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Montana’s Amusement Parks Offer Thrills, Escape, And Cool Times
Montana has plenty of attractions on tap which offer thrilling fun, nostalgic good times, and great days to cool off on hot days.
It can get surprisingly hot in Glacier Country, and that’s when the Big Sky Water Park in Columbia Falls comes in handy. Located just off U.S. 2, this park has mountainside slides and plenty of opportunities for cooling off. Rainy days in Kalispell are the perfect time to jump into the Holt State Hideaway. This indoor park is full of inflatable slides, bouncy houses, and play mats. Kalispell is also home to the Woodland Water Park, an affordable family-friendly collection of slides, pools, and a lazy river.
When the weather gets bad, head indoors to the Reef Indoor Water Park in Billings, which has slides for all ages and abilities and a large wading pool – guests love its family-friendly rides and rave about the facility’s cleanliness. Billings has warm-weather fun, too – check out the Oasis Water Park, which has slides, a lazy river, and zero-entry pools that kids love. Up for a game of water volleyball? There’s a court here just for you.
Open year-round, A Carousel for Missoula gives everyone the chance to relive a meticulously restored carousel. When the weather is good large doors are opened to bring a breeze in and let the sounds of the carousel waft out over the nearby Clark Fork and festivities going on at Caras Park. If you are in Helena make sure to see that city’s Great Northern Carousel, which offers affordable fun for kids and adults alike.
Headed to Great Falls in the summer? Make sure to check out the Electric City Water Park. The long lazy river is a hit with kids, while thrill seekers keep coming back for the Flow Rider. There are plenty of slides for little kids and even loaner life jackets.
Montanans like their guns, and if you like guns too you should head to Big Gun Fun in West Yellowstone. Here you can shoot the weapons you see in movies or take your pick from machine guns, pistols, and rifles. Choose the “Man Package” and you can even fire an AK47. The indoor range is staffed by professionals who show visitors how to load, hold, and fire weapons – and how to do all of that safely. Gun nuts love that you are allowed to shoot weapons on automatic mode.
Fall starts early this far north, and if you’re here for an autumn celebration make sure to visit Victor’s Field of Screams. Visitors navigate a field filled with scary characters. Other outdoor corn mazes in Montana can be found in Billings, Vaughn, Missoula, and Kalispell.
One of Montana’s biggest and best water parks is Missoula’s Splash Montana. Situated on the city’s east side, Splash is Missoula’s home for thrilling rides, huge splashes, and lazy water fun. The park’s centerpiece is a tower with two open and one covered slide – twisting, looping, screaming fun which ends with a proper dunking. A quarter-mile lazy river circles the park – but floaters should beware the dumping buckets and ice-cold sprays.
Kids are well cared for – there’s a zero-entry pool with buckets and spray guns as well as a pint-sized slide. Older kids have a watery obstacle course and a slippery log to try and cross. Swimmers get an eight-lane 50-meter lap pool for exercise and Olympic-level competition. Everyone gets plenty of shade to keep the rays at bay and there are concessions, a food truck, and tons of grassy areas and lounge chairs for hanging out. Prices are reasonable and crowds are practically non-existent during the middle of the week.