Things To Do in Livingston
Activities, Dining & Entertainment
The possibilities are rich and varied, whether you want to stay in town or make easy day trips that will open another world entirely. For a backdrop, start with a movie: A River Runs Through It, The Horse Whisperer, Rancho Deluxe and others were filmed in the area. In addition to the activities listed below, Livingston has many annual events, from the Roundup Rodeo to Fiddlers Picnic, Artistic shows to the Rancher’s Roundup.
Second Street Bistro and Livingston Bar & Grille are top choices for some of the finer dining in town. Rib & Chop House, the Northern Pacific Beanery, Twelve-Top, Adagio and the Slack Knuckle are other good picks, and in the casual to higher-end range. There are many great catering services in Livingston, several within blocks of the Guest House.
Music & Drinks:
Local watering holes, many known for good bands and a chance to kick up your heels are several: The Murray, Owl Lounge, High Sides and Hiatt House among them.
Whether you want to sit down with your laptop for free wifi or just want to enjoy a hot breakfast, Livingston has plenty of options.Coffee Crossing, MT Cup and Chadz all have wifi (as does the Guest House).Pinky’s and the Beanery are also great for breakfast.
Theater & Shows:
The Blue Slipper Theatre produces full-length comedic and dramatic productions, and also hosts touring productions, music, and comedy throughout the year. There is a holiday variety program that is free of charge for the public, and a Kids Playwriting Festival in the spring. Crazy Mountain Productions also produces a regular season of high-quality live theatre, uniquely combining professional and amateur talents.
Livingston and the surrounds are havens for outdoor recreation. Livingston is also the gateway to Yellowstone National Park and many other exceptional day trip get-aways. Livingston has been named among America’s Top Ten Outdoor Towns.
Fishing & Hunting:
The Yellowstone River is world famous as a fishing destination, and is a stone’s throw from the Guest House. Indeed, the Yellowstone is only one of many great places to fish locally, as Blue Ribbon designation is common among the area’s rivers and streams. Licenses can be obtained at local sporting stores, and more information on fishing and hunting may be found here.
Hiking & Biking:
Gallatin and Crazy Mountain ranges, Paradise Valley, and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area all surround Livingston, providing endless possibilities for breathtaking hikes, mountain biking and road biking.In addition to local guides and outdoor shops that will assist with the many options, the Guest House has guide books to help navigate the many day trip possibilities.
Boating, Rafting, Canoeing, Wind Surfing, Swimming:
Water activities are commonplace in and around Livingston, and possibilities range from relaxing floats to white water rushes and narrow gorges that command skill and an adventurous spirit. If you partake on the Yellowstone, you will be enjoying the longest, undammed river in the country. Matched by the country’s largest mountain lake, Yellowstone Lake in the Park may be accessed for motor and non-motor boating. Dailey Lake, not far from Livingston, is a popular wind surfing destination, and the scenery won’t disappoint. For the man-made option, there is a city pool in Sacajawea Park. Or you can soak in the natural hot spring swimming pool at Chico Hot Springs Resort.
Bridger Bowl Ski Area is only 28 miles away for great downhill, Northern Rocky skiing.Everything from bunny hills to plenty of intermediate and expert-only terrain that requires a beacon, and where you’ll find many of the locals. In the summer, Bridger is a great place for hiking and biking.
You choose the duration, from hourly rides, to mealtime excursions and multi-day pack trips, and the guides will take care of the rest. Bear Paw Outfitters, Wineglass Mountain Trailrides and Paradise Planes & Reins are among the choices for outfitters who will accompany you into the hills.
Just a few blocks from the Guest House, the expansive Sacajawea Park abuts the Yellowstone River. In addition to walking the shoreline of the river or fishing and feeding geese in the lagoon, there is a playground for children, a bandshell for the ocassional outdoor concert and host to other summer events, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, tennis courts and a pool.
