10 Essential Activities for New Bozemanites
Moving to Bozeman is one of the best decisions you’ve ever made in your life! Right behind not trying to bring the mullet back, and eating more fiber. But you know that, that’s why you’ve spent your first few weeks here having a love fest with your new home! But now that the honeymoon has cooled its jets a little (though let’s be honest, a Bozeman love affair never really dies) it’s time to discover the greatness of this town! Here are 10 essential activities for new Bozemanites! Let the love affair continue!
Let’s face it, you don’t move to Bozeman for the swimming. You move for the skiing! Or at least to try it out if you’ve never done it before. This is one of the best ski towns in the whole country. Get some skis and hit up Bridger Bowl, go to Big Sky, and cross country ski on one of the many paths around town. If you’re an avid skier you won’t be disappointed, you’ll be amazed. And if you’re new to skiing you might just find a new passion, and if not – at least you can say you tried it out!
Hike the M
From pretty much anywhere in town you can see that giant ‘M” on the mountain, beckoning you to get up there and see the town from up high! Yes, it’s a popular hiking trail, and yes you should get out there and try them all because they’re all fantastic. But you’ve got to get the M under your belt. You don’t want to be the only person who has lived here for a decade and hasn’t gone up there. That’s like living in California and never being to Disneyland. Sort of.
Old Faithful and the Park it Lives In
The fact that we have a national treasure like Yellowstone so close to us is one of the best things about where we live! Yellowstone is a must see! Take a day or two and enjoy the park, and don’t miss Old Faithful.
There are so many great things about living in a small town, and one of them is having an accessible, fun, quirky, classy downtown! Walk along the street, stop into the shops, get a bite to eat, watch a show, or buy a bike! There’s no limit to what you can find downtown.
Museum of the Rockies
One of the best museums this side of the Mississippi, the Museum of the Rockies is something to definitely see! With an amazing dinosaur display that’s constantly adding new bones, to the planetarium shows, to the upstairs explore center for kids, the museum is fun, informative, and something you really need to do in Bozeman!
If you drive around on a game day, you’re likely to feel like you’re in a ghost town. Don’t miss out on the fun, join the fans at Bobcat Stadium and take in the excitement of a game! Sitting with the other fans, you’ll feel the happiness and joy no matter how cold it gets! Just wear an extra pair of long johns and root for the home team!
Whether you want to fish, or float, or whitewater raft, the Gallatin is a beautiful serene spot not to missed!
Bozeman is quickly becoming a fantastic town for artists and those who love art! A few times a year downtown businesses participate in an Art Walk hosting local artists works. You can walk from store to store, checking out the art and maybe getting a free glass of wine or two!
Food, Food, and More Food
For such a little place Bozeman has a lot of great places to eat! It’s hard to pick our favorites, you should do that for yourself! What a hard job, “Honey, we have to eat out tonight, it’s part of learning about the town. Sorry.” Try breakfast at the quirky, fun Cat Eye Cafe, or Main Street Overeasy, or have lunch outside on the patio at The Garage. Maybe dinner at Blackbird or Montana Aleworks. No matter where you go, you’re going to find something amazing!
Another great thing about living in a small town is that all the local events are accessible, fun, and well-attended without feeling like you’re in the middle of an unnegotiable mob. The Farmer’s Market, Sweet Pea Festival, SLAM, or the Christmas Stroll. They’re all fun and they’re all worth checking out. Check out the downtown calendar online to keep up on all the fun things around town!