01 of 11Formerly called the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, this is a world-class facility that should be on every American's "things to do before you die" list. It includes five different museums: the Cody Firearms Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indian Museum, the Draper Museum of Natural History, and the Buffalo Bill Museum. Plan to spend the whole day there, or better yet, visit over two days, mixing in time at Cody's other attractions. In addition to the amazing array of exhibits on the inside, they have a wonderful collection of outdoor sculpture featuring wildlife and Native American figures. Visitor services at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center include an extensive gift and book shop, an espresso stand, and a snack bar. Highly recommended.
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03 of 11Held in a theater in downtown Cody, Dan Miller's Cowboy Music Revue is extremely entertaining and just plain fun. Dan Miller and his band have a wonderful rapport with the audience, inviting you to sing along to such cowboy classics as "Home on the Range" and "Cool Water." Combine all that with cowboy poetry, great musicianship, and a hilarious Elvis impersonation and you know you'll leave with a big smile on your face.
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River Rafting and KayakingThe Shoshone and North Fork Rivers are suitable for both rafting and kayaking. Cody's rafting guide services offer trips ranging from short 1-2 hour floats to half-day adventures. For those seeking greater thrills, whitewater kayaking is an option.
- Core Mountain Sports (877-527-7354)
- Gradient Mountain Sports (307-899-3900)
- Red Canyon River Trips (800-293-0148)
- River Runners of Wyoming ((800-535-RAFT)
- Wyoming River Trips (307-587-6661)
06 of 11Cody offers great terrain and facilities for year-round recreation. Golf, mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, and trail riding are all available.
These companies offer guides services and gear rental for a variety of outdoor activities:
- Core Mountain Sports - whitewater, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, and ice climbing (877-527-7354)
- Jackson Hole Mountain Guides - hiking, rock climbing, and ice climbing (800-239-7642)
- Tom Wade's North Fork Anglers - fly fishing instruction, gear, and trips (307-527-7274)
- Wyoming Trout Masters (307-250-0043)
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08 of 11If you're interested in history and the Old West, you'll enjoy a visit to Old Trail Town. Old Trail Town is a collection of historic pioneer buildings brought together on one site. Many house exhibits of artifacts and photographs from the era. There is also a small cemetary at Old Trail Town that includes the grave of Jeremiah Johnson.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Shopping in Cody
While Cody has its fair share of touristy gift shops, there are a few quality stores and galleries in town. Anyone into outdoor recreation will appreciate the chance to stop by the Sierra Trading Post Outlet Store. Western art lovers will enjoy Cody's art galleries, including the Big Horn Gallery and Simpson Gallagher Gallery.
Cody offers a long list of fun things to do, including world-class museums and year-round recreation. It is worth visiting Cody just for the chance to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Throw in all the other attractions, and you have a great place for an active family vacation.