17 Top-Rated Montana Family Attractions for All Ages

The Big Sky State isn’t just for the hardy adventurers; its vast landscapes and charming small towns house some of the nation’s most remarkable family attractions.

Together, we’re about to embark on a journey through 17 of Montana’s most family-friendly and top-rated attractions. Get ready to immerse yourselves in the spellbinding pages of Montana’s travel story, a tale woven from culture, history, and the enduring spirit of the American West.

As we journey through this comprehensive list, you can expect to explore iconic destinations, local hotspots, and trendy attractions that you never knew existed. And fret not — these aren’t just dry descriptions; each entry is augmented with practical tips and personal anecdotes to help you plan an unforgettable, all-inclusive family vacation.

So buckle up and get ready to dive into the heart of Montana’s family attractions — you’re in for one captivating ride!

7 Key Takeaways on Montana Family Attractions

  1. Montana offers a diverse range of family-friendly attractions including Glacier National Park, Yellowstone’s entrance, and water parks.
  2. The city of Missoula combines age-appropriate fun with educational experiences at places like Splash Montana and the Children’s Museum.
  3. Montana’s Rocky Mountains cater to the whole family with activities ranging from skiing and snowboarding to summer ziplining and mountain biking.
  4. The Lewis and Clark Trail in Montana not only offers a historical perspective but also promises an immersive natural experience.
  5. Flathead Lake is perfect for a mix of adrenaline-pumping water sports, serene cruises, and leisurely swims.
  6. Both Gardiner and Western Montana provide unique white-water rafting experiences, catering to all ages and skill levels.
  7. Horseback riding is a classic family activity, Montana offers scenic horseback riding options in various locations.

17 Top Activities for a Family Vacation in Montana

A family of four play around at beach in Montana during their family vacation.

If you’re seeking family-friendly adventures in Montana, you’ve hit the jackpot. The treasure trove of activities here is an open call for you to unleash a whole lot of joy and wanderlust on your family vacation.

So let’s embark on an exhilarating journey through Montana’s 17 top-rated family attractions. Whether you’re enamored by the wild or prefer a more serene outing, there’s something here for everyone. Let the adventure begin!

1. Explore the Entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone national park entrance sign in Montana.
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One of the most iconic gateways to Yellowstone National Park is located in Montana, just through the historic town of Gardiner. If you’re a first-timer, don’t miss the chance to wander under the grand Roosevelt Arch, erected in 1903.

In Gardiner, you get a small-town experience with a big heart and vibrant local culture — homey eateries, art galleries, and even a grab-and-go fishing shop. The lush greenery and proximity to the boiling geysers let you experience summer the way nature intended.

You can also branch out to nearby Big Sky, a mountain town perfect for a day trip. There, you could unleash your inner daredevil with activities like whitewater rafting — it’s a cocktail of adrenaline and scenery you won’t soon forget.

Don’t think winter here is a sleepy season though. When the snow blankets the landscape, it’s like a silent symphony. Lower crowds mean you have a better chance of spotting a majestic bison trudging through the backcountry, and with luck, maybe even a wolf or two. It’s a perfect, cinematic atmosphere to immerse your family in a white, serene adventure.

But, if you want to turn your Yellowstone experience up a notch, consider taking the mind-blowing Beartooth Highway. This route is like the icing on the cake; it spans 68 miles across the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and offers jaw-dropping panoramas.

If you’re driving from Gardiner to Yellowstone’s northeastern entrance, plan at least two hours for this scenic drive between May and October. Trust me, time spent exploring natural attractions in the Big Sky State is always time well spent.

2. Experience an Exciting Time in Missoula

A water park featuring various water slides in Missoula, Montana.

Missoula is the type of city that makes you paw at your kids. First on your list might be Splash Montana – towering water slides that’ll leave you grinning like a Cheshire cat and are a hit when the sun’s at its peak.

Come winter, the fun doesn’t freeze over. Head to the Currents Aquatic Center, a water playground where the kids can frolic indoors.

If you’re raising little daredevils, you shouldn’t miss Dragon Hollow Playground where they can climb inside a massive wooden dragon. For a more scenic and educational immersion, a tryst with nature at the Elk Country Visitor Center and Bitterroot Valley’s trails might be right up your alley.

