Keeping kids busy
We know that it's summer and you probably are wondering, "how can I go to ANOTHER Dreamin'? My family is going to kill me!" Fear not because we are going to curate some great things to do while you are nerding out at #BSD18. Bozeman is also a VERY DOG FRIENDLY city so bring the pooch as most trails around Bozeman are off-leash (as long as your dog comes to you when you call).
Music on Main in downtown Bozeman
In a little over an hour, you can be at West Yellowstone or Gardiner entrances. It's a great day trip or something to plan after the big show. For information about YNP head here!
Hike the "M"
In 15 minutes, you can climb over 750 feet to the infamous "M". Personally a favorite with Jonathan Distad's family there is a steep and easy approach. Pack a bag with water and snacks and throw on some good walking/hiking shoes. It's a pretty quick hike (~2 hours up and back) and generally approachable to most people. You can check out the trail here.
A quick drive east of Bozeman is the Grizzly sanctuary and rescue. It's really a great time for kids and adults alike. It is not touristy and is 100% committed to its mission for bear rescue. You can get more information here.
Visit Big Sky
Just under an hour drive you can experience the largest ski area in America in all its summer splendor. They have a free concert Thursday night in Town Center. You can experience zip line tours, chair lift tours, golf, take the tram to the top of Lone Peak (11,116 feet high), fly fish, and there are LOTS of hikes around the area. You can find out more about all the activities here.
Bozeman dinosaur park
It's a great park for kids to explore and also a nice hiking trail. Very close to town so it is a great simple break in the day to wear out the kids. You can learn more here.
hike and bike
The little secret we aren't keeping quiet about is that there are over 800 miles of hiking and biking trailheads within TWO blocks of downtown. If you are looking for a great list of where to head out check out here and here.