The expansive views and diverse wild life in the region offers much to explore. This area is known for mule deer, pronghorn and American Bison. Keep your camera handy and a sharp eye out for a Western Meadowlark, the state bird of Wyoming, and capture moments to take home and share.
Venture to this quaint town starting with these nine free activities:
Indoors or outdoors, Gillette offers a variety of free activities. Explore the town for an authentic, Wyoming experience.
1. Coal Mine Tour
June through August, the Gillette’ Visitor’s Center offers free, two hour tours of the local coal mine and overlook. Learn more about how one quarter of all American coal is mined in the Gillette area. Tours include mining, manufacturing and historical information. The overlook offers views for everyone to enjoy. Go to 1810 South Douglas Highway, Suite A for more information.
2. Campbell County Rockpile Museum
This free museum offers local, regional and general Wyoming history. View displays of Native American Artifacts, quilts, fossils and historical photographs. A children’s section for playing dress up is included. The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. a staff member can be reached at (307) 682-5723 to answer any questions.
3. Historical Walking Tour
The Gillette Visitor’s Center offers a free Downtown Historical Walking tour. Hear all about the town’s incorporation in 1892 and rich history of coal mining. For more information, go to 1810 South Douglas Highway, Suite A.
4. Enjoy Concerts in the Park
Each Thursday in July, Downtown Gillette is alive with family activities and free concerts are offered in the park.
5. Star Show
Visit the Campbell County School District Planetarium for a free public show including a star tour and lazer show. Reservations are recommended, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 682-4307.
6. Avenue of the Arts
Walk and explore more than fourty one public sculptures in the town of Gillette. Brochures are free and available at the Gillette Visitor’s Center located at 1810 South Douglas Highway, Suite A.
7. Splash for Free
Summer month swimming at no cost can be found at the Campbell County Recreation Center, located at 250 Shoshone Avenue in Gillette. The 190,000 square foot facility includes an outdoor aquatic center and additional sports facilities. Diving boards, swimming lanes and slides are all offered at the aquatic center. Zero entry pool depth sections and a lazy river offers an activity for everyone in the family. A children’s play area offers options for families with small children. Visit www.ccprd.com for more information or call (307)682-8527.
8. Rodeo, Festival or Show
The Cam-Plex Multi-Use Facility offers an assortment of events each month, many of them free to the public. The expansive location includes barns, stalls, a plaza, pavilions and an RV campground. Visit www.cam-plex.com for a current schedule of activities and additional pricing information.
Visit Gillette, Wyoming and enjoy any of these nine free activities for an entertaining and adventurous day in the west.