THINGS TO DO IN WHITEFISH MT
Whenever I travel to a new city I’m filled with excitement & a sense of adventure. Discovering the unknown and trying new things. Meeting new people and seeing new sites. Relaxing with a great glass of wine or a chilled pint regaling stories of my days adventures are just one of the things to do in whitefish MT. When visiting ski or mountain towns I’m always suspicious of internet connections, accommodations, dining options & what to do after day 3. Until I discovered Whitefish. Offering small town charm, big city amenities and endless outdoor adventures there are thousands of things to do in Whitefish, MT. This little mountain town makes a great basecamp for multi-day adventures.
OUTDOOR THINGS TO DO IN WHITEFISH MT
The question isn’t what to do in Whitefish MT its how many things can you do while your there? After spending your days in the outdoor playground surrounding Whitefish, Montana; hiking, biking, touring Glacier or fishing you’ll be pleased to return to Whitefish’s cozy accommodations and fantastic food. The city itself provides a variety of attractions and activities including live theater, shopping, local breweries, hockey games, poker, bicycle trails, water parks & acclaimed golf courses. Being centrally located to Whitefish Lake, Flathead Lake, Flathead River, Flathead National Forest & Glacier National Park the menu of outdoor fun is expansive. Hope you enjoy my list of 100 FREE or Cheap Things To Do In Whitefish MT for all your vacation needs. Be sure to utilize my Free Camping Guide too.
1 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Glacier National Park offers visitors the opportunity to fish, hike, camp, view wildlife & road trip through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. If your in the area you need you to at least drive the Going To The Sun Road once. National Parks do charge a fee ranging from $3-$30, but 10 days out of every year the National Park allow visitors to enter free of charge. To find out which days they are check out the National Parks Website. Want to read more on Glacier National Park?
2 FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST
If you want to see the beauty of the area without the crowds make your way to Flathead National Forest. The blue hues are magical, and Flathead Lake is the largest & cleanest lake in North America. The biggest plus for all you fur parents unlike Glacier National Park dogs are welcome on the trails here. Make sure your prepared though. Cell phone service is spotty, and there are no stores, gas or food out there. On the plus side there is no admission fee. Campgrounds are first come first serve no nightly fee, and in most cases you can stay up to 14 days. Want to read more on Flathead National Forest
3 WHITEFISH TRAIL
Like the Appalachian Trail the Whitefish Trail is user supported. The Whitefish Trail is a community asset stretching 36 miles including 10 trailheads and providing natural surface trails in a rural forested environment. The diverse trail system is perfect for families, runners, hikers, dog walkers, horses & an array of outdoor enthusiasts. My prediction is the Whitefish Trail will evolve into the Skyline Trail in Ogden or the extensive trail system in Boulder. To read more on the Whitefish Trail.
4 CITY BEACH
It may not be the ocean or the bays of Alaska, but the city beach in Whitefish MT is pretty remarkable. Mountains surrounding its banks with sugar sand beaches and crystal clear waters. If your looking for things to do in whitefish MT city beach is a must. Parking is free. There is no admission. the views are magnificent, and the waters are inviting. Close to downtown you can walk, bike or run. Bring a book and soak in the beauty for an afternoon. Read more on City Beach.
5 WHITEFISH EQUESTRIAN CENTER
Montana is known for its big sky, fly fishing & beautiful landscapes. This is why I love Whitefish because it has all of that plus a horse show jumping training center. With one indoor heated arena, and three outdoor heated arenas there’s plenty to see & watch. There’s even a heated viewing lounge with cable tv & wifi. You can board your horses here. Sign up for lessons, or pack a lunch take the family and go watch the best train for free. A great afternoon idea when your legs are jello from hiking, and tired of spending money. Need more information on the Whitefish Equestrian Center.
6 HUGH ROGERS WAG PARK
I’m not a dog park person. Kota & I go on enough adventures so dog parks are like going to the gym, and I don’t do that either. The Hugh Rogers Wag Park though is good enough to make me want to move there. Most dog parks are a large open area with a fence. When looking for things to do in Whitefish MT I came across the Hugh Rogers Wag Park. Its out on the east side of town and is phenomenal. Free admission. Large parking lot, and there are 4 gated areas to this 5 acre park.
