Great Falls Montana Tourism noticed a demand for creative agenda planning services that add local flair to three specific meeting time slots: Cocktail Hours and Receptions, Field Trips and Attractions, and General Downtime.

We took the hint and developed this quick guidebook with suggestions on how you can fill these time slots in your agenda during your next meeting in Great Falls Montana.

Cocktail Hours and Receptions

Receptions can get a bad rap. Generally known as the time during an event when certain Board of Directors have a few too many drink tickets in hand and attendees are sealed in a bland conference ballroom; an opening night or closing day reception can make or break a conference experience.

Make your meeting memorable by elevating the experience with these authentic Great Falls Montana ideas:

The Charlie M. Russell Museum celebrates the life and art of the famed cowboy artists and provides an exquisite venue for receptions. Previous events have paired the contemporary design of the art galleries with local beer and wine selections to cultivate a high-end Great Falls Montana reception.

Adding local tastes to a standard reception bar is a quick way to engage attendees with the culture of a destination. Enbar in Great Falls is a craft cocktail lounge that specializes in mixing Montana made spirits. Interested in connecting with Enbar about a custom cocktail selection? Shoot us an email and let us connect you!

Ryan Island Park is a 2.5 acre reception gem poised in the middle of the Missouri River, directly downstream of the 100 ft waterfalls pouring over Ryan Dam! Attendees will have breathtaking views of the falls, the stark cliffs of the Missouri River, and access to the historic  relics that are staged at the park. Great Falls Montana can connect you with a local caterer to service your outdoor meet-and-greet.

Field Trips and Attractions

Field trips to local attractions are a value add for attendees wanting to develop relationships with colleagues and potential clients while exploring a new destination. Built in bleisure travel is quickly becoming a mainstay in American meeting planning. On average, 43% of business trips will include a leisure portion.

Harness the travel bug inside of each of your attendees by leveraging these showstopping local attractions:

Attendees will capture a portrait of daily life for Montana’s first peoples. Atop the mile long cliff, accessed by a 3.5-mile [5.5 km] hiking trail or a short drive, attendees can take in a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountain Front, the Missouri River Valley, and the buttes that make this Montana landscape so memorable. Great Falls Montana Tourism can assist in pre-planning cultural activities at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.

Giant Springs State Park is home to the largest freshwater spring in the country! The springs flow at a rate of 156 million gallons of water per day. Attendees will look forward to renewing their spirits while taking in the beauty of this natural phenomena. The park boasts views of Black Eagle Falls, a variety of bird life, a fish hatchery, and fishing ponds. Giant Springs flows directly into the Missouri River, creating the shortest river in the world, the Roe River!

The #1 bar worth flying for, according to GQ Magazine and home to Montana’s only live mermaid show. Famed lounge singer Piano Pat performs from her vast repertoire while you sip Montana’s Best Tiki Drink! Behind the bar of this famed lounge is a glass wall to view the mermaids and mermen perform in the mid-century modern pool. This is a must see for attendees visiting Great Falls!

Downtime

Montana is a consistent addition to traveler’s bucket lists. The mystery and allure of adventuring in Montana is a powerful attendance booster. We know that 58% of business travelers will find time for leisure activities to explore new destinations. We recommend harnessing the power of these authentic Great Falls Montana experiences when planning your next meeting:

With 53 miles of paved and single-track trail along the Missouri River, the River’s Edge Trail provides the perfect opportunity for attendees to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. The trail offers spectacular views of the mountains, prairies, river canyons, waterfalls, and reservoirs. Connecting to Great Falls’ historic downtown, parks, restaurants, and 22 public art pieces, the River’s Edge Trail is the perfect way to experience Great Falls.

Action pack your conference dates by scheduling before or after a signature Great Falls event. Every year Great Falls becomes the Western Art Capital of the World for one week in March during Western Art Week! Join us as we celebrate our access to fresh ingredients and creative cuisine during the largest Restaurant Week in Montana in February. Collide your conference agenda with Great Falls culture during the Lewis and Clark Festival or the Montana PRCA Circuit Finals.

Great Falls Montana Tourism can coordinate with over 30 unique boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and retailers, to put together a character filled shopping itinerary. Downtown is home to Montana’s Largest Specialty Dry Goods Store, Dragonfly Dry Goods, and high-end boutique, the Blue Rose.

Great Falls Montana Tourism combines pragmatic meeting planning services with creative conference ideas to produce meetings that boost attendance and satisfy attendees. These ideas are meant to get the creative juices flowing, each one can be customized to fit your agenda! Allow us to submit a custom proposal for your next open RFP which will include Great Falls agenda planning ideas along with competitive room rates and venue options. Email your open RFPs directly to Jake@VisitGreatFalls.org.  Stockpile your conference agenda with experiences in Montana’s Basecamp for Art and Adventure.