9 Options for Free Family Fun
Activities for the Whole Family in Kalispell
When it comes to family-friendly travel, Kalispell is one of the best destinations in the West. From swimming pools to parks and kids activities to trails, the options of things to do for families are almost endless. In northwest Montana, family activities include museums, fishing, fun in the snow and more. Kalispell also has a variety of lodging for families of all sizes; see an overview of lodging here.
- Kids Get in Free at The Northwest Montana History Museum
Explore the history and culture of this corner of Big Sky Country with a visit to The Northwest Montana History Museum. Tour the American Indians of Northwest Montana exhibit and peek inside a tipi and marvel at a buffalo headdress and beaded clothing. Stroll the history of the museum building itself at The History of Central School and Flathead Valley History exhibits.
- Fish at Pine Grove Pond
Stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout, the 5-acre pond is just northeast of Kalispell and is an ideal spot for families to work on the basics of angling. Montana fishing regulations allow children 14 years of age or younger to keep one fish per day, while everyone else must practice catch-and-release fishing. It’s also ADA-accessible and is a prime location for multi-generational family outings.
- Play in the Snow
With our location in the Flathead Valley, it’s likely no surprise that Kalispell has plentiful areas to go sledding, including the hills at Herron Park and Dry Bridge Park.
- Swim in Foy Lake
A 10-minute drive from downtown Kalispell, the waters of Foy's Lake are cool, clear and perfect for taking a dip. It also has a boat launch, public dock for sunbathing and a picnic area. Plus, it happens to be one of the prettiest lakes in the area.
- Climb at Lawrence Park
Rock climbing enthusiasts of all ages can test their skills climbing up the craggy routes of the climbing wall in Lawrence Park. It’s also home to 18 holes of disc golf and a playground area.
- Summer Outdoor Concerts in Downtown Kalispell
Soak up Montana’s long summer nights with live music, refreshing beverages (and local-brewed beer), food trucks and kids activities. Picnic in the Park is held Tuesday evenings and at Noon on Wednesdays in Depot Park, while Thursday!Fest takes place at The Northwest Montana History Museum.
- Foy’s to Blacktail Trails
Take the family trail for an easy walk through the forest or hike all the way up for mountain-top views. And if you’re traveling with your pup? Even better, as dogs are welcome on a leash.
- Visit a Montana State Park and Become a KUB Ranger
When you visit a state park (which is free to Montana residents and requires a small fee for non-residents), ask for a KUB activity guide or download one on the state parks website.
- ImagineIF Libraries
This library is more than just a place for books, music and movies. It's an idea machine for all kinds of activities: learn survival skills, how to fix your bike, do art projects and test your knowledge in trivia contests. Check out ImagineIF's current activities.