8 Ways to Experience Downtown Rock Springs
8 Ways to Experience Downtown Rock Springs Experience the City
Bustling with locally owned shops, lively restaurants and year-round events, Downtown Rock Springs in Sweetwater County, Wyoming exudes small-town charm. Admire historic buildings as you stroll down the picturesque streets, and discover fun things to do and see at every turn. Here are just a few ways to enjoy the downtown area:
1. Fill up on Mouthwatering Dishes.
Eat your way through local specialties and time-honored classics when you chow down at the many restaurants in Rock Springs. Fill up on old-time burgers and fries at Broadway Burger Station, order a loaded-up Italian meatball sandwich at Boschetto’s European Market, or indulge in expertly aged steaks at Coyote Creek Steakhouse & Saloon. For locally brewed craft beer, Bitter Creek Brewing serves up flavorful microbrews, such as the refreshing Boars Tusk ale, bright Sweetwater Wheat or malty Red Desert Ale.
2. Shop Local.
The quaint streets of historic Downtown Rock Springs are lined with mom-and-pop shops, independent boutiques and gift shops. Go shopping, and deck out your home with handmade décor at Southwest Embroidery and Gifts, cute accessories at Sweet Sage or eye-catching artwork from High Desert Art Gallery. Or, pick up a few specialty gifts for yourself or someone else at Busy Bee Bath Essentials or KB’s Place.
3. Get Pampered at a Spa or Salon.
Whether you’re looking to soothe sore muscles after a day of outdoor adventures or just want to enjoy a relaxing experience, make an appointment at one of the many salons or spas in Rock Springs. For the ultimate experience, unwind with a massage or facial, followed by a manicure and pedicure at Escape Day Spa & Boutique.
4. Experience the Magic of the Theatre.
Get ready for a night on the town with a live music concert, dramatic production or enthralling dance performance at the recently refurbished Broadway Theater, featuring an intimate setting of only 370 seats.
5. Enjoy a Thirst-Quenching Drink.
Once the sun goes down, experience the nightlife in Rock Springs. Belly up to the bar (and then dare yourself to sing some karaoke) at Park Lounge, where the drinks are cold and the locals are friendly. Meanwhile, craft beer is the draw at Bitter Creek Brewing, offering a lineup of seasonal and staple brews in a lively (and family friendly) setting. After indulging in Prime Rib or Filet Mignon at Coyote Creek Steakhouse and Saloon, have an adult beverage for dessert. Try the famed “Coyote Kicker” or sip on a large variety of premium tequilas or a single malt scotch.
6. Delve into Local History.
Walk through the doors of Rock Springs Historical Museum, and enter a passageway back in time. The castle-like sandstone building was built in 1894 and once served as Rock Springs City Hall. Today, it houses rotating exhibits that showcase the area’s rich history, from the town’s coal mining heritage to larger-than-life outlaws and pioneers who made a lasting impact during Old West days.
Or, visit the Community Fine Arts Center and see original western American paintings, prints, works on paper, and photographs. Much of the collection, once called “one of the best collections of contemporary art in the Rockies" (Time, Nov. 24, 1952), is permanently on display at the center and art gallery. In addition to the permanent collection, the Community Fine Arts Center features a changing exhibition schedule of local, regional, and national painters, sculptors, printers, photographers, and craft artists.
7. Take a Walking Tour.
While you’re at the Rock Springs Historical Museum, pick up a free brochure for the Downtown Historic Walking Tour, a self-guided tour that highlights the city’s historic buildings, all while delving into the fascinating history of each location along the way.
8. Get Festive During a Special Event.
Find fun things to do in Rock Springs all year long when you attend one of the many events happening downtown, such as free concerts in the Bunning Park, classic car shows, farmers markets and more. Check the events calendar to see what to do during your upcoming visit.
Looking for a pit-stop or more information? Visit the Bunning Freight Building for public restrooms and information about Rock Springs.