Why You Should Go
A Fun and Cool Western Town
For many travelers, Bozeman is a “pass thru town” on the way to bigger attractions such as Yellowstone or Glacier National Park. But this fun western town is really worth a stop in its own right.
Bozeman offers opportunities to hike, fish, float, or bike, as well as museums, great local restaurants, town festivals, local craft breweries, and the largest T-Rex fossil head in the world--all within a 10 minute drive of its charming Main Street filled with fun shops and restaurants. Get ready to refuel your happy tank!
The Museum of the Rockies
Montana is one of the best places in the world for dinosaur fossils, and Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies is renowned for displaying an extensive collection including a full-scale T. rex skeleton and the largest T. rex skull ever discovered! It is a wonderful museum for the family— offering guided tours, a hands-on educational area, additional historic exhibitions, and even a planeterium.
Easy Access to Nature’s Best
Access to the outdoors is everywhere in Bozeman, whether you want to ski at Bridger Bowl in the winter or hike, bike, fish, or float a river in the summer.
Even from Main Street, you are within walking distance of Pete’s Hill trailhead which leads to a panoramic view of town and the surrounding mountain ranges.
We also like the nearby Drinking Horse Mountain Trail or the trails found in the Hyalite Canyon Recreation Area. Hyalite may be located just 30 minutes from town but feels like a remote natural oasis.
A Charming Main Street
Make sure to stroll Bozeman’s charming Main Street to explore a variety of shops and restaurants. You’ll find theaters, a toy store, several boutiques, art galleries, the Country Bookshelf (a terrific independent bookstore), and plenty of restaurants.
On Thursdays during the summer months, Main Street closes to car traffic to host a block party with music, kids activities, and food trucks.
Scenes From Bozeman
Where You Should Stay
If you can, stay downtown so you can walk to shops and restaurants. This is our personal list of places that we have stayed in previously, have been recommended by friends we trust, or that we have bookmarked as possibilities for future visits.
Heads Up: We do participate in affiliate marketing with some of the companies that we personally use. They don’t pay us to write, we simply get a commission if you enter those sites through our “gate” as opposed to say a Google search. We never accept free gifts or comped stays. Full Disclosure Statement
Favorite Hotels in Downtown Bozeman
The Lark. This hip hotel is located right on Main Street. You’ll find food trucks outside, courteous staff, and contemporary decor. Some room entrances open to the outside like a motel. Book the rooms with a bunk bed for the kiddos. We have really enjoyed our stays here. Averages $250 night in the summer.
The Element. A nice, new Starwood hotel located downtown, one block off Main Street. It’s more expensive though. Average price in summer is $320 night. Offers rooms and suites.
RSVP Motel. This mid-century modern and brand new motel has been brought back to life--featuring retro wallpaper, bright colors, plush fabrics, and an outdoor pool for the kiddos. Free bike rentals for guests. It’s a bit further from Main Street than those above. From $150 to $399 depending on room selection and season.
VRBO Vacation Homes Near Downtown Bozeman
Want more space? All of these properties are within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and town trails.
Stunning downtown studio with private deck and parking. VRBO 872979. This 824 sq.ft. above garage studio has a nice outdoor deck and sleeps 3-4. (Sleeps 4 if you have younger or smaller children that will fit on the pullout-sofa, otherwise it’s 2-3 people.) Neighborhood location is within walking distance to Main Street, parks, library, and town trails. Free use of their 2 fat tire bikes. This property is the best bang for your buck.
Magpie Guest House. Sleeps 4. This is a wonderful location. It has 2 bedrooms, and the 2nd bedroom has twin beds. It is private yet located right on the town trail. Walking distance to Main St.
Urban Loft in Historic Mill District of Bozeman. Hot Tub! VRBO 555771. This large two bedroom condo (2000 sq.ft.) is located in Bozeman's Northeast neighborhood. The architecture has an industrial look and Wild Crumb Bakery and Mountains Walking Brewing are nearby. Sleeps 5. Rooftop deck.
This next property is 15 minutes to downtown but feels like a world away. A truly relaxing retreat.
Mind blowing Views! 4 mountain ranges w/private Pond! Relaxation & Peacefulness. VRBO 718651. 3 bedroom/1.5 bath, 1200 sf.ft., sleeps 6. If you want a mountain setting, yet still be within a 15 minute drive to Bozeman’s downtown, this is the place.
It is so serene and the sunsets are beautiful from its spacious, wrap-around deck. The kids will be entertained by the property’s acre size private pond for canoeing and fishing along with a lovely beach for playing, swimming, and tube floating. You may never leave.
Where You Should Eat
This is just a sampling of our favorite kid-friendly restaurants located in downtown Bozeman.
