Top 5 Free Things to do in Helena, Montana During Any Season

#5 Explore the Bray

The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts 26-acre grounds contain hundreds of ceramic artifacts and sculptures created by former resident artists. In every direction you look, you’ll see something new and fascinating. The Foundation is affectionately referred to as “the Bray” by locals. Check out a preview with the Bray Virtual Tour and next time you’re in Helena, tour the grounds for FREE and be amazed.  Instagram Users: #archiebray is a great way to check out the Bray and their artists. 

#4 Take a Capitol Building Tour

The Montana State Capitol was completed in 1902 and is a stunning building packed with the unique history that makes Montana.

From September 15 through December, tours available Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm on the hour.

From January 2 to April 25, 2017, guided tours are available Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm on the hour. This is during Montana’s Legislative Session.

Come any time to enjoy a self-guided tour. Tour pamphlets are available at the security desk at the lower level. Guided or not, the tour and the visit is FREE.

With the family? Check out the Capitol Building Scavenger Hunt.

#3 Bike or Hike

Helena features stunning days with blue skies and Silver Level trails, as designated by the International Mountain Biking Association.  If you’re at home on two wheels, visit bikehelena.com for mountain biking information in the area.

Hikers, have we got the trails for you! Helena’s South Hills offer 75 miles to explore. There are endless ways to weave through the area’s trails.

The prominent South Hills trails extend directly from downtown which means that you’re never far from a trailhead or from the restaurant at the end of the hike or bike.

#2 Discover the Holter Museum of Art

Helena’s Holter Museum of Art specializes in contemporary art from the Northwest. Exhibits rotate which means that if you’ve been to the Holter previously, chances are you’ll still be seeing something new. Admission to this downtown museum is FREE.Visit between November 4 and December 24 and join the Annual HoHoHoltercelebration as artists from all over Montana sell their unique works. Treat yourself to something that speaks to you or find the perfect holiday gift to give.

#1 Learn the Local Lore on Last Chance Gulch

In 1864, four miners down on their luck decided to give it one “last chance” and ended up striking it rich in the area dubbed Last Chance Camp. This mining camp would become Helena, Montana. Helena has a fascinating history and many parts of this history is preserved along Last Chance Gulch, Helena’s main street.

Download Helena’s FREE walking tour app to help you navigate and discover the stories that make the community. The app is available for both Android and Apple users.