Now, let’s talk about Carousel for Missoula — a whimsically nostalgic experience where kids enjoy ring-hooking while riding. It’s like stepping into a time machine where joy is the only currency.

And no family adventure is complete without a brain boost. The Children’s Museum is tailor-made for little explorers aged 0-9, with hands-on exhibits that will keep those young minds buzzing.

As every good day (or vacation) should, we end with a sweet note. Big Dipper’s homemade ice cream commands a line, but one taste of their unique flavors — like huckleberry or cardamom — will have you quickly joining the fan club.

Feeling the call of Missoula yet? Whether it’s for a day or a week, this city has a way of filling your family with memories they’ll be sharing for years.

3. Delight in Both Winter and Summer Adventures on the Mountains of Montana

A snowy mountain in Montana with a forest of pine trees at its base.

For families who love a good mountain adventure, Montana’s Rocky Mountains in the western region is a jackpot. Boasting an exhilarating mix of winter and summer activities, it’s no surprise why I often find myself drawn back here, to experience this all-natural, all-season playground.

Winter Playground:

  • Big Sky Ski Resort – Renowned for top-notch powder conditions and lack of crowds, it’s perfect for ski aficionados of all skill levels. Coupled with the acclaimed ski school and diverse terrain, it’s a slam dunk for families.
  • Lone Peak Playhouse – A childcare haven that offers a mini-camp program for babies 6 months and older, allowing parents to hit the slopes worry-free.
  • Bridger Bowl – Another gem among ski resorts, it offers Play Care so that parents can enjoy the slopes while their kids have a blast.
  • Kids Center at Whitefish Mountain Resort – This spot is a surefire hit for families, offering childcare and snow play options for kids during winter, while summer sees an array of equally exciting activities.

Summer Sanctuary:

  • Whitefish Mountain Resort – This is your go-to, whether you’re stepping into your first summer zipline adventure (of the 5-Zip Tour variety) or craving a scenic gondola ride. In the summer, the resort’s fantasy-like suite of offerings takes you for a walk in the treetops, flying down alpine slides, and mountain biking.
  • Sweet Peaks – To top off your family’s perfect summer day, indulge in locally-made ice cream at Sweet Peaks. It’s a sweet, and cool, treat for kids and adults alike.

Aiming to be a ski bum or simply savoring the sights while sipping hot chocolate, the Rocky Mountains offer you experiences that you’ll be eager to share, and undoubtedly repeat.

4. Uncover the Historical Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail

Wooden statues on display at Lewis and Clark Trail in Montana
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The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 is a history lesson that all families can enjoy, and Montana is the ideal classroom to bring it to life. Not only are you walking the same paths as these famed explorers, but you’re also traversing through rich, wild landscapes that have changed little since their time.

Knowing the Path:

  • Trace the steps of Lewis and Clark through the trails they blazed, monuments in their honor, and the places they discovered.
  • Discover firsthand the challenges they overcame at the Great Falls, Montana, now home to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.

At the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center:

  • Recommended for both kids and adults.
  • Engage in interactive experiences like ‘pulling’ a canoe over the portage or trying to navigate a wilderness map similar to what Lewis and Clark faced.
  • It is located on a scenic bluff overlooking the Missouri River, adjacent to the River’s Edge Trail.

Kids can also complete their Jr. Ranger badge at the center and other visitor centers along the 3700-mile historical trail.

In Helena, historical experiences abound, including the Last Chance Tour Train, which provides fascinating insights into landmarks such as the Capitol building, Last Chance Gulch, and the St. Helena Cathedral. And for a delightful break, a visit to the Great Northern Carousel and a sweet treat from The Parrot Confectionery are not to be missed.

5. Cruise on Montana’s Largest Lake

Flathead Lake surrounded with mountains and trees.
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Welcome to the expansive waters of Flathead Lake, the Titanic of Montana’s lakes, west of the famous Mississippi River. Fed by the crisp, glacial runoff of Glacier National Park, the lake flaunts unparalleled clarity. Have a look at some fun ways to dive into this freshwater paradise:

Lake Facts:

  • Location – Northern Montana, south of Kalispell
  • Size – Covers 195 square miles (505 square km) of surface water
  • Surroundings – Bordered by the Salish Mountains and the Mission Mountain Range
  • Fish Population – Diverse, including native species like bull trout and cutthroat trout, as well as non-native species like lake trout, yellow perch, and lake whitefish
  • Recreational Activities – Boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, water skiing, and stand-up paddle-boarding

Flathead Lake is one of those rare bodies of water that manages to be both grand and intimate. When I visited in August, it felt like the entire lake was there just for me and a couple of bald eagles nesting in a tree.

