The big three organized family activities in Big Sky, Rafting, Horseback Riding and Zipline adventures are often limited to kids six and older. That doesn't help those of us with younger kids much. Don't despair, there's still plenty to do.
The Big Sky Park
The Big Sky Park features some really cool climbing boulders, a skate park, frisbee golf course and full swing set and play structure. It's easy for most kids to kill an hour or two here. map to the right
Rent the paddle boats on Lake Levinsky
A family of four can use the boats all you want for a week for only $59. Yep, unlimited, 4 ppl for a week, it's cheap! Rent or buy a fishing pole at the hardware store and even the youngest can catch fish all day! http://www.raftmontana.com or 406-995-4989 to purchase the "Family Pass which gets you the unlimited boats. You can buy the pass right at the marina too. map to the right
Visit Ousel Falls
This is a family and stroller friendly hike to some beautiful waterfalls in Big Sky Montana. Bring a camera and after the hike grab milkshakes at the Hungry Moose Market. map to the right
Ride The Chairift
Ride up the chairlift for some magnificent views and fresh air. There is a great hike back down the ski area or ride the chair back down. Don't forget your camera for this adventure either. Located at the Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort -
Need More Ideas? Call Geyser Whitewater Expeditions in Big Sky for more fun activities with the little ones. 406.995.4989
If your schedule doesn't allow for a rafting adventure on the Gallatin River, the Yellowstone River near Gardiner Montana is another option for rafting. Although not quite the whitewater thrills of the Gallatin, the "Stone" offers nice scenery and a great introduction to rafting.
Visit the Yellowstone Raft Company in Gardiner, they are a fun crew and have been doing it longer than anyone. They have an office a couple blocks from the North entrance of Yellowstone Park. Give them a call and tell them Geyser Whitewater sent you!
Visit www.raftmontana.com for everything you need to know about rafting near Yellowstone. Regardless of the time of year, the Gallatin is sure to provide buckets of fun for the whole family!
If you are visiting the Yellowstone area be sure to call us and inquire about our lodging special starting at $109 per night and includes breakfast. It's a great deal provided to our guests courtesy of Buck's T4 Lodge in Big Sky. Conveniently located on Highway 191 next to Geyser Whitewater Expeditions and 45 minutes from the West Entrance of Yellowstone Park. Everything you need for a visit to Yellowstone and Big Sky, Montana!
There's more to Yellowstone than geysers and water falls. Take in some of these family activities when visiting West Yellowstone...
The Zipline Adventure Park
The brand new Zipline Adventure Park in West Yellowstone is a unique attraction filled with high flying surprises. Located right in West Yellowstone, the park is within walking distances of most hotels. It is open until dark so visiting after dinner or day in Yellowstone is quite possible. This is the most economical of all the zipline attractions near Yellowstone and unlike any other offers unlimited adventure. visit www.yellowstoneparkzipline.com for more info.
The Grizzly Wolf and Discovery Center
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is an AZA accredited Not-for-Profit, wildlife park and educational facility. The Center offers every visitor to Yellowstone a chance to uniquely experience the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves. All the animals at the Center are unable to survive in the wild and serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. Located right in town, the center is open 8:30 to 8:30 in the summer and costs about ten dollars.
Visit http://www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.com/ for more info.
After nearly fifty years of the "Finest in Family Entertainment," The Playmill Theatre continues the tradition with three popular hits this summer Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The Playmill Theatre provides an experience like no other. The moment you arrive you will be greeted and shown to your seat by members of the Playmill Cast. They will personally get to know you and would love to get you any concessions (fudge), programs, or souvenirs, which you will need. As you walk to your seat you will be delighted to hear Playmill Players singing and entertaining on stage. Once the audience is seated, we begin the show with sing-along, and opening number, followed by an audience favorite-- the Playmill Variety show! The featured production will be announced and begin directly after the variety show.
West Yellowstone Rodeo
Get ready to rodeo! Not the largest rodeo around but this down home spectacle is a family favorite. The rodeo is in the evening so you can visit the park during the day and enjoy the rodeo after. For an added thrill you can even take a horseback ride before and end up at the rodeo.
Check out http://www.yellowstonerodeo.com/ for rodeo times and dates.
Swimming in Yellowstone Park
Firehole Canyon Drive is a 2-mile, one-way side road off Yellowstone’s Grand Loop south of Madison Junction. On the drive you will pass the Firehole River, Firehole Falls, and a natural swimming hole. The swimming hole in Firehole Canyon is one of two swimming areas inside Yellowstone National Park. The other area on the Boiling River has no facilities and is only open in late Fall through Winter because of water levels.
There is no parking lot at the Firehole Swimming Area, but there are several locations to park on the side of the road. You can use the changing rooms at the road to put your swimming suits on. Then access the rocky beach area by climbing down wooden stairs. The beach is roomy enough that you can sit and watch the swimmers if you don’t want to swim yourself.
Sorry – it’s not hot. The name “Firehole River” may lead you to believe that this is heated by hot springs, but the swimming area is a cool temperature similar to an unheated swimming pool. Those used to swimming in rivers and lakes will not see any difference in this water temperature.
There is no lifeguard on duty, but the beach is relatively calm and safe. Swim at your own risk. There are many small boulders and rocks in the river, making it fun to explore. To safely maneuver, some type of footwear made for water sports is recommended. Climbing on and jumping from the cliffs is illegal, unsafe and strictly prohibited.