Montana is held in high esteem for its incredible access to nature and outdoor recreation. When you think of Montana you may picture nothing but sky-scrapping ranges of mountains and wide-open spaces filled with cattle or maybe a never-ending golden field of wheat. While Southwest Montana fits that picture to a “T,” there is so much more to explore within our communities.
While everyone is talking about ski season (don’t worry, we will do plenty of that) we thought we would take this opportunity to look at the plethora of activities to keep you, and your family, nice and warm!
The Capitol City will have no problem keeping you nice and busy, all while in the comfort of a nice warm building.
For families with kids, we can’t recommend the Great Northern Area enough. Here you will find ExplorationWorks! – a popular children’s museum, the Great Northern Carousel – complete with ice cream parlor, several restaurants – Brewhouse Pub & Grille, Subway, Hokkaido Ramen, and the Silver Star, and the Cinemark Movie Theater (we’re talking Frozen 2, Jumanji 2, Knives Out, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and more!).
If you are looking for a bit of local shopping and fare, the Walking Mall is a Helena staple. You’ll find coffee shops – The Hub, Firetower, and General Mercantile, a brewery – Ten Mile Creek, a tasting room – The Hawthorn, several restaurants, a sweet treat – The Parrot and Big Dipper Ice Cream, and local shops – The Panhandler, Lasso the Moon, Montana Book & Toy, and fourOsix to name a few.
If you are looking to dig a little deeper, we highly recommend carving out some time for some of the museums and galleries in the area. Here’s a quick hit list of some of our favorites: Holter Museum of Art, The Montana Historical Society, and the Archie Bray Foundation.
The Richest Hill on Earth has its share of highlights. Steeped in history, it is impossible to take in everything Butte offers in just one trip. If you are looking for a good overview of the city, setting up a Butte Trolley Tour might be what you are looking for – contact the chamber.
Butte was settled, like many of our communities, by miners hoping to strike it rich. While the gold rush boomed across the state, Butte found its success in Copper, the wealthiest were known as the Copper Kings. Today you will find incredible Victorian era mansions scattered across Butte, and even better, several offer the opportunity to visit! The Copper King Mansion is now a Bed and Breakfast that also offers tours of the 34-room mansion, while the Clark Chateau stands as a museum.
Maybe one of the town’s three craft breweries or their ever-popular distillery, Headframe Spirits, is more your style. Nestled in Historic Uptown Butte, these establishments are a perfect pair to an afternoon of exploring. Or maybe you are looking to dive into the history, and a visit to the Butte Silver-Bow Public Archives would suit your idea of the perfect trip. To top off the perfect evening, schedule an Escape Room at Escapology or maybe catch a show at the Mother Lode Theatre!
Butte and Helena may be the largest communities in our region, but they surely are not the only communities! Learn more about activities in the Southwest Montana area here!
We only pulled a few highlights, what are some of your favorite ways to escape the winter chill in Southwest Montana?