17 7th Street S | 406-454-2141
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! Sundays feature mermaid brunch, and reservations are suggested. Behind the bar of this famed lounge is a glass wall to view the mermaids and mermen perform in the mid-century modern pool. You never know who might turn up; the original mermaid, Darryl Hannah, has been seen here!
100 River Drive S | 406-771-1265
Open seasonally when the weather gets warmer, the Electric City Water Park provides the opportunity to cool off with the only 3-in-a-row Flow Rider in Montana, the Lazy River, Power Tower slides 20 feet above the park, and the state’s largest children’s water play structure. The Electric City Water Park is set inside a beautiful park complex with trees, grass, plenty of shade, and concessions.
500 River Drive N | 406-771-1265
The Railyard is ranked among the top 5 in the Nortwest and is one of the 20 largest skate parks in the country. Premiere features include bowls that are 5, 8 and 9-feet deep with sides that become vertical to the ground, along with the prized ‘over vertical,’ where the edge of the bowl curves like a cresting wave. The park’s unique full-pipe funnel that connects the two largest bowls with the intermediate 5-foot-deep bowl. Tony Hawk has even tested the fun here.
318 1st Avenue N | 406-868-2913
The Great Falls Historic Tours highlight several Great Falls landmarks, including the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Rainbow Falls, the Downtown Historic District, and Gibson Park. The historic tours, running June-September, are the perfect way to experience Great Falls, and be inspired to explore more! In the comfortable climate-controlled vehicle, you will enjoy a memorable experience with warm hospitality in scenic Great Falls. Tours depart from the O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South, and tickets/schedule are available online or by calling 406-868-2913.
4803 Giant Springs Rd | 406-727-1212
Giant Springs State Park is home to one of the largest freshwater springs in the country. The springs flow at a rate of 156 million gallons of water per day and the water stays at a temperature of 54 degrees. Over 500,000 visit Giant Springs State Park each year, making it Montana’s most visited state park. Accessible from The River’s Edge Trail, the park boasts views of Black Eagle Falls, a variety of bird life, a fish hatchery, and fishing ponds.
342 Ulm Vaughn Rd Ulm, Montana | 406-866-2217
First Peoples Buffalo Jump is North America’s largest buffalo jump, where for more than 600 years, native peoples stampeded buffalo over the cliffs on three sides of the enormous u-shaped jump, risking their lives to obtain life-sustaining buffalo meat and hides. Atop the cliff, accessed by a 3.5-mile [5.5 km] hiking trail or a short drive, you 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. Enter a full-sized tipi and listen to the murmur of the plains and the song of the meadowlark. Try your hand at wielding an early Indian weapon, the atlatl, a dart-throwing tool that uses leverage to increase the speed of the dart.
With 53 miles of paved and single-track trail along the Missouri River, the River’s Edge Trail provides the perfect opportunity for walking, hiking, jogging, skating, and biking. The trails surround spectacular views of the mountains, prairies, river canyons, waterfalls, and reservoirs. Connecting to Great Falls’ historic downtown, parks, restaurants, and attractions, the River’s Edge Trail is the perfect way to experience Great Falls. Trail highlights include 22 public art pieces, panoramic views of Great Falls at the Warden Park Gazebo, Singletrack trails built to IMBA standards, Access to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and the world’s largest freshwater springs and shortest river at Giant Springs State Park. Access to the trail is available from 18 parking lots, and has tables, trash receptacles, and restrooms facilities along the way.
1005 Smith River Rd | 406-454-5840
Located in the Lewis and Clark National Forest and a scenic drive from Great Falls, Smith River State Park offers gorgeous scenery in a remote setting. Renowned trout fishing is just one of the recreational opportunities available. The coveted permit-only float trip on the 59-mile Smith River an unforgettable experience. The permit process provides for a quality, multi-day float in relative solitude. Prepare your camera for memorable landscapes at the Smith, regardless of a permit! Outfitter packages are available through select providers. If you wish to hire the services of an outfitter, do not apply for a private permit in the drawing, since each outfitter is allocated a specific number of launches for specific days of the week and month.
Giant Springs State Park, 4803 Giant Springs Road | 406-727-1212
Running between Giant Springs and the Missouri River, the Roe River has the distinction of being the world’s shortest. At just 201 feet long and 8 feet deep, the Roe River’s source is Giant Springs, the largest freshwater spring in America. Today, you can enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the Roe River at Giant Springs State Park. The crystal-clear water provides a view of the natural plant life that thrives in the water.
Downstream from Great Falls, the river runs through a rugged series of canyons and badlands known as the Missouri Breaks. This part of the river flows through the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument, a 375,000-acre preserve comprising steep cliffs, deep gorges, arid plains, badlands, archaeological sites, and whitewater rapids on the Missouri. The Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River is comprised of three contiguous segments and can be used to float and fish. Float one or all segments on your own, or outfitters are available to assist. Segment 1 is a 42 mile [70 km] stretch from Fort Benton to Coal Banks Landing. Segment 2 is a 46 mile [75 km] stretch from Coal Banks Landing to Judith Landing. Segment 3 is a 61 mile [100 km] stretch from Judith Landing to Kipp Recreation Area.
