Adventurous Kalispell, MT Attractions & Activities

Year-Round Montana Fun

From river rafting the Flathead River in Glacier National Park to skiing the Rocky Mountains at Whitefish Ski Resort, there's always things to do in Kalispell, MT. Kalispell sits nearly 3,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by towering the Rocky Mountains, pristine lakes and rivers and fertile Flathead valleys.

Named by Bigfork as "One of the 50 Great Towns of the West" and "One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns of the Nation," Kalispell is home to some of the richest outdoor recreation in the country. With relatively mild year-round climate and four distinct seasons, Kalispell skiing, mountain biking, hiking, boating, golfing and fishing are truly sensational. At Red Lion Hotel Kalispell, you're only a hop, skip and a jump away from some of the most fun attractions in Kalispell, MT!

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Nickel Charlies Casino 1275 U.S. Highway 2 E, Kalispell, Mt 59901 406-257-7756 2.12

Open for over 50 years, Nickel Charlie's is a unique casino and eatery, serving home-style cuisine. Try this local favorite for early breakfasts and late dinners.

Norm's News 34 Main Street Kalispell, MT 59901 406-756-5466 0.22
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North Bay Grille 139 1st Ave W, Kalispell, Mt 59901 406-755-4441 0.27

North Bay Grille blends fine Kalispell cuisine with local tap beer and trademark cocktails in a warm and casual environment. Visit North Bay Grille and discover true Kalispell flavors.

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Flathead Lake 650 Wolfpack Way Kalispell, MT 59901 406-756-9091 3.79

Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi with magnificent mountain and cherry orchard views. Locals and visitors often stop by to picnic or camp along the shoreline of Flathead Lake and its stunning sunsets.

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Historic Downtown Kalispell 15 Depot Park Kalispell, MT 59901 406-758-2800 0.29

Historic Downtown Kalispell was plotted in 1891 by Charles Conrad to serve as a division point for a rail route between Minnesota to Washington. Now Historic Downtown Kalispell known for its impeccable architecture. See it all on a self-guided historic walking tour of Main Street and First Ave East.

The Apple Barrel Country Market 3250 U.S. 2, Kalispell, Mt 59901 406-755-7753 6.11

Apple Barrel and Glacier Sun Winery is where you can pick up some locally grown produce, baked goods and kitchen gadgets, or try a sample of the wine and port produced right on the premises.

Kalispell Center Mall 20 N Main St #152, Kalispell, Mt 59901 406-751-5052 0.41

The Kalispell Center Mall is the only indoor mall in Kalispell, situated right next door to the Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Shop some of your favorite regional stores, including Herbergers, JCPenney, Buckle, Rue 21 and more.

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The Zone Family Fun Center 3240 U.S. 2, Kalispell, Mt 59901 Phone:(406) 755-9663 6.1

Ideal for birthdays or just another afternoon of family fun, the Zone offers laser tag, bumper cars, games and more.

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Conrad Mansion 330 Woodland Ave, Kalispell, Mt 59901 406-755-2166 0.84

The Conrad Mansion is a local museum, full of Kalispell history.

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Moose's Saloon 173 N Main St, Kalispell, Mt 59901 406-755-2337 0.37

With sawdust on the floor and classic swinging bar doors, Moose's Saloon is a real Old West experience. Enjoy a self-serve bar and delicious pizza in this laid back atmosphere.

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Colter Coffee Roasting 424 Main St, Kalispell, Mt 59901 406-755-1319 0.49

Colter Coffee is a beloved local hangout offering complimentary Wi-Fi and entertaining Open Mic nights. Swing by for a hot cup of Joe and a good time.

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Wild Horse Island State Park 47.84715, -114.23458 406-752-5501 24.44

This hidden oasis, occupied by wild horses and other animals, is accessible only by boat. Primitive and picturesque, it's one of our favorite places to picnic with peak views of Flathead Lake - the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.

Whitefish Mountain Resort 3802 Big Mountain Road, Whitefish, Montana 406-862-2900 22.19

North of Kalispell is Whitefish, once known as "Stumptown" for the tree stumps that littered the streets. Today, tree stumps have been replaced by cultural, artistic and other related amenities you would expect in a western ski resort town. Winters at Whitefish Ski Resort mean one thing: world-class skiing and snowboarding on 97 marked trails, including night skiing and the Terrain Park. Plus, there are plenty of kids' winter sports programs. Notable restaurants include The Summit, which has a children's museum, and is located at the top of the chair. In the summer, you'll find hiking trails, zip lining, an alpine slide, biking and the Walk in the Treetops. *(Insider's tip: Ride the gondola for easy access to jaw-dropping views of the Canadian Rockies and Glacier International Peace Park.)