If you’re more of a lakeside lounger, the crystal-clear water allows for enviable underwater visibility, making it an ideal spot for some leisurely swimming.

For those who prefer a more romantic or curated experience, consider the leisurely options of a lake cruise with Far West Boat Tours or even your own Jack Sparrow moment by sailing on the majestic 1928 Q-Class 51-foot racing sloop from Flathead Lake Lodge. 

On land, Wayfarers State Park is an excellent choice for a lakeside picnic, and if you’re feeling adventurous, a cliff jump into the lake is quite the thrill. Something for everyone, you see.

Now, I’ve deliberately saved the best for last. Around Flathead Lake, especially near Wayfarers, you’ll find cherries so fresh and juicy, that they might just become the highlight of your day.

6. Experience the Thrill of White-Water Rafting at the Yellowstone River

A group of people enjoying a rafting adventure at the Yellowstone River.

I’ve always found white water rafting to be an amazingly fun activity. The Yellowstone River in southern Montana is an ideal choice for families looking to experience river activities for the first time. It offers class II to III rapids, providing whitewater fun without being too scary for the little ones.

Gardiner, the town located outside the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park, is home to several rafting companies, including Montana Whitewater Raft Company, Wild West Rafting, and Flying Pig Adventure Company. They offer a range of experiences for families, from gentle floats to thrilling rapids.

For those looking for an even more exhilarating experience, ROW Adventures in Western Montana is the way to go. Their big wide river offers roller-coaster waves that kids love, and the chance to spot osprey, bald eagles, mule deer, and bighorn sheep. Families can also enjoy swimming in calm spots on the river, making it a perfect day out for all.

7. Enjoy Horseback Riding in Montana’s Wide Open Spaces

A group of people riding horses in Montana's wide open spaces.

Do you know what’s as big as the endless Montana horizon? The smile across your kid’s face when they’re trotting on a horse, awestruck by the world laid out at their feet.

Horseback riding here isn’t just a quick ride; it’s a full-scale experience that taps into Montana’s wild heart. From Artemis Acres to Paradise Adventure Company and countless other ranches and outfitters, there’s a saddle waiting for you.

Day Trip Options:

  • Artemis Acres – Great for beginners, kids, and families.
  • Paradise Adventure Company – Offers varied trails for all ages and skill levels.

Why not spend the night on a working ranch or farm affiliated with Farm Stay USA? Guests can enjoy horseback riding, gardening, and taking care of animals.

For the ultimate family vacation, book a week at renowned dude ranches in Montana like Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, 320 Guest Ranch And Resort, Lone Mountain Ranch, Nine Quarter Circle Ranch, and The Resort at Paws Up.

These all-inclusive options offer meals, lodging, horseback riding, and additional family-friendly activities. It’s the perfect way to create lasting memories with your loved ones.

8. Spot Big Dinosaurs at the Museum of the Rockies

A triceratops skeleton is on display at Museum of the Rockies.
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The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman is home to one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur fossils. Here are the main highlights of the museum:

  • Thrilling T-Rex & Triceratops – The museum’s dinosaur exhibits will make you feel like Indiana Jones, minus the poison darts and boulders.
  • Children’s Discovery Center – A hit with parents, your tots can interact with displays and learn life science in a way they’ll remember.
  • Old West Delights – If your family has a taste for a different kind of history, the Old West exhibitions with vintage vehicles and gas stations will transport you back about 100 years.
  • The Judith River Dinosaur Institute – A real working lab that will turn your little paleontologists into pros. They can even take home their fossil finds.

After a long day of crawling and climbing like dinosaurs, refuel at The Burger Dive in Billings. Their “Behemoth” burger is not only dino-size but also made with the freshest local ingredients.

So get ready to roar with the dinos at Montana’s Museum of the Rockies and its dinosaur-adjacent attractions. It’s a prehistoric journey that promises a T-Rex-size load of fun.

9. Witness the Waterfalls and Grandeur of Glacier National Park

A waterfall in the middle of a rocky canyon in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park is not a place; it’s a promise fulfilled. It’s a vast expanse adorned with natural wonders that escalate the meaning of beauty. With six mountains soaring above 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), 37 glaciers, and over 700 lakes, this place is an ode to Mother Nature’s artistry.