Montana Ale Works is our favorite restaurant hands down! Kid-friendly, great food, and an excellent beer selection. Daily small plate specials from 4pm-6pm are the way to go here. It offers a good kids menu too. Note: You can park behind the restaurant.
Pro Tip: Arrive early--it gets crowded. Expect a wait if you arrive after 6pm.
Mountains Walking Brewery is located just north of Main Street. This new brewery is turning out excellent beers and baking tasty wood-fired pizzas. Offers a kids menu as well. It’s a small but pleasant place to dine with a clean, modern vibe. They also have a kids corner where your kiddos can amuse themselves playing their Pac Man Video Game while waiting for your food to be prepared.
At Whistle Pig Korean, get the bulgogi bibimbap bowl served dolsot stye (sizzling bowl). Yummy!
Overlooking “Bozeman Beach”, MAP Brewing is a scenic place to enjoy nice views and a cold beer. Indoor and outdoor seating is available with a kids menu.
Western Cafe is a no-frills western-style diner serving a traditional breakfast and lunch. The Western has been in the Bozeman community for the better part of a century and will leave you feeling satisfied and ready for your day’s adventures. A kids menu is available and the restaurant has parking.
Nova Cafe is our favorite breakfast stop where you’ll find both traditional and creative breakfast dishes. Kids menu is offered as well. The kiddos will love their Mickey Mouse pancakes topped with whipped cream. Note: Street parking only, but you shouldn’t have a problem finding a spot on nearby streets.
The top notch Wild Crumb Bakery offers artisan bread and pastries. If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee and a huckleberry scone, this is your place. All the breads are fantastic and their sandwiches are terrific.
Spend a weekend in Bozeman, Montana discovering everything this fun western town has to offer. You won’t have any trouble filling your weekend getaway with good food, a top notch dinosaur museum, plenty of outdoor activities, and guaranteed good times. So load up the minivan, unplug those devices, and go have yourself a weekend of fun and family togetherness!
What Makes Our Travel Guides Simply Awesome?
If you want to visit Bozeman but don’t have time to plan your weekend adventure, check out our Bozeman Weekend Getaway Guide.
This full color guide highlights lodging and dining choices, the best activities Bozeman has to offer, a list of nearby easy, family-friendly hiking trails, and includes all the little things that can be so helpful in making a trip a success—detailed maps so it’s easy to find your way around, rainy day ideas, and helpful tips we discovered along the way.
We have done these trips with our own families so we know what works and what doesn’t. We’ll tell you what’s skippable and what’s a must do in this fun city.
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Where To Stay
The lodging choices for each destination have been carefully selected for their ideal location, price point, safety, and proximity to the day’s activities. We tell you the best area to stay so you can minimize driving or walking distances and maximize your moments having fun. Knowing what part of town to stay in is a huge part of making a trip a success, and that’s hard to do when you are not familiar with a destination. We save you time and energy by doing all the research for you.
Where To Eat
Local dining establishments are highlighted. The kind where children are welcome but isn't necessarily a restaurant geared primarily towards kids. You won't find many restaurant chains in our itineraries, just good local food mirroring the destination's culture. This could mean a food truck, a pizza place, or a nice sit-down restaurant, but always delicious. If there are any local brews, specialty foods, wines, or coffee houses around, we'll mention those too.
Where To Play
The organization of each day has been thoughtfully planned in order to group activities together by proximity, ideal time of day to visit, and the best nearby dining choices. It’s all been laid out for you, along with directions, maps, travel tips, links to more info, and more. We cover the most worthwhile activities to do in a destination (based on our own family’s reviews) without forgetting that vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, not a list to be checked off while hauling around whining children.
You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities for the family as well as cultural and historical sites unique to the destination. Many itineraries include easy hikes, bike rides, and float trips that have been selected for their kid-friendly length and ease of difficulty as well as their scenic beauty. (Always worth it!) We are all about getting families outdoors so we include as much fresh air as we can in our itineraries, whether it is a day-long trek in a national park or just the location of a fantastic playground perfect for a break from sight-seeing.
At the founding of Simply Awesome Trips, we agreed to travel as we always have with our families—on our own dime. No free nights, no comped visits, not even any swag. We continue to feel good about that decision. We do participate in affiliate marketing with some of the companies that we personally use (Booking.com, VRBO.com). They don’t pay us to write, we simply get a commission if you enter those sites through our “gate” as opposed to say a Google search. But we also recommend lodging, restaurants, and activities, where we don’t receive any commission, such as Airbnb or private rental companies. If it’s good; it’s good. We don’t change recommendations based on vendor.
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