The wide open throw the ball and retrieve park. Theres a training obstacle course for show dogs. A small dog section, and a pond section. Theres a covered area with picnic tables to get out of the sun, and the day Kota & I went there were sky diving tours landing in the field on the other side of the parking lot. Plus you don’t even need to bring your own toys. There are balls, chew sticks, ropes, stuffed animals and a variety of other toys provided. Its probably the best dog park in America, and Kota made a ton of friends. It was unofficial Begal day so it was hard to keep track of him. Read more of Wag Park
7 WHITEFISH MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT
Eight miles away from downtown Whitefish, and with 3,000 skiable acres located in the Rocky Mountain this playground requires a visit. In the summer time parking is free and so is hiking around the village or the mountain. Its a really unique ski resort that recently underwent a full makeover bringing it out of the 1970s. Although I wish they wouldn’t have. When the snow melts the trails the slopes make way for alpine slides, adventure parks, zipline tours, scenic chairlift rides, mountain top dining & mountain biking courses. Its a year round resort with two short shoulder seasons. Great for a day of family fun all in one spot. Plenty of parking for any size RV. Stay for a day or week in your new RV without an issue. Read more on Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.
8 WHITEFISH FARMERS MARKET
When looking for things to in whitefish MT most people look to the great outdoors, but on Tuesdays look right downtown. Every Tuesday from 5pm-7pm from the end of May to the end of September the whitefish farmers market is held at the North end of Central Ave across the street from the library & train station. There’s usually live music, great energy, tons of local vendors, fresh produce & fruits as well as prepared foods from the locals. Best of all if you just want to take in the sites and smells its free to listen to live music and mingle with others. Definitely worth checking out if your in the area on a Tuesday. Looking for more info on the Whitefish Farmers Market
9 FLASHPOINT OUTDOOR LASER TAG
Unlike paintball laser tag is exciting, inexpensive and my favorite part NOT PAINFUL. If your trying to find things to do in Whitefish MT for the kids check out laser tag. Flashpoint Outdoor Laser tag is hosted in a forested setting about a mile and half out of town. The cost is super cheap at $25 for 2 hours. Includes XM7Skinny or MP5 Stinger laser guns, and offers survivor, capture the flag or team elimination games. For directions or more information on Flashpoint Outdoor Laser tag.
10 WILD HORSE ISLAND STATE PARK
If your on the hunt for things to do in Whitefish MT you definitely need to check out Wild Horse Island State Park. Its actually located in Kalispell all of 17 miles away, but worth the trip. There’s no admission, and its the largest island in America. Home to wild horses & rich history. First Nation Tribes such as Salis-Kootenai used to use this island as a pastor for their horses. To protect them from being stolen by other tribes. Accessible only by boat makes it a bit of a challenge, but if you want to add some adventure to your trip we made the swim. Need more information on Wild Horse State Park.
11 HIDDEN LAKE
This hidden gem is one of the more popular destinations in the park. Mainly because it right across from Logan Pass Visitor Center, and is under 3 miles. Most of the trail is boardwalks all the way to the view point so its an easy hike for the not so athletic. Wildlife including grizzly bears can be seen all along the trail. Wildflowers are abundant, and during fire season expect smoke to fill the air. Anytime after 10am this trail will be packed and the visitor center parking lot will have you doing laps until a spot opens up. The beauty of Hidden Lake warrants the attention. To learn more about Hidden Lake check out my Glacier National Park Blog.
12 PANNING FOR GOLD
There’s a reason why at one point Montana had more millionaires per capita then anywhere else in America. Glacier County has some of the richest mountains on the planet,and bears gems, sapphire & of course golden nuggets for prospectors to find. Recreational gold panning in Montana is a perfect way to spend a day with the family on vacation. Whether your sluicing, panning, metal detecting or dredging there are plenty of valuables still waiting to be found in Montana’s ground. Read more on gold panning blog to find out best times and areas for finding gold.
Would love to hear more ideas of things to do in the Whitefish area in the comments below, and if your looking for the best place for breakfast. If your in Whitefish you have to try Amazing Crepes. I go here every time I am in town. Its a locals favorite, and my first stop.