Things To Do
THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND BOZEMAN
There are many tourist attractions in the Bozeman area, including Yellowstone National Park. Some past participants have extended their stay in the Bozeman area in order to see some of these attractions. The Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce is a good starting place to learn about some of these attractions. Their website is http://www.bozemancvb.com/.
AMERICAN COMPUTER & ROBOTICS MUSEUM
The award winning American Computer Museum brings together 20,000 years of technology through thousands of artifacts displayed in a visitor friendly environment. The exhibits are designed to appeal both to the novice and technology expert.
2023 Stadium Drive, Unit 1-A, Bozeman, MT 59715
(Right behind the Montana Ale Works)
615 E Mendenhall St., Bozeman, MT 59715
From a Yelp reviewer: Benjie’s is the best jewelry store in the country. She buys wholesale and prices jewelry half off every day! The quality of the jewelry is excellent and the precious stones are unique. I would fly back to Bozeman just to go shopping at this store!
There is no better way to experience Bozeman than to get out and pedal around. Tour the city by means of comprehensive bike lanes or trek through the surrounding foothills and mountains on miles of bike trails. Hyalite Canyon is a popular area for both road and mountain bikes. The first leg of the trip is a paved road to Hyalite Reservoir, the perfect lunch stop, and those with the right equipment can continue on the dirt roads beyond. If you didn’t have enough room to pack your own bike, stop into any number of shops to rent one for the day, and even find a knowledgeable tour guide who can escort you through the best trails around Bozeman.
Check out the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club website at www.gallatinvalleybicycleclub.org for additional information.
BOZEMAN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
A good source for additional maps and information about tourist attractions in the Bozeman region.
2000 Commerce Way
Bozeman, MT 59715
BOZEMAN BREWING COMPANY
Voted for two consecutive years, 2003-2004 Bozeman’s best beer. Bozeman Brewing Company is the realization of a dream of Todd Scott and Lisa Danzl Scott. Todd began his brewing career like so many others in the micro brewing industry at home. He began brewing professionally for Napa Valley Brewing Company in Calistoga, California. His brewing education came from UC Davis. After getting his feet wet the couple moved back to the enchanted lands of Bozeman where Todd made beer for Spanish Peaks for 11 years. Offering a variety of microbrews; Bozone Select is the flagship offering from Bozeman Brewing Company. Come down and visit the brewery and support the local brew! There are two other year round offerings: Bozone Hefe Weizen and Bozone St. Porter as well as seasonal surprises.
504 North Broadway, Bozeman, 59715
BOZEMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Cool place to hang out with your laptop or a book
626 E. Main Street, Bozeman, Montana
BRIDGER BREWING COMPANY
Providing the Bozeman community with unique hand-crafted brews, fresh artisan-style pizzas and more.
1609 South 11 Avenue, Bozeman, 59715
(In the Town & Country complex, across from Brick Breeden Fieldhouse)
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF BOZEMAN
The Children’s Museum of Bozeman has hosted over 50,000 children and families since opening in 2001. The museum presents hands-on, sensory exhibits and programs that foster imagination, curiosity, creativity, and self-confidence. Our goal is to be a place where kids and families can have fun learning and playing together! Favorite exhibits in our multi-level space include Pinball Machine, Busy Bee Corner, Doctor’s Office, Bubble Wall, Frontier Play Area and Scope-on-a-Rope. Kids and adults enjoy our exhibits! For more information on our membership programs, hours and admission check out our website at www.cmbozeman.org or call (406) 522-9087.
EMERSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE
Great local artists have their studios and galleries here.
111 South Grand Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715
If you like to spend your days casting flies to record-sized fish in world-renowned waters, Bozeman is the place for you. The Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone rivers are all within 30 miles of town, and there are a smattering of smaller streams and lakes throughout town that will yield a great catch. Whether you are an experienced fly-tier, or a novice to the ways of the water, you won’t go home disappointed.
GALLATIN PIONEER MUSEUM
To step back in time and learn about Gallatin County’s heritage, visit the Pioneer Museum in Bozeman. The museum offers a unique glimpse into the area’s past. Together with jail cells and a hanging gallows, the museum has displays dealing with the pioneers who settled the valley. For example, there’s a reconstructed log cabin, a model of old Fort Ellis, the infamous Big Horn Gun, Indian artifacts, five generations of wedding dresses from the Accola-Spain family, and even a porcelain doll that belonged to a girl who came to Bozeman by wagon in 1864. The museum also boasts a photo archive with more than 12,000 historic images that can be reproduced for a small fee. There’s a research library that includes a special Lewis and Clark collection and files on many Gallatin County communities and families. The bookstore has hard-to-find materials dealing with the history of Gallatin County for sale at reasonable prices. The Pioneer Museum is operated by the Gallatin County Historical Society, an organization founded in 1977 to preserve and promote the history of the county. The museum has been located in the old jail since 1979 and is not a County agency. It does not receive any tax dollars, but instead relies strictly on memberships, donations, and memorials to operate.
317 West Main Street, Bozeman, 59715
The two 18-hole public courses are Bridger Creek and Cottonwood Hills. Cottonwood also boasts a 9-hole executive course. Two private courses are available as well as nearby courses in Three Forks, Ennis and Big Sky.
