Park once in the very handy and tidy Great Northern parking garage and you have a day of fun at your fingertips. The beautiful Centennial Park trails enter on the north end where you will find the Great Northern Carousel and ExplorationWorks science center. It’s like a golden triangle of fun for the entire family! Ice cream, Carousel rides, interactive museum exhibits, outdoor ping pong table and trails for biking, walking and running. The Carousel runs specials during school breaks and the first Tuesday of every month is free admission to ExplorationWorks. Judged by the National Carousel Association as the finest new carousel in the United States, the Great Northern Town Center’s Carousel features animals that call Montana home: buffalos, big horn sheep, antelopes, otters, bobcats, grizzly bears, a cutthroat trout and more. Playing off the rivalry between Montana State University and the University of Montana, the bobcat is chasing the grizzly bear around the Carousel.
If it happens to be a Thursday in the summertime, stay for Out to Lunch! Out to Lunch is a live music series where local musicians entertain under the summer sunshine in our amphitheater. You can enjoy lunch from vendors or order a lunch special to go at neighboring Creperie, Silver Star, Brewhouse, Bad Betty’s BBQ or Subway. It’s a great way to squeeze a little more summer out of your work day. Or bring the kids down and let them dance in the grass!
At the opposite end of the Town Center you will find the Cinemark Movie Theatre. Click here for the latest showings. Don’t forget to journey back to the early 1800s and retrace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark on our interpretative walking path. You can see what the Corps of Discovery saw as they traveled by foot over scenic mountains and via boat through clear waters. Experience their adventure as if you were part of the expedition in this permanent outdoor exhibit. The exhibit consists of 19 historical sites from Montana’s Lewis and Clark Trail. The easy interpretive signage and sidewalk river drawings guide you to places like Pompeys Pillar, Gates of the Mountains, Three Forks of the Missouri and Clarks Canoe Camp, to name a few.