Glacier National Park West Glacier, Mt 406-888-7800 31.71

Embark on Your Adventure and Return to Relaxation & Bliss Red Lion Hotel Kalispell is lucky to be one of the few hotels near Glacier National Park. Spanning the United States and Canadian border, Glacier National Park features over 1 million acres of forest, alpine meadows and lakes. With 734 hiking trails, countless lakes, spectacular glaciers, natural wildlife and unprecedented beauty, Glacier Park offers an array of year-round activities including world-class fishing, hiking, camping, boating and more. Horseback Riding Enjoy vista views of Flathead Lake and the Jewel Basin with Lonesome Dove horseback trail rides. Red Bus Tours Sit back in one of the historic 1930's red "jammer" buses and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Glacier National Park. These iconic Red Buses are considered to be the oldest intact fleet vehicles in existence to date. River Rafting Enjoy a true whitewater wilderness rafting experience on the Middle and the North Forks of the Flathead River, located on the southern and western boundaries of Glacier National Park. After your Glacier National Park adventures, return to one of the most comfortable among Glacier National Park hotels and relax in plush Kalispell, MT accommodations and premium resort-style amenities.

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Lone Pine State Park 300 Lone Pine Rd, Kalispell, Mt 59901 406-755-2706 4.99

Hike, drive or walk to the top of Lone Pine State Park, where you'll find a bird conservatory and a spectacular panoramic views of Kalispell, the Rocky Mountains and landmarks like Flathead Lake, Columbia Mountain Range and Whitefish Mountain Resort.

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Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Kalispell, MT:

Attractions in Kalispell, MT

Championship Golf Courses

Flathead Valley is home to 10 championship golf courses just waiting to be played. Enjoy a luxurious summer day out on the green with some of the best golfing in the country.

Fishing (Fly Fishing and Regular)

Our pristine lakes and rivers present a range of waters for a variety of fishing and fly-fishing adventures. Experience a rejuvenating fishing trip with picturesque scenery.

Dog Sledding

Take a once in a lifetime trip pulled by Alaskan Sled Dogs.  Dog Sled Adventures has been providing great family friendly sledding since 1979. Take a truly unique journey into the Montana wilderness. To contact Dog Sled Adventures, call them at 406-881-BARK (2275) or visit their website at www.dogsledadventuresmont.com. 

Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi with magnificent mountain and cherry orchard views. Locals and visitors often stop by to picnic or camp along the shoreline of Flathead Lake and its stunning sunsets.

Flathead River

Flathead River is a river that runs down the middle of the Flathead Valley. This picture-perfect river is ideal for fishing, rafting, camping, swimming, and viewing wildlife.

Wild Horse Island State Park

This hidden oasis, occupied by wild horses and other animals, is accessible only by boat. Primitive and picturesque, it's one of our favorite places to picnic with peak views of Flathead Lake - the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.

Historic Downtown Kalispell

Historic Downtown Kalispell was plotted in 1891 by Charles Conrad to serve as a division point for a rail route between Minnesota to Washington. Now Historic Downtown Kalispell known for its impeccable architecture. See it all on a self-guided historic walking tour of Main Street and First Ave East.

Hidden Gems

Skydive Lost Prairie

Experience the natural beauty of Montana from up above with an exhilarating skydiving instruction from Skydive Lost Prairie, just minutes from Kalispell.

Herron Park

Conveniently close to Kalispell, Herron Park is known for its winter-wonderland sledding in the winter and its picturesque hiking in the summer.

Conrad Mansion

The Conrad Mansion is a local museum, full of Kalispell history.

Polebridge

Polebridge is a small town, located just outside the west side entrance of Glacier National Park. Visit this charming mountain community for access to the wild and scenic North Fork Drainage. We guarantee there's no other place quite like it. (Insider's tip: Stop at the mercantile for some delicious baked goods).

For Families & Kids

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort is a world-class ski resort with 97 marked trails, including night skiing, the Terrain Park and kid-friendly trails. Located in Whitefish is the Summit, a restaurant with a children's museum. During the summer seasons, Whitefish is popular for hiking, zip lining, alpine sliding, biking and "walking" in the Treetops. (Insider's tip: Ride the gondola for easy access to jaw-dropping views of the Canadian Rockies and Glacier International Peace Park.)

Hidden Keys

At Hidden Keys your team of 2-10 will enter a room, search for clues, solve puzzles and work your way through to escape in 60 minutes! In their immersive experiences, you can even get hints when needed by your enthusiastic game master.

Lone Pine State Park

Hike, drive or walk to the top of Lone Pine State Park, where you'll find a bird conservatory and spectacular panoramic views of Kalispell, the Rocky Mountains and landmarks like Flathead Lake, Columbia Mountain Range and Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Shopping

Downtown Kalispell

Located in the heart and soul of our town is Downtown Kalispell. Shop, browse, sip, eat, or take a historical walking tour down the funky and innovative galleries, restaurants, and shops located in the historic downtown Kalispell buildings.

Kalispell Center Mall

The Kalispell Center Mall is the only indoor mall in Kalispell, situated right next door to the Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. Shop some of your favorite regional stores, including Herbergers, JCPenney, Buckle, Rue 21 and more.

Events

Northwest Montana County Fair

Experience the Northwest Montana Country Fair --Montana's largest state fair-featuring live entertainment, carnival rides, PRCA rodeos, Indian relay racing, demolition derby, and some of the tastiest foods to touch your mouth.

The Event at Rebecca Farm

Attracting more than 450 competitors per year, the Event at Rebecca Far is the largest world-class dressage and hunter-jumper competition of its kind. Now in its 11th year, this event is free to the public and held in a picturesque Kalispell setting.