What to do and see in Bozeman, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 9, 2017 Russell Mellin

Bozeman is the gem of Big Sky Country, bustling with activities for all seasons. Winter brings powder to the peaks at Bridger Bowl Ski Area and nearby Big Sky Ski Resort, while the spring brings high waters and thrilling rafting on the Gallatin River. Summer is splendid for backpacking the Gallatin Divide, and fall colors bring nearby Yellowstone Park to life as the wildlife come out to mate. The city's cultural scene thrives with annual events like the American Indian Pow Wow and the rodeo.
Restaurants in Bozeman

1. American Computer Museum

2023 Stadium Dr, Unit 1-A, Bozeman, MT 59715-0613 +1 406-582-1288
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5 based on 196 reviews

American Computer Museum

For both Techies and Non-Techies alike: Since 1990 - the world's oldest continually operating nonprofit museum dedicated to the History of the Information Age, Robotics & Social Networking. "Inch for inch, the best museum in the world." - Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus - Harvard. "An eye-opener for nine-year-olds to ninety-nine-year-olds, and you'll find your conversations going back to it again and again." - Montana Magazine. As seen in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Billings Gazette, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, ABC News, Vancouver Courier, New Yorker Magazine, USA Today, C-Span, ABC News, Distinctly Montana, and many other media outlets...

Reviewed By CaliforniaOsprey - California

Not being fascinated by computers, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this little museum It is in a business park in an office building so do not be surprised that it is not a separate building. The exhibits touched on a lot of history including space flight, WWII and other areas. Maybe not so good for young children but I would recommend it to others.

2. Museum of the Rockies

600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717-2730 +1 406-994-2251
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Museum of the Rockies

Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University is a Smithsonian Affiliate, recognized as one of the world's finest research and history museums. It is renowned for displaying an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including a T. rex skeleton! MOR delights visitors with changing exhibits from around the world, permanent indoor and outdoor regional history exhibits, planetarium shows, educational programs, insightful lectures, benefit events, and a museum store. The Museum Store sells healthy snacks such as juice, yogurt, nuts, and string cheese. Snack and beverage vending machines are located in the lower lobby. There are numerous cafes and restaurants nearby.

Reviewed By Brad J

We spent about four hours at this wonderful museum. The traveling museum portion on the Roman Empire was great fun. Montana history area was extremely educational. The collection and information on paleontology was great and it was interesting to see some of the species stages of development.

3. Palisade Falls

Hyalite Canyon, Bozeman, MT
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4.5 based on 248 reviews

Palisade Falls

Reviewed By Bergind - merrrimack, nh

This view of the falls is stunning. It is a paved path anyone can take it. We were a group of three this last time, but school field trips, babies in stroller, really anyone can enjoy this one.

4. Gallatin River

Bozeman, MT
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Gallatin River

A good fishing river.

Reviewed By mary beth m - Saint Louis, Missouri

We took the gentlest white water raft that there was. Out guide, kristen, was obviously very skilled. She could hold a meaningful conversation while saying " paddle one forward ". We skirted all the rocks except the ones she wanted us to hit and bounce.
River was absolutely gorgeous.
Excellent safety instructions, felt very safe

5. Bridger Bowl

Bridger Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT 59715 +1 800-223-9609
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4.5 based on 255 reviews

Bridger Bowl

Reviewed By jlrmac - Spokane, Washington

We have skied Bridger Mt. several times over the years and really lucked out on the snow this time! One day there was 19" of fresh light (4-5% moisture) snow which was WONDERFUL to ski through--way less work that heavier powder we thought was good at home. As far as we could tell, there is almost no cell service there and in the canyon road area, at least with Verizon. We had spotty "live" spots, especially at the top of the higher lifts. The lowest lodge had useless wi-fi, but the Jim Bridger lodge had OK wi-fi. (Don't know about the other lodges). The weekend crowd made it almost impossible to get a table in the eating areas, but Monday was no problem, even at 12:30. Two days the wind was gusting so strong during the night and morning we hesitated to drive up from our rented house halfway from Bozeman (not a bad drive) but it abated on the mountain and we had good skiing. They have plenty of snow for good coverage, too. We took advantage of the Ski Alliance agreement with our home area season-pass so only had to buy Saturday tickets for our 4-days of skiing! It's just 20 miles or so from downtown Bozeman which has a fun quaint downtown, lots of hotels, restaurants, etc.

