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Things to do in Helena

Helena has a perfect day for everyone. For outdoor adventure, run, bike, or hike our miles of pine-covered trails, or raft the mighty Missouri river on a hot summer day. History buffs, take the tour train through Helena’s historic Last Chance Gulch and admire the mansion district once home to Helena’s gold mining millionaires. Solitude seekers will enjoy a peaceful day fly-fishing, topped off with a craft beer from a local brewery. Helena, like life, is what you make it.

Guided Tours

In 1805, Lewis and Clark explored the area now known as Montana. Now it’s your turn. Hear the Queen City’s timeless tales through a downtown walking tour. Marvel at Montana’s natural beauty on a Gates of the Mountains boating tour. Or experience the thrill of the gold rush by panning for gold yourself!

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The Foundation For Montana History
Arts & Culture

Helena is home to a surprisingly vibrant arts scene. Take a ceramics class at the world-renowned Archie Bray Foundation. Catch live music at the Myrna Loy, or a play at Grandstreet Theater. Plus, did you know the Montana Historical Society houses the largest Charlie M. Russell collection in the country?

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Archie Bray Foundation
Helena History

From ghost towns to gold mines, Helena is a place where history comes to life. Walk the brick-laden streets of Reeder’s Alley, an untouched street from the pioneer days. For the brave of heart, take a scenic drive to abandoned mountain towns where gold rush era communities once thrived.

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Elkhorn Ghost Town
Fun for Kids

Ride a dragon at the Disney-designed downtown carousel, learn about Montana wildlife at one of our local education centers, or take a family-friendly hike! Helena is home to many young families, with plenty of fun activities for the kiddos.

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Montana WILD Education Center