Exciting Things to do in Kalispell
Kalispell has a rich history that dates back to the late 1800s. Originally founded as a railroad town, Kalispell became the county seat and the trade and financial center of the Flathead Valley. Today, Kalispell is still known as the professional, medical, retail and governmental center of the region, serving around 140,000 people in Northwest Montana.
Located within a 30-minute drive of several area attractions, such as Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness area, Kalispell itself offers a wide variety of things to do. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular Kalispell attractions and activities to enjoy:
Enjoy a live performance. The Flathead Valley area in particular has been a hotbed for live performances in recent years. Kalispell’s Glacier Symphony and Chorale perform a variety of musical selections featuring both world-class and emerging artists throughout the year. In Whitefish, the Whitefish Theater Company and Alpine Theatre Project offer shows year-round for theatre enthusiasts. And in Bigfork, the Bigfork Summer Playhouse is celebrating its 58th season of live theatre and boasts an OSCAR winner, J.K.Simmons, as an alum.
Take a historical walking tour. Historical walking tours provide an opportunity to learn more about the physical evidence of Kalispell’s long history. Head down Main Street by starting at the Carnegie Library, built in 1903, and continue on to view such buildings as the Masonic Temple, Calbick Block, the Adams Building and much more. Use this handy guide along the tour for more information.
Visit the Conrad Mansion Museum. The Charles Conrad Family Estate was built in 1895 by Charles Conrad, who played an impressive role in the settlement of the Northwest and helped found the city of Kalispell. By the 1970s, however, the 13,000-square foot house was falling into disrepair, leading to the home being donated to the city by Alicia Conrad Campbell, the youngest daughter of Charles. In 1975, the mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and after restoring it to its former glory, the first tour took place in 1976 – and they’re still offered to the public today.
Stroll through a serene park. Montana has an impressive state park system, so when you’re looking to get outside for a breath of fresh air, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy. Visit Wild Horse Island State Park to catch a glimpse not only of the wild horses, but also bighorn sheep. Or, Lone Pine State Park offers over 7.5 miles of trails and beautiful views of the entire Flathead Valley region.
Tour the Hockaday Museum of Art. The mission of the Hockaday Museum of Art is “to enrich the cultural life of our community and region, and preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park.” The museum features works of art from local Montana artists such as John Fery, Leonard Lopp, Jeanne Hamilton and many more, as well as a variety of ever-changing exhibitions and events.
Play a round of golf at Buffalo Hill Golf Club. The beautiful Buffalo Hill Golf Club has been in existence since 1915, and has undergone several renovations over the years to allow it to evolve into one of the best golf courses in the state of Montana. The course will open in late April and also features several clinics so players can brush up on their skillsets before hitting the green.
Spend a day shopping in downtown Kalispell. The historic downtown Kalispell district offers a wide variety of shopping opportunities – everything from big box retail stores to charming boutiques for one-of-a-kind items. You can find sporting goods, western wear, designer jeans and even fine art. After you fill your shopping bags, fill your belly with lunch at one of the fabulous local eateries.
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