2100 Shiloh Road, Exit 443, 652-8100, www.zoomontana.org. Only zoo and botanical gardens of its kind within a 500-mile radius. Specializes in cold climate species. Stroll through wooded trails and enjoy native species, the Children’s Interactive Barn, Discovery Center, Nature Store gift shop and more. Open year-round, daily at 10:00 a.m.
YELLOWSTONE ART MUSEUM
401 North 27th Street. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
ALBERTA BAIR THEATER
Broadway and 3rd Avenue North. The center for performing arts in the region for over 50 years. The theater showcases plays, broadway shows, the symphony and more. Ticket office open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
815 South 27th Street, 245-4111. For maps and area information.
LITTLE BIGHORN NATIONAL MONUMENT
14 Miles East of Hardin, Highway 212. Located in the Crow Agency in Hardin, the park contains a museum with artifacts and information about the historic battle between George Custer and his army, and the Native Americans in 1876.
North 27th Street. Billings Mustangs (Cincinnati Reds farm club). Cobb Field, June to August.
BILLINGS STUDIO THEATER
1500 Rimrock Road, 406-248-1141. The Billings Studio Theater began in 1953 and offers affordable stage plays to the public. The Theater is supported by more than 500 volunteers.
On Black Otter Trail, three miles east of airport. Burial ground for many residents of historic Coulson.
J.K. RALSTON CABIN
At Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Avenue, 406-256-6809. The log cabin offamed artist J.K. Ralston, open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lake Elmo State Park - The park is located on the north side of Billings. Swimming and sailing are popular activities at the park.
River Front Park - South Billings Boulevard. Fishing, picnics, nature trails. Cooney Reservoir - 1-90 to Highway 212 to Boyd turnoff. Camping, boating.
914 Division Street, 406-256-5100. Historic home. Open daily. Call for tour hours.
YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY MUSEUM
1950 Terminal Circle, adjacent to Logan International Airport, 406-256-6811. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission.
PICTOGRAPH CAVE STATE PARK
Seven miles southeast of Billings on 1-90” Lockwood exit, 3401 Coburn Road, 405-254-7342. Caves inhabited by Indians about 4,500 years ago. Rock paintings, uncovered by archaeologists, are visible on cave walls. Open year-round. Call for hours.
PLENTY COUPS MEMORIAL STATE PARK
Take South Billings Boulevard (Highway 416) to Pryor (exit 447), 406-252-1289. 46 Miles / 2 hours round-trip. The park and museum offer a view of Crow Indian history. Open May 1 - September 30. Call for times.
POMPEY’S PILLAR HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
25 miles East of Billings on 1-94, exit 23, 406-875-2400. The only known evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s passage. Captain Clark carved his signature in this massive sandstone pillar in 1806. Great picnic area. Staffed May - October.
PUBLIC GOLF COURSES
Par 3 (Exchange City Golf) - S. 19th Street West
Briarwood Country Club - 3429 Brairwood Boulevard Open to the public 2 days a week. Eagle Rock Golf Course - 5624 Larimon Lane, 406-655-4445
Lake Hills Golf Club - 1930 Clubhouse Way
Peter Yegen, Jr. Golf Course - 3400 Grand Avenue
YELLOWSTONE KELLY’S GRAVE
On Black Otter Trail, three miles East of Airport. On a clear day, view five mountain ranges from Luther “Yellowstone” Kelly’s grave site.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
1-90 to Livingston, then South on Highway 89 to Gardiner. Can be done in a day, but a two-day trip is recommended. Open year-round. Take the Beartooth Scenic Pass to the northeast entrance of the park, 70 miles southwest of Billings, Highway 212. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on weather.
1-90 to Laurel, then South on Highway 212 and Highway 72. 180 miles / 6 hours round trip. See the spectacular Big Horn Canyon, boat ramps, ete. Third deepest canyon in the u.s.