Tennis & Golf:
Outdoor tennis courts are located at Sacajawea Park, and the Livingston Golf & Country Club is a 9-hole course located along the Yellowstone River.
Art Galleries and the arts:
For over a decade, Livingston has been listed in the book, The 100 Best Small Towns in America. The town boasts more than a dozen galleries open year-round, and art walks occur monthly in the summer and fall.
Antiques and Collectibles:
There are a lot of great finds in Livingston; some can be found at places such as Grandma’s Treasures, East Park Antiques, Krohne Island Antiques, Main House Antiques, Bob & Lu’s Second Hand.
Strolling or buying, consider Sax & Fryer Company (the best book store, in operation since 1883), Yellowstone River Trading Company, Bowman’s Boot Company for handcrafted Western boots, Heavenly Chocolata, Way Out West for westernwear, The Gourmet Cellar, Timber Trails for outdoor gear and advice, The Vogue Shop, Catherine Lane Interiors and Rocky Mountain Design for furnishings, Cowboy Connection for the things you might not find back home, and many more.
Indulgences and Exercise:
Among the options, some include: Wellspring Retreat & Spa along the Yellowstone River, the spa at Chico Hot Springs, Firehall Fitness Center, Lori Matthews Massage, Nancy Milligan Massage.
At least twice weekly, buy and eat locally at the market that has grown beyond just food, often including musicians and events.
The Livingston Depot Center :
The Northern Pacific Railroad Depot in downtown Livingston has always been the center of the community. Built by the railroad in l902, it served as a stopping point for tourists heading to Yellowstone National Park via the Park Branch Line for over 70 years. Now the depot has taken on a life as a museum and community cultural center. It is an architectural marvel, and listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The Museum is home to its own “Rails Across The Rockies” display of railroad arts and artefacts, and also features major travelling exhibits. The Depot Center organizes various festivals during the year.
International Fly Fishing Center :
Anglers from around the world come to fish for wild trout and to visit The International Fly Fishing Center. Operated by the Federation of Fly Fishers, this unique museum captures the interest of every visitor. History, ecology, education and art come together to make the International Fly Fishing Center a unique experience. Large natural history murals surround aquariums of live fish, allowing visitors to experience the underwater world. There is a fly fishing research library, art collection and gift store, free casting lessons during the summer, and fishing day camps for kids of all ages.
Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County :
An impressive collection of local and state historical artifacts, photos, documents, oral histories and memorabilia.Step back more than 10,000 years in the Native Cultures room with displays of local digs at the Myers-Hindman Site, The Stole Bison Butchering Site, and the Anzick Site, the oldest burial in North America with the largest cache of ice age artifacts. See the tools of Park County’s trades, including coal gold mining, agriculture, firemen, peace officers, and railroading. Visit the “House” exhibit – everything from washtubs to a player piano, and vintage clothing to furnishings. You can even conduct genealogical searches and research on virtually any topic having to do with Park County’s history in the extensive library of research materials.
Natural History Exhibit Hall:
The Exhibit Hall features rare fossils, skeletons and cultural artifacts from the world’s foremost museums. Rotating exhibits include everything from 100 million-year-old fossil birds and giant rhinos from China, to the oldest known and most primitive dinosaurs form Argentina, to displays of local discoveries – such ad the 11,500-year-old Anzick Site, a rare Clovis culture site considered to be one of the most significant archaeological sites in the western hemisphere.
Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman) :
MOR stewards nearly 300,000 objects and 500,000,000 years of history. One of the finest paleontology collections in North America is found under the Museum’s roof, along with strong core collections in western history, textiles, Native American artifacts, and photography. The Museum’s permanent exhibitions, which tell the story of development in the Northern Rockies over the past 4 billion years, are augmented by changing exhibits representing various facets of cultural and natural history. Indoor exhibitions are complemented by a fully operational, on-site 19th century farm that helps preserve the state’s agricultural traditions.