ouglas, also known as the “Jackalope City,” is situated on the banks of the North Platte River. Known as the home of Wyoming’s favorite mythical creature, a statue of the infamous jackalope, a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope, stands in Jackalope Square in the heart of downtown. The site provides a one-of-a-kind spot for photographs. If you share your photos on social media, be sure and tag them #JackalopeCity to join the growing trend. Also, highly-entertaining jackalope licenses, are available at the local Visitors’ Center and some area hotels and motels. It’s just one of the many ways we enjoy life here on MOUNTAIN TIME.

Boutique shops, book stores and historic buildings line the streets of downtown Douglas. They’re within easy walking distance of Jackalope Square. Many area businesses, and the local museum, offer booklets featuring a historic walking tour through the downtown area.

Historians won’t be disappointed with a trip to Douglas, located along the path of five historic trails including the Pony Express, the Oregon and the Bozeman trails. The Wyoming Pioneer Museum couples a look at local history with the nation’s pursuit of the American Dream during the early day West we know today. Camp Douglas, located at 115 S. Riverbend Drive, housed prisoners of war during World War II. Italian prisoners at the camp painted murals on the walls of the Officers Hall, currently being restored to its historic state. Fort Fetterman, a historic outpost along the Bozeman Trail and located at 752 State Hwy. 93, is open daily for summertime visitors.

Afternoon brings many opportunities ranging from fun in the water to a round of golf. Summertime delivers the perfect opportunity to float the North Platte River on an inner tube. Curly’s Leisure Sports, located at 228 North Russell Avenue or via phone at 307-358-9394, rents all the equipment necessary for this fun excursion that’s sure to make your vacation memorable.

ater lovers and thrill seekers are encouraged to visit the towering slides at Douglas’ water park. Located at the edge of Washington Park, the facilities include a smaller slide and water games for younger children. Older visitors will enjoy the two large slides.

On the community’s southern edge, an 18-hole golf course offers a fun-filled and scenic outing. Golfers enjoy the vistas of the Laramie Range on the southern skyline.

Third Street in downtown Douglas is the perfect place to wind down at the end of the day. Enjoy a tasty burger and challenge your family to a game of bowling at House of Pinz. Movies are shown nightly at the historic Princess Theater. Movie goers enjoy a modern screen and sound, yet appreciate the nostalgic feeling the century-old theater delivers. Just up the street Headstrong Brewery is the perfect place to gather with friends and enjoy a cold micro-brew.

A walk along Douglas’ expansive pathway system is always enjoyable, especially in the morning and evening hours when the wildlife is most prevalent. The concrete sidewalk — perfect for walking, running and bicycling — runs along the North Platte River.