Economic Development in Northwest Wyoming
Cody’s main street, Sheridan Avenue, is the centerpiece of one of the most attractive downtowns in the West. Historic structures stand alongside more modern, but appropriate, architecture. The mix of vibrant shops and art galleries and a bevy of quaint restaurants serving everything from steaks and seafood to pasta and Mexican specialties.
Here's a sample of what you can expect!
Cody is home to one of the country’s supreme cultural attractions—the five museum complex of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Its third of a million square feet of exhibition space certainly makes it one of America’s largest museum complexes. The Whitney Gallery of Western Art presents an outstanding collection of masterworks of the American West, including original paintings, sculptures and prints from the early 19th century to the present. The Cody Firearms Museum houses the world’s largest and most important assemblage of American arms, as well as European arms dating to the 16th century. The Plains Indian Museum ranks as one of the nation’s finest Native American collections. The museum presents a varied tapestry of Plains Indian art and artifacts displayed in realistic settings. The Buffalo Bill Museum contains a wealth of material related to the life of Buffalo Bill Cody. The newest member of the museum group, The Draper Museum of Natural History, is a state of the art natural history museum that explores human interaction with the natural world associated with the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Highly interactive, it’s a hit with youth and adults alike.
Over 80% of Park County, Wyoming is federally owned, meaning that virtually all you see is open to the public. No matter what type of outdoor activity you enjoy, the landscapes surrounding Cody are ideal. For anglers, nearby rivers, lakes and reservoirs host a variety of species. Naturally, being this close to Yellowstone, our wildlife viewing or hunting opportunities are incredible. We all know where the park boundary is, but the wildlife doesn’t seem to care! Hikers, bikers, or climbers can all find places which can provide their preference of recreation or challenge in as beautiful of a setting second to none. The City of Cody has 27 parks which provide outdoor space for activities ranging from baseball and soccer to picnics and playgrounds.
The collective efforts of Cody residents brought forth the Cody Quad Center in 1999. The Quad Center is a multi-use recreational facility with competitive sized swimming pool and water park, hardwood courts, racquet and handball courts, a walking/running track, and weight and conditioning equipment. Members have use of the city operated facility from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Nearby is the Riley Arena, home of the local youth hockey program. The facility provides open skating opportunities to residents along with recreational and competitive skating programs.