Family Fun in Montana

Make Memories on your Family Vacation to Kalispell  

In Montana, family trips can take on a variety of adventures, from soaking up the outdoors to playing on the waters of Flathead Lake and exploring the glacier-carved terrain of the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park. And that’s just the beginning. 

In Kalispell, you can also introduce your family to the flavors of Montana at an old-fashioned soda shop, explore downtown, cruise down tree-lined runs at nearby ski hills and soak up all the fresh mountain air possible. And whether you visit in spring, summer, fall or winter, the options for making memories with your family are as endless as Montana’s big blue sky. 

Family Fun in Summer 

Many families opt to visit Kalispell and explore northwest Montana during the summer. With long daylight hours and plenty of open spaces, you can pack in loads of fun. Plan to spend time at nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort where you can zip line, mountain bike or cruise down the alpine slide. Or set out on the largest natural freshwater lake in the West—Flathead—on a fishing trip, guided kayaking adventure with Sea Me Paddle or a boat cruise to take in the wonders of the lake, including its many islands. Additional adventures include hiking in Glacier National Park, rafting the waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, racing bumper boats at the Amazing Fun Center, taking a free guided tour of Hungry Horse Dam (the nation’s 11th highest dam) and racing down waterslides at Big Sky Waterpark. 

Fall Adventures for the Whole Family 

While fall often means the kids are back in school, Montana’s Flathead Valley is prime for a long weekend trip. Around here, fall brings beautiful days with comfortable daytime temperatures and cool, crisp nights and a chance to see Kalispell during a slower time of year. Family-friendly fall activities come in the form of biking the Rails-to-Trails of Northwest Montana, playing at Whitefish Mountain Resort (activities are typically offered on weekends through mid-to-late September), cruising the loop around Flathead Lake and adventuring in Glacier National Park. 

Snow-covered Family-friendly Fun

Winter in Montana means fresh powder, thousands of acres to ski and a snowy winter wonderland. And with two downhill ski areas—Blacktail Mountain Ski Area and Whitefish Mountain Resort—that offer a healthy mix of beginner to advanced terrain, it’s easy to get the whole family on skis or a snowboard. While downhill skiing is the primary focus for many winter travelers, there’s way more to do in Kalispell beyond the slopes. Take a guided snowshoeing tour in Glacier National Park, trek to the top of a mountain on a guided snowmobile tour, take a horseback trail ride with Artemis Acres or set out on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. 

Spring Break for the Family

In Kalispell, you can combine a fun spring break vacation with just the right amount of education by visiting the Northwest Montana History Museum (kids get in free), catching the end of the ski season, visiting Glacier National Park and biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road before it opens to vehicular traffic and having time to relax and unwind with your kids at one of our local accommodations, complete with a pool and hot tub. 

For more, check out these kid-friendly activities and free options for family fun. You can also find additional travel inspiration with day trips and road trip itineraries


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