The longest river in North America, with headwaters 160 miles south of Great Falls, flows through the heart of Great Falls. During westward expansion, The Missouri became the central part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The Missouri River contributed to Great Falls’ nickname as the Electric City. Boasting 5 falls, and today, 5 hydroelectric dams. The Missouri River today provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and fun. From boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more, the Missouri River is an ideal location for your genuine Montana adventure and most easily accessible from Broadwater Bay and Broadwater Bay Park.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness is easily accessed one hour west of Great Falls and is the fifth-largest wilderness complex in the lower 48 states. The highpoint of the Bob is the Chinese wall, an escarpment that averages 1,000 feet [305 meters] from its base and extends for 22 miles [35 km]. With numerous waterfalls, lakes, and dense forests, the wilderness is prime Grizzly bear habitat, and the population density of this species is higher than anywhere else in the US outside of Alaska. Motorized vehicles are not allowed, so you can enjoy the serenity of the great outdoors in solitude. Get maps from the US Forest Service office or the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation to easily plan your day hikes or backpacking trips. Outfitters can provide backcountry excursions.
38 Evans Riceville Rd | 406-454-5840
Soaring cliffs and steep ledges mark the Belt Creek Canyon as it slices out of the Little Belt Mountains and winds toward Belt. This area has seen its share of prospectors, miners, muleskinners, smeltermen, and railroaders building bridges. A primitive, unmaintained trail provides access to fishing, challenging floats, and wildlife viewing. Any free-spirited adventurer can take in the beauty from the scenic overlook resting high above the Park!
US Highway 89, Kings Hill Pass | 406-236-5100
The Silver Crest Winter Recreation area provides groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Silver Crest is located in the northwest corner of the Kings Hill Winter Recreation Parking Area. Ski trails and snowshoe trails are marked accordingly. Winter Trails Day is hosted at Silver Crest trails. The event includes snowshoe hikes and cross-country ski opportunities.
US Highway 89 Neihart, MT | 406-771-1300
Montana’s first ski hill, Showdown has operated since 1936. Showdown is a small-scale ski area that offers all-natural snow, short lines, and friendly people. Showdown harkens back to an era when skiing was fun regardless of your income. The summit is 8,200 feet and Showdown features over 2 dozen runs and over 20 feet of snow annually! The Ski Area is near the Kings Hill Scenic Byway in a high elevation area of the Little Belt Mountains near Neihart.
Great Falls IcePlex, 4001 29th Street SW | 406-866-0247
The Great Falls Americans are a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team that plays out of the Great Falls IcePlex. The players, ages 16–20, carry amateur status under Junior A guidelines and hope to earn a spot on a Canadian Major Junior, Collegiate, or minor professional team. Founded in 2011 as an expansion team, the Americans today host the annual Casey Cup and play a full season of games from October to March.
Once upon a time, the buffalo roamed the plains in the hundreds of thousands. Their importance to the Plains Indians made them Monarchs of the Plain. The Buffalo Hunt project is a celebration of the Buffalo and the culture, history, and art of the area they once roamed. 26 life-size fiberglass buffalo and calves were created and sponsored, then artists painted their buffalo. Upon completion, the herd was unveiled in May 2005. Today, these buffalo reside around Great Falls, and a great way to see all the buffalo is by participating in the Buffalo hunt. The Buffalo Hunt is a celebration of artists and art, culture, and history, fun and friendship, community pride and participation. Let the Hunt Begin!
2801 Old Havre Highway | 406-727-4884
Since 1952, Electric City Speedway has provided so much excitement, you can’t fence it in! Enjoy races every weekend April through September from some of the best drivers in the Northwest on the finest and fastest quarter-mile dirt track. This track brings stocks, sprints, modifieds and late models to race on a high-banked 3/10ths-mile clay oval with a wide 80-foot [24-meter] racing surface and concrete wall perimeter. A full catch fence, electronic scoring, 2,000 seat grandstand, and concessions make race nights an adventure in Great Falls.
4 Seasons Arena | 406-727-1481
Montana is home to open ranges, cattle drives, and cowboys and cowgirls that love the outdoors. Throughout the year, you will find PRCA Rodeos from your basecamp, Great Falls Montana. These events celebrate our heritage and allow spectators to enjoy an alluring, authentic, and rugged Montana tradition. When the rodeo season draws to a close, cowboys, cowgirls, family, and fans head to Great Falls Montana in January to crown the years’ champions.
Centene Stadium, 1015 25th Street N | 406-452-5311
The Pioneer League Champions, The Great Falls Voyagers are a highlight of summers in Great Falls from June to September. During the game, kids can enjoy watching the thrilling plays from the kid’s area equipped with a bounce house and enjoy ballpark concessions. The Voyagers are a Chicago White Sox affiliate and are named from the famed Mariana UFO incident in August 1950. This is when Nicholas Mariana, the general manager of the Great Falls Electrics, saw two spinning objects approaching at a seemingly high speed. Mariana recorded 16 seconds of footage of the unidentified flying objects.
1200 21st Avenue S | 406-217-8231
On a 1,100-foot [335 meter] track, Electric City BMX provides smiles, thrills, and spills to all ages. Bring a bike and ride with a free 1-day membership, or hang out, watch, and talk to riders and parents. If you don’t have your own equipment, loaner bikes and helmets for beginners are available. All riders must have long pants, long sleeves, and a helmet to be on the track. Ride at your own speed while you enjoy the views of Great Falls Montana’s diverse landscape from the track!
608 1st Avenue South | 406-315-1613
The Hi-line climbing center provides unroped climbing on walls shorter than 15ft. only found in Great Falls, this form of climbing packs a lot of punch into a short amount of space. Although it takes place close to the ground, ‘pebble wrestlin’ is sure to get your blood pumping. Climbing routes change often.
1301 20th Street South
College sports bring people together to cheer! Over the last 15 years, our Argos have made championship appearances in Rodeo, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Indoor Track and Field, Wrestling, Softball, Golf, and Soccer. Watch the Argos compete against some of the best in Rodeo, Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Wrestling, Softball, Golf, and Soccer. In 2020, the Argos will add football to their athletic program, so get ready to tailgate! The Argos compete in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.