Local Activities

Looking for Things To Do in Missoula? Pick up a free Missoula guide in our lobby, you will find outdoor recreation, arts and culture, attractions, historic buildings, museums and many more exciting things to do in our Big Sky Country.

Missoula is approximately half-way between the parks of Glacier & Yellowstone. While Missoula is a natural stopping point for gas, food, sleep, & bathroom breaks, there is so much more to do. The bonus of stopping here can be the many various activities that abound in this area.

Check out the following (if you are like me, you hate to get home from a trip only to find out that you missed something on your travels.):

Southside Area:

  • Shopping Galore – Southgate Mall, Cabela’s, Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, WinCo Foods & more
  • Medical Services – CMC hospital, Big Sky Surgery, West. MT Clinic South, Cancer Center, Rocky Mtn Eye
  • Missoula County Fairgrounds – County Fair & Rodeo + Other Events
  • Glacier Ice Skating Rink – renting ice skates on a hot summer day, sound inviting?
  • Ft Missoula – Sports field – soccer, baseball, batting cages
  • Ft Missoula – outdoor museum of trolley, shay locomotive, teepee burner, tall lookout, etc – a great walking tour too
  • Jogging & biking trail – Missoula to Lolo paved pathway
  • Hiking – Blue Mountain
  • Golf Courses – Larchmont, Missoula Country Club, Linda Vista Golf (up Miller Creek), U of M Golf Course (South Ave E), Highlands Golf (up Whitaker Dr)
  • Brewery Pub – Great Burn Brewery – McDonald Ave
  • Trout Fishing – in creek or river – Lolo Creek, Bitterroot River
  • Restaurants Galore – some of the best are on Brooks St – from fast food, dining experiences, to buffet choices
  • Glacial Lake Missoula lap marks – on Mt Jumbo – 13 to 15,000 years old
  • Bison/Buffalo Farm – Between Missoula and Lolo

Missoula Area:

  • Hike up to the ‘M’ – Mt Sentinel
  • Hike in National Forests, Rattlesnake Wilderness or Pattee Canyon Picnic Area
  • Lolo Hot Springs – (a winter bucket list item – eating snowflakes as they fall while swimming in a hot springs)
  • Watching Kayak people play in Brennan’s Wave – downtown Missoula – Clark Fork River
  • Lewis & Clark’s Travelers Rest Camp – only 100% documented camp – used both going over & coming back
  • Smoke Jumper Museum – near airport
  • Museum of Mountain Flying – airport
  • Wall Painting Murals – Missoula County Courthouse – walls in older section – Edgar Paxson, artist
  • Trout Fishing – in creek or river – Clark Fork River, Blackfoot River
  • Rocky Mountain ELK Headquarters
  • Boone & Crockett Headquarters
  • Carousel – locals made the wooden horses – Caras Park
  • Dragon’s Hollow – children playground – Caras Park

Seasonal Interests:

  • Southgate Mall Fireworks – 4th of July
  • County Fairs & Rodeos – varies – summer weekends.
  • Out-To-Lunch – Wed – Caras Park
  • Farmers Market – Fri/Sat during summer – NP Depot @ N Higgins Ave (+has steam locomotive display)
  • Kettle House Brewery Concerts – varies – along Blackfoot River – Bonner
  • Rebecca Farm Horse Jumping Show – mid July – Kalispell.
  • Sweet Cherry Festival – Polson – mid July
  • Sweet Cherry harvest, picking & sales – (mid-July & early Aug) – Flathead Lake – yummy fruit
  • Flathead Lake Blues Festival (third weekend in August)
  • Huckleberry Festival – Trout Creek – Craft Booths to Helicopter Rides (Early August)
  • Model Train Show – late Sept Sunday – usually Big Sky High School
  • U of M Grizzly Football – fall – U of M
  • Snow Skiing – 6 local ski areas – Whitefish, Black Tail, Lookout, Lost Trail, Discovery & SnowBowl
  • Cross-Country Skiing – Lolo Pass

Western Montana Activities:

  • Glacier & Yellowstone National Parks
  • Whitewater River Rafting – Clark Fork “Alberton Gorge”, Flathead River “Buffalo Rapids”, South Fork of Flathead River
  • Flathead Lake – largest natural lake west of the Mississippi
  • Flathead Lake Boat Cruise
  • Flathead Lake jet ski rentals
  • Trout Fishing – many creeks, rivers, lakes – (Rock Creek is Blue Ribbon Rated)
  • Lake Swimming & Inner Tube Floating – too many lakes to mention
  • Ross Cedars – huge trees – Bull River area
  • Lee Metcalf Bird Sanctuary – Stevensville area
  • Glacial Lake Missoula evidence – Perma, Plains, Thompson Falls – former sand/dirt shore line piles, high up on the mountains
  • Ghost Towns & Mining Camps – Bannack, Virginia City, Garnet (for example)
  • Old Montana Prison & Car Museum – Deer Lodge
  • Charles M “Charlie” Russell Art Museum – Great Falls
  • Dinosaur Museum – Bozeman – (even the Smithsonian gets some bones from them)
  • Museum of the Americas – Polson
  • Lady of the Rockies – Copper Museum – Ringing Rocks – Pork Chop John’s sandwiches – Butte – (Evil Knievel’s hometown)
  • Daly Mansion – Hamilton
  • Conrad Mansion – Kalispell
  • Bison Range – Moiese
  • St Ignatius Mission – St Ignatius
  • Sculpture in the Wild – Lincoln
  • Garden of One Thousand Buddhas – Arlee
  • Hiawatha Bike Trail – MT & ID border – bike down former Milwaukee Railroad Path – into tunnels & over trestles
  • Golf Courses Galore – too many to list – from small town courses to famous designed ones – like Old Works Course in Anaconda

*No General State Sales Tax*

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