Come play with us!  Downtown Helena offers activities for the whole family.

Accepts Downtown Helena Gift Cards


ExplorationWorks, Montana’s Science Center located in Helena, knows how to help family members of all ages have fun with science. Little Sky Country is set aside especially for the pre-K crowd. Depending on the season, you may encounter a hive of bees busily creating Helena honey or watch Trout hatchlings gradually grow to releasable size into Montana’s rivers. Navigate the physics of water at our water table and experience hurricane force winds. Open and close tubes to design you own air pathways at the Air Maze. Wear your creative hats designing reverse designs at the Pin Impression Board. You never know what you’ll encounter at Montana Science Center in Helena. Come explore with us! And, while you’re here, enjoy PerkWorks coffee cart featuring a wind range of beverages custom crafted to your specifications.

Daily Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $9.00
Seniors (65+): $6.50
Students (with ID): $6.50
Kids under 18: $5.50
Kids under 2: Free

Parking is available adjacent to the Carousel in the Great Northern Town Center parking lot. ExplorationWorks is located 1/2 block west of the Carousel. The lot is free and has a 2-hour limit. Additional paid parking can be found in the Great Northern parking garage located 1 block south of the museum.

Gold Bar of Helena

The Gold Bar of Helena is more than you might have thought.  A historic institution that offer pool, darts, shuffleboard and foosball.  They have Casino Gaming: U1, Power-station, Legend, Casino King and Progressive Gaming.  There’s a Touch-tunes Jukebox, a full bar with local drafts.

But there’s MORE!  The Gold Bar serves Breakfast, Lunch, coffee and drinks.  The Gold Bar offers a pick up window on the Lawrence Street side of the building.  The kitchen is open 7:30 am to 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday.  Sandy is the cook and she’s been with the Gold Bar for many years. The Gold Bar welcomes walk-ins, is good for groups and offers take out.

The God Bar can also be rented for private parties!


Grandstreet Theatre

Grandstreet is Montana’s premiere community theatre with over 40 years of continuous service. Sustained by volunteers from an exceptionally talented population, Grandstreet also trains over 400 K-12 students each year in our nationally recognized Grandstreet Theatre School. Each year we produce 10-12 plays and musicals in a beautifully preserved 200-seat turn-of-the-century romanesque granite church and an additional 45-seat black box studio. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in a small but thriving arts community, Grandstreet enjoys tremendous public support and regularly produces some of the best live theatre in the Northwest.


Great Northern Carousel & Ice Cream Co.

The Great Northern Carousel is a modern hand built menagerie carousel reminiscent of the splendid, turn-of-the-century carousels. Most of the 37 animals and one chariot were hand-carved by Ed Roth of Long Beach, California and hand painted by Bette Largent of Spokane, Washington. Todd Goings built the mechanism in Marion, Ohio and also built the spinning tub for the carousel.  And, local artist Mary Harris created the original glass artwork depicting Helena area landmarks and scenery on the Carousel rounding boards.

Besides the traditional horses, frogs and rabbits, there are native Montana wildlife such as antelope, a grizzly bear, bobcats, a buffalo, and even a cutthroat trout! Connected to the 40’ carousel is the Great Northern Ice Cream Company featuring homemade ice cream and fudge. The Gift Shop offers a wide array of gifts, toys and collectibles for people of all ages.  Plus, there is a party room to rent for any occasion imaginable such as birthdays, anniversaries or even hosting fund-raisers.

Great Northern Town Center

Great things keep happening at the Great Northern Town Center, anybody will tell you that! Night and day the Carousel’s awhirl, and the ice cream is just crying out to be eaten! Friends and neighbors are gathering at the Silver Star Steak Company, Last Chance Creperie, going to a movie at the Cinemark Theater, or browsing at the A.L. Swanson Gallery.

Whatever your taste in shopping, dining, lodging, service or fun, you’ll find an extra portion here.  Come help yourself! You might decide to sit down for a bite, be pampered at Sugar Salon, go for a stroll down the Lewis and Clark – Montana Experience trail, learn something new at Exploration Works or spend the night at Helena’s most deluxe hotel – the Best Western Premier Great Northern Hotel. Even better, come set up shop and move in!  The Great Northern Town Center – the up side of downtown.

