1. Take a Historic Bozeman Tour
You might think this is an activity just for tourists, but even if you have lived here your whole life the history in these tours is awesome. The Extreme History Project offers several types of tours throughout town. From Bozeman’s Historic Red-Light District to a Historic Sunset Hills Cemetery Tour, there are a variety of options to choose from. This really is a cool way to learn about Bozeman's past. Some of the tours run weekly and a few are on certain occasions. For more information click here.
2. Go Flower or Berry Picking
U-pick farms are the perfect summer, family activity. Gallatin Valley Botanical at Rocky Creek Farm has u-pick berries during the summer months and apple picking come fall. Bozeman doesn’t have a long growing season, so getting fresh berries when you can is a win! Check their website for picking days.
Calliope Flowers is a beautiful farm with fields of flowers! They have u-pick hours on Tuesday/Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. You can get a bucket full or just a bouquet, although once you start it’s hard not to want all the gorgeous flowers! Don’t forget to say hey to the cute pigs on your way out.
3. Check out Crosscut Mountain Sports
This mountain hub in the Bridgers is not just for winter activities! In the summer they are open for hiking, mountain biking, trail running or just a picnic on their beautiful property. There are no reservations or passes needed as it is not staffed in the summer. They just open it up from sunrise to sunset for everyone to enjoy. How cool is that? There are 10 miles of single-track trail and more of dirt and gravel road. Visit their website for more on their summer trail systems.
4. Visit Bodhi Farms
This beautiful 35-acre farm quietly opened in the Cottonwood area and has quickly become a popular spot with a variety of activities. They have farmer's markets, kid’s camps, yoga classes and workshops, glamping tipis, and summer dining coming soon. You can sign up to help with a day on the farm or reserve the wood-fired sauna. This is just what is happening now, only a couple of years since they’ve opened. We are sure there are bigger and better things to come! Visit their website for information.
Photo credit Bodhi Farms
5. Head to an Event in a Neighboring Town
We love Bozeman, but tourist season is the real deal around here anymore. This means our amazing local events get crowded! Who remembers when Music on Main was set up on a small side street of downtown and only a handful of people showed up? Those days are long gone, but we are surrounded by smaller communities that have awesome events. Head to Belgrade on Thursday nights for their farmer’s market. Or drive over the hill to Livingston on the fourth Friday of the summer months for a much more laid-back art walk. Music in the Mountains in Big Sky is probably as popular now as Music on Main, but with its location in the park, there is more space to spread out. There is a lot to do in our surrounding areas!