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Beat the summer heat and rekindle your childhood excitement with a trip to Splash Montana. Situated against the backdrop of the idyllic Montana countryside, this is where you can enjoy splashing around in the pools, as well as take in the breath-taking views that surround the park. Ride the winding slides, mount an inflatable raft and brave the waves of the wave pool, or simply work on your lap timing at the professional pool at this spectacular water-park.
Owned and operated by the University of Montana, the Washington-Grizzly Stadium is one of the most iconic football stadiums in the city. Home to the Montana Grizzlies, spectators flock to this venue by the thousands for a chance to catch the local favorites in action. Stop by for a live game, and join in the excitement of the fans, as they rally on their team. This is also one of the biggest outdoor stadiums in the state.
In this hectic age of computer-created diversions, it is truly refreshing, and even somewhat calming, to lay eyes upon an old-fashioned carousel. Located in Caras Park, this merry-go-round features 38 horses that were all individually hand-carved and painted by local artists. The detail is stunning, not surprising because each horse on average, took 800 hours to carve and paint. The accompanying Stinson Band Organ, with its 400 pipes, ranks as the largest carousel organ in the country. A three-and-a-half minute ride costs a mere 50 cents. A gift shop is on-site.
Spread over 2,197,966 acres (889,485 hectares) of land, the Lolo National Forest is replete with sprawling wilderness areas, scenic lakes, tranquil forests, which are alive with the sound of birdsong, towering mountains, and picturesque meadows. The expansive forest is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, with its verdant woods sheltering species such as cougars, mule deer, and timber wolves, among others. One can enjoy the natural landscape of this place through numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and camping. Other popular recreational pastimes to consider here include picnicking, fishing, boating, and swimming.
The Montana Natural History Center in Missoula strives to promote awareness about nature, paying particular attention to western Montana's natural history. Fun for kids and adults alike, it hosts community programs that include educational outreach and entertaining events like trivia night and nature walks. The museum offers naturalist programs and field days for adults, as well as summer camps and a slew of exhibits designed to catch the eye of your little ones. The natural landscape is such an integral part of what makes "The Treasure State" so special, so anyone traveling through Missoula would be remiss to skip the informative and entertaining Montana Natural History Center.
It's not everyday that a local ice-cream shop is rated the best on Good Morning America. With this, and several other accolades under its belt, the Big Dipper Ice Cream is one of Montana's most favored spots for homemade ice-cream. Occupying a small space on Higgins Avenue in South Missoula, Big Dipper Ice Cream serves deliciously quirky flavors, from White Mint Oreo and Maple Walnut, to Mexican Chocolate, and Salted Caramel. To add to its charm, it operates out of a cute counter-serve shop, with large picnic benches outside, so that you can enjoy your favorite flavors under Montana's starry skies.