Helena Tourism Alliance

Helena, Montana, is Montana’s Capital City and located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. Helena has a rich gold rush history, and exploring Last Chance Gulch brings the history to life. Designated a ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, Helena has over 75 miles of trails that originate in the Downtown area, offering visitors a world-class mountain biking or hiking experience. Rand McNally and awarded Helena the Best of the Road “Best for Geocaching” title. Tour our Capitol. Take a hike overlooking the beautiful Helena Valley. Hop aboard the Last Chance Tour Train to discover Helena’s history. Download our Walking App and tour the Westside Mansion District, featuring the elaborate homes of early miners. Grab an ice cream cone or visit an old-fashioned soda fountain. We can’t wait to host you in Helena.

Holter Museum of Art

The Holter Museum of Art serves Montana and neighboring states with a quality visual arts exhibition program that includes all media; brings national and international exhibitions into the region; provides a much-needed venue for local and regional artists; and collects, preserves, and interprets significant contemporary Northwest art. The Holter is committed to promoting participation by diverse audiences through outreach, innovative educational programming, and collaboration with other organizations. Increasing and promoting a strong cultural awareness to the broadest possible audience is a guiding factor to our operations.  Admission is free.

Last Chance Tour Train

Welcome to Last Chance Tours of Helena, Montana, home of the Last Chance Tour Trains and Trolley. We offer historic tours of Helena aboard open-air tour trains and our climate controlled trolley. See the opulent mansion district, marvel at the Cathedral of St. Helena, and roll by our governor’s homes. Cruise by a restored miners’ village, enjoy the unique architecture along Last Chance Gulch, and catch a glimpse of the Old Fire Tower. It’s the fun way to see beautiful and historic Helena!

We also offer step-on guide service, guided day and half day tours, Montana T-shirts, and other selective souvenirs. We cater to individuals, group tours, and school groups, including shuttle service for special occasions. We can also arrange group food services for a Montana style lunch or dinner.

The Tour Train departs from the Montana Historical Society which is just east of the Capitol Building at the corner of 6th and Roberts.  In July and August, plan to purchase tickets and board the train 30 minutes prior to your desired tour time.

Lewis & Clark Library

Established in 1868, the Lewis & Clark Library is the oldest library in the state.  The mission of the Lewis & Clark Library is to provide the best possible services and materials for informational, educational, cultural, or recreational use by the community.  The Lewis & Clark Library offers a variety of services free to the public, including book groups, internet service, children’s story time, and numerous public programs. Stop by and check your email, catch up on local and world news, or participate in one of our many wonderful programs.  Don’t forget to visit our branch libraries in Augusta, Lincoln, East Helena, and or on the Bookmobile. Check our website at for more information and an updated calendar of events.

Loft Studio

Our mission is to guide students and grow together towards greater health and wellness of body, mind and spirit. We are committed to sharing the wisdom of yoga in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. We encourage you to find a practice that will fit your needs and lifestyle. Your success is our success. Together we will let go of the past enabling ourselves to trust what we see, feel and know in the present.

Life, elevated

Rialto Bar

We’re the Rialto Bar in Helena, Montana and not only are we rich in history, we’re also one of the hottest spots to be downtown.  Most of our friends are Carroll College students, but we have a lot of great old friends who have been visiting us for a long time.  Good friends and good times are what keeps us going and what makes everyone have a blast here.  Come check out our beer garden on the back patio, beer pong AND flip cup tables, and Helena’s only Tiki Bar!

The Painted Pot

We are a paint your own pottery and glass fusing studio located in the historic downtown. We carry earthenware (ceramics) that is cleaned, fired, and ready for you to paint! All of our paints and glazes are lead free and non-toxic. Finished pieces are dinnerware safe, so you can create usable art. Paints, brushes, creative supplies, and instruction are included every time you come in. We also have all the glass necessary to create a beautiful piece.

Our customers come in all sizes and ages. Kids are old enough when they can hold a paint brush (we have high chairs) and adults are never too old. No experience with painting or art is necessary because our friendly staff is always here with creative ideas and the tools to make your project a success.

The Painted Pot is a great place to create unique, personalized gifts for any occasion, including-

– birthdays

– weddings

– anniversaries

– graduation

– baby showers

– Mother’s/Father’s/Grandparents’ Day

– Holidays (Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s, St. Patty’s, Flag Day, etc.)