A List of Billings’ Summer Must-Dos
The summer sun is calling and it’s time to get out and enjoy Billings. Luckily, Billings has plenty of opportunities to answer summer’s call, with everything from top-notch recreation to tantalizing food and drink. Reaching for the best ways to spend these precious days of summer? As the summer sun beckons you outdoors, here are some must-dos in Billings this season:
Cool down on the Yellowstone River
The Yellowstone River is a great place to cool off and enjoy natural scenery. For a relaxing, fun experience, kick back and float the river. Push off at Riverfront Park and enjoy the soothing sights and sounds on the water.
Bike at Swords Park
Swords Park is the perfect place to exercise and enjoy spectacular scenery on clear summer days. The park includes a network of trails that runs over 60 acres along Billings’ Rimrocks. Bikers and hikers can enjoy fresh air and lofty views of Billings’ cityscape and the Beartooth Mountains beyond.
Explore Pictograph Cave State Park
Billings’ Pictograph Cave State Park is a system of three caves running through unique terrain. Visitors can enjoy intriguing formations, natural beauty and prehistoric rock paintings at the state park. The summer is excellent for exploring the terrain and viewing a rare piece of history.
Beat the heat at some of Billings’ local breweries
Billings is quickly becoming known for its quality, local craft beverages. This summer is a great time to cool down with a frothy, smooth local brew. The area has a range of quality local breweries, including Thirsty Street, Canyon Creek, Carters’, Yellowstone Brewery and Uberbrew.
Take in a Mustangs minor league baseball game
What’s summer without a little baseball? Enjoy the aroma of freshly cut grass and grilled food with sunshine and the welcoming crack of a bat. The Billings Mustangs, a minor league team, play at Dehler Park throughout the summer. Their schedule can be found at MiLB.com.
Come Alive After 5
Billings’ Alive After 5 event features food, beverages and live music. What more could you ask for? With the event landing at various locations throughout the summer, the community gathering takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. More information about the lineup for the weekly event can be found at DowntownBillings.com.
Grab ice cream at Big Dipper
Nothing screams summer like the smooth, creamy taste of local ice cream. For premium, homemade ice cream, grab a cone at Big Dipper Ice Cream. The downtown shop crafts their own blend of ice cream and even makes their own waffle cones daily.
Hike Four Dances Recreation Area
Four Dances Recreation Area is one of several excellent hiking areas in Billings. It features trails with panoramic views and wide open overlooks of both downtown Billings and the Yellowstone River. Hikers also often encounter wildlife while taking in the area’s natural beauty.
Track down a local food truck
Billings has no shortage of excellent food, and in the summer the air is filled with the savory smell of some unique and delicious vendors: food trucks. With everything from Cajun cuisine and smoked barbecue to gourmet hot dogs, the summer is the ideal time to enjoy the weather and run down some deliciously elusive food. Track Billings’ food trucks at Facebook.com/BillingsFoodTruckTracker.