You can treat yourselves to an array of outdoor experiences suited for kids of all ages. Here are a few to consider:

  • Going-to-the-Sun Road Adventure – This iconic drive is not just a means of getting from point A to B; it’s an entire adventure in itself. As you traverse its winding roads, every turn offers a stunning new perspective – think mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls all rolled into one.
  • Logan Pass Visitor Center – This stop along the Going-to-the-Sun Road offers more than just a comfort break. Here, you’ll find amazing family-friendly hikes that lead to unique vistas without taking an entire day.
  • Lake McDonald – For the little ones, a quiet nature trail in the valley of Lake McDonald awaits. It’s a gentle introduction to the park’s magic, complete with old-growth cedars and the serene Avalanche Creek, great for a little wading or stone-tossing.
  • Stone Skipping on Lake McDonald – Not just for kids but also for the kids-at-heart, Lake McDonald’s glassy waters are the perfect canvas for a stone-skipping contest, adding a touch of fun to your nature walk.
  • Become a Glacier National Park Junior Ranger – Through puzzles, mazes, and ranger-led activities, kids can immerse themselves in multiple aspects of wildlife, glaciers, and park habitats, earning themselves a prestigious badge.

You could very well spend a whole year here and never grow tired of its natural marvels. So pack your sunscreen and check your snow gear because this enchanted kingdom welcomes you whenever you’re ready.

10. Explore Nevada and Virginia City

An abandoned mining town in Virginia City, Montana, is perfect for tourists who love spooky family attractions.
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Ever dreamt of panning for gold or venturing through time in an old mining town? A visit to Virginia City and Nevada City can turn that dream into a reality your family won’t soon forget. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Gold Rush Fun – River of Gold at Nevada City — I bet at least one of your kids wants to strike it rich. The River of Gold lets kids and adults alike try their hand at gold panning. Who knows, you might just hit the jackpot!
  • Tour the Nevada City History Museum – A great spot for education disguised as entertainment. This museum offers a hands-on experience for kids, giving them an idea of what life was like during the Gold Rush era.
  • All Aboard the Short Line Railroad – The Alder Gulch Short Line Railroad will transport you back in time. The train ride is a memorable way to explore the landscape and the historical sites of Nevada City.

For a cultural touch:

  • Live Performances at the Virginia City Opera House – Listen to music or watch a play in a theater that predates Broadway. Talk about history come to life.
  • Boothill Cemetery – It’s not as macabre as it sounds. This cemetery is a fascinating spot to ponder life in the 1800s.

Seasonal specials:

  • Live Like a Pioneer in Nevada City – During the summer, Nevada City offers living history events. Kids can churn butter, participate in blacksmithing, or even learn to write with a quill!
  • Old-time Photos – Take a keepsake back home with old-time photos at either the Montana Picture Gallery or the Wallace Street Photographic Emporium. Warning: your kids might want these framed in their rooms.

If you’re in the mood to extend the historical trip, the historic Fairweather Inn in Alder Gulch is an excellent choice. With its charming rooms and central location, it’s like stepping back in time with modern comforts.

Virginia City and Nevada City offer a blend of family-friendly activities that fuse entertainment with education, and exhilaration with relaxation. Start charting your family adventure in these charming historic towns.

11. Experience the Splendor of Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake with trees and mountains in the background.
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When you’ve got the family packed in the car and you’re ready to make some memories, pencil in a day trip to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park — a true-blue gem in the treasure chest that is Montana’s alpine destinations.

The 4.6-mile round trip hike to the lake is rated as moderate, but some sources consider it more of a moderate-easy level, making it perfect for families with children.

The trail winds through a cedar forest and offers breathtaking views of waterfalls, culminating at Avalanche Lake, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and stunning mountain backdrop. Despite some elevation gain, the hike is considered family-friendly with enough time budgeted and taken slowly.

Before embarking on the adventure, it’s crucial to check current rules, and regulations, and obtain the necessary passes. I highly recommend wearing water shoes or sturdy sandals, especially if you plan on wading in the lake and being mindful of cold water temperatures.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, it’s essential to pack essentials such as water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. The splendor of Avalanche Lake is not to be missed, and with proper preparation, it’s an adventure the entire family can enjoy.

