club, Wyoming's only 27-hole public course is not your average "Muni". Open from April 1st through the 1st of November, the original 18-hole course that opened in 1929 is in excellent condition, small greens and fair to golfers of all levels of ability. A new 9-hole, links-style course was added in 1997 with two elevated Tee shots, a very challenging 9 for the unwary golfer.
Nearby - Airports and Corporate Locations
The Casper/Natrona County International Airport (CPR) is located just miles from the Parkway Plaza Hotel & Convention Center. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle to and from the airport.
What's Nearby - Cities
Cheyenne, WY - 178 miles
Denver, CO - 226 miles
Aurora, CO - 229 miles
Colorado Springs, CO - 289 miles
Douglas, WY - 50 miles
Gillette, WY - 126 miles
Rawlins, WY - 118 miles
Buffalo, WY - 113 miles