Even though we are surrounded by forest fires and 90-degree heat, we can feel that fall is quickly approaching. Leaves are changing colors and the temperatures are cooling. Following are some of RMCU’s favorite things about fall in Montana.
1. Football Season!
RMCU is a partner of the Bobcats, Saints, and Orediggers and also supports many area high school booster clubs. We love cheering from the sidelines with other fans.
2. Brawl of the Wild
Another football theme here, but what Montanan doesn’t love the Brawl of the Wild. This year, the Bobcats take on the Grizzlies at Bobcat Stadium on November 18. One of the longest running college rivalries in the United States, this is the game to which we all look forward.
3. The Bozeman Maze
Seriously, this is cool. This massive hay maze is an adventure for families, friends, and everyone. We love this great feature in the Gallatin Valley and can’t wait to see the design for 2017. The maze is open every weekend through October.
4. Kids Fall Fest, Downtown Helena
This event is free and hosts a variety of family fun activities. One of the most well-attended events that Helena has to offer, I know there are some parents out there already making plans to attend.
5. Butte-tober Fest
This event is one of a kind. Local breweries bring beer for sampling and there is always great food. There is even a best-dressed contest and the proceeds benefit Silver-Bow Developmental Disabilities Council. This is also a kid friendly event that features a child play area.
After Labor Day, the park tourists begin to dwindle and you can move quickly around Yellowstone again. There is a chance you could run into road closures by touring late in the season but it is well worth it to avoid the massive amounts of people that visit Yellowstone National Park each year.
7. Museum of the Rockies
Yes, you can hit the MOR in the summer, winter, and spring as well but there's something special about visiting this Natural History Museum in the fall. I think it is more fun when school is in session and Bozeman is alive with the influx of students. Right now MOR is featuring “Ancient Predators in the Modern World ”which has 11 live crocodiles and alligators on display.
Montana has some great craft beer that is brewed right here in the state. When the breweries start rolling out their fall brews I know it is officially time for a sweatshirt. Some of my favorites are Ten Mile Creek Brewery in Helena, Butte Brewery in Butte, and Outlaw Brewing in Bozeman. If you are up for a bit of a road trip, Philipsburg Brewery has some of my favorite beers of all time. Enjoy your craft brew responsibly.
9. Hot Springs
Why not enjoy the cooler weather with a dip in your local hot springs? There is something magical about sitting in hot water as the steam rolls off the pool into the dusk. It is relaxing as well as becoming a new hot spot for families and young professionals alike. Fairmont Hot Springs, The Broadwater Hot Springs, and Bozeman Hot Springs are my top three to visit.
10. Copper King Mansion in Butte
Butte, America is famous for its Copper Kings and wealthy history. Check out the former home of William Clark that was built in the late 1800’s. It is a trip back in time that is also a Bed and Breakfast in Uptown Butte.
11. Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman
This former school that sits above Main Street in Bozeman hosts galleries and studios for artists in and around Bozeman. They also have a restaurant on site. Take a class, buy some artwork, or just enjoy a glass of wine in the midst of a unique cultural experience.
12. Exploration Works in Helena
This kid friendly place offers a hands-on learning experience with different exhibits throughout the year. Kids can learn something new and then head right next door to ride the Great Northern Carousel and enjoy an ice cream sundae. Exploration Works provides hours of indoor entertainment that is also educational for the cooler fall days.
13. Montana Historical Society Museum in Helena
Helena is the capital of Montana, so it makes sense that the history of Montana is held here. The Historical Society offers a trip through Montana’s history through numerous displays and photographs and also hosts a gallery filled with Charlie Russell’s art work. This is a wonderful way to spend time in the capital city on a fall day.
14. Old Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge
Just a short trip from Butte, the Old Prison stands ominously at the edge of town. There are guided and self-guided tours of the old building. They even host a haunted tour around Halloween if you like that sort of thing.
15. Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING
Let’s be real, our favorite thing about fall is that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back and everything is PUMPKIN flavored again. The local coffee shops can help you get your fix and area bakeries and restaurants will soon feature scrumptious pumpkin pies.
So there you are, RMCU’s 15 favorite ways to experience fall in Montana. We are truly lucky to live in a place that offers so many wonderful things for the fall season. I hope you enjoy the season with family and friends.
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