Bozeman, Montana, has a wide range of summer activities for kids that are affordable, fun, and great for all ages.
Bozeman is a family friendly vacation destination. The multitude of activities available are geared for all ages and all experience levels. Kids, with or without their adult guardians, can enjoy many recreational opportunities in the area.
What to do for Kids’ Summer Fun
Bozeman is extremely bicycle friendly. Bike lanes and routes are set through the residential and commercial areas. Short, easy bicycle paths are also found in the adjacent foothills.
Every kid loves the water and with the many rivers, streams, and lakes in the area, it is an ideal place to take the whole family fishing.
The foothills and the mountains of the surrounding area offer many opportunities for the kids – and the rest of the family – to get out and about, to enjoy the fresh mountain air, abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery.
- Horseback Riding
Every kid and the kid in all of us, envisions ourselves as the great Western Cowboy. What better way to experience that than to take a horseback ride through the mountains and valleys of Montana.
- Rafting Trips
There are age limitations on many of the white water rafting trips, but if your child is too young for that type of trip, you may want to consider a leisurely scenic float trip down one of the local rivers.
Area lakes and municipal swimming pools provide ample opportunities for the whole family to get wet.
Kid Friendly Summer Attractions
- Museum of the Rockies
The Museum’s permanent exhibitions tell the story of development in the Northern Rockies over the past 4 billion years. Indoor exhibitions are complemented by a operational, on-site 19th century farm that helps preserve the state’s agricultural traditions, as well as the immersive environment of the Taylor Planetarium.
- Headwaters Heritage Museum
The Headwaters Heritage Museum and Gift Shoppe is located in a 1910 bank building, originally the Three Valleys State Bank, in the center of downtown Three Forks at the southwest corner of Main and Cedar. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and contains an array of artifacts from the Missouri River Headwaters area.
- Children’s Museum of Bozeman
The Children’s Museum of Bozeman is an organization dedicated exclusively to providing hands-on, sensory exhibits and programs that foster imagination, curiosity and promote self-confidence. This is a great place to spend quality time with your kids.
When searching for winter activities in Bozeman, Montana, for kids and the family, there is plenty to do and see that can entertain as well as get everyone out into the area's scenic and exciting great outdoors. Many places have special winter activities that are definitely suited for winter fun and quality family and kid time, whether indoors or outside.
Kid Friendly Winter Activities
- Ice Skating
Three ice skating rinks can be found in Bozeman, one each at Southside, Bogert and Beall parks. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate and enjoy a family friendly activity complete with refreshments.
- Downhill Skiing
The local ski resorts often have programs geared to the younger members of the family, rather it be lessons or a winter camp filled with all types of winter activities.
- Cross-Country Skiing
Although not appropriate for the very young, many children enjoy getting out of doors and skiing along on groomed trails alongside their parents.
- Sleigh Rides
As close as you can get to an adventurous horseback ride in the winter, traveling along behind a team of horses, snuggled under a warm blanket is fun for the whole family – regardless of age.
Some age restrictions exist for riding as a passenger on a snowmobile. However, youngsters can enjoy this mode of travel in the winter.
Kid Friendly Winter Attractions
The various Museums in and around the Bozeman area are open year round, albeit that many have more limited hours in the winter.
- Wild West Winter Fest
This festival includes kids’ activities as well as a petting zoo, and a kids’ art show. Fun for the whole family with something for everyone.