6. Downtown Bozeman

Bozeman, MT +1 406-586-4008
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4.5 based on 774 reviews

Downtown Bozeman

Reviewed By Robert V - Ave Maria, Florida

Downtown Bozeman is billed as an historic Montana town, but with the plethora of construction, street blockages, and traffic congestion day-long in Bozeman we could not realize any historic experiences. The local Chamber of Commerce personnel were very helpful in guiding our one day availablity for our visit to Bozeman.

7. Gallatin Canyon

Bozeman, MT
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5 based on 99 reviews

Gallatin Canyon

Reviewed By mtismyhome

A beautiful drive with many scenic pullouts and chances to stop for food and drink. The 191 south takes you directly to Hebgen Lake, West Yellowstone and the Yellowstone National Park entrance, the wolf exhibit and the bear exhibit, and at the 49 mile marker takes you west to Big Sky Ski Resort and many shops along the way.

8. Montana Grizzly Encounter

80 Bozeman Hill Rd, Bozeman, MT 59715-6630 +1 406-586-8893
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4.5 based on 464 reviews

Montana Grizzly Encounter

Montana Grizzly Encounter is a grizzly bear rescue and educational sanctuary.

Reviewed By Rolfer - Sacramento

We went in the morning and saw Brutus and Bella and went back in the afternoon to see Jake. Your entry fee covers the full day. The place is not elegant but is clean. I suspect most of the funds that come in go to care for the bears rather than nice fencing or a paved parking lot so don't that that turn you off. We went in the summer and the bears mostly played in their small pond but we've watched the daily Facebook live videos suggest a winter visit would be fun because the bears are VERY active when it's cold out. The bears are out only one or two at a time but all are quite entertaining even if they just walk around and climb the hill to watch cars on the nearby highway. If you like furry four-legged animals, it doesn't get any better than this.

9. Bozeman Public Library

626 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715-3768 +1 406-582-2400
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5 based on 46 reviews

Bozeman Public Library

Reviewed By Nancy H

Staff members are very knowledgeable and go the extra mile to help. The titles are very current and represent a variety of viewpoints. Items are well-displayed and easy to locate. Outstanding programs for kids. You can easily spend time here with your family.

10. Gallatin History Museum

317 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715-4576 +1 406-522-8122
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Gallatin History Museum

Step back in time and learn about Gallatin County's heritage. Visit the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman, which offers a unique glimpse into the area's past. In addition to jail cells and a hanging gallows, the museum maintains displays illustrating the unique histories of a variety of people who have called Southwest Montana home. Permanent exhibits include Native American history in the Gallatin Valley, a model of old Fort Ellis, the infamous Big Horn Gun, five generations of wedding dresses from the Accola-Spain family, and even a porcelain doll that belonged to a girl who came to Bozeman by wagon in 1864. The museum also boasts a photo archive with more than 25,000 historic images that can be reproduced for a small fee. There's a research library that includes a special Lewis and Clark collection and files on many Gallatin County communities and families. The bookstore has hard-to-find materials dealing with the history of Gallatin County for sale at reasonable prices. The Gallatin Historical Society, founded in 1977, moved into two rooms in the county jail building in 1979. Built in 1911, the jail was already considered a historic structure. When prisoners were moved to the new Law and Justice Building in January 1982, the county commissioners granted the Society use of the entire building for a museum. The Pioneer Museum was created and in 2014 the name changed to Gallatin History Museum to better reflect the collection and the mission of the organization which is to preserve, promote and foster the history of Gallatin County and Southwest Montana. The Gallatin History Museum is a 501 3C non profit and is operated by the Gallatin Historical Society. It is not a County agency and does not receive any tax dollars, but instead relies strictly on memberships, donations, and memorials to operate. Members receive a quarterly magazine that features articles on local history, free admission to the museum and discounts in the bookstore. Admission is $5.00, children under 12 and museum members free. Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and Winter (Labor Day-Memorial Day) hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11am- 4pm.

Reviewed By ncbp70 - Bozeman, Montana

The Gallatin History Museum, located in the old Gallatin County jail has something for everyone. Children love learning about the old jail and can even experience being in a jail cell. For those who like the old theater experience, there is a small theater upstairs where you can learn about many historical events in Gallatin County. Displays are always changing.

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