It's safe to say that many individuals and families either visit, or move to Bozeman for the world-class skiing, and it's easy to understand why with Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl so close. But what is there to do if you aren't a skier or snowboarder? Actually, a lot. Whether you are here for a day, a week, or a month there is always something new to keep yourself entertained all winter. Here are a few additions to the fun list in Bozeman this winter.
Shopping in Bozeman ranges from the historic Main Street lined with boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops, to the Gallatin Valley Mall and national retail outlets-- you're sure to not leave empty handed. Browse through local, handcrafted goods, or check out some of the amazing works of art in one of Bozeman's many galleries. There is somthing for everyone in Bozeman.
Montana State Athletics
Cheering on the Montana State Bobcats is a great way to have fun. As one of the leading schools in the Big Sky Conference, a lot of talented athletes compete for MSU. Last year, there were Forty Bobcats Named to Big Sky Conference Winter All-Academic Squad. Keep an eye on basketball, track and field, skiing and volleyball.
Check Out Local Hot Springs
Imagine mineral waters seeping up from the earth's crust. Relaxing under the star-filled night sky. There is nothing quite like your first experience in a natural hot springs. Discovered by early settlers, the geothermal heated waters have been enjoyed for over 100 years by locals and travelers alike. Take a drive down to Chico Hot Springs, or out to Norris Hot Springs. If you want to stay in town, Bozeman Hot Springs has beautiful new outdoor pools. If you are looking for something a little more natural, check out the Boiling River in Yellowstone National Park.
Visit Local Breweries or Distilleries
Montana's history is coupled with a strong agricultural tradition of growing some of the finest grains in the nation. We live in the midst of what is known as the Golden Triangle; an area just off the Rocky Mountains that produces barley that is used throughout the country to produce fine domestic and craft beers. Montana brewers pride themselves in partnering with Montana farmers and producers in using Montana-grown grain to make their beer. Do you favor a frosty mug of beer on the warm summer days, and a heart-warming porter or stout in the dead of winter? Then you'll find yourself at home at one of Bozeman's breweries. As a lover of beer, you'll have no shortage of delicious options, where the beer flows as steady as the Yellowstone River.
Enjoy the Spa
One thing Bozemanites really know how to do is relax, and what better way than to spend the day having someone else pamper you from head to toe? Soothe your soul in a hot mineral soak, breathe deeply, and feel the worries of the world lift with a mint-julep facial. Unwind at one of Bozeman's spa and enjoy complete relaxation.
Take A Tour
Take a step back in time on a historic walking tour of Bozeman. Over 40 individual properties are listed on the National Historic Register within nine historical districts. These tours are hours of humorous and entertaining facts about the great city of Bozeman.
See Bozeman Tours
Picture taking a walk through snow-covered trees where you can hear the crunch of each footstep in the snow. Snowshoeing in Bozeman is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and take in some breath-taking views. It's also a great way to stay in shape during the winter, and will provide some new and interesting sites you might not been able to see otherwise. Inquire at the local ski shops about renting snowshoes for the day.
Visit a Museum
Are you looking for a more educational experience, or want to take a walk through Bozeman's history? Check out one of Bozeman's great museums to explore everything from the dinosaur age to the evolution of technology. The Montana Museum of the Rockies houses an extensive collection of fossils and some of the only nests and eggs known to exist. Venture into the Pioneer Museum and learn about the hardships that early settlers faced carving a life into Gallatin County. Zip over to the Montana Computer Museum and delve into a world of ancient time-keeping devices, antique office supplies, old-school video game systems and computers that fill an entire room. And for the youngest explorers, jump into the hands-on, fully interactive displays at the Children's Museum.
Originating over 4,000 years ago in Finland, ice skating has been a favored winter past-time for anyone daring enough to strap blades to the bottom of their boots and glide over a giant sheet of ice. Bundle everyone up and head to one of Bozeman's ice rinks for a fun day on the ice.
Grab A Bite
In what other landlocked town can you find fresh sushi, bison and trout tacos cohabitating on one dinner plate? Breakfast can be a watercolor of fresh produce plucked from our farmers' markets and co-ops. Like any good dinner party, you'll leave satisfied.
The best way to get to know a town and its community is to explore all it has to offer. Bozeman not only provides world class skiing but also provides much more to do in the winter. These 10 things to do in Bozeman in the winter will keep you entertained throughout the season while exploring something new.
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