We previously talked about the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Helena, and so if that’s convinced you to visit, then here are 10 things to do in Helena Montana.
If you’re a history lover, then there’s plenty to see in Helena Montana
You’ll want to visit the Original Governor’s Mansion, This Queen Anne style mansion was constructed in 1888 by entrepreneur William Chessman to demonstrate his wealth and power in Helena, and has been the home of nice governors and their families since 1913
The Cathedral of St Helena was consecrated in 1924, and has incredible stained glass windows which tell the story of Adam and Eve.
The Spokane Bar Sapphire and Gold Fever Rock Shop is a genuine sapphire mine that attracts visitors who look through the gravel to try and fine sapphires. As well as blue sapphires, you can also find highly-prized red sapphires as well as garnet and even gold.
2. City Park
Mount Helena City Park is around 5,000 feet above sea level, and has impressive well designed trails. There are beautiful wild flowers and cliffs and slopes to admire.
If you’re feeling adventurous you could try the Backside Trail, the Hogback Trail or the Prospector Shafts Trail.
3. Historic District
Talk a walk through the Helena Historic District and see what life was like when gold was discovered at Last Chance Gulp. Discover the Pioneer Cabin and what is said to be the oldest home in Helena, the Caretaker’s House.
Reeder’s Alley is listed on the Register of National Historic Places, and is the historic district of Helena. The buildings haven’t changed since 1883. The architecture is fantastic, there’s plenty of entertainment, and you can even rent a room to experience life as it used to be.
If you love the great outdoors, then there’s plenty to see and do here.
Helena National Forest comprises almost a million acres, and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is 80 miles long, stretching from Scapegoat to Deerlodge National Forest.
Why not take a walk, travel on horseback, or even skis or snowmobile when it’s snowy, and explore some of the 1000 miles of trails in this incredible region for yourself.
If you want something more relaxing, then why not try one of the 61 hot springs in Montana? Perhaps you’ll want to try one of the remote undeveloped springs, or maybe you’ll visit one of the commercial springs to fully recharge your batteries.
The Kindrick Legion Field is home to minor league baseball team the Helena Brewers. Built in 1932, Kindrick Legion Field has over 2,000 seats and Mount Helena as a backdrop.
The Great Divide Ski Area is not to be missed if you love winter sports. You’ll find over 100 trails, glades and bowls over three peaks and valleys. No matter your skill or experience you’ll find a slope that’s just right for you.
If skiing sounds too much for you, why not visit the Helena Ice Arena instead? You can enjoy a more relaxed day of ice skating, or take in a Helena Bighorns Hockey game.
6. Spring Meadow State Park
Spring Meadow State Park is a must see if you enjoy wildlife and nature. Whether you’re a bird-watcher, scuba diver or swimmer, or just want to top up your tan, you’ll find plenty to see and do here.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can explore the skiing, canoeing or walking trails, go fishing or even skate on the lake in winter when the ice is thick enough.
If you’ve got kids, then the Great Northern Carousel is unmissable, and features hand carved animals created by a former Walt Disney World carver. With 37 different rides, featuring typical Montana animals including Mountain Goat, Grizzly Bear and Bighorn Sheep, your children will love it.
You’ll definitely want to go the Exploration Works too, a science center that encourages participation by the whole community, regardless of status, education, language or ability. There’s a small lending library, and shop too.
If you ‘re looking for something a bit more cultured than a carousel, then the Myrna Loy Center might be what you’re looking for. You’ll find three theatres, a gallery, and auditorium, and dedicated Screening room.
Alternatively, why not try the the Grandstreet Theatre? Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, this theatre trains over 400 students a year, puts on plays and has a 200-seat granite church too.
The Helena Civic Center was opened in 1919 and regularly hosts conventions and conferences, trade shows, weddings and concerts, and has a 15,000 square foot ballroom and seats 1,925 people in the auditorium.
If you enjoy a beer or two, then Helena is the place for you.
The Lewis and Clark Brewing Company, formerly the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, brews hand-crafted and unpasteurized beers, and offer a tap room featuring a game room, food, and live music.
The Blackfoot River Brewing Company creates some of the finest beers, and so you’ll definitely want to try a couple. There’s a downtown atmosphere to the taproom, and if you’re overwhelmed with choice, why not try the sampler tray.
If you want to get the most out of your time here, then why not take one of the many tours available.
Just 20 miles north of Helena, you’ll find The Gates of the Mountains Boat Tours, showing you the amazing rock formations and limestone cliffs. The rock formation looks like giant open gates, which gives the area its name.
A Kleffner Ranch Tour is also not to be missed. It’s on the list of National Historic Places, and just a mile outside of Helena. It’s not hard to see why it’s a popular destination for weddings and corporate events, as well as tourists.
Don’t forget a tour of the the Helena State Capitol Building whilst you’re here too.
As you can see, there’s plenty of things to do in Helena so why not Discover 10 things you didn’t know about Helena before you book your visit?
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