12. Enjoy Swimming in Yellowstone’s Natural Swimming Spots

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While swimming in Yellowstone has been severely impacted by the 2022 floods – particularly at the popular Boiling River Swimming Area near Mammoth Hot Springs, there are still fantastic alternatives to make a splash.

  • Firehole Swim Area – Located south of Madison Junction on Firehole Canyon Drive. This is my go-to spot on the Firehole River, offering an unbeatable swimming experience. Yeah, it’s closed until mid-summer to let the waters calm down, but when the green flag is up, the swimming is top-notch.
  • Yellowstone Hot Springs – Venture just outside the park to Yellowstone Hot Springs near Gardiner. This is a great sport if you are seeking relaxation for your family trip if you are in Yellowstone.

Yes, the Boiling River is currently out of bounds, but swimming in Yellowstone isn’t a total washout.

Things to Remember:

  • Stay Informed – Check the latest park advisories and seasonal information on swimming availability, park websites are a reliable source.
  • Respect Nature – These areas are precious and vulnerable, so let’s all do our part to keep them clean and safe for generations of family fun to come.
  • Plan Alternatives – Whether it’s visiting other park features or finding local community pools, it’s always good to have a Plan B in your family adventure playbook.

13. Encounter the Inhabitants of the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Two bears playing around inside their enclosure at Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
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Address201 South Canyon Street, West Yellowstone, Montana
Operating Hours365 days a year, from 9:00 a.m. to dusk
Phone+1 406-646-7001

During my recent visit to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, I was immediately impressed by its unique mission as a not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

At this center, visitors have the chance to observe live grizzly bears and gray wolves in naturalistic habitats, providing an unparalleled opportunity to learn about these fascinating animals up close.

The educational programs at the center are truly remarkable, with daily “Pack Chats” offering insights into wolf behavior, as well as demonstrations on safety in bear country and coexisting peacefully with bears.

The visitor experience is equally engaging, as it allows you to witness the animals both inside and outside the facility, creating an immersive and unforgettable encounter.

I was especially impressed by the interactive activities available, such as Keeper Kids, where children can learn about bear behavior and even participate in hiding food for the bears.

Remember, a visit to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center isn’t just a visit; it’s a chance to learn, to be amazed, and maybe just to have your heart softened by a grizzly taking a friendly afternoon stroll.

14. Go on an Adventure in Medicine Rocks State Park

A large rock formation surrounded by trees in Medicine Rocks State Park.
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Medicine Rocks State Park is like a playground designed by the forces of nature. One standout destination for families is Medicine Rocks State Park, where you can engage in activities like hide-and-seek among the fascinating rock formations.

For the more adventurous families, spending the night in a tent at Medicine Rocks can be an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, nearby Ekalaka offers lodging, museums, and restaurants for those who prefer a more comfortable stay.

One must-see attraction in the area is the Carter County Museum, part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail. Here, visitors can discover remarkable dinosaur findings, including the rare duck-billed hadrosaur. It’s an educational and exciting experience that the whole family can enjoy.

So if you’re looking for a unique outdoor adventure in Montana, Medicine Rocks State Park and the surrounding area offer a perfect blend of natural beauty and intriguing history.

15. Tour Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
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The Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Underground adventures meet outdoor bliss in Montana’s Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. This delightful spot is family vacation gold, offering a unique mix of exploration and relaxation.

The park offers two types of cave tours: the Classic Tour, a 2-hour, 2-mile journey, and the Paradise Tour, a shorter, 1.5-hour option. But that’s not all – there’s also hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking, plus a top-notch visitor center with interpretive displays.

Need to cool off? Head to the Jefferson River for wading on a warm day. If you want to stay overnight, the park has a large campground with showers, a tipi, and three cabins for a comfortable and memorable stay.

Lewis and Clark Caverns is an out-of-this-world, out-of-this-world adventure for the entire family.

16. Embark on a Scenic Wildlife Safari in Montana’s Wilderness

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Embarking on a scenic wildlife safari in Montana is an adventure like no other. Yellowstone National Park, a popular destination for wildlife safaris, is teeming with rich biodiversity, from grizzly bears and wolves to bison and elk.

Glacier National Park is another notable location for spotting wildlife, with grizzly bears, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep among the diverse array of species.

