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Kid-Friendly Adventures in Red Lodge: Outdoor Fun, Wildlife Encounters, and More!

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

Red Lodge, Montana, is a picturesque mountain town with plenty to do for the entire family. If you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do with your children while visiting Red Lodge, you won’t be disappointed. From outdoor activities to tours, there’s something to keep everyone entertained. Here are some of the best things to do in Red Lodge with kids.


-Take an adventure out on Wild Bill Lake, Lake Fork Trails, or Greenough Lake, and try your hand at fishing!

Whether it's teaching your child how to cast a line or just enjoying the peacefulness of nature together, spending time outdoors can create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.


-Ski, ride, or glide through the mountains.

If your children are feeling adventurous, get them out on the slopes at Red Lodge Mountain. Downhill skiing a little too much for your kiddo? Don't worry, Red Lodge Nordic Center is a great alternative to explore the outdoors with a little less intensity.


-Go for a scenic drive and look for wildlife.

Take in the breathtaking views of Red Lodge from the famous Beartooth Highway - one of America's most beautiful drives - and experience why this region is known as Big Sky Country. Marvel at the majestic mountains and lush forests as you take in the sights around you! As you drive along, keep an eye out for wildlife like mountain goats, moose, bears, and bison, which call this area home.


-Introduce your little ones to history by taking them for a visit to Carbon County Historic Museum.

Learn all about what life was like during America's past eras. With exhibits ranging from cowboy gear and Native American artifacts to firefighting equipment and vintage advertising signs, this museum has something for everyone!


-Get up close to Montana's wildlife.

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect stop on your way in or out of the park to learn about the incredible animals in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Providing lifelong sanctuary to non-releasable Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem wildlife while sharing a message of education and conservation provides a close-up, family-fun experience to connect with these animals, at an accredited facility.


-Take a dip in Red Lodge's newest pool.

Featuring a waterslide, and brand-new facilities, you could easily kill a full day at the outdoor city pool.


-Go bowling at the Silver Strike.

Whether the weather is less than ideal, or you're just looking for an evening activity, the Silver Strike is sure to be a unique experience.



-Let imagination run wild at any of the local parks.

Red Lodge Lion's park offers a gazebo and picnic areas, a field that often hosts many events and even an ice rink in the winter, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, and horseshoe pits. Don't forget to checkout Hellroaring Skate Park, rebuilt in 2020, this park is rad for bikes, scooters, and skateboarders alike.


-Wrap up your stay in Red Lodge by grabbing dinner at Red Lodge Pizza Co.

Red Lodge Pizza Co is more than just a place to eat, it's a fun-filled experience where your child can play games in the arcade, eat pizza to please all, and even top of the night with their famous Crazy Cookie- a 6" ooey-gooey, chocolate chip cookie, topped with two scoops of ice cream, & covered in chocolate sauce.



No matter what kind of adventure your family craves, start planning your stay in Red Lodge today – from scenic drives to ski lessons there are endless options when it comes to finding ways to entertain kids while visiting this unique mountain town tucked away in southern Montana!

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