5 Must-Try Places for Sports Families

A basketball court with fans in the stands and players on the court.

Helena is a tournaments and sports destination! An excellent destination for fun, relaxation, and adventure. From cheering on the sidelines or battling for a win, this city has something special for every member of your team. Enjoy these 5 must-try places for sports families during your next visit to Montana’s Hometown!

Staggering Ox

Fuel up before you head to the hotel by ordering a mouth-watering one-of-a-kind sandwich in a fun family atmosphere. Indulge in the Capitol Complex or Ox Fingers is a uniquely crafted option for busy families with big appetites. With wild artwork and ample space, it’s the go-to spot for a quality post-game feed. Open seven days a week, Staggering Ox provides a style of food unavailable anywhere else. Our famous Clubfoot bun design is federally registered trademark. Featuring Clubfoot sandwiches such as the ‘Three Mile Island’, the ‘Mt. St. Helens’ and the ‘Beastie’. 

A must-try sandwich from Staggering Ox.
Staggering Ox

Broadwater Hot Springs

Skip the hotel pool routine and take the family to Broadwater Hot Springs for an evening of relaxation. A great place to recover the muscles and calm the athletes down after a full day of competition. Helena’s only natural geothermal hot springs is located in the mountains 3.7 miles from Carroll College and just 10 minutes from downtown Helena. Stop by and visit for a relaxing and refreshing soak after the tournament.

Try building with these blue blocks at Exploration Works with your family.

Exploration Works

Don’t bring only the athlete in the family, bring the entire family. For families with young kids who don’t want to sit around watching a tournament, exercise the brain at Helena’s Children’s Museum. From the TinkerLab to rotating science exhibits, it is a paradise for kids 3 – 12.

Flying Giant Trampoline Park

Get that extra energy out and fly high at Helena’s trampoline park. The facility is great for all ages to bounce off the walls or compete against siblings in a jousting match or game of dodgeball. Montana’s premier indoor Adventure Park; features Trampolines, Interactive Climbing Walls, a Suspended Ropes Course, and Batting Cages. Our focus is to provide a safe, fun, interactive, and clean environment for people of all ages.

Challenge your family to a jousting contest at Flying Giant Trampoline Park, a must try activity.

The Painted Pot

Have a moment of artistic Zen with the kids after an exhilarating day competing. Grab a paintbrush and paint fun shapes or figures at the Painted Pot in downtown Helena. A great place for anyone in the family, even grandparents. Open to walk ins 7 days a week and also offer birthday parties, kids classes, adult classes, Grown Ups Night Out, corporate parties, team building, and scout groups. The Painted Pot has been serving art to the Helena community since 2006.

Blue Store Front with sign saying The Painted Pot. A must try family painting experience.

A tournament weekend can be for the entire family, with the right planning. Helena offers a wide array of activities ranging from outdoor activities to artistic inspiration, Helena will craft an unforgettable tournament getaway. And with 22 hotels, securing affordable accommodations for families is a breeze.

Visit Helena offers tournament/sports organizers grants and incentives to make our community more affordable for your next event. Find more information on our grant page.