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Day 4 in Bozeman, MT
Day 4 Morning
Breakfast at JAM
Pack a picnic for your hike on the Triple Tree trail and stop downtown at JAM for another hearty but refined breakfast to start your day. We loved this place! No kid’s menu but you can order “a la carte”. My daughter had their “stuffed french toast” served “unstuffed.” They serve breakfast all day and offer a small lunch selection of sandwiches. 25 W. Main St. 7am -3:30. Note: Street parking only.
Triple Tree Hike
This hike is located just a 10 minute drive from Main St. and offers wonderful views and wildflowers in the summer. The hike is a loop hike to the summit and covers a total of about 4.5 miles beginning at a grassy ridge then climbing through the shady forest.
It’s a short moderate hike uphill with a net elevation gain of 800 feet and easy going downhill from the summit. My girls did fine on it with some Skittles bribery. It’s best to proceed counter-clockwise to avoid the downhill mountain bikers. You will have 360 views of the valley, the Gallatin, Madison, Tobacco Root and Bridger Ranges. Well worth it!
Directions to Triple Tree trailhead: Head south on Sourdough Road until you reach the Triple Tree Ranch subdivision. The trailhead parking is on the left just past the turn off for the subdivision.
Day 4 Afternoon
Museum of the Rockies
Museum of the Rockies is one of the best places in the world for dinosaur fossils, and this museum houses the the largest T-Rex skull ever discovered. It is a wonderful museum for the whole family, especially if you have dinosaur lovers. Simply Awesome Tip: If your child can’t read yet, consider the 1 hour tour led by a docent.
In addition to the paleontology exhibition, you'll find other permanent exhibits about the life of Native Americans and the history of the Northern Rocky Mountain Region. Make sure you check out the Taylor Planetarium show, and the outdoor Living History Farm which demonstrates life in a turn-of-the-century home. All were very worth while.
Expect to spend at least 1 hour here if just visiting the dinosaur exhibit and two hours to view all it offers. Simply Awesome Tip: Your ticket is good for admission on the day you purchase it and the next day. Open daily 8am-6pm; $14.50 adults; $9.50 children. 600 W Kagy Blvd.
American Computer and Robotics Museum
This museum is less than a 5 minute drive from the Museum of the Rockies. If you still have the stamina, you should check it out. The American Computer Museum is one of a few museums of its kind in the United States, and was chosen as one of the best places to visit in the state by Montana Magazine.
My 11 year old daughter enjoyed this award-winning museum even more than the Museum of the Rockies. It offers an excellent collection of technological innovations. My husband and I enjoyed seeing the Atari game system, Commodore 64 computer, and the original cell phone the size of a brick.
In addition, it houses an Apple 1 computer (donated and signed by Steve Wozniak), an Apollo Space Mission guidance computer (a fraction of the computing power of your Apple watch!), an industrial robot, original American Civil War telegrams, and so much more!
It’s a small museum and you could cruise through it in 30-60 minutes. Simply Awesome Tip: It would be a good rainy day activity.
Hours: June, July, August: 10 AM to 4 PM: 7 Days-a-Week Closed on July 4. September through May: 12 Noon to 4 PM- Closed on Mondays- Closed on these holidays: Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. 2023 Stadium Drive; 1/2 mile from Museum of the Rockies.
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 kid’s menu. The beer was great but the food was average compared to Montana Ale Works. The setting made up for it though.
Simply Awesome Tip: This could be a good spot to stop on the way back from Drinking Horse Mountain hike. 510 Manley Dr. Open 12-8 daily
Directions: Located near the "Bozeman Beach" at the East Gallatin Recreation Area, also known as Glen Lake Park. Drive north on N. Rouse Ave past the interstate. Turn left on E. Griffin Dr. and then take a right on Manley Rd. The lake and road access will be on your right. Look for the sign. It’s about a 7 minute drive from downtown Main St.
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