Some Spring Activities

With the arrival of spring, the air fills with anticipation and the promise of new beginnings. This enchanting season beckons us outdoors, inviting exploration and adventure in Montana’s stunning landscapes. From the refreshing sight of blooming wildflowers to the longer, sun-drenched days, spring in Helena is a time of renewal and joy. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a curious visitor, the variety of spring activities in this charming town offers something for everyone. Let’s embrace the longer days and warmer weather, diving into the best of what Helena has to offer this spring.

  1. Explore downtown & the walking mall

Last Chance Gulch serves as the heart of Helena. The street runs straight through our downtown before it turns into our walking mall. It is adorned with bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and local stores, offering a vibrant atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. You can enjoy this part of town any time of day. We recommend starting with breakfast at The No Sweat Cafe and then grabbing a caffeinated drink from The Merc before you browse for a special gift at Wild Child or forage for treasures at Golden Girls Antique Mall. Venture further along to indulge in a sweet treat at The Big Dipper or The Parrot Confectionery after a satisfying lunch at The Hopper or Suki Cafe. Moving into the evening, you can get a scrumptious dinner at Lucca’s or Bella Roma and even grab a nightcap with friends at The Hawthorn or The Gold Bar. The Union has also just joined the downtown scene so make sure to show them some love. With a diverse array of shops, confectionaries, and dining options, there’s plenty to explore and savor this new season. Stop in somewhere new and support a local business! 

  1. Try a new coffee or bakery spot 

Everyone has their go-to cup of joe, but this spring season, make it a point to explore the local coffee and pastries scene in Helena. These establishments offer the perfect opportunity to satisfy your cravings while also supporting your community. The General Mercantile is a great spot to grab coffee and chat with an old friend. The Hub is a staple lunch spot where you can even grab an afternoon pick me up. Don’t miss our beloved Park Avenue of which we are *big* fans. They serve fresh-made bread, are open 7 days a week, and whip up some of the best pastries around. Looking for a cute coffee shop to have a work session? Well then Montago Coffee is where you need to go. Their space is beautifully designed with lots of seating and natural light, plus they serve great coffee with some light eats. 

If you’re wanting a true local experience, make sure you try Cotton Top Pastries. This adorable bakery is located in the historic 150 year old Caretakers Cabin in Reeder’s Alley. They have limited hours and only stay open while they’re sweet supplies last and there is  typically a line out the door and down the block, BUT we mean it when we say it’s worth it. 

Embrace the spirit of changing up your routine and supporting local businesses while enjoying some delicious coffee and sweets this season!

  1. Take a fly fishing lesson or go fishing 

If you live in Montana and haven’t tried fly fishing, it’s the perfect spring adventure. Try something new and engage in the relaxing sport of fly fishing. Helena is a home base for fly fishing on many of the region’s great rivers—including the Missouri, Blackfoot, and Clark Fork rivers. Helena is home to several quality fly shops ready to help visiting anglers find a guide. Step out of your comfort zone and let the outdoors take the wheel this spring. See you on the river! For some curated resources, check out Visit Helena’s Fly Fishing Guide:

  1. Gates of the Mountains Guided Boat Tour

For over 125 years guests have been following in the path of Lewis and Clark exploring the “Gates of the Mountains”, located 20 miles north of Helena. Jump on one of the tour boats and explore the inexhaustible scenery of the Missouri River – wooded slopes and towing limestone cliffs. Today the marina and boat tour is operated by the friendly Gates of the Mountains Inc, whose goal is to protect, educate, and allow visitors to explore one of the last best places.

Book your tour today (opening end of May); 

  1. Hike Mount Helena 

Hiking Mount Helena is undoubtedly a rite of passage for Helena locals and visitors alike. Its numerous routes and trails offer a journey to the most picturesque views of the Helena valley, with the iconic Sleeping Giant and Canyon Ferry shimmering in the distance. The Mount Helena Trailhead, located at the end of Reeders Village Drive, serves as the primary entry point, boasting several trails, with the 1906 trail being a standout favorite. As spring transitions into summer, it’s the perfect time to indulge in hiking, running, and mountain biking amidst this scenic wonder. 

Visits for a trail map! 

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