Another location is Lolo National Forest, which offers a unique opportunity for wildlife viewing and nature tours, boasting a wide variety of birds, mammals, and other species. These options provide a range of experiences for scenic wildlife safaris in Montana, catering to various interests.

Whether you’re interested in observing famous animals in national parks or exploring Montana’s historical significance amid its breathtaking landscapes, the state offers something for everyone. Prepare your binoculars and camera for an opportunity to see incredible wildlife in their native environments.

17. Go on a Scenic River Float in Montana’s Major Rivers

A group of people rafting down a river with mountains in the background in Montana.

If you’re craving the chance to immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Montana’s rivers and landscapes, consider embarking on a scenic river float. Options abound for scenic river floats in Montana, each offering its unique blend of natural wonders.

Where to Float:

  1. Yellowstone River – A 2-3 hour float from Victor (Bell Crossing FAS) to Florence (Florence Bridge FAS) offers big scenery and a great braided and frequently flooded channel.
  2. Paradise Valley – A 2-3 hour relaxing boat ride down the Yellowstone River, showcasing the stunning Paradise Valley.
  3. Missouri River – A day trip from Fort Benton to Loma (Loma Bridge FAS, 22 miles downstream) offers a flat and easy-to-navigate river with spectacular white cliffs and “whitewater” rapids.
  4. Glacier National Park – A scenic float on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, from West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge.

These floats offer stunning views of Montana’s most iconic landscapes, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a bald eagle or two.

It’s not just about the landscapes; these rivers are steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. Pay attention, and you might learn something new or catch a glimpse of local fauna taking a drink.

These river floats offer the kind of quality family time you thought only existed in old, sepia-toned postcards. Together, you’ll forge lifetime memories as you glide through the serene waters.

Montana Family Attractions Final Thoughts

Three children gaze down from a wooden balcony onto a serene scene featuring a wooden barn, a grassy landscape, and distant mountains in Montana.

As we bring our tour to a close, what Montana has to offer for families is not only vast in scope but also deeply engaging. This state manages to blend history, nature, and adventure in a way that can’t help but pique every family member’s interest.

From the soaring peaks in Glacier National Park to the contrasting geysers and waterfalls in Yellowstone, Montana’s landscapes are a photographer’s paradise. Even if photography is not your thing, you are bound to be moved by the sheer beauty of these sites.

You don’t have to stick to the ground when you’re in Montana. Try taking the plunge on the Yellowstone River, ski or snowboard down the slopes at Big Sky, or horseback ride through the windswept plains. Montana’s got thrills for everyone.

Animal lovers will be enthralled by the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, where you can safely observe bears and wolves; or they can experience the joy of whale-sized creatures encased in stone at the Museum of the Rockies.

Your family vacation to Montana is not just about seeing places — it’s about creating deep and cherished memories. You’ll find yourselves closer to nature, and possibly to each other, as you navigate the vast offerings of the Treasure State.

Montana Family Attractions FAQs

1. Where in Montana Is Best for Kids?

Missoula, Montana, is often considered one of the best destinations for kids, offering a plethora of family-friendly activities. With attractions like Splash Montana, Currents Aquatic Center, the Children’s Museum, and outdoor adventures in the nearby Bitterroot Valley, Missoula provides a vibrant and entertaining environment for families.

2. When Is the Best Time to Visit Montana With Kids?

The best time to visit Montana with kids is during the summer months, typically from June to August. This period offers pleasant weather, allowing families to explore outdoor attractions comfortably.

Summer provides optimal conditions for activities such as hiking in Glacier National Park, enjoying water sports on Flathead Lake, and partaking in various family-friendly events and festivals across the state.

3. What to Wear in Montana in Summer?

In the summer, it’s advisable to wear layers in Montana, as temperatures can vary throughout the day. Opt for lightweight, breathable clothing, a hat for sun protection, and comfortable hiking or walking shoes, especially if exploring scenic landscapes and national parks.

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Ashley Smith
Hello there! I'm Ashley Smith, born on a chilly winter's day, Montana has been my playground since childhood. The first snowfall of the year always brings back memories of building snowmen and winter hikes. Co-founding PocketMontana.com was my way of sharing the magic of Montana's seasons with the world. While Chris dives deep into the landscapes, I'm obsessed with Montana's rich culture, from the local festivals to the tales passed down generations.

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