Zoos in Montana with kids

It’s animal time in Montana, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Montana because The Treasure State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Zoo Montana

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    Billings

    70-acre zoological park and botanical garden. This beautiful zoo offers an array of animal and plant populations native to northern latitude climates. Visitors can expect to see grizzly bears, amur ...

  • Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

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    West Yellowstone

    An AZA accredited, Not-for-Profit, Wildlife Park and Educational Facility. The Center is dedicated to providing visitors to the Yellowstone area the unique opportunity to learn about, observe and ...

  • Beartooth Nature Center

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    Red Lodge

    The only public refuge in Montana to house native animals that cannot be returned to the wild. The Center offers visitors an unparalleled chance to learn about these and other animals by observing ...

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  • Sprouts Club Playcare and Playhouse

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    East Kalispell

    Not only is Sprouts Club a fun and safe place for kids to learn and play, but they also offer an incredibly flexible daycare service!

  • The Art Of Play

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    Billings

    Kids under 5 years can let their imagination soar in this indoor play space in Billings, with activities to encourage creativity, and development!

  • Glacier National Park

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    West Glacier

    Pristine forests, rugged mountains, alpine mountains, and amazing lakes, along with 700 miles of trails and wilderness? Introducing Glacier National Park!

  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch

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    Deer Lodge

    It's all about the American West at this national historic site dedicated to the cattlemen in American history. A yee haw family day out in Montana!

  • Big Hole National Battlefield

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    West Glacier

    A visit to Big Hole should begin at the visitor center. A film, museum, and book store provide an overview of the events that took place on the battlefield in August of 1877. During the summer ...

  • Yellowstone National Park

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    Gardiner

    Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park! It is so big it's stretched over 3 states - Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho - and is home to a large variety of wildlife ...

  • Bighorn Canyon

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    Fort Smith

    Immerse yourself in the relaxing surroundings of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The canyon offers a diversified landscape of forest, mountains, upland prairie, deep canyons, broad valleys, ...

  • Makoshika State Park

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    Glendive

    Makoshika State Park is located in the rugged badlands of eastern Montana in Glendive. The name Makoshika (Ma-ko'-shi-ka) is a variant of a Lakota phrase meaning land of bad spirits or "badlands". ...

  • Lake Elmo State Park

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    Billings

    This urban day-use park attracts visitors to swim, sailboard, and fish. A display in the Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters located on site provides weekday interpretation of the park. Plan to ...

  • Tizer Botanic Gardens

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    Jefferson City

    Here, children and adults will enjoy a day roving through some of the most pristinely kept natural gardens, including roses, herbs, vegetables and the Children's Garden. Plus wildflower walk.

  • Bitterroot National Forest

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    Darby

    Only 1.6 million acres of forest to explore in this amazing Montana wilderness, with summer and winter activities for everybody!

  • Yellowstone Safari Co

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    Bozeman

    Yellowstone Safari Company offers private Yellowstone Park wildlife tours and Lewis and Clark tours in Montana, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park.

  • Whitefish Mountain Resort

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    Whitefish

    Kids from 1 to 101 love the addictingly fun Alpine Slide and the Scenic Lift Rides to the Summit of Big Mountain. The Walk in the Treetops canopy tour combines a little excitement with an educational ...

  • Big Sky Waterpark

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    Columbia Falls

    Make a splash in Montana's LARGEST waterpark, located in the heart of the rockies with slides, a whirl pool, and even mini golf!

  • The Reef

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    Billings

    Experience the LARGEST indoor water park in Montana with The Reef, with tubes, waves, basketball, blasters, splashes, and even a hot tub!

  • Currents Aquatic Center

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    Missoula

    A community indoor facility boasting two water slides, a children’s water playground, leisure pool and more!

  • Splash Montana

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    Missoula

    From its three waterslides to the lazy river float, there are numerous ways for the entire family to enjoy a day at Splash Montana!

  • Missoula Childrens Theatre

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    Missoula

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  • Qwivals Family Fun Center

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    Victor

    Qwivals is an action-packed entertainment park offering fun for the entire family. Featuring Miniature Golf, Go-Kart Rides, Bodacious Bumper Cars, Moon Jumpers, Water Wars, Corn Maze, Haunted ...

  • Dragon Hollow

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    Missoula

    A magical play area for kids, built by the community, where kids can just enjoy a time of play - adjacent to the Carousel for Missoula

  • The Drive-In

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    Billings

    The amusement park consists of several rides used on the carnival and more are being added this summer. It is also the only drive-in with a roller coaster that goes all the way around the screen!! ...

  • Parsons Pony Farm

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    Florence

    Unforgettable pony rides with the Bitterroot Mountains for kids of all ages

  • Moss Mansion

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    Billings

    Step into history with a one-hour guided tour of the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum. The tour captures early turn-of-the-century life as the Preston Boyd Moss family lived it. Visitors see ...

  • Last Chance Tour Train

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    Helena

    Ride the Last Chance Tour train through the streets of Helena, Montana. Take an hour of your time to experience Helena's colorful past. From its beginning, spurred by the discovery of gold in Last ...

  • Jakes Horses

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    Gallatin Gateway

    Outdoor adventure under the Big Sky of Montana, with trail rides, pack trips, fishing trips and great family fun!

  • Daly Mansion

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    Hamilton

    Children can experience and learn history at the summer home of Copper Baron and millionaire Marcus Daly and family. Wonderful landscaped grounds are great for playing and picnicking!

  • Western Romance Company

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    Huntley

    Western Romance Company offers adventure and authentic cowboy entertainment. Horseback riding, rentals, pack trips, catered meals/food, wedding receptions, country music artists and entertainment, ...

  • The Montana Vortex

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    Columbia Falls

    The Montana Vortex is a genuine quantum, or gravitational anomaly that may re-define the laws of physics and nature. When visitors pass through the "Portal" they can see and feel the power of the ...

  • Fort Benton Heritage Museums

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    Fort Benton

    Step back in time as you explore the history of the American West at Fort Benton, Montana's remarkable museums. Explore two hundred years of frontier history. The time of the Blackfeet hunts on the ...

  • Museum of the Rockies

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    Bozeman

    All year round fun in Montana with this fun Museum of the Rockies, with one of the world's largest collections of dinosaurs, as well as exhibits on American Indians, Western history and a ...

  • Miracle of America Museum and Pioneer Village

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    Polson

    The largest museum in Montana spanning nearly 5 acres, gives a great insight into the lives of Americans in the days gone by.

  • Yellowstone Art Museum

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    Billings

    We are Montana's premier art museum, a reputation we maintain through a combination of honoring Montana's most forward-looking artists and bringing here to Montana historic and world art significant ...