With the nearby mountains and trails, the whole family can enjoy hiking, biking and skiing. But there are plenty of other attractions as well.

The city of Missoula is home to the largest touring children’s theater in North America. Founded more than 30 years ago the Missoula Children’s Theatre, the group offers performing art classes for children year around, and includes a full season of programs from October through May. Evening shows are $11 and matinees are $9, and the program includes numerous shows that will delight children of all ages.

The first hand-carved carousel built in America in the last 60 years is actually still running in Caras Park in Missoula. Local cabinet-maker Chuck Kaparich built the Carousel in just four years, and since 1995 it has been one of the biggest attractions in the year. It runs form September to May from 11am until 5:30pm and from June until August from 11am until 7pm daily. Rides are 50 cents for those under 19 or over 55, and $1 for adults age 19 to 55.

After taking a spin or two on the Carousel, head to the nearby Dragon Hollow Playarea, which was added to the park in 2001. 4,000 volunteers constructed this massive playground in just nine days, and today it delights children from near and far!