Top 10 Bozeman All-Ages Date Ideas
Mars Fagin | Thursday Feb. 1st, 2024
This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of all-ages date ideas for readers who are interested in spending some time with a special someone. That could be a partner, a roommate, a friend, or even a classmate! If that sounds interesting to you, keep reading.
Spire Climbing Center
Few places in Bozeman provide fun indoor activities that equal the ones we’ve all come to love during the winter months, but if you’re into scaling rocks, Spire is your spot, with over 19,000 square feet of climbing surface for climbers of all skill levels. You don’t need an appointment to climb or learn to belay—the Spire team is ready to get you off the ground and show you the ropes. Competing with someone on Spire’s iconic bouldering wall, or racing to the top of a course is the perfect idea for athletic couples looking to engage in some friendly competition.
For couples who are young and young at heart, Jump Time is the ideal spot to let your inner child shine through by showing off your trampoline skills (or lack thereof). Battle on the balance beam, play slam dunk basketball, or extreme dodgeball, and drop from the top of the climbing wall after completing the ninja warrior course. Cool down together in the lounge upstairs, and view the entire facility from above. Located in Four Corners, just west of Bozeman, Jump Time is a fun weekend or evening excursion for all ages.
Museum of the Rockies
For those looking to engage in more thought-provoking adventures, the Museum of the Rockies is the perfect date idea. Filled with ancient fossils, historic American frontier items, and a rotating special exhibition, the MOR is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Explore Yellowstone in the Martin Children’s Discovery Center was designed for children, but those of all-ages will enjoy exploring the textures, smells, sights, and sounds of Yellowstone here. You can wind down your visit in the Planetarium with one of the many informative, immersive projections—remember to check showtimes before you go!
If you’re seeking to bond by way of thrill, Bozeman Breakout is the best place to exercise your mind and ensure your thinking cap is on correctly. With multiple themed rooms to choose from, a time that you are encouraged to beat, and a lack of cell phones, it’s a perfect opportunity to get to know your partner in a different way than before you got locked in, and see how they perform under the pressure of a ticking clock.
Whether you’re looking for a hike, a nice picnic area, a sledding hill, or a spot from which to watch a sliver of a beautiful Montana sunset, Lindley Park has it all. Couples can tour the public art exhibitions along the trail, walk their dogs, or even bike through this wonderful downtown Bozeman staple. If you’d prefer a less active afternoon, pick out books for each other at the nearby public library and discuss them under the beautiful trees found in the park.
Steep Mountain Teahouse
For a trendy outing, Steep Mountain Teahouse offers delicious drinks and an atmosphere unlike any other. With unique events (check their website, along with ours) and a cozy atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to sit down and have a genuine conversation with another person. Their extensive menu includes bubble tea (boba), chai, lattes, and nearly one hundred herbal, green, black, and white tea combinations, as well as delightful desserts.
Pipestone Off-Highway Vehicle Area
For the adventurous, fun-loving, and those with time and resources, Pipestone is an unincorporated area about an hour west of Bozeman that is free to enter, access, and explore. The weather at the Continental Divide can be more moderate than it is in Bozeman, allowing a much longer season for play. Feel free to offroad for many miles of trails that range from mild to gnarly! All that to say, it’s recommended you bring your 4WD.
Heart of the Valley
Animal lovers, this is the date idea for you! Ever wondered how your partner feels about furry friends? Head on down to the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Bozeman’s Choice Place To Volunteer, to pitch in and help with one of the many opportunities to walk dogs, cuddle cats, or help out with laundry. There is a process to volunteering at HOV, including an application and new volunteer orientation. Once you’ve attended orientation you’ll take training classes to be able to work with the shelter dogs and cats. Junior and adult volunteers are welcome!
Antique Store Treasure Hunting
Embarking on an antique store treasure hunt offers a delightful blend of exploration and shared discovery. Whether you’re seeking unique trinkets to adorn your living space or aiming to gain insights into your partner’s design preferences, antique and vintage stores provide a trove of hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. To enhance the thrill, consider crafting a list of specific items or themes before your visit, turning the outing into an engaging scavenger hunt. This not only adds an extra layer of excitement to your experience, but also encourages you to explore the store’s diverse offerings with a discerning eye, making your antiquing adventure a memorable and enjoyable shared activity.
We couldn’t write an article about things to do in Bozeman without mentioning our amazing Downtown. From window shopping to good eats, downtown has everything you could want in a fun-filled day, or night, with your best friend! Not only does Downtown Bozeman contain many of our favorite shops, bars and nightlife, there are tons of events happening day and night downtown. Check the results of our 2024 Bozeman’s Choice Readers’ Poll, and the Greater Yellowstone Events Calendar for loads of Bozeman’s favorite ‘must see and do’s’ downtown.
Whether you’re an athletic couple seeking friendly competition or adventure, or a more thoughtful pair seeking a relaxed and charming date, there’s something here for everyone.