GREAT FALLS AREA
Epic Family Adventures
TELL SOME FISH TALES
At Giant Springs Fish Hatchery, toss food pellets into the water, and see trout and salmon swarm. Kids can peek into the tanks through an underwater viewing window.
HIT THE RIVER'S EDGE TRAIL
Here are a few fantastic reasons to hike or bike the River's Edge Trail:
- A sweeping look at Great Falls, thanks to the free telescope at Warden Park Gazebo, plus direct access to downtown parks, restaurants and attractions.
- Nearly 60 miles of trails along the Missouri River, including paved and off-road routes for hiking, cycling, skating and mountain biking.
- Views of the Missouri River canyons, five hydroelectric dams, reservoirs and waterfalls.
DISCOVER FORT-IFIED HISTORY
Stop at historic Old Fort Benton to see the frontier version of Target. You can browse bison, robes, beads, guns and cloth that once filled this trading post. Numerous museums dot the town, including Homestead Village, with restored homes and busiesses moved from abandoned homestead-era towns. Visit in late June during Summer Celebration for Wild West reenactments, a parade and food.
FALL IN LOVE WITH CENTRAL MONTANA
Explore these five sure-fire ways to make family memories in Central Montana:
- Splash in creeks, float the mighty Missouri River, or swim, paddle or boat in the lakes. Or enjoy a leisurely soak in natural mineral hot springs in White Sulphur Springs.
- Explore the Corps of Discovery at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, or view the world's longest dinosaur at Two Medicine Dinosaur Center.
- Hike Ear Mountain Wildlife Management Area along the Rocky Mountain Front, or get your nature on at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area.
- Take in the awesome views along Great Falls' River's Edge Trail. Or see the power of water in action during a picnic on a river island near Ryan Dam.
- Take in art shows, live music and theater, and cultural and community festivals around the area. In Central Montana, you're sure to find an event to please everyone.