As summer fast approaches and you start planning your vacation to Yellowstone National Park, we thought it would be a good idea to list here a few things that you can do outside of YNP while on your stay. If your visit to Yellowstone has you landing in Bozeman, there are a lot of fun things to do in and around town that you should get on your list! What you will discover as you plan is that YNP is enormous. There is a lot to see and a lot of it is crowded.
I don’t want to discourage you from visiting the park, you should. It needs to be experienced. What we find though is that most of our guests plan to come out for about a week or so and only make plans to head into the park for 2 or 3 days. Below, we’ve put together a list of things for you to look into as you plan that aren’t in the park.
Want to see a list of food places? Check out this blog post on places to eat!
Museum of the Rockies – website
This is a fantastic museum for the entire family. It’s known for it’s paleontological collections (DINOSAURS!) but as you walk through the exhibits, you will pass through time as you learn about dinosaurs and then move into the history of Montana. It also has planetarium and a living museum during the summer!
Gallatin History Museum – website
Bozeman is located in Gallatin County. One of the things I love about living here is how close we are to our history and the history of the United States. This is a great museum show casing Bozeman and the Gallatin County area. One of the great things about it is that it is located in Downtown Bozeman. So you can make it part of your day trip into the Bozeman and eat and shop in downtown!
American Computer and Robotics Museum – website
Didn’t see this one coming, did you? This museum offers history of humans as we manuvered through technological advances in science and computing to end up where we are today.
Bozeman Hot Springs – website
These hot springs have been around for over 100 years. They don’t like they have been around that long. Of course, it has been updated over the years! They have 12 different pools with temperatures ranging from 59 to 106 degrees. Fantastic place to relax.
Have a spa day at The Loft! – website
This one’s more for the adults. But we do have some really amazing spa’s in town. I can only vouch for ones we have visited. Being small business owner’s, we like to frequent other small businesses. It’s rare we get some time off but when we do, The Loft has always been fantastic!
Bozeman Farmers Market – website
The Bozeman Farmers Market is every Tuesday starting June 21st to September 13th from 5 – 8PM. It is located in Lindley park which is in downtown Bozeman. They have various vendors that offer more than just veggies!
Gallatin Valley Farmers Market – website
The Gallatin Valley Farmers Market happens every Saturday starting June 18th through September 10th from 9AM – 12pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds which is at 901 North Black Avenue in Bozeman. It is really close to downtown Bozeman. This is the larger of the two farmers markets and has a ton of Montana made products from local artists, creators, bakers and farmers!
Music on Main – website
Every Thursday through the summer starting on July 7th and ending August 11th and running from 7 pm to 8:30PM the city of Bozeman closes main street and hosts music on main which is open and free to the public.
Bring the kids from 6:30 PM to 8 PM for the Coca Cola “Kid’s Zone” on South Bozeman Avenue with inflatables, hula hooping and other activities provided by area non-profits. Grab a bite to eat from one of the many rotating food vendors and step into a few of the downtown stores that stay open late and of course enjoy outstanding live music from popular local and nationally recognized bands.
Hyalite Reservoir – website
Are you staying in the Bozeman area and looking for a beautiful place that has plenty of hiking, waterfalls, and water access? Hyalite would be your ticket! The reservoir is a “no wake lake” meaning that any boats on the reservoir can only be trolling which makes it nicer to go for a swim or rent a paddle board and take that for a tour of the reservoir. In addition to the reservoir there are a ton of different hikes for all skill levels and a couple even take you to some stunning waterfalls!