We left Iowa and Nebraska and made our way through Wyoming for our month-long road trip. There’s so much to do in Wyoming with kids. Enjoy nature, history, geology, ecology and more.
Here’s what to do when you have three days in Wyoming.
7 awesome places to go in Wyoming with kids
1. America’s smallest town in Buford
Tree Rock in Buford
2. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Monument in Laramie
Where to eat in Rawlins Wyoming with kids
3. Buck’s Sports Grill
We don’t do too many restaurant reviews but we all loved our experience so much at Buck’s Sports Grill in Rawlins, that I have to mention it. Our youngest loves steak so we wanted to try a local place around Rawlins. We saw Buck’s Sports Grill so we decided to check it out.
Huge menu in Rawlins
It is very kid friendly with large booths. The server gave us huge menus — literally! Not only were they large in size but there were so many choices. You can choose from 26 appetizers and at least nine salads, and our friendly waitress gave us a choice of four soups as well.
There were six foot-long hotdog options. There were 18 butter burgers to choose from. We counted eight kinds of 12″ pizzas to choose from. There are also Buck Shots (sandwiches), Buck Baskets (shrimp, tenders, cod, ribs, etc.), and Buck Dinners (12 oz and 16 oz steaks, chicken, cowboy spaghetti, etc.). As if that wasn’t enough, there was also a children’s menu with cheeseburgers, mac and cheese, etc.
The steaks were fantastic and portions were large. We will be back our next time through.
We spent the evening in Rawlins, Wyoming and set out for the hour and fifteen minute drive to Kemmerer, Wyoming the next morning.
4. Fossil Butte National Monument in Kemmerer
Located in the southwestern part of Wyoming, it contains fossils from 50 million years ago. Before you do anything else in Kemmerer, Wyoming, be sure to plan a day at Fossil Butte National Monument. We spent about five hours here which included a hike. It’s free too.
There’s a lot to see at the Fossil Butte National Monument Visitor’s Center. The staff there are amazing as well. There is a small theater with a video presentation. You and your child will have fun seeing all of the fossils that people found in ancient Fossil Lake.
Junior Ranger Program
After you spend a little time exploring the center, ask at the counter for the Junior Ranger Program. You and your child will learn even more and be more familiar with where you might find some of the answers.
Outside the building there is a long timeline which really gives a great sense of prehistoric life and the changes and evolutions to the present time. We looked at this briefly before first entering the building but spent a lot of time with it when my children were answering questions for the Junior Ranger Program.
Scientific fossil quarry
Plan your visit to come on a Friday or Saturday in the summer. You take a hike to see a paleontologist unearth, study and measure fish fossils. Please note, your child will not be able to help with anything. Unfortunately, on the website, it said it was an interactive experience for kids. That was a disappointment as when I asked about it, the staff told me they haven’t done it in over five years. Hopefully, they will change this on their website.
Still, it was interesting, and we learned a lot. I will say the staff described the hike as a half mile but it seemed much longer; maybe it was the heat. Bring enough water, wear sunscreen and a hat. You absolutely will want to put on bug spray as well. Buy some at the Visitor’s Center if you didn’t bring any. When you get near the meeting spot, there are lots of mosquitos.
We saw a few people get about halfway up to the meeting spot and turn around. It might have been due to the heat or elevation and maybe because it does seem like it’s more than half a mile.
It’s also beautiful to drive the area and take in the views. Stop for a picnic and enjoy the wildlife.
Get a map from the Visitor’s Center as there are lots of trails in the area. Some are more groomed than others and they range in difficulty. Stop first at the Visitor’s Center and ask for recommendations based on what you are looking to do.
5. Flaming Gorge Dam and Suspension bridge
Take a drive to see this amazing dam bridge. We walked along part of the Green River and saw some people fishing. We didn’t stay long but wanted to see the bridge and dam. Unfortunately, the Flaming Gorge Visitor Center was closed by the time we arrived.
6. Fossil Safari near Kemmerer
After visiting Fossil Butte National Monument, we were excited to find fossils ourselves. We have taken our kids to Siesta Key in Florida to find shark teeth. We have also gone to Arkansas for diamond mining. Of them all, hunting for fossils at Fossil Safari was our favorite.
Come prepared to get dusty. Wear sun protection, closed shoes, sunglasses, and bring lots of water. This is a great place to hammer and chisel your way to finding fish fossils from the Eocene Epoch. We found so many different kinds of fish fossils. This was an incredible hands-on opportunity. What’s even better is you can keep all the fish fossils you find.
You can choose to stay for one hour, four hours, or all day which is eight hours. Whichever you choose, know you will find fish fossils. Bring enough food and water as Fossil Safari is in a remote quarry, seven miles off the main road, so you won’t want to leave to eat and then come back.
What to expect when fossil hunting
They will give you a hammer and chisel as well as a demonstration of what to do and how to carefully go layer-by-layer in the rock. After that, you are free to pick which rocks you want to split. The friendly staff will be around to help you and answer questions about your fossil finds.
Do be sure to go to Fossil Butte National Monument first before going to Fossil Safari. You will have a better understanding and appreciation of the area and of the incredible fish fossils you will find.
7. Fossil Country Frontier Museum in Kemmerer
We were so sad we missed this as we drove past it on our way out of town and didn’t make time to stop because we were dusty and hungry after spending the day at Fossil Safari. Afterwards, we looked up reviews of it and wish we did stop as it looked very interesting. It’s on our list for next time, for sure. Do check the website in advance if you are there during winter months.
Top things to see in Wyoming with kids
Can you tell our family loves fossils? Wyoming is a great place for kids to learn hands-on about fossils. They’ll see and learn much more than they will from a book.
These are awesome things to see and do in Wyoming with kids. We are lucky our children travel well, as we took a long road trip from the midwest, covering Milwaukee, Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska. After visiting Wyoming, we made our way to Utah and to Arizona. We are excited to return to Wyoming.