The only problem with hiking in Bozeman is trying to figure out where to head to! Surrounded by many magnificent mountain ranges, you can take off in any direction and find excellent trails. A local favorite, the hike to the concrete M on Baldy Mountain is a must-do for any visitor. Created in 1915 by Montana State University students, the trail will take you through a beautiful juniper forest to the mouth of Bridger Canyon. Another popular hiking destination, Hyalite Drainage Recreational Area provides endless trails to lakes, streams, waterfalls, 10,000 foot peaks and cabins. Contact the Bozeman Ranger District (406) 587-6701 for maps, bear activity and snow level information.
HISTORIC WALKING TOUR
Take a step back in time on a historic walking tour of Bozeman. Over 40 individual properties are listed on the National Historic Register, and there are nine historical districts; the Bon Ton Historic District, the Bozeman Brewery Historic District, the Cooper Park Historic District, the Lindley Place Historic District, the Main Street Historic District, the North Tracy Avenue Historic District, the Northern Pacific-Story Mill Historic District, the South Tracy Avenue Historic District, and South Tracy-South Black Historic District.
Numerous outfitters, resorts and guest ranches offer horseback riding in the area surrounding Bozeman. Guided trail rides are the norm, though larger pack trips into the nearby mountains are also available.
Cattle drives offer guests the chance to trail cattle from pasture to pasture or from foothills to wintering grounds. These trips involve several days of riding horseback, camping out in the wilderness and eating meals from chuck wagons.
Medicine Lake Outfitters
3246 Linney Road, Bozeman, MT 59718
HOT SPRINGS AND SPAS
Bozeman Hot Springs
many different temperature natural pools
81123 Gallatin Road , Bozeman, MT
The Loft Spa
In the heart of downtown
129 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT
LIVINGSTON DEPOT CENTER
Livingston is about 25 miles east on I‐90 over the Bozeman Pass. Visit the nicely restored railroad station and have a nice lunch/dinner at Martin’s or at the Livingston Bar & Grille.
200 W Park St
Livingston, Mt 59047
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MUSEUM OF THE ROCKIES
There’s always something new to see at the Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University – Bozeman. You’ll travel through 4 billion years of Earth’s history beginning in the geology hall, land forms/life forms. Your next stop is One Day 80 Million Years Ago, a recreation of the dinosaur nesting colonies discovered by Jack Horner, the Museum’s Curator of Paleontology. Travel on through exhibits about Montana’s Native Americans and the state’s recent history. And don’t miss the world-class Taylor Planetarium for a new perspective on Montana’s Big Sky. During the summer, visit a living history farm and see what life was like a century ago on a Montana homestead. And each summer, the Museum features a new exhibit. West of Wonder: The Natural History of Lewis & Clark. Often thought of as America’s great adventure story, the Lewis and Clark Expedition should also be thought of as America’s first great scientific endeavor. As we commemorate this great exploration, we also celebrate – in this exhibit – a scientific achievement that represents the epitome of Enlightenment Science.
600 West Kagy Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59717
Like the outdoors? Need to take a hike? Go see Palisades Falls in Hyalite Canyon! These spectacular falls cascade over a ‘columnar’ basalt volcanic rock formation just south of Bozeman, and are well worth the drive and hike to go see. From Bozeman drive south on 19th Street 5 miles to Hyalite Canyon Road. Go south on Hyalite Canyon road 20 miles to Forest Road ‐ Go west one mile to Palisades Falls Picnic Area and trailhead. There’s more hiking and sights to see in the area of the Hyalite Reservoir too.
With the Yellowstone, Gallatin and Madison rivers so close to Bozeman, rafting is a regular past-time for many locals and visitors alike. The Yellowstone with its deep, wide stretches of beautiful scenery between big water rapids. The Gallatin with its small and technical white water that never seems to relent, and the Madison River with the Beartrap Canyon run that’ll take you to solitude while keeping you paddling. There is no shortage of experiences to be had on the rivers here!
located in the Historic Baxter Hotel Downtown Bozeman
105 West Main Street
140 East Main St.
Bozeman Food Co-op
5,000-square-foot market and deli located in the heart of Downtown, Bozeman.
44 East Main Street
Open Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
fun and funky comfort food
23 N. Tracy
25 N. Willson Ave.
Great panini’s and salads
200 North 7th Ave.
The Garage Soup Shack And Mesquite Grill
451 E Main St, Bozeman
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
1516 W. Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
great for breakfast and lunch
312 E. Main Street
Sweet Chili Asian Bistro
Great Thai food
101 East Main Street Suite 1
Ted’s Montana Grill
great steaks, burgers, and bison food
105 W Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59715
20 minutes west of Bozeman/great sweet rolls and well worth the drive
Hours of Operation: Daily 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
10778 Highway 287
Three Forks, MT 59752
There are two main areas for larger box stores but also a lot of smaller stores all up and down Main Street.
(1) On 19th Street, south of I‐90 (exit 305), and north of Gallatin Trail, there’s a large selection of ‘big box’, chain stores and some independents. Both sides of 19th contain a variety of stores, and some eating establishments at which you may sustain yourself for further shopping.
(2) The second area is on Huffline Rd (SR 191), basically west of 19th Street. There are a number of strip malls and one enclosed mall (Gallatin Valley Mall), and some theatres.
Another historic western town to take in is Virginia City, Montana, located about 1.5 hour drive from Bozeman. This is an old ‘ghost town’ (full of old ghosts?), lots to see and do, with some interesting shops and displays to explore. Tours of town by fire truck and stage coach are highly recommended.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
World’s Largest Collection of Geysers
It’s wonderland. Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America’s first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.