Woodland Park (2nd St. E. north of Woodland Ave.) is a lovely city park, with rose gardens, a duck pond and lagoon, a large swimming pool, and a track. It was originally part of Charles Conrad’s estate.
The Hockaday Museum of Art (302 2nd Ave. E., 406/755-5268, www.hockadaymuseum.org , 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tues.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun. summer, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat. winter, $5 adult, $4 senior, $2 students) hangs some striking and innovative contemporary art as well as more traditional Western art.
Anyone who thinks that conceptual art is solely an urban phenomenon should stop in and see what’s going on in the studios of Twodot and Bozeman. There’s a small crafts shop in the gallery, which is housed in the old brick Carnegie Library building. The center also sponsors Arts in the Park weekend in July.
At the Central School Museum (124 2nd Ave. E., 406/756-8381, www.yourmuseum.org , 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat. June–Sept., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Fri. Oct.–May, $5 adult, $4 senior), sometimes called “The M,” historical exhibits, including a history of the Forest Service in Montana, are housed in an 1894 school building.
On Highway 2, 13 miles west of Kalispell , stop near milepost 108 to see the Indian pictographs on the cliffs on the north side of the road.