Fun Things to Do in Montana

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The wide open spaces, mountain ranges, and big cities of Montana hold many fun things to do and adventures for you to share with your kids.

Free Fun

Take a step back in time to live life like Montana’s pioneers did at the Pioneer’s Pride Museum (http://www.montanamuseums.org/) in Bainville. This small museum has a home and old jail from the pioneer era, as well as antiques that show how life was years ago. You can also visit three Nez Perce National Historic Park (http://www.nps.gov/) sites in Montana, and these are completely free.

Educational Fun

The Children’s Museum of Montana (http://www.childrensmuseumofmontana.org/), located in Great Falls, has numerous hands-on exhibits that allow children to learn about their world and environments through play. Exploration Works (http://www.explorationworks.org/) is another such museum. This one is in Helena and has both indoor and outdoor exhibits to encourage children to play. The exhibits at Exploration Works feature both science and cultural topics.

Environmental Fun

Montana has numerous open spaces that invite children to get out and run and interact with their environment. Glacier National Park (http://www.nps.gov/) is one of the premier outdoor environmental attractions in the state. It has over 700 miles of trails and breathtaking scenery. The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (http://www.nps.gov/) is another popular place. Its towering cliffs are home to true wild horses, so grab your camera and a picnic and head out in search of a herd. You can get up close and personal with the animals at Zoo Montana (http://www.zoomontana.org/) in Billings. This zoo is also a botanical garden and is the only zoological garden park in the Northern Rockies region. It is also the only zoo within a 500-mile radius of Billings.

Seasonal Fun

The fall brings out pumpkin patches and corn mazes in Montana, and your kids will love getting in on the fall fun. Sweet Pickins Pumpkin Patch (http://www.sweetpickinspumpkinpatch.com/) in Kalispell is one of these. It offers a petting zoo, giant pumpkin pillow for jumping on, and fresh picked pumpkins for your kids to take home to carve. For winter fun, head to Whitefish in February, which has a Winter Carnival every year complete with parade and ice sculptures.

Just for Mom Fun

For a relaxing getaway, plan a trip to the Lodge at Whitefish Lake (http://www.lodgeatwhitefishlake.com/), where you can indulge in spa treatments and massages to relax. If you prefer to shop, plan a visit to Billings, which has two malls, the Rimrock Mall and